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Summer Senko Fishing for Monster Bass | Bass Fishing

Summer Senko Fishing for Monster Bass | Bass Fishing

Woman: Oh, there you go. Glenn: Right there. Woman: Yeah, I saw that. Glenn: I was reeling it in. Woman: Yeah, I saw that. Glenn: Oh, goodness. Woman: Get him in the boat. That’s a nice fish. Look… Oh, I thought he threw it. Nicely done. Get him in the boat. Look at that. Glenn: Oh, and it fell out of his mouth. The General… Woman: Look at that fish. Glenn: Holy moly, that’s a good fish. Alright. Hey folks, Glenn May here with It’s summertime, dog days of summer. We’re looking at 100 degrees today. It is really warm and guess what? We’re catching quality fish up shallow and
I want to talk to you a little about that. We’re using Senko-type baits to catch these
fish and I want to talk you through how we’re doing that, how we’re rigging it, what gear
we’re using, and then I’m going to show you a little bit about how we’re actually catching
these fish. Okay, so let me talk to you a little bit about
what we’re using today. Today we’re using Berkley PowerBait MaxScent,
The General. It’s this puppy right here. And I’m fishing at basically three different
ways. One of it is like this. This is just your typical weightless way of
fishing a Senko-type bait. Another way to fish it, which is very effective,
is wacky-rigged. There’s a lot of different ways people wacky-rig,
but for the most part, I just use what I’m fishing. There you go, now I’m wacky-rigged. It’s very straightforward, simple, easy to
do. I use the equipment that I already have. I’m not a big fan of having one-trick ponies
in my tackle box because I know there’s a lot of different jigs you can get. There’s a lot of different hooks you can get. You can get certain bands that go around here
and tools to put the bands on and all this stuff to rig, wacky-rig. I don’t do that, again, because it just clutters
up my tackle box because if I’m not fishing it this way, then I just got stuff in my tackle
box that I’m not using. So wacky-rig is just weightless, like, this
is how I’m fishing The General today. If I want to add a little weight to it, I’ll
just put a little bullet weight in the front and I’m good to go. Just repurpose stuff that I already have. There you go. Alright. Woman: Just like that. And I lost my General. Glenn: Yup. That doesn’t help. Woman: No. Ah, you little sucker. Got you right in the cheek. There we go. Glenn: The General strikes again. Woman: He’s a little guy, but I’ll take him. Glenn: Yeah. Woman: Acrobatics. Glenn: Another rig I’m using to get in those
thick bushes and cover where the fish are hiding this time of year is a Texas rig, The
General. And here I’m using a quarter-ounce tungsten
weight with a bobber-stopper in the front. I’ve got it rigged with Berkley FireLine Ultra
8 30-pound line as a braid, so this is perfect for fishing in that cover. It’s got lots of sensitivity, abrasion resistance,
it’s really powerful, so I can fish in all that cover and I don’t have to worry about
my line. That’s what I’m using and also I have that
rigged up on a seven-foot, medium heavy power rod, with a fast-action tip. This is your workhorse kind of rod. There’s all kinds of manufacturers that make
them. Make sure you got a few of them in your boat
because you can fish all kinds of lures on them with it and this time we’re fishing that
Texas rig General. And on it, I have this reel. This is the Revo SX baitcasting reel. This is an awesome reel, smooth casting. Paired with this FireLine, you can cast really
far and it’s got over 24 pounds of drag, which I really like because let’s face it, a lot
of the baitcasters that come out today are somewhere between 12 and 15 pounds of drag. This has 24 pounds. This is perfect for horsing those fish out
of deep cover, back in the weeds, back in the bushes, where you’re going to find them. You can get them out paired with this FireLine. This is a great combination that you can use
to get all those fish out and now worry about breaking them off or getting them wrapped
up and not getting them out. So that’s what we’re using today. Now that I’ve shown you what we’re doing,
how we’re rigging it, let me show you how to fish. There you go. Nice. They’re in here. Woman: Come here, you. Glenn’s getting the net. Come here baby, come here. Come here. Ooh, come on Glenn. Come on, Glenn. There we go. There we go. He’s got a sore on his tongue. Yeah, he does. Glenn: So the thing about summertime is in
the early morning and in the evening hours, the fish are gonna be shallow, they’re gonna
be roaming around and actively chasing bait fish. So you can catch them on fast-moving baits
like Topwater, such as buzz baits and poppers or you can fish them on the spinner baits,
crankbaits, and you’re gonna catch fish doing that. But when the sun gets really high and right
in the middle of the sky and you’ve got these shadows, you can see it on my face, well,
that’s when the fish bury up in the cover. And I know a lot of people think that the
fish go out deep, they’re going to go from super shallow, now they’re going to go 500
yards out, even further to the deeper parts of the lake. The main points, the ledges, the humps, the
channels, that sort of thing. Well yeah, there’s a population of bass that
are out there that are that deep and you can certainly fish them and catch them, but a
lot of those fish that are up shallow in the morning, they don’t go far. What they do is they bury themselves up in
this cover that’s right around nearby. Look around, see what’s in your lake. It could be docks. It could be logs. It could be down trees. It could be flooded bushes. It could be hydrilla, milfoil, any kind of
weed patches, such as the lily pads. That’s where the fish are gonna go and it’s
not because they want to get out of the heat or because they want to get out of the sun,
but it’s because that’s where the baitfish go to hide from their predators. And wherever you find that baitfish, that’s
where the bass are. If the baitfish move, the bass will go with
them all the time. And so this time of year you’re going to have
a lot of those fry that are growing up, trying to get big for the winter and they’re going
to be… Just go to a place where there’s a lot of
weeds. Go look. You’ll see all those little fry and little
bait fish running around in there, little bluegill and whatnot. Well, if you see that, you can bet the bass
are there too. So the key about fishing on bright sunny days
like this is looking for the shadows. Not so much the sun, but where are the shadows? Because that’s where the bass are gonna set
up shop, where they can ambush their prey. So say you’re fishing in a long line of docks,
if one side of the docks is sunny and the other side is shady, just fish the shady side. You can be a lot more effective that way and
be more productive and get that whole stretch of docks in a lot shorter time and catch a
lot more fish because you’re not wasting any casts on the sunny side. Same thing when you’re looking at weeds, when
you’re looking at flooded bushes. Pay attention to where that bite is. I bet you it’s on the shady side. That’s the first cast that I always make is
on the shady side. Now the two ways I’m doing it today is with
the weightless General and then also with the Texas-rigged General to get in there. So I like to fish a lot with the weightless
because I like to get in and around the outside of that cover before I go in deep. So I’ll be fishing that and see if I can’t
entice them to come out and hit it, say for example beaver huts. We have a lot of those in this lake and those
fish will be in there. You can entice quite a few out of them by
casting to the outside edges of that hut and then we’ve you’ve caught those, go in with
the weighted Texas rig. And I like to use that to get in there and
go a little bit deep. Sink it down where they’re buried up inside
those nooks and crannies of that beaver hut. Same thing with the weeds. Get up there where they’re buried in there. You can use that with this weight. I’m not using a heavy, heavy weight. I’m not punching. I’m using an actually pretty light weight
because what I like to do is once I get it in that cover, I like to work it real slow,
real slow. Just throw it down there, let it hit the bottom,
and then crawl it over the top so those limbs or those branches or if I’m in the weeds,
crawl up through those weeds. If I get over a branch, like get that line
over the branch, I like to bring it up over that branch and then just shake the bait just
a little bit and then let it flutter right back down. So I don’t need a real heavy weight to do
that, otherwise, it will just drop real fast and it won’t match the speed of how I’m fishing
the bait. Key thing during the summertime is when you
come up against a little spot where there’s some weeds or a little patch of bushes or
a string of docks, if you catch a fish off that, stop and fish it again. Make sure you keep making casts to that because
if there’s one bass there, it’s very likely there’s quite a few. There’s probably a concentration of baitfish
there and there’s a whole wolf pack in there feeding on them. So I can’t tell you how many times I’ve caught
multiple fish out of the same exact spot during the summertime. They just congregate that way. So don’t… I see a lot of guys do this. They’ll catch a fish and by time they unhook
them and take pictures and all that stuff, they’ve drifted off the spot and then they
just keep on going down the bay. Don’t be that guy. Turn around, come back to that spot where
you just caught that fish and throw again, see if you can catch some more out of that
spot. This is why I have it rigged up a couple of
different ways because I can catch them one way and then if it’s not working or if I only
catch a few off that, then I can flip over to this and flip it another way and catch
some more fish. You’d be surprised how that little change
of presentation you can pull a lot more fish out of the same exact spot. Woman: He thinks he’s big. Glenn: Good job. Woman: He thinks he’s big. He’s mad. Glenn: You can get him. Woman: He’s mad. Glenn: You got him hooked in the roof of the
mouth. Woman: I got him hooked somewhere. Right through the nose, I believe. Now you can do a snapshot because I got the
bait. Glenn: There you go. Woman: Here you go. Glenn: Bring it right up to the camera. So anyway, that’s how I fish it during the
summertime. Just be prepared, summer’s all about taking
advantage of those opportunities. Be versatile. Pay attention to where those bites are and
you’ll catch a lot more fish. I hope those tips help. For more tips and tricks like this, visit

100 comments on “Summer Senko Fishing for Monster Bass | Bass Fishing

  1. I agree that the bass are more concerned about bait than temperature. Our lakes rarely have a surface temp above 80 degrees but then again, many months the surface temp is below the freezing point.

  2. If I'd typically throw a TX rig with a 3/8 oz weight using something other than a senko, would a good starting off point be to start with a 1/4 or 5/16 oz when using a senko to control the fall rate better.

  3. Great video as usual. I love the weightless Texas rig best. After watching though I may try wacky a little more often. The equipment tip was really great, as people don’t have to spend a lot of money on specialty tackle when what they already have will work just as well.

  4. Senkos style baits are #1 for both bronze backs and Largemouth. Wacky rig as well is best by far my favorite technique. Thanks for the videos! I HOPE I CAN WIN THE MAX SCENT GIVE AWAY!

  5. Another very informative video! I use rubber worms almost 90% of the time. Nice tip about using the shadows. I'll be taking advantage of that info from now on.

  6. Great tips Glenn. You and your wife are just kicking butt!.. I am going to try these tips this weekend!.. Wish me luck!

  7. 5" stickworm is my go to plastic worm ever since they came out from Yamamoto. I rig it many ways depending on the bite or no bite for that matter. Normally I Tx. rig it weightless. I do use the O rings for wacky rigging, I like that way of rigging better. When I go to a worm, I always go to the 5" stickworm first, Tx rig weightless & take it from there. Thanx Glenn, great tips!!

  8. great video have not gotten any generals yet since i have a ton of yamamotos still but looks like i might need some

  9. I need to learn how to skip and pitch around the docks and trees, etc. I have been accused of "squirrel hunting" on some occasions. I need those promotional baits of yours so I can practice.

  10. Great info. Just getting back into bass fishing so my baby boys will have something to look forward to on weekends. I’ve been curious on what to use in this south Mississippi heat. Thanks

  11. Senko type bait is one of my favorite lures. The General looks like a really nice stick bait. My favorite techniques is wacky rig and nail weighted wacky.

  12. I have seen videos where bass fisherman use an o-ring in the middle of the worm? What is that called ? Is it the same as weightless? Or do you rig your hook differently?

  13. I'm in FL so definitely know about having to deal with the heat. Senko style worms are certainly one of the things I will use.

  14. I love to wacky rig this type of lure. Later in summer I have to go texas rig on some lakes because of all the weeds. They still work great.

  15. Nice video, Glenn! With the weed lines I really like the weedless wacky hooks and use the o-rings, but the standard weightless tx-rig seiko is deadly

  16. Very educational video. I use a variation of this technique at a favorite lake and catch 15inch  plus largemouth one after the other.

  17. I fish a farm pond that has very little structure. There's only a few Cypress Trees right off the bank and it's to shallow for the bass to be holding to.

  18. I have only fished with ‘The General’ once, but it did catch fish. I was trying to use it wacky rigged using crossed o-rings, and did have a fish run off with the bait without getting hooked. I was concerned on how durable the Maxscent baits are when thru hooked. It looks like Glen and his partner were losing baits. Anyone have a different take?

  19. Need those baits. Gotta really get this down..Gotta get Wacky do you always use a spin caster.. I do us Texas rig a lot not only bobber stop, but screw in end weights.I have the revo reel love it.. I use 50-65lb braid on a worm Texas rigged in cover. Do not do weightless much gotta try that.. Going to look for those wolf packs Thx

  20. Thanks for the information/tips. I'll try out the weightless and weighted rigs with the baits when I win them. :-)!

  21. It has been so hot on Lake Murray I had given up on day fishing. You have motivated me to go out and try some of the shady spots. The bass have seemed to move away from the docks, except for the docks in deep water. It could also be the way I am fishing the docks also. I will be trying the new ideas this week. Thanks for the info.

  22. Love these type baits
    I mainly use use Texas rigged weightless but have found they're great on Carolina rig and hook wacky on a drop shot.
    Good hint about multiple fish have done that myself just gotta give em a few minutes seems like they scatter for a few

  23. Thanks Glen for the info on using seiko baits during hot summer days. There good year around too! Thanks for showing the different approaches to fishing them in shallow cover and lay downs and so forth.Great video!

  24. Great info and advice.. Like to see you say no need to go out and buy special hooks, tools, etc.. use what you got. Thanks!

  25. As always, another great video from the May's. I have had great success with the wacky rig, but only with 10-13" fish, not any of those big ones. One thing in your video you didn't discuss was skipping the wacky rig into those shady areas. I've done that and BAM! a strike once it starts to fall.

  26. Senkos and other soft plastic worms work so WELL, however I wish all the bass in my area were more aggressive and less finicky. P.S. Glen 👍 thnx for the useful videos. Long time ago when I was a googan it was impossible catching those finicky bass, now I can! Keep it up!

  27. I go through the videos all the time looking for tips. I like using O-rings so i can reuse my senkos for other rigs like the Texas rig as well. I just pull the wacky and o ring off and slip it on through the hook

  28. Top fishing video ,there always some the new to learn no matter how good we are at fishing ,keep up the videos,

  29. Senko is great and always have on the bag….Nice comments about the shades to do the first cast. In my experience transition form sun to shade always work.

  30. Awesome video and tips on mid summer heat cause i know here in south ga on the flint river and lake seminole it gets outrageously hott lol , thanks Glen always use the tips and informative direction you give , #BassResource

  31. I've caught some really good ones in the middle of the afternoon fishing deep. The key for me is to fish slow and be patient. I typically use Texas rig, but occasionally wacky as well. I've also done well with brighter colors, like pink or white.

  32. geat advice for fishing the shallows and the shadow areas in the middle of the day when the sun is high above. JOHN COLEMAN SR..

  33. Clarks hill lake is running in the high 80's. Everything is deep. About the only people catching big bass are the striper fishermen. Senkos do work good skipping docks.

  34. Another Great video Glenn, do you think the Berkley scent helps to attract them or just keeps them hanging on once they inhale it?

  35. Great info Glen! I have a Revo SX and it is my favorite reel in my arsenal that I use. I also usually Texas rig my senkos in the summertime too. It’s a great summertime bait.

  36. Well, I"m about out of gas and the grass needs cutting, it's 95 degrees and all I've got is an aluminum boat but I reckon I'm fixing to go throw a wacky rigged Senko in the river for a while.

  37. Always wanted to try fishing wacky style but I don't think it's my style, to slow. Will definitely have to try it though. Ready to hit the shady spots during the heat.

  38. Great tips Glen. I rediscovered the Senko style baits this season, and very sucessfull.

    Appreciate the video, glad to see you to passing on some quality information.

  39. No, sir! Thank you for the chance to finally try these baits and give some of the tips a try! I've been a fan since you guys first got a website, and y'all have taught me a lot of different types of fishing and methods. Keep up the great work.

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