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How To Rig A Senko 5 Ways | Bass Fishing Tips

How To Rig A Senko 5 Ways | Bass Fishing Tips

Hey, folks. Glenn May here with
and today I want to talk to you about the many different ways you can rig the soft plastic
stick bait. Sometimes people call this a Senko, this happens to be a Yum Dinger right here.
I like the Yum Dingers better, they tend to last longer, but there’s a lot of different
manufacturers out here who make a bait like this. There’s a lot of different ways to rig
it and use it. So today I want to show you a couple different ways to do that. The first one and the most common one is to
rig it weightless, Texas rig. So I’ve got here just a 2/0 hook here, extra wide gap
hook. You can see the hook is in line with the eye here, and that’s what you want. Okay,
the reason being is what you’re going to do when you Texas rig this, you’re going to put
the hook right down the middle. A lot of times these have a seam on each side
from the molding process. So to make it really easy, if you haven’t done this before, put
the hook right down the eye and then line it up with that seam and bring it right on
through. I’m going to show you a little trick here that I think a lot of you haven’t seen
before. What I do in order to make the bait last longer
and to stay on the hook longer is I use a little pegging system. I use some 40-pound,
real stiff, look how wiry that is, real stiff monofilament. What you’re going to do is you’re
going to put that through the eye of the hook. I don’t know if you can see that very well,
there’s the eye and you’re going to put it right through the eye just like that, except
only when it’s buried inside the bait. So, let me put it in the bait. Bury it right
in the head, now you can’t see it. So how do you find it? Well you put it between your
fingers and you rotate that hook until you can feel that eye and you feel it right between
your fingers. Then you aim for it with this monofilament and you stick it right into the
eye. I’m trying to do it. Of course, it’s like typing, when people are watching you,
you do a bad job of typing. There we go. It’s hard for me to see, okay, let me do it the
way I normally do it. Oh, there we go, right in. Anyway, you bring it on through and then you
can see it’s sticking out a little bit on the end right here. So you want that flush,
you don’t want it sticking out, because it’s going to pick up a little weeds and things
like that, moss and whatnot. Flush with the bait and then you cut the other side flush
with the bait as well. What that does is it keeps it from sliding down the hook. See that?
Okay? Consequently, it keeps it from tearing too, it makes the bait last a lot longer. Okay, then I just rig it normal Texas style,
that’s how you want it to look. You line it up, bring it through the bait. Then I just,
you can see the hook sticking out like that. So I “Texpose” it, just back it off a little
bit and put the hook, bury the hook right back inside the bait so that way it’s nice
and flush so it doesn’t pick up any weeds. That’s the most basic way to fish this bait,
weightless, throw it out there. When it drops, it drops vertically and it just shimmies like
this, just does this little shimmy action as it falls down. The fish just love that,
love that, so this is the most common way to do it. Here I’m using 15-pound test, I’ll use it
on a medium-heavy action rod with a fast action tip. That’s my typical general purpose setup,
I throw this in all kinds of cover and open water. There’s several other ways to fish
this. For example, you can fish it drop shot. Here
I’ve got it rigged up on a drop shot rig, okay? It’s just sticking out like that. In
the water, it’s going to stick out like this. I just have it nose hooked, as you can see.
Okay? I just have it nose hooked. So it’s not Texas rigged in this case, but
the bait is free to do its little action. Okay? Nothing really is inhibiting it, this
is a great finesse tactic in clear water when the fish just don’t want to bite. However,
don’t let yourself limit to that, you can up-size the weight. Here I’m using six-pound
test, I use six-to ten-pound test on a seven-foot medium-light action rod, spinning outfit of
course. You can go heavier on this, you can use heavier weight, heavier line. This is a real light weight here on the end,
I’ve got this thing up about two feet above the line. I like my drop shot that way. I
want this bait to be up off the bottom, because typically that’s what a drop shot rig is for,
is when the fish aren’t feeding right on the bottom. So they’re looking up, they’re near
the bottom, but they’re looking up. So I want to get this off the bottom so they can see
it. You can use heavier weight and heavier line
and you can fish this in heavier cover. You might want to Texas rig it then instead of
having it exposed like I have here, but you can fish it in heavier stuff. As a matter
of fact, I’ve used drop shots, heavy, heavy drop shots, 50-pound test, three-quarter-ounce
bait with a flipping stick and thrown it into weed in a matted hydrilla and matted milfoil.
So don’t let that change the way you fish, or don’t let the drop shot limit yourself
to light line. Another way to fish this is, again, we’re
going back to weightless, however, we’re going to fish it … going to take that peg out,
we’re going to fish it wacky style. What is wacky? Well, as the name implies, it’sa weird
way of fishing it. All we’re going to do is e’re going to stick the hook right in the
middle, just right through it, just like that. Does that look weird or what? Okay? That’s
why it’s called wacky because it looks really weird. Okay? It completely changes the action of the bait.
Now instead of the bait shimmering down like that when it falls, it does one of these numbers
as it falls. Okay? It’s completely different action and the fish, sometimes that’s exactly
what they want. Now this is weightless so that the action
is going to be a lot less pronounced. It’s not going to be super, but what you can do
is you can use weighted jig heads or weighted heads that will make it fall faster and will
cause that action to be a lot faster. So what I like to do, I’ve experimented a bit and
I’ve discovered that you don’t have to get a wacky head, a wacky jig head. There’s some
out there you can buy but I’ve learned that fish don’t care, they really don’t care what
it looks likes. It’s that action that they key off of, so
I just use your regular football head jig. This one is a quarter-ounce I think. I use
eighth-ounce up to three-quarter-ounce football head jigs and I’m throwing a lot in rocky
areas where you can get hung up real easily. So I find a football jig works real well.
It looks ugly when you rig it, trust me. It’s not aesthetically pleasing but, again, the
fish don’t care. You just rig it on just like that, that’s the basic gist of it, right?
It looks weird but I’m telling you, it works, and especially in current. When it’s heavy
current, this football head jig works really well, it doesn’t get hung up. You can also throw it in weedy areas. Here’s
a jig head that’s got a little weed guard right here. Okay? It’s a little wire weed
guard and that works equally well for wacky rigging. Again, adding just a little bit of
weight makes the bait fall a bit faster, you’ll get a more reaction bite, you get a little
more pronounced action on that fall. Okay? So a couple different ways, let your imagination
fly. Again, the fish don’t care what it looks like so you don’t have to buy any special
gear, look around what you have in your tackle box and experiment. Another way you can rig this bait is Texas
rig. Again, it’s just like we had weightless, I rigged the exact same way and I pegged it,
again, pegged the plastic but here I just have a weight in front of it, just a bullet
weight. Again, that changes the action, here we go again. This, now it doesn’t have that
little fall to it. What it does is when it hits the ground, when
you throw it in heavier cover, it stands up like that and then slowly wiggles as it falls
back down, all right? Fish love this, and you can throw this in cover, throw this in
heavy cover wood, things like that, it’s not going to get hung up. It’s also a little bit
subtle action. Sometimes when you’re throwing those creature
baits, those lizards and those Brush Hogs and that sort of thing, they got all those
appendages making all this action and sometimes that’s not what the fish want. They just want
something a little more subtle, a little bit less action, and that’s when this is the ticket.
Okay? It’s very basic, straightforward, but sometimes that’s candy to them. So take a
look at your Texas rig and if you’re not getting bites, maybe you put one of these on. Finally, another way that I rig it is the
split shot rig. Here I’ve got a, or a Mojo rig, some people call it Mojo. I have a cylinder
weight up here on the front, this goes through weeds and rocks a lot better without getting
hung up, so it works really well. About 18 inches behind it, again, I have that weightless
Texas rig just like I showed you. This is a little bit smaller bait, this is a three-inch
bait, because I’m using here a six-pound test on a seven-foot medium-light action rod again.
I’m sensing a theme, that’s what I use for my finesse gear. You can use six-to ten-pound
test. What this does, this weight here, this gets
the bait down on the bottom quicker. If you’re fishing 15, 20 feet deep, maybe even deeper,
you don’t have to wait for this to make its way on down. This gets it down, it’s on the
bottom, and this then is set as it falls to do its trick, it starts doing that little
shimmy action again, but this time it’s really deep. Every time you lift the weight up an you drop
it, this thing, again, just this shimmies right down behind it. Great presentation for
deeper water or, again, when fish are real finicky, post front, really don’t want to
bite, it’s a real subtle, slow action here, and you can even drag it on the bottom if
you want and that’s another option you can do. Again, don’t limit yourself to finesse tactics,
you can do this Carolina rig as well, just all you’re using is a heavier weight. As a
matter of fact, I don’t deal with all the swivels and the weights and the beads and
all that stuff when rigging up Carolina rigs. I just go to a heavier rod and reel. I’m using
15-pound, 20-pound test, maybe even more. I’m just up-sizing one of these to a three-quarter-ounce
or a heavier weight. It’s the same rig, okay? Just a little Mojo weight here. Works great, it’s a very versatile bait, that’s
why it’s so popular. You can rig it so many different ways and it works in a whole variety
of different applications. So I hope it gave you a few ideas and I hope those tips help.
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100 comments on “How To Rig A Senko 5 Ways | Bass Fishing Tips

  1. For Wacky, did you ever use O-Rings or Shrink tube to preserve the worm? Just put shrink tube on a couple but haven't used them yet.

  2. Great video with great tips. Apparently I have been Texas rigging a little different. It was still working, but I hope this helps.

  3. What is the weight that you used for the Carolina Rig? I've only seen the setup with a brass bullet weight, beads and swivel. I like your setup better.

  4. Awesome video. Cant understand why there are so many thumbs down. I sure enjoyed this video. Helped a lot.

  5. a great way to fish wacky put a splitshot right near your knot on the hook great for casting with baitcaster and great action

  6. you guys had a great presentation it helped so much thank you. I caught a lot more fish because of you guys loved the video.

  7. Thanks for the tips… Video is great, straight to the point unlike many others on youtube 10min videos with 1min useful content.
    I'll be visiting your website soon.
    Thanks again

  8. i have yums i have yamamotos…yamamotos last longer for biggerfishbfor when they fold in 2 to 3 times there r no streches. to that with yums u gotba hole on the hook stik spot. yums r good for a school of fish for u dont know their sizes. but if u spot em use a yamomoto. or make em

  9. I use a rubber o ring and put the hook in that instead of the bait when I wacky rig it. Works really well and it allows the bait to be used for a lot longer.

  10. Great vid. Love the quick pegging system especially on days the fishing is really good. Saves $. However I feel the mojo rig does have one distinct disadvantage compared to a typical Carolina rig with bead and swivel. If a finicky fish bites and pulls back in a direction that is away from the weight, the mojo rig allows the bass to feel the weight drag. As opposed to a Carolina rig, where the weight able to slide freely, without the fish feeling the added resistance. It may not make a difference all the time, but in post frontal conditions it allows that light-biting bass to hang on a second longer.

  11. What pound test line should I be using for casting/ pitching a weightless setup. Every time I do throw mine, I'm birdnesting. I'm using 15# mono.

  12. can i use a split shot(round shape) to add weight? I've never fish for bass before and I joined a bass tournament and it's tomorrow. hahahaha good luck to me lol

  13. I just subed. I just started bass fishing in a kayak due to a disability. Gets me back on the water after years of reabilitation. Great advise on rigging of Senkos. My first pack of 4 inchers are on the way. So glad that I watched this video

  14. wacky rig is the most effective soft plastic rig iv used it for about 2 years and iv caught hundreds of bass with it

  15. What brand of thin split shot are you using for that last rig and what weight? Never seen that style of split before.

  16. I'm a kid so I don't understand all of this because my dad mostly helps me but he's gone for a while so what size hook do I use?

  17. Can I ask you a question, I went to a flea market and this guy was selling a box of assorted crankbaits, lip and lipless baits. I wonder why no one bought the box of lures. Most were not in the original box, so if I would have bought this, but how do I know how deep each crankbait dives. they don't print on each crankbait how deep it dives. so how do I know how deep each one would go. do I tell by the lip?

  18. Great presentation, clear and understandable. I thought I fished the stick bait every way there is but, I see there is always ways to improve.

  19. Hey I'm 16 years old I don't do drugs or smoke like every other teen dose I go fishing to have fun I cought over 40 bass last year's and I'm having fun doing that fishing turnd into a big sport to me this year over 60 bass I cought people like you make me want to go fishing I like watching people like you that inspired me to go fishing thank you for inspiring me go fishing 😁. And good video keep it up and thanks for the tip on how to use jiggs keep it up

  20. I’m so glad I came across your video and thankful I did. It’s been a challenging time fishing for me because I don’t know how to do it. After watching your video, I learned that I was tying up the lures/bait completely wrong. Took my son out yesterday and within the first 6 casts we caught two fish.
    Thank you

  21. I’ve used toothpicks for years to peg a bait or bullet weight. It’s so much easier.
    And I learned that trick from the pros.

  22. Never have any luck on senkos but for some reason I ended up with about 10 bazillion I got free. I Always use ribbon worms or finesse ones.

  23. If u want a weighted texas rig but not a bullet sinker that will get hung up just take some nails that you would use to hang a picture with and stick them in the top of the bait

  24. I typically use a weightless Texas rig. And pretty much nothing else with soft Plastics. Only time use anything besides soft plastics is they just aren't biting them. But 90% of the time they work. Really like lizards and crawfish as well.

  25. I never fail to learn something from even your most basic videos- thank you so much. This little trick is gonna save me a ton of soft plastics and time fixing my worm. I generally only get 2 fish per soft plastic- using mostly zoom- it's the front of the plastic that goes over the eye of the hook that always gets torn up so badly- after 2 fish it won't stay put any longer and keeps falling down. When the fish are really aggressive one is all it takes. I fish more soft plastics than anything else and they can start costing you more than you realize because it seems cheap to buy one pack but- we're constantly having to replenish our supply and over time it adds up. I fret and stutter over buying a 15 dollar jerk bait but- I bet I've spent three times that amount on just plastic worms this year alone.

  26. I fish a spot that's been literally taken over by witch hair "grass"- which is really an algae or fungus I think, not a grass- but the stuff is a nightmare to fish. The bass love it, they stay right on top of it- but it's extremely delicate and easy to tear up so if your bait even touches it- it's coming back covered in the stuff. You can't rip through it either. So I ordered some 3/16ths mojo weights hoping they would be light enough to slide over it and not dig in and tear it up- fishing a weightless worm with them of course- do you think it will work? i hope so, my bread and butter has always been Carolina and Texas rigging and I can't do either over this stuff- my bait just gets lost in the muck. So now I'm limited to drop shot- which hasn't worked for some reason- top water, or maybe split shot or mojo rigs. I also thought about one of these swim baits that has a predictable rate of fall so I can count down and know about what depth I'm at when Is start reeling- maybe I could control the depth enough to keep it out of this stuff. It must be sticking up fairly high out from shore cause even if I just get close to bottom I get fouled up in the stuff.

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