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Brian Schmidt Baits's One Love : The Ned Dred


Date: 4/26/21
Tackle Type: Lures
Manufacturer: Brian Schmidt Baits
Reviewer: Cal

Total Score: 7.91 - GOOD

With the popularity of bait products like jigs, punch skirts, and skirted bullet and nail weights, it was only a matter of time before we started to see something similar for the latest finesse craze, the Ned Rig. After sharing our discovery of Brian Schmidt Bait's Hybrid Football Jig, we learned of a new product Schmidt is tying that promises to take the finesse crowd to another level. Here's our look at the Brian Schmidt Baits Ned Dred Finesse Jighead.


Brian Schmidt Baits Ned Dred Finesse Jig Specifications

Type Jig Head
Skirt Material Silicone & Feather
Weight 3/32, 1/8, 3/16 oz
Colors/Patterns 4
Hook 1/0 Daiichi black nickel
Additional Features Skirt is hand tied
MSRP $4.79

Introducing Brian Schmidt's Ned Dred Finesse Jig

Impressions: Finesse jigs are nothing new and with the popularity of the Ned Rig, we're a little surprised it's taken this long for us to discover a skirted product to bring both worlds together. To create the Ned Dred, Brian Schmidt takes the popular finesse mushroom head used for the Ned Rig and ties a sort of emaciated, hybrid skirt behind the head. The result is an oxymoron, a finesse bait with a bulkier profile


The so called mushroom heads, to me, bear a closer resemblance to muffins

Real World Tests: I fished Brian Schmidt Baits's Ned Dred on board my Phenix Rods M1 MXS72L spinning rod paired with my Shimano Sustain 2500FG spinning reel spooled with 20lb Berkley X9 braid and a topshot of 6lb Sufix Advance Fluorocarbon.

Skirt material is hand tied


Rigging the Ned Dred is straight forward. The jighead comes with a tiny wire bait keeper so simply thread your bait onto the hook as you would onto any jig or jighead, slide it over the keeper and you're good to go. Among the baits I sampled this Ned Rig jig with were Missile Bait's Ned Bomb, Berkley Fishing's Cashout, Roboworm's Ned Worm, and Paca Bait's Paca Chunk Tiny.

The baitkeeper is a simple wire hook

Naturally the big question with any jighead or jig made for the Ned Rig is will it stand up. I'm pleased to say the Ned Dred does so easily. It is made with that customary flat head most like to refer to as a mushroom head. I'm not sure about you, but all these so called mushroom heads I've seen must have been grow in a Minecraft world because I haven't seen squared off mushrooms like these on my pizza or pasta. These jigheads remind me more of a carefully crafted breakfast muffin or even a souffle.

The Ned Dred reliably sits upright underwater

Once you get bit, the Ned Dred's 1/0 black nickel hook by Daiichi proves to be very sticky with good hook up ratios and that skirt seems to hold up well over the course of a few productive trips. I was expecting the feathers to thin out a bit just from their delicate nature but so far so good.

The Ned Dred is built around a 1/0 black nickel hook by Daiichi

Design & Ergonomics: The Ned Dred is available in four colors and hand tied skirts with matching, custom painted heads. Hand tied skirts deliver that extra bit of security that the bait will hold up over extended use while at the same time offering extra flare because of the tighter, hand tied wrap. There are no options for Ned Dred jigs with a weed guard - at least not for now.

The Ned Dred sells for $4.79 per pack of two

Price & Applications: The Ned Dred retails for $4.79 per pack of two jigheads and is an excellent way to add bit more dimension to your Ned bait and if you're still on the fence or struggling with the idea of this technique but are interested in this product, simply think of it as a finesse jig because that's what it really is. Just attach your favorite mini trailer and have at it!

Gang Green is a new color introduced in early 2021

Agent Orange is another new color for 2021

A brand new Ned Jig, featuring just the silicone skirt, is set to debut in early 2021


Brian Schmidt Baits Ned Dred Finesse Jig Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality A finesse jig head that's put together nicely 8
Performance Easy to rig and stands up as expected 8
Price Roughly $2.40 per jighead - expensive if it were just the raw head, but considering it's essentially a mini jig, not bad 7.5
Features Hand tied hybrid skirt of feathers and silicone on a name brand hook and matching, painted heads 8
Design (Ergonomics) Originally a limited selection of colors, but three different sizes each. In 2021 the company is introduced a wider range of colors and the new Gang green and Agent Orange add even more flavor to the lineup 8
Application Think of it as a Ned Rig or mini finesse jig, but fish it! 8

Total Score

Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here


Pluses and Minuses:


+ Hand Tied - No weed guard
+ Hybrid Skirt - Limited color selections
+ Sharp Hook  


The Ned Dred is a mini finesse jig giving your Ned bait a little extra flavor


Conclusion: With subtle, finesse presentations like the Ned Rig there's usually little need to tweak your presentation to get bit. Something about those bare bones, do nothing techniques are often best fished straight up. Still, at other times, the ability to change things up just a hair (pun intended), can increase the volume and quality of bites you receive. That's where the Ned Dred comes in. It's a mini finesse jig built around a specialized head giving your Ned bait a little extra flavor because sometimes all you need is that one bite to all come together and make you feel alright.


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