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I know this isn't lake fishing but I spent a few + hours with the Ned on Saturday. It was on a small creek in SWMO. The water could not have been any clearer. After struggling to catch fish most of the morning I tied on a PBJ and quickly put a bunch of fish in the kayak.

At one point I was able to watch a fish come and take it. I was directly over the fish and it just followed and watched it. I let it sit dead for a bit and then just barely nudged it and that fish took it. The funny thing is I never felt that fish. I just saw it take it. Set the hook and brought it to the boat.

The other surprising thing (for me anyway) was that I caught just as many fish swimming it back to the boat. It was a good time and that little lure did help me out of a slump.

Here's a link to that report. All the fish pictured were caught on the ned with the exception of the one with a crankbait stuck in it's face. 

 

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Swimming it is one of the things a lot of guys in the Ozarks are still missing on. Lot of folks are bound and determined to limit it to a tiny shakey head role.

When they're good and shallow, swimming it on the 1/16 head, with shirt 90 degree casts, can be unbelievably good.

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1 hour ago, Flysmallie said:

Well this one isn't missing out anymore. At first I thought it was a fluke, but after 4 or 5 like that you know it's not. 

It's one of the fastest ways to check spawn coves. Lot of times I'll swim it going through with the wind pushing me, then fish slowly into the wind going down the same bank.

If you really want to swim it, stick it on a 1/32 ounce head. That does come with it's own problems though.

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22 hours ago, dtrs5kprs said:

It's one of the fastest ways to check spawn coves. Lot of times I'll swim it going through with the wind pushing me, then fish slowly into the wind going down the same bank.

If you really want to swim it, stick it on a 1/32 ounce head. That does come with it's own problems though.

When swimming it, do you 'scrub' the bottom?  And is it a slow, steady retrieve, or varied (slow, then fast, stops, starts)?

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33 minutes ago, SRV1990 said:

When swimming it, do you 'scrub' the bottom?  And is it a slow, steady retrieve, or varied (slow, then fast, stops, starts)?

Slow, straight swim. Maybe with some gentle shaking. Still trying to shake the line. Very little bottom contact. 

This is where the line blurs a little with Slider fishing, but still with the benefits of the elaztech baits.

The baits with less, or no salt, will stay higher in the water column. Finesse Shadz, finesse wormz, etc.

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On ‎3‎/‎21‎/‎2017 at 1:22 PM, vernon said:

HAM!  You blew such a great movie line opportunity!  I can't believe it!  An underhand wiffle ball lob - not even a swing?  Called strike?  You're so much better than that!

"Well, the world needs ditch diggers too Danny."

You've taken my mind completely off of Ned colors now.

And I gave up golf trolling you!!  I knew I would regret it.:)

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And I gave up golf trolling you!!  I knew I would regret it.:)

Noo, noo, noo, noo, noo, noo!  I made reference to a cinema quote - nothing more.  Could have just as easily been Moby Dick - you know, a fishing movie.

Trolls like you are always looking for the worst in people.  And after I thought I had left this kind mistreatment in the past and moved on to new chapter in my forum life.  Very sad....................

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We've sent a lot of jigs north, especially to Michigan.

I bought some:) I watched a guy doing a Ned Rig seminar at the Ultimate Fishing Show in Grand Rapids, MI lat weekend. Compared to an earlier seminar where the guy was trying to sell his tube baits. the fish could not leave the Ned alone.

 

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I bought some:) I watched a guy doing a Ned Rig seminar at the Ultimate Fishing Show in Grand Rapids, MI lat weekend. Compared to an earlier seminar where the guy was trying to sell his tube baits. the fish could not leave the Ned alone.

 

I call it the cheap do nothing lure that catches fish.   Cast it out leave a little slack in your line...look at the birds, squirrels or check email.....reel in fish...repeat.  seems like that's when I get the most bites...when I'm not paying attention LoL

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