If you’re unfamiliar with the Neko rig, just run a quick Google search and you’ll get lost in hundreds of articles and videos about this recent phenomenon. The short version is that it’s a worm rigging technique that puts the weight (sometimes a small nail) in the fat, blunt end of the bait, while a small hook is pierced parallel to the body in the skinnier section of the worm at least two thirds up towards the tail. What you end up with is basically a vertical wacky rig presentation, and it’s lethal when dragged slowly along the bottom. As with every trendy new presentation in town, however, everyone has an opinion on when and how the Neko works best. Me? I say it’s right now during the shad and blueback herring spawns. Here’s why.