Fishing a senko for bass has become one of the most popular go-to-lures when the fishing gets tough. The main reason being that they are so effective while on the water. Simply put, they catch fish.
However, another reason why they are so great is because they are versatile. There are so many different ways to fish a senko. In fact, in this post we are going to talk about 7 different ways on how to fish a senko. Let’s get started….
How To Fish A Senko
There are a number of different ways to rig a senko and each way offers a unique action and a different presentation to entice the fish to commit.
Texas Rig: The first way to rig a senko is to texas rig it. To do so, insert the hook tip down the middle of the bait. Once the hook is about half an inch deep (depending on the length of the lure and your hook size) into the plastic bring the hook to the outside of the body. Next, you will want to rotate the hook and re-enter the hook back into the body portion of the bait.
It is important to note that you don’t want the hook to be sticking out of the body, but you don’t want it so deep in the body that you miss a lot of hookups. The best thing to do is to have the hook just sit on top of the body making it weedless.
Learn more about how to texas rig a senko in the following video:
How to a fish senko – texas rig.
One of the biggest advantages of fishing texas rigged senko is that it is 100 percent weedless and can go places other lures cannot. Flip it up into cover, docks or around structures. Simply cast it out where you think there might be some bass holding up, allow it to go to the bottom and lift with your rod so that the lure comes off the bottom then allow it to drop back down. It may be a slower way of fishing, but it can be a great way to catch fish.
Weighted Texas Rig. The technique is very similar to the aforementioned technique the only difference is the weight. There are a number of different ways to add a weight to your bait. One of my favorite ways is with a bullet weight that actually screws into your plastic bait. First, tie on your bullet weight on your line then your hook. After you have your weight and hook on the line you can texas rig your senko. Lastly, screw the weight into the plastic nose of your stick bait and you are ready to start fishing.
How to fish weight texas rig.
Like the weighless texas rig approach this technique is 100 percent weedless. The added weight allows it to perfectly imitate a baitfish feeding on the bottom. Simply cast it out, allow it to come to the bottom of the water and give it some twitches with the rod as you bring it back to the boat. That actions makes it look like a baitfish darting back and forth looking for food or cover on the bottom of the lake.
Learn more about this technique in the following video:
Wacky Rig: Another popular way to rig a senko is wacky rig it. To wacky rig your senko you simply slide an O-ring on your worm. Once it is in the middle you can put your hook through the O-ring. Another way many fisherman like to wacky rig their senko is to find the center and put their hook through the middle. The biggest advantage of the o-ring is that it will make your lure last longer and you will have more opportunities to catch more fish on a single senko.
How to fish a senko – wacky rig.
One reason I like to fish a senko with a wacky rig is because it allows the worm to give off more action and hopefully attact more attention. While the texas rig is designed to cover more water the wacky rig allows you to fish in one area longer. Simply cast it out, once it gets to the bottom lift the rod and give it a few twitches, then allow it to settle back to the water.
Jig head wacky style: This is an easy way to allow your wacky rig to get down deeper and give it some more action. Simply tie on your favorite jig head and then wacky rig your senko. This little bit of weight even thought it seems insignificant will make the bait fall faster and give the worm more action.
Drop Shot: Another great way to fish a senko especially with the smaller options is to put it on a drop shot. To do this, simply run the hook through the nose of the bait.Next you can put on your weight at the depth that you want your senko to be coming off the bottom of the water. Keep in mind that sometimes it is better to fish it a little higher off the bottom as this will give it great visibility ( I like to put it on an 18 inch – 24 inch leader), but always vary your weight and depth to see which one works best for you.
For another unique presentation you can wacky rig your senko on a drop shot. This approach gives it a little more action and a unique presentation for those difficult situations.
How to fish a senko – drop shot.
Simply cast it out and allow it to fall. Once it hits the bottom allow it to sit. Keep in mind that your lure is sitting anywhere between 12 or more inches off the bottom. The current of the water and the little movement of your rod will give the bait some action and hopefully get some bites.
If that isn’t get any bites, give it a few pops of the rod. Remember, this is a slow bite and requires some patience, but let me reassure you that it will catch the most stubborn of fish.
Learn more about how to rig this technique in the following video:
Carolina Rig. Another effective way to get attention is with a Carolina Rig. To Carolina rig your bait you will start by tying a weight, a bead, and a swivel to your fishing line. On the other end of the swivel you will tie on 18-24 inches of fluorocarbon line (that will serve as your leader) and to your leader you will tie on your hook. Once you have all that attached to your line you can texas rig your bait.
How to fish it.
What makes this approach different from a drop shot are the beads. When it is brought across the bottom of the water, the beads and the weight will hit each other creating a clacking noise. This noise will help to draw attention to your lure and actually bring the fish to you. One of the best ways to fish it is to cast it out allow it drop and slowly bring/drag it across the bottom.
Learn more about how this approach can catch your big bass in the following video:
Fish it like a fluke. One thing that really sets the senko apart from other stick baits is the great shimmy action on the fall. Take advantage of that great action by fishing it like a fluke. To rig it, nose hook it much like you would on a drop shot except this time you won’t be adding weights.
How to fish it.
As we mentioned senkos give off a great action on the fall that drives bass wild. Simply cast it out there and fish it much like your would a fluke or a soft jerkbait, with a jerk, jerk, pause action. On the pause this lure gives off a back and forth action that imitates a dying baitfish and hopefully generate a strike.
Now that we have talked how to fish a senko, let’s talk about some tips for picking out the right one…
What size senko should I throw?
Senkos are available in a number of different sizes, in fact, you can find senkos ranging between 3 inches up to 7 inches long. So which one should I choose and are there any advantages to fishing a larger senko?
Yes, there are advantages of fishing a bigger senko. For example, I like to fish a senko in dirty water or when it is really windy and there is a lot of chop on the water. The reason a bigger senko is better in this situation is that the bigger profile will give off more vibration and help the fish find the lure.
Another condition I might throw a larger senko is when fishing deep holes. Because the senko is big it will fall quicker and get down to where the fish are holding up.
As the water gets clearer and the wind begins to die down I start to downsize my senko. In the clear and shallow water I like to throw a 4 inch senko. These smaller senkos work best when fished with a drop shot style approach however, they will catch fish with any of the aforementioned techniques.
There you have it! 7 different ways to fish a senko. What have you found to be the best ways to fish a senko? Share with us your thoughts in the comments sections below.