Revenge of the Writers

Ned Kehde, courtesy of In-Fisherman

Ned Kehde, courtesy of In-Fisherman

If you read an article by an outdoor writer explaining some new “revolutionary” technique that he’s discovered or created, 99.99% of the time you should discount it. Most of us are good at going through the press room buffet and begging for free fishing gear but if we were expert anglers we’d be out there competing against the likes of KVD. You can be first and foremost an outdoor writer, or primarily an accomplished tournament angler, but if anyone tells you that he’s both, he’s probably lying and/or delusional.

Of course, there is an exception to every rule and in the case of the one outlined above it’s longtime In-Fisherman contributor Ned Kehde. The septuagenarian Kansan may never have competed in a Bassmaster Classic, but right now it seems his name is on the tip of many top pros’ tongues. That’s thanks to the “Ned Rig,” a goofy looking little finesse rig that is all the rage. I’ve seen it in recent issues of Bassmaster and FLW magazines, with hat tips from pros as accomplished as Mike Iaconelli.

The Ned Rig typically combines a mushroom-shaped jighead with a small do-nothing soft plastic (a Senko cut in half is one popular choice) fished on light spinning tackle. You fish it slowly, dragging or hopping it, sometimes shaking it, often deadsticking it. While it may sound goofy in an era of flashy A-Rigs and hard-driving, wide-wobbling crankbaits that dive 25 feet plus, it works – and Ned is getting the credit.

Score one for the writers.

I may never develop or popularize a technique (be sure to ask me about my fiasco with Shin Fukae’s “Shrimp in a Cup”), but I’m still hopeful that I can make my mark and have the pros using my name reverently. Maybe we can start a petition to have Yamamoto name a new color after me. Are you listening, Ron Colby?

[Editor’s Note: Ron says Pete’s Pumpkin only catches carp.]