How To Fish The Ned Rig In Winter

Having trouble catching Bass this Winter? The Ned Rig is a great technique for cold water bass fishing! Matt explains how to fish the bait then walks through the gear , spinning rods, reels, etc… so you’re Winter Bass Fishing can be more fun!

Z-Man Finesse TRD Ned Worm:
Roboworm Ned Worm:

Z-Man Finesse Mushroom Head:
Z-Man HD Jig Head:

Shallower Water Combo…
Rod- Zodias 6’8″ Medium light:
Reel- Shimano Ultegra 2500:
Line- 15 lb Sufix 832:
Leader- 6 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

Deeper Water Combo…
Rod- Dobyns Champion Extreme 742:
Reel- Shimano Stradic CI4+ 2500:
Line- 10 lb Sufix 832:
Leader- 6 lb Sunline Sniper:

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34 thoughts on “How To Fish The Ned Rig In Winter

  1. So I have some t.r.d.'s and some shroom heads but I didn't throw them hardly at all bc most places I fish have some form of vegetation. I want to give them a fair shot this upcoming year so I was thinking of maybe a 1/0 , 2/0 worm hook ( i.e. roboworm hook ) or a offset worm hook and the lightest bullet weight I can find and peg the weight about a 1/4" from the bait to allow it to float? Or should I go another route?

  2. Good video. Informative.
    Love me the Z-Man TRD 2.75” worms in green for Midwestern smallmouth & largemouth bass. Lighter is better. I really like Z-Man Jigs in 1/20 and 1/15 oz. weights for shore and stream fishing. 1/15, 1/10 and, if you really have to, 1/6 oz for boat fishing. Z-Man Jigs come crazy sharp and have a baitkeeper barb near the jig weight. Sharpen your hooks and retire your knots and you can get a whole day out of the bait. Use white braid (10#) with a flouralcarbon leader 6-8#) so you can line watch. For working in weeds, try Texas rigging by bending the jig hook to hide the hook in the bait.
    I stretch the plastic before using as this releases the salt or whatever. Bait becomes more deadly the older it gets.
    Do not mix Z-Man plastic with any other baits.
    Senkos make a 3” Fat that still rocks if you are looking for a sinking bait. You can always trim a 4” Senko too.
    Love your videos. Thank you.

  3. Thank you after watching this last night I remembered I had stored those z man trd in with my other plastics. Needless to say when I checked I had a mess and had to throw out other plastics as well and clean out my Plano. It is better though than to find out when I’m out on my boat this spring. Thanks again lesson learned and keep up your great work.