Ned Rig Fishing For Big Bass

Finesse fishing doesn't always equal big bass but the Ned Rig is special. When the bite gets tough and you're faced with changing conditions it is a great way to upsize your catch! On this day we started with swimbaits and crankbaits but ended up getting all the big ones on light tackle. 

The ned rig is a great option when conditions aren't ideal. We were using two different versions of the bait to catch our fish. Tim was using the Roboworm offering while Matt was using the traditional Z-Man TRD. 

The tackle...

Tim's Worm- Roboworm Ned Worm (Desert Craw): http://bit.ly/2j9F0Xy
Matt's Worm- Z MAN Finesse TRD (Green Pumpkin): http://bit.ly/2hs4RtR

Tim's Head- Owner Block Head: http://bit.ly/2qL0A8n
Matt's Head- Z Man Ned HD: http://bit.ly/2kIgRYK

Swimbait Head- Matt Allen: http://bit.ly/29RrTYN
Swimbait- Keitech 4.8: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v

Tim's Combo...
Rod- G Loomis NRX 6'10" Mag Med: http://bit.ly/2dX9zjv
Reel- Daiwa Certate: http://bit.ly/2hjRZXg
Line- Sunline SX1 Braided Line 12 lb: http://bit.ly/2tn8EzQ
Leader- Sunline Sniper 8 lb Fluorocarbon: http://bit.ly/2p7fxju

Matt's Setup...
Rod- Shimano Expride 6'8" Medium: http://bit.ly/2osaj3q
Reel- Shimano Stradic CI4+ 1000 series: http://bit.ly/2gu84t7
Line- 10 lb PowerPro Braid: http://bit.ly/2aFg46b
Leader- 6 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9
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Ned Rig Challenge!

10 minutes start now! How many can we catch? We've got rising water, heavy flows, and murky conditions. The smallmouth and schooling near running water and there are a TON of them!

We located this school earlier in the day but with the water rising 3 inches an hour there was no telling how many could be pouring into the area. Since we'd already found them and covering water wasn't an issue we settled on the Ned Rig. 

Both equipped with a Ned Rig on light line we began making repetitious casts to the same area to create a feeding frenzy. Once they started biting it got serious! They were biting on every cast, sometimes two at a time. 

While these aren't the biggest fish in the world it shows how aggressively bass can school and feed together. Below is a breakdown of the gear we were using. 

Tim's Setup...
Bait- Roboworm Ned Worm (Desert Craw): http://bit.ly/2j9F0Xy
Hook- Owner Block Head 1/16 ounce: http://bit.ly/2qL0A8n
Rod- G Loomis NRX 6'10" Mag Med: http://bit.ly/2dX9zjv
Reel- Daiwa Certate: http://bit.ly/2hjRZXg
Line- Sunline SX1 Braided Line 12 lb: http://bit.ly/2tn8EzQ
Leader- Sunline Sniper 8 lb Fluorocarbon: http://bit.ly/2p7fxju

Matt's Setup...
Bait- Z Man Finesse TRD (Green Pumpkin): http://bit.ly/2hs4RtR
Hook- Guppy Head 1/8 oz: http://bit.ly/2nyUJRS
Rod- Shimano Expride 6'8" Medium: http://bit.ly/2osaj3q
Reel- Shimano Stradic CI4+ 1000 series: http://bit.ly/2gu84t7
Line- 10 lb PowerPro Braid: http://bit.ly/2aFg46b
Leader- 6 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9
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Finding Fish In A New Lake (Without Electronics)

No electronics, no outside help, just two guys with swimbaits and a lake full of quality bass.  Tim and Matt hit a new lake in search of smallmouth bass. Watch the thought process develop as they find and catch fish. 

The guys only had one shot at this lake so they started and finished with swimbaits. While they didn't catch any giant bass they were able to quickly raise fish, get bites, and put fish in the boat. These techniques will work on any lake to quickly cover water and identify productive areas. 

The baits...
Keitech 4.3 Fat Swimbait (Chartreuse/Blue & Electric Shad): http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v
Matt Allen Swimbait Head: http://bit.ly/29RrTYN

S-Waver 168 (Rainbow Trout): http://bit.ly/2aiu8Sh
Owner ST-56 Treble Size 2: http://bit.ly/2cVg7xW
Owner Hyperwire Split Ring Size 4: http://bit.ly/2v8ArBX

Tim's Combo...
Rod- G Loomis GLX 853C (7'1" Medium Heavy): http://bit.ly/2gqziwT
Reel- Chronarch MGL 7:1 Ratio: http://bit.ly/2n8DghB
Line- 50 lb Maxcuatro Braid: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
Leader- 12 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Matt's Keitech Combo...
Rod- G Loomis GLX 842C (7' Medium): http://bit.ly/2gqziwT
Reel- Aldebaran 50 7:1 Ratio: http://bit.ly/2fdX1Uy
Line- 30 lb MaxCuattro Braid: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
Leader- 12 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Matt kept the rod but changed reels for the S-Waver. His reel and line switched to the following...
Reel- Metanium MGL 7:1 Ratio: http://bit.ly/2ezIBfB
Line- Power Pro MaxCuatro 65 lb: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
Leader- 15 lb Maxima Ultragreen:  http://bit.ly/2ae97J9
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Swimbaits and Crankbaits For Schooling Bass

Hit the water with Matt and Tim as they locate huge schools of aggressive bass that are feeding heavily on small baitfish. The guys use a combination of paddle tail swimbaits and crankbaits to fool the bass as they feed on steep walls and ledges. 

Combining different presentations is a great way to keep schools of bass "active". The hardest part of fishing for schooling bass is triggering the frenzy, but these tips will help you keep them fired up longer and drastically increase your odds of catching a BIG bass. The combination of swimbait and crankbait offers two very different looks, both fast moving, and continues to trigger multiple fish at once. 

The baits...

Keitech 3.8, 4.3 and 4.8 swimbaits: http://bit.ly/2ab7s8v
Matt Allen Swimbait Head: http://bit.ly/29RrTYN
Megabass Deep X 300 Crankbait: http://bit.ly/2sSQHpt
Megabass Deep Six Crankbait: http://bit.ly/2A3clKP
Dirty Jigs Pivot Point Football Head (With 3/0 Hook): http://bit.ly/2jOY1Ns

-Keitechs focus on baitfish colors, chartreuse blue, and don't be afraid to try anything with gold or yellow in it when targeting smallmouth.

-Crankbaits Focus on Chartreuse, Baitfish, and especially Ayu for Smallmouth. 

Tim's Swimbait Combo...

Tim's Rod- G Loomis GLX 894C: http://bit.ly/2gqziwT
Tim's Reel- Shimano Curado 200K 7:1 Ratio: http://bit.ly/2tHewEh
Tim's Line- 50 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
Tim's Leader- 20 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Matt's Swimbait Combo...

Matt's Rod- G Loomis GLX 853C: http://bit.ly/2gqziwT
Matt's Reel- Shimano Chronarch MGL HG: http://bit.ly/2n8DghB
Matt's Line- 30 lb Power Pro MaxCuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
Matt's Leader- 15 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Crankbait Combos...
Rod #1 (Smaller Baits)- IMX Pro 845 CBR: http://bit.ly/2og0BmK
Rod #2 (Larger Baits)- IMX Pro 906 CBR: http://bit.ly/2og0BmK
Reel #1 (Smaller Baits): Aldebaran 50 (7:1 Ratio): http://bit.ly/2fdX1Uy
Reel #2 (Larger Baits): Metanium MGL (7:1 Ratio): http://bit.ly/2ezIBfB
Line - 12 lb Sunline Assassin: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm

Budget Friendly Crankbait Setup...
Rod- Dobyns Colt 7' MH Crankbait: http://bit.ly/2lU0LfV
Reel- Shimano Casitas 150: http://bit.ly/2geKxsp
Line- 12 lb Sunline Assassin: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm

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