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Finnesse rigs to catch more bass

Arizona angler Cliff Pirch uses a variety of weighting techniques, including the Mendota Rig and the Neko. Photos by Seigo Saito

Social skills 101 tells us it’s usually a big disconnect when the conversation turns heavy. But for bass anglers, it’s the exact opposite.

Why? Because the spectrum of techniques for positioning soft-plastic baits with lead or tungsten sinkers is as broad as our interest in them. An exhaustive summary would require more space than the boss gave me, so let’s look at a handful of strategic methods we might turn to when the standard stuff fizzles.