5 ways to use a Senko

Texas Rig

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One of the most common ways to fish senkos is a Texas rig. Fishing a weightless Texas-rig, which causes it to fall slowly through the water with a nice wobbling action. Fish the Texas-rigged Senko anywhere in shallow water. Throw it with a small bullet weight if it’s windy out. If you are casting it where the fish are more than likely you will catch them!

Shaky Head

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Senkos also work great on a shaky head. Even though a number of other plastics pair work well when fishing a lighter shaky head in shallow water, Senkos work well when paired with a heavy shaky head on deep structure. You can either drag it across the bottom (might not be the best presentation but it can still help locate the fish!) or bounce it like the normal technique.

Wacky Rig

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This is another presentation commonly fished weightless. It can be very effective in our Arizona waters. I will cast it out and let it sink to the bottom. Regardless of the time of year I will fish this bait very slowly. If I do decide to put a weight on it I will fish it quicker (like a jig presentation). It has been my go-to set up for a while on slow days and has yet to disappoint. Make sure you are using o-rings for the wacky rig. It saves a lot a worms and a lot of money!

Drop-shot Rig

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The drop-shot rig is an effective technique to use on high pressure days in clear water reservoirs. A 3- or 4-inch Senko is the option to pair with a drop-shot. It’s a subtle presentation that pretty much does nothing when sitting still. It does have enough wobble when you shake it to entice cautious fish into biting. Downsizing from the normal 5-inch Senko is critical for this presentation. When fishing is tough, bass will eat a smaller bait before they will a larger one.

Ned Rig

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The Ned rig is easy: set up half a Senko to jighead. The rig is most effective fished on spinning tackle with light line.When things get tough, pull out the Ned rig. There are a number of ways to retrieve it effectively. If you haven’t tried this yet, give it a shot.

 

Go ahead and try these out if you haven’t already!

As always, tight lines and good luck!

 

-Sean

 

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Bait Color Basics

So you arrive at the lake and you have an idea of what kinds of bait to throw out but you are not entirely sure what colors to use. I’ve ran into that issue plenty of times when I first started. Here are some helpful tips to decide which colors to be pulling out.

The basic rule is to fish bright colored baits in dark murky conditions and natural colors in clear water. The reasoning here is that a bass’ visibility is not as clear and you need something that will stand out. On the other hand, when water is clear and the fish can get an good look at the bait, it’s best to go with softer, more natural colors. For instance, when water clarity is a foot or less, many anglers use spinnerbaits with chartreuse or yellow skirts or crankbaits with a orange belly, chartreuse sides, and dark green back.

In clear water, white or white/blue spinnerbaits are great to us, as are crankbaits in chrome and various natural colors (crawfish, shad, sunfish, etc.). The same principle applies with soft plastics. In murky water, darker colors and two-color worms with bright tails offer added visibility. Examples are black and/or blue baits with chartreuse, red or orange tails.But in clear water, lighter, more clear colors seem to work the best. Common colors here include pumpkin-seed, bitchin craw, green pumpkin and smoke. Also, bits of metal flake molded into these see-through worms provide extra flash and attraction to bass in clear waters. Definitely test and try other colors, but if you are unsure go by these rules and you will be successful in catching these bass. So if you take anything away from this just remember clear=natural and murky=dark colors with bright accents.

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Good luck out there!

-Sean