This rig is basically a weedless version of the Ned rig. At the same time, though, it has a completely different look to it.
The weedless part is a big deal. We all know that the Ned rig is one of the hottest finesse techniques around. And for good reason. It catches bass by the ton. But we also know that it’ll hang on anything and everything in the water. And, even with a weedless hook hangups can be an issue. The tiny child rig solves those issues.
You’ll need four things to build this bad-boy:
We’ll start with the hook. I like a VMC Finesse Neko Hook in a size 2 or a size 1. It has just the right bend off its shank, and the hook point has a 3 degree offset that really helps with hooksets. The other thing I like about this hook is that it has an adjustable fluorocarbon bait keeper on the shank. That keeps the bait on the hook which makes fishing easier and saves money at the same time.
Next, you’ll need a bait. I prefer a Berkley Powerbait Maxscent The General Worm in the 4-inch size, or a Berkley Powerbait Flute Worm in the 4.7-inch size. If you pushed me, I’d have to say that my favorite is the Flute Worm.
Our final component is a small bottle of Super Glue. Any brand will work as long as it’s strong, waterproof and dries fast.
Putting the tiny child rig together is easy:
The first thing we need to do is shorten our plastic bait. If I’m using The General, I’ll cut it off at about the ring (egg sack) and keep the thickest end. If I’m using a Flute Worm, I’ll cut it off at the last ring closest to the tail. Again, I keep the thickest part. Either way, I end up with something around 3 inches long, or maybe a little better than that.
The next step is to Texas rig your bait with the VMC Finesse Neko Hook. Do that from the skinny end, not the fat end. This is important. Don’t put you hook through the thickest end. You’ll understand why in just a minute.
Once that’s done it’s time to put the nail weight into the fat end of the bait. But before you do put a tiny dab of Super Glue on the end of the weight. That’ll hold it in place as the rig bounces along the bottom.
So now you have a Ned rig with the weight at the bottom and your hook on the top. That design will make it weedless as well as make it stagger along the bottom as you drag it over whatever’s there. It’ll stagger along like a tiny child who’s just starting to walk.
I’m telling you, this will take your Ned rig fishing to another level. You’ll know what I’m saying is the real deal the first time you fish with it.
We all know that one of the biggest problems with tube fishing is that they snag easily. The stupid tube rig solves that problem. It’s totally weedless.
A second problem with conventional tube rigs is that all they’ll do on the fall is spiral. I’m not saying a spiral’s totally bad, but sometimes we want to show the fish something different — something they haven’t seen before. The stupid tube rig glides gently towards the bottom as it falls. That gives it a completely different look.
You only need two things to build a stupid tube rig:
The right jig head is the first step. You’ll need one with a 60 degree line tie, NOT a 90 degree line tie. There are two hook choices on your jig head that’ll work really well. The first is to pick one with an EWG style hook. The second is to pick one with a round bend and a long shank. Your weight choice will vary depending on how deep you’re fishing.
The VMC Dominator Tube Jig Head is perfect for the stupid tube rig. It has the 60 degree line tie and it has a long shank, round bend super sharp hook.
The only thing you need after that is a quality tube. I’m partial to finesse tubes in the 3.5-inch size range. My choice is the Berkley Powerbait Power Tube. If you want to go smaller than 3.5 inches, they’re made in a 2.5 inch size. If you want to go bigger, they’re made in a 4.5 inch size.
Let’s put it together:
Hold the tube head down so that the tentacles spread out and make the hole inside the tube visible. Slide the jig head, hook point first, into the hole with the point of the hook facing you. Thread it all the way through until it’s about a quarter-inch from the head of the tube. Then push it out, through the plastic. Pull it until the head of the jig is against the inside wall of the tube.
Rotate the head of the jig 180 degrees and push the line tie through the plastic.
When you’re done the line tie should be sticking out of one side of the tube and your hook should be sticking out of the other.
The last step is to run the hook point into the tube and make an ordinary Texas rig. Make sure your tube is perfectly straight when you get done. If necessary, take the time to adjust it. A perfectly straight tube will catch a lot more bass.
That’s all there is to it. You now have a weedless tube that you can fish almost anywhere, and it’ll have a different look because of its soft, gentle glide on the fall.
Give the stupid tube rig a try this year. You’ll like it.