I have to do a little name-dropping here.
I ‘ve fished with Ned Kehde so long that I can remember the days when he was mostly unknown. Today, Kehde and the Ned Rig finesse lures
he popularized are household names among bass fishermen.
Made of an almost indestructible compound called Elaztech, the Ned Rig plastic baits slowly sink in an erratic pattern and once they settle, their tails float up from the bottom where they are visible to fish.
In my opinion, they are the most versatile lures on the market. They are is ideal for beginners, who can just retrieve them slowly and still get bites. But they are quickly developing into go-to baits for the pros when the bass get finicky and refuse to hit larger lures.
Z-Man now manufactures Ned Rig baits in a variety of models
. The TRD is perhaps the most popular, but the Tickler Z, Hula StickZ, HogZ, Finesse ShadZ, and others also produce big catches.
Ned and I have enjoyed outings where we have caught more than 100 bass—mostly small but a fair number of keepers as well. The Ned Rigs are primarily known as a “numbers” bait, but they will catch sizeable bass, too.
I like to use a medium-light action spinning rod, 6-pound monofilament line and 1/16th-ounce jig heads to work the finesse lures.