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S…Sensational Soft Stickbaits
By: Glenn Walker
One of the hottest, new soft
plastics that the bass fishing world has seen over the last ten
years has been the Senko. This soft plastic stick bait that was
molded off of a Bic pen, is so simple but ever so effective on bass
from coast to coast. Countless tournament wins have come by using
Every tackle company has taken the time to mold and come up with
their own variation to the original Senko. Some have more salt in
them than others; others are made up of a softer plastic, no matter
what brand it is their basic shape is the same.
The reason this type of plastic bait is so effective is that no
matter what the conditions are, this lure will catch bass! The three
brands that I use frequently are the original Senko, Gambler Ace and
the RC Tackle Sink In worm. Each three of these have different sink
rates and textures which is why I employ them in different
situations. The two ways that I fish these baits are Texas-rigged
weightless and then wacky style.
I like to fish a Senko or Ace when I am doing this because I like
their sink rate for this. Depending on the size of the bait, I will
use a 3/0 to 5/0 Eagle Claw extra wide gap hook. These hooks are
sharp and give the plastic enough room to move on the hook set, so
you can get a solid hook up on the bass.
Skipping this bait around docks, over hanging trees and around
vegetation is when you will see this rig tied up to my Quantum
spinning rod. A 7 foot MH action rod will give me the ability to
feel a light bite, but also give me the backbone to get a bass out
of the thickest of cover. If the water clarity will allow me to use
braid I will. Spooling up 10 lb. Power Pro, I can make long casts
and not have to worry about breaking off fish.
Just by casting the Senko out and letting it slowly sink to the
bottom is the easiest and best way to do it. The slower and fewer
moves you can make with your rod and reel the better. Figuring out
how the bass want the bait is crucial, sometimes the bass will just
want the bait on its initial fall. Other times you can keep bringing
the bait back to the boat and they will still eat it.
A wacky rigged Ace or Sink In worm are great baits to use when
fishing around open water such as rip-rap, docks or other structures
that aren’t as threatening to hook up the exposed hook. To rig the
Sink-In wacky style, simply put the hook point through the center of
the bait. This way each half of the bait will dangle on either side
of the hook. Another situation in which a wacky rigged soft
stickbait works very well in, is when you are bed-fishing/sight
fishing for bass. This bait is subtle and will not spook the fish as
it enters the water.
To fish this bait just cast it to the target or skip it underneath a
dock and let it slowly sink down to the bottom. Now just gradually
bring it back to the boat, by slightly popping or shaking your rod
tip. This makes the tails of the bait just pop a little. This subtle
action will help you put more bass in your boat this season. For a
hook I use either a 1/0 Eagle Claw extra wide gap or the new L097
hook that is specifically made for wacky rigging, in a 1 or 1/0.
Depending on what type of cover I am fishing and how aggressive the
bass are will dictate which hook I select.
I use the same rod and reel set up for wacky rigging, except now I
switch to 10 lb. test Seaguar Inviz-X fluorocarbon. This line is
sensitive, abrasion resistant, but yet remains undetectable to bass
Whether I am Texas or wacky rigging I experiment with colors, but in
the end keeping it simple seems to always pay off. My favorite key
colors are green pumpkin, black/blue, junebug and white.
There is a lot fishing time left, so grab a pack of soft stick baits
and experiment with what brands, colors and sizes works best on your
favorite body of water and keep it simple with sensational soft