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are one of the most versatile baits in your boat.
From pre-spawn bass to deepwater bass they will consistently
catch fish. They can be
crawled through the thickest cover or dead stick and do either
equally well. The slow
descent is something a bass can rarely pass on.
are a couple of basic ways I rig a senko.
One is a basic texas rig with a 3/0 Gamakatsu hook and a
small tungsten weight. I
use this to probe mats of vegetation.
When doing this I simply allow the bait to fall to the
bottom, reel it up and pitch it in another spot.
I fish it quickly trying to locate fish.
The slender profile of the bait is great for; this it rarely
hangs up and looks very natural free falling through the canopy.
If I am probing pockets in the vegetation or fishing timber I
will skip the weight allowing the bait to fall slower and more
naturally. This works
great because it gives less active bass more of a chance to react to
the bait. Another great
area to fish this is in lily pads.
When doing this I flip the lure onto a pad and slowly drag it
off trying not to create much of a disturbance.
I then allow the bait to free fall to the bottom.
I found that when the disturbance of a frog won’t get them
to bite this can be very effective. water
other way that I fish this lure is wacky rigging it.
This is my favorite way to fish a senko especially on post
frontal conditions. For
this I use a 2/0 Gamakatsu EWG hook and 8 lb fluorocarbon in open
water and 20 lb spyderwire stealth around docks and heavier cover.
When rigging the worm I bend it touching the two ends and
stick the hook through the middle.
I then check to make sure it hangs on the hook balanced.
When fishing this lure in post frontal conditions I am
looking for areas along a deep weed line where Bass will gather.
Points, pockets, bottom changes, or even just a change in the
type of weed growing are key areas.
I make casts trying to drop the lure as closely as I can down
the face of the weeds. The
slow wobbling descent will pull them out of the cover when nothing
else will. I have used
this technique in water as deep as 20’.
It takes patience and excellent boat control, but is very
effective. Another place
I like to use a wacky rig is around boat docks.
The lure skips amazingly well and can get to the farthest
back corners of a dock. Its
slow descent works perfect when the bass are suspended under the
docks. Often times the
bass will hit it within 6”-12” of the surface.
When I fish a dock I skip the bait as far back as I can get
it, allow it to sink to the bottom and then pull it out a few feet
while shaking the rod. This
gives the worm an undulating effect that can trigger some very
toughest part of fishing a senko can be detecting the bite.
The simple nature of allowing a bait to freefall on slack
line causes this. The
best way to do this is watch the line and keep just enough slack in
it to allow the bait to freefall.
Any movement in the line or change in rate of descent and you
should set the hook. If
you are faced with windy conditions watching the line can be very
difficult. When faced
with this situation I allow the bait to fall most of the way to the
bottom and then reel up the slack and check for extra weight.
If you feel extra weight set the hook. If you don’t pull
the bait a few feet and allow it to fall again.
time you head out try a few of these ideas.
I’m sure they will help you put more fish in the boat.
Maybe you can come up with a few of your own variations of
this very versatile bait.