Bass Angler

Neko Rig

Latest Finesse Fishing Craze

With the popularity of bass fishing continuing to grow and fishing pressure constantly on the rise, how do you turn a bad day on the water into a productive one? You have to do something different than the other anglers. Finesse fishing has been around for years, more and more anglers are now using a drop shot rigs, wacky rigs and Texas rigged finesse worms. Now let’s take it to another level. Let me introduce you to the Neko Rig.
I heard of the Neko rig last March at a Fishing and Boat Show during a seminar by Mike Iacanelli. This is a technique that is used to resemble panfish feeding on gravel in and around beds according to Ike. As we all know we always try to “Match the Hatch” but in this case we are really trying to mimic the action of the minnow or panfish as appose to the actual size of the bait. Now with that being said this technique is very much a finesse bait presentation.
In this article we will talk about the equipment used from rod, reel, hook and bait to presentation and location that will hopefully allow you to land more high pressure bass on your favourite waterway.
So what is the Neko Rig? A Neko Rig to simply put it is a wacky rig with a weight at the end.
It is usually rigged on a finesse worm 4 ½” to 6 ½” straight tail worm.



You can use curly tail worm but I prefer the straight tail variety. The length of it depends on the panfish size in that particular body of water you are fishing. Next is the hook, I like a straight shank hook with some sort of bait keeper . There are some hook manufacturers now that actually make a Neko Rig Hook. The size of the hook is 1/0, I put the hook near the smaller end of the bait. Then in the bigger end or the head of the warm you insert a nail weight. The imagine below is what VMC have developed as far as hook and nail weights.





This is becoming a popular technique and more companies are developing tackle for the Neko Rig. Below is some weights from SPRO where you just screw the weight into the bait. If you want to save money just use a heavy finishing nail.

As I mentioned this is very much a finesse style presentation so I suggest using a spinning rod, I like using a Lew’s 6’10” or 7” medium light or medium rod with an extra fast tip, pair with a Team Lew’s Pro Speed Spin TLP3000 series reel. The line that I will use is 6 lbs fluorocarbon, you can use braid with about an 8’ fluorocarbon leader. However, I prefer using straight fluorocarbon line.

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Now that we have all the equipment, how do you fish this technique? You do not want to fish this technique on slack line, you want the line taut. You want to work the bait by bouncing it about 4 inches off the bottom and then let it sit there. The bait needs to be standing upright, this mimics baitfish feeding. This is why you want the line to be taut so that you can feel the bite. Then it is just a sweeping motion and reel in. The weight of the fish pulling back on the bait and your sweep will drive the hook into the bass’s mouth.

So go out and try the Neko Rig the next time you find yourself in a high pressure situation where the bit is tough. Hopefully, putting to practice when touched on here will help you land that trophy of a life time.


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