How to Ned Rig in Heavy Cover – Secret Bass Tip

how to ned rig heavy cover

Here’s a cool bass fishing tip on how to ned rig in heavy cover. The small finesse ned rig baits are awesome at getting a ton of bites. The problem with these small baits is getting them into the cover where the bass love to sit. Try this trick to be able to get those small finesse baits in heavy cover, so you can start catching more bass. Learning how to ned rig in heavy cover will give you an edge over other anglers to be able to fool more fish.


How To Ned Rig Fishing Tips

You can catch a lot of bass by learning how to ned rig. One problem with ned rig baits is they can snag easily into brush or weeds on an open hook. The following trick will help you get a small 3″ ned rig bait into brush and rock piles without losing your lure. Plus, you will reap the benefits of more fish catches with a ned rig bait. This article walks through all the equipment you need to get set up fishing a ned rig in heavy cover. Plus, Why the ned rig works, where to fish a ned rig, and when to ned rig for bass fishing. Stay tuned and enjoy the article to help you “Krak” more bass.

Why the Ned Rig Works

The small 3″ ned rig baits work well for a variety of reasons. The main reason they work well is because the small profile bait makes for an easy bass snack. Bass don’t have to expend a lot of energy to slurp one of these ned rig baits down. Another reason it works is the way the bait behaves in the water. The tail up position mimics a feeding vulnerable creature, and the bass eat it up. Lastly, why the ned rig works is because the majority of bass fisherman throw big beefy baits. The bass become conditioned to big crank baits, spinner baits, and jigs. The small profile of the ned rig lure is less obtrusive and provides a unique offering to make the bass bite.

Ned Rig Bass Fishing
The Ned Rig can catch bass for beginners, and experts. Use the tips illustrated here of how, why, when, and where to use a ned rig to catch bass. It’s one of the first rigs this guy learned from me, and he is addicted for life! Nice Bass!

Ned Rig Setup Heavy Cover

Here’s a look at how you can set up a ned rig to fish heavy cover. Traditionally, the ned rig is used on a light wire 1/10 oz or less jig head with the hook exposed. This rig helps keep the tail up looking natural, but it is easy to snag up in rocks, brush, and grass. You can avoid this problem by inserting a nail weight in the head of the bait, and texas rigging a small light wire hook in the tail of the bait. Check out the illustration below of what this heavy cover ned rig set up looks like. Setting up your ned rig bait like this will prevent you from hanging up, and keep the natural tail up action.

Ned Rig Setup
Here’s what you need to get set up for fishing a ned rig in heavy cover. In addition to super gluing the nail weight, it’s a good idea to color the weight to match the color of your ned rig bait.

Equipment Needed

Here’s a list of the items you need with links to get started fishing a ned rig for heavy cover. Plus, the reasons why these pieces of equipment are essential. Lastly, check out the quick video tutorial on how to put this stuff together for optimal results below.

  • Z-MAN TRD – This bait works the best for this set up, because it truly floats compared to the other ned style baits on the market.
  • Size 2 Offset Gamakatsu Hook – The smaller hooks enables the tail of the bait to float even when rigged texas style.
  • Nail Weight – 1/8 oz or less. The 1/8 oz seems to help get the bait down there quicker, and with a little bit of coloring you can make it look more natural.
  • Powder Paint – Color your nail weights to match the bait. This is crucial for clear water.
  • Heat Gun – Use this to heat up your nail weights to dip in the powder paint.
  • Spinning Rod & Reel Set Up – This is a finesse presentation, and throws best on a flourcarbon with a good spinning rod and reel.

Heavy Cover Ned Rig Video Setup

Learn on how to put all this equipment together for fishing a ned rig in heavy cover by watching this video. This will help you understand better the concepts discussed in this article about the ned rig. Fishing a ned rig this way will make a big difference for getting bites, and preventing lost lures. It especially excels when bank fishing in high pressured places. Don’t forget to subscribe to the YouTube channel and check some of my other bass fishing technique videos.


Where To Fish A Ned Rig

There are a few items to consider for knowing where to fish a ned rig for bass. The best place to begin fishing a ned rig is where there is an abundance of small baitfish or crayfish. It’s key to match the hatch. If you are on a lake that has a lot of small 3″ creatures swimming around for the bass to munch on, then use the ned rig. You should also use a ned rig bait where there is a lot of fishing pressure. Too many lures and boats make the bass finicky, so a small ned rig bait will continue to get bites when other stuff won’t. Lastly, you should use a ned rig bait where the bass tend to be smaller in size. If you want to get more bites, the smaller offering helps the smaller fish not shy away. They will actually eat your bait. This makes it a perfect bait for family outings where you want to catch a lot of fish for everyone.

  • Small Baitfish Present
  • Small Crayfish Abundant
  • Highly Fished Places
  • Smaller Sized Bass Populations

When To Fish A Ned Rig

Identifying when to fish a ned rig will help you catch more fish. Here’s some key things to look for to know when you should use a ned rig.  First, you should fish a ned rig when you are in clear water. In dirty stained waters it doesn’t stand out well for the bass. It is a small finesse visual presentation. Also, you should use a ned rig bait when nothing else seems to be working. This bait is great way to get a bite in extremely tough fishing conditions. You should also use a ned rig when you want to catch a lot of fish. It’s easy to use for family outings. Even kids can fish this thing easily. Lastly, when the bass seem to be sitting close to the bottom use a ned rig. The action the bait has while sitting on the bottom is key for getting bites.

  • Clear Water
  • Bottom Feeding Bass
  • Tough Fishing
  • Family Trips (High numbers of fish, and you don’t’ care about size)

Additional Thoughts

Learning how to use the ned rig, and also adapting this bait to heavy cover situations will elevate your fishing game. One area I’ve seen this heavy cover style set up excel is when fishing from the bank. It really keeps your hook up out of the rocks and brush to come back to you easily. Use this set up if you are consistently bank fishing and are losing lots of lures. The durability of the TRD plastic is awesome to keep costs down without having to replace baits as you catch bass.

Finally, The links above and below in this post are affiliate links were you can pick up baits, rod’s, reels, line, and anything else I use to “Krak” some bass fishing a ned rig. Krakenbass receives a small percentage of the sales through these links. I only use links to baits, and gear I personally trust and know work. These links are supposed to be helpful for you, and not for the small amount I make for the sale of the products. I hope these products can help you “krak” some bass like they have for me. Thank you for your support!

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