Updated: Aug 25, 2019
Most people don't realize it, but the Midwestern Finesse rig has been around for quite some time. It started back in the 1950's when Chuck Woods created a unique designs out of Kansas City (Midwestern). It was around then that Nick Creme came along with his "rubber worm" and changed everything. The history of Finesse Fishing and the namesake himself, Ned Khde is worth talking about and I will at another time.
Currently there are a handful of bait makers that are made for true Midwestern Finesse Rigging. Basically soft plastics that are under 4" can be used for that, but I found the smaller (2.5" - 3.5") seem to fit the bill much better for retrievals. There are also a plethora of opinions on what is "needed" compared to what is desired. So with that said, I will just give you my opinion and you can decide for yourself.
Enter the 2.75" MAYHEM HD. This little guy was specifically designed to target the Midwestern Finesse (Ned Rig) community. Believe it or not, there were several factors involved with engineering this one. The first being the size obviously. We didn't want to hit the 3" mark, so we shot just under (more on that in a minute). Then we wanted to capture a cross between a grub and a worm's exterior texture. We also didn't want it to just be a worm, or what I like to call a "chuck of plastic". Not naming names, but that's exactly what some bait makers do. They are basically no more than a cut down worm and they call it a "Ned Rig" bait. Nope, not buying that! That's why we designed the tail the way we did. The tapered mid section is different from most and provides separate action all of its own.
The plastic is also a key factor for a good Finesse Bait. This is an area that can be argued for years, but as I mentioned...this is my opinion. My thoughts on this are a must, even before we made the MAYHEM, the bait had to float!!! Yes, float. Now with that said, it is hard with a small presentation and rigging a jighead, but I measure it by dropping a bait in the water. If it floats up slowly, perfect. The MAYHEM does. That is because we do not load it up with salt. I also am very opinionated about those that salt the hell out of their baits...WHY? In fact, some of the best Finesse fishermen remove the salt before using it. This can be done several ways, but basically they stretch it and run it under water. The more salt there is, the less buoyant the baits are. But to each their own.