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How To Fish A Senko | Bass Fishing

How To Fish A Senko | Bass Fishing

There we are. There we go. There we go. Come
here. I just want to show your face. C’mon. You got a face full of Senko buddy. Look at
that. He’s got a mouth full of Senko. Weightless Senko that’s what we’re talking
about today. Not a huge fish but, where do you think the huge fish come? Let’s talk about
it, weightless Senko’s. Hey, folks, Glenn May here with
Today I wanna talk to you about fishing a weightless Senko. This is what we’re talking
about right here. Weightless Senko. Now, if you’re not sure how to rig it this way, I’ve
got a video on that that’s linked underneath this video, that shows you how to rig it this
way, but basically I want to take you through the gear that we use, and then how to fish
it. To start with I got a 3/0 hook. This is a
five-inch Senko, so we are using the 3/0 hook on it. It’s an extra wide gap hook. It’s not
any special kind of hook. It’s not a flipping hook or a superline hook, it’s just your standard
wired thickness hook, and it’s also obviously not a finesse hook, so not a real thin wire
hook either. It’s just a standard hook size. And I have that paired with 15lb fluorocarbon
line. And there’s a distinct reason why I use fluorocarbon line, not monofilament, copolymer,
or braid. Fluorocarbon, it’ll sink a little bit. And
that sink rate, it won’t inhibit this lure as it falls. You want it to fall straight
down, and it kinda undulates as it falls. So this line is not gonna impede that action,
it’s gonna fall with it. If I’m using braid, braid has a tendency to be buoyant, and sometimes,
you may have this happen to you using braid or monofilament, or copolymer line, you throw
it out there, and the bait will do this, it will actually float away from you at an angle,
or it’ll fall at an angle. You’ve probably seen this a time or two. And that’s because
those lines are a little bit more buoyant than fluorocarbon. So when I use fluorocarbon
that’s the reason why. I don’t want to impede the action or change the action of the bait.
That’s the exact reason why. Fluorocarbon also is, you know, it’s real
sensitive, and since we’re fishing this weightless, you’re fishing it on a slack line, any little
bit of sensitivity that you can gain the better. So, fluorocarbon. And I’m fishing it on a medium action rod
with an extra fast tip. So not a medium-heavy or heavy action rod, but medium-heavy . . . or
medium rod with an extra fast tip that helps . . . the fast tip aids in throwing this bait
out there. It’s a real light weight, so you need that tip to toss it out there again,
again bait casting rod. That’s the standard gear. Of course, you can
use spinning if you want. That’s . . . nothing wrong with that., use an 8lb test, 15lb test
line. I tend to throw the bait around heavy cover, and around bushes, and thick weeds,
so I’m using the 15lb, that’s why I do that. But if you’re in open water? Fishing rocky
areas, where there is not a whole lot of vegetation or something where the fish can wrap you up,
then by all means, go with 8lb test, 6lb test if you want. Nothing wrong with that. I’m
just telling you the way that I do it. Okay, so that’s the gear, that’s how I use it. Now
let’s go out and fish it. Okay, so one of the basic ways and the most
effective ways to fish the Senko is simply just cast it out there, engage the reel, and
then let it sink. Let it do its thing. The Senko flutters and moves and wiggles. The
key thing is, when it’s falling like that you wanna watch the bait. You wanna watch
the line especially. Watch that line to see if it twitches, jumps, flicks, does anything
odd, because that’s usually the fish grabbing it. So pay close attention that if you see
that, then of course set the hook. Once it hits the bottom, all you’re gonna
do is just lift it up with your rod tip, and let it fall and slack line. Reel up some of
that slack, ’till it’s just about . . . ’till you just about have the bait, but you don’t
wanna move the bait with your reel. You just want it to fall straight down, and that’s
the enticing . . . it does the work for you. You don’t have to do anything. Let it fall.
Again, now my line is slack, so I know that it’s hit the bottom. I’m just gonna reel it
right back up again. All I’m doing here, I’m fishing an area that’s
got some rocks in here, and some scattered weeds, and the fish are out here roaming in
it, and that’s a perfect way to fish this bait. And that is how I do it 90% of the time,
how anybody does it, really. You just cast it out, let it fall. A lot of time those bites
occur on the fall on that slack line and that’s the hard part, it’s detecting that bite. So
pay real close attention to that line. If you don’t and the fish grabs it, then by the
time you realize there’s a fish there and you set the hook, you might gut hook fish
them. It’s real easy to do that with this bait, so pay close attention to that line. I’m gonna show you one other way to retrieve
it. Once you’ve cast it out there, now what you wanna do is kinda bring the rod tip down,
just kinda twitch it. And then just twitch it back to the boat. And you can do this at
any speed. Here I’m doing it at a moderate, you know . . . twitching. This is like a jerk
bait. But one other way to do it is, you can do it really fast. You can do it slow, you
can do it really fast. You can make it look like a bait fish just kinda skimming across
the surface. Just pop it, pop it, pop it, pop it. And reel it in as you do it. And it
looks just like a little bait fish that’s trying to get away from something. And a lot
of time, especially when the fish are feeding on schooling bait fish, you can throw right
into them and pop it like this and you can catch a lot of fish doing it this way. Okay, very straightforward way of fishing
it. One other method I wanna show you here, you cast it out, let it sink, and once it
hits the bottom, all you wanna do is drag it on the bottom. And here you are trying
to imitate some kind of a bait fish, say a sculpin or something like that, feeding off
the bottom. And in that case you just wanna move it with the rod tip. I like to move it
to the side. Some people like to lift up on it, but I don’t wanna lift it up off the bottom
here, I just wanna drag it along. Just move the rod tip, and then reel up the slack. And
that’s all there is to it. Straightforward Senko fishing. If you fish it like this you’re
gonna have whole heck of a lot of fun. For more tips and tricks like this, visit

100 comments on “How To Fish A Senko | Bass Fishing

  1. I got to try this!!! Funny how Bass fishing comes full circle every few years to a simple technique …..

  2. I just love fishing using Senko's, also after the Senko bait is torn up on the ends! I just put my hook through the middle and fish it like Finesse Bait! It is amazing that you fish different lakes and ponds the size of Senko cause a difference smaller to larger! Good information on the video, I would encourage new fishing persons to look at this video and others!

  3. I like fishing for bass this way and I am loving what tip and tricks I fine here @ BassResource. Love Senkos! Great video…

  4. Good video! I fish it this way most of the time. I use 10lb test Flouro. because I do fish super clear rocky lakes.

  5. Glen love the tips and videos, who would have thought that a "do nothing bait" would do nothing but catch fish!!!!!

  6. This was an awesome video! I always wondered the difference between the types of fishing lines and you explained perfectly.

  7. Great video! I fish the senko this way most of the time around brush and wacky rigged around beds in the spring.

  8. Thank you for the great helpful tips on how to rig and fish a Senko i will be putting these tips to work next time I'm on the water Thank you for the opportunity

  9. I always bird nest when I try to fish a weightless senko. I use 8 pound monofilament line. Could my line be why it birdnest's?

  10. Another very informative video. I love fishing weightless senkos. I cat numerous fish using a very similar set up. Keep up the great work!

  11. Keep up the great videos! My son and I have learned a lot and have seen over 200 of your videos. Thanks a million.


  13. Are yum dingers any good for this because run I'm using 20lb braid with 13lb Fluor carbon leader on my rod which I usually use for search baits

  14. Thanks for for letting me know the difference between lines. Never even thought about that when using a weightless senko.

  15. I took my brother fishing last year to a local river (small, not like the Mississippi). I gave him a weightless senko (actually a Yum Dinger). He threw it out and as it was floating down a fish grabbed it but he didn't notice. I told him his line was moving and he set the hook and caught a 3lber but unfortunately like Glenn said, he was gut hooked because he wasn't watching his line.

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