Ned Rig Fishing: The 4 Best Ways To Rig Your Finesse Plastic
The Tried And True Ned Rig
The Sukoshi Bug On A Classic Ned Rig Jig Head
The most obvious and intended use for the Sukoshi Bug is on the back of a Ned Rig Jig. The simple yet effective design and profile is proven to catch largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass. To fish, start by sliding the Sukoshi Bug up the hook shank until it reaches the halfway point of the plastic. Then, press the hook point through the center of your bug to complete the rigging. Having a bait that is both centered and rigged properly is essential for this technique. Don't get frustrated if you don't rig your plastic perfectly the first time, even professional anglers often take more than one attempt to properly rig their plastic.
Your target areas will vary and you will have to adjust your jig weight depending on the conditions you face. Typically, the more current pr deeper water that you're fishing in, the heavier jig you will need. Gentle hops, slow drags, and inconsistent jig strokes are effective ways to present a Ned Rig bait. Known as a 'do nothing' bait, Ned Rigs get a bit a surprisingly amount while simply sitting at rest, especially with a trailing Sukoshi Bug
Catch 'Em Off Guard With A Finesse Jig
The Molix Finesse Jig With A Sukoshi Bug Trailer
Whether you're on a smallmouth trip up north or on a tough largemouth bite down south, the Sukoshi Bug is a great plastic option for the rigging on the back of your finesse jig. The 8 tantalizing appendages will gently wave as you drag and pitch your jig near rocks, docks, grass lines, and other bass hangouts.
Compact finesse jigs with downsized hooks are the type you want to look for since bigger jigs will be too bulky. Both Z-man and Molix make high-quality finesse jigs that blend well with the Sukoshi Bug. If you're looking for a denser, faster-falling finesse jig, take a look at the Heavy Metal Finesse Football Jig.
The Micro Carolina Rig (Mojo Rig)
The Carolina Rig is an offshore, power fishing technique designed to keep baits near the bottom typically in deep water. Carolina Rigs work well offshore but can be a little bulky for fishing in clear or shallow water. In situations like this, try a downsized version of the original Carolina Rig. Known in some circles as a 'Mojo Rig' or 'Split Shot' rig, it's basically just a hybrid approach to an already effective and likely familiar technique.
To rig - Use a 1/0 worm hook and then Texas Rig your Sukoshi Bug. After that pinch, a few split shot weights roughly 12 inches above your hook. Boom, you know to have yourself a micro-finesse Carolina rig.
A Lowkey Crusher: The Neko Rig
The Sukoshi Bug Comes Available In 8 Color Options
The last and likely most underutilized technique is the Neko Rig. Designed in Japan and originally developed as a way to fish a plastic finesse worm, the Neko rig is a very popular finesse technique, especially amongst Westcoast anglers. Experimenting with Neko Rigs by using creatures and craws has proven to be an effective way to finesse fish, notably when Bass are feeding heavily on crawfish.
The proprietary 'Stretch X' material from the Sukoshi bug will make inserting your nail weight a little more challenging but once it's pegged in the bait, you can be sure it's not going anywhere.
Deploy this technique when fishing in clear water in depths from 6-15 feet. You can determine the right size nail weight by factoring in - Your target depth, the current, and your intended fishing speed. You want a nail weight that is heavy enough so that you can feel bottom, without being too heavy. This is a finesse technique, so less often means more.
Updated September 28th, 2020 at 8:57 AM CT