Should you’re unfamiliar with the Neko rig, simply run a fast Google search and also you’ll get misplaced in lots of of articles and movies about this current phenomenon. The quick model is that it’s a worm rigging approach that places the burden (typically a small nail) within the fats, blunt finish of the bait, whereas a small hook is pierced parallel to the physique within the skinnier part of the worm at the least two thirds up in the direction of the tail. What you find yourself with is principally a vertical wacky rig presentation, and it’s deadly when dragged slowly alongside the underside. As with each stylish new presentation on the town, nevertheless, everybody has an opinion on when and the way the Neko works finest. Me? I say it’s proper now throughout the shad and blueback herring spawns. Right here’s why.
Should you’ve ever fished for bass throughout the shad or blueback herring spawns of late spring and early summer time, then you definitely’ve skilled durations the place the shad (and the bass, subsequently) are tremendous lively and can crush shifting targets like swimbaits or topwaters. Then there are different occasions throughout peak spawn when the bass simply fully shut off. These shutdowns normally happen as a result of the bait stops “working” in these beforehand on-fire areas, and throughout the bait spawn the case is usually that the bass are solely into chewing when the bait is shifting and balled up. It’s throughout these shutdowns that the Neko rig shines. I’ve personally had success utilizing smaller diameter finesse worms in pure baitfish colours like grey/blue or inexperienced/pearl laminates. I imagine the Neko does an important job of mimicking a lone, probably wounded baitfish nonetheless lingering within the neighborhood the place the motion was lately scorching. The trick is holding your distance from that zone, making actually lengthy casts, and dealing the Neko rig slowly.
The Neko is just not fully snag-proof, nevertheless it’s certainly extra snag resistant than a shakey head or a weighted wacky worm. That’s due to the situation of the hook in relation to the burden on a Neko rig. An added benefit of this presentation is that bass eat the hook finish of the worm first, making hookup ratios fairly good in comparison with related worm rigging types. Prior to now I’ve discovered it very tough to catch bass throughout these lulls, so I’ve been pleasantly shocked with how effectively this presentation has stuffed that void that has despatched me dwelling perplexed many, many occasions.