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Wacky Rig – Dropshot Senko Techniques | Bass Fishing

Wacky Rig – Dropshot Senko Techniques | Bass Fishing

There we go. You know it’s a lot bigger than your face
there dude. It’s got a mustache. Today I’m fishing a real clear water reservoir
in the middle summer. It looks at all the little fish are out to
play today, but that’s all right. I’m out here just havin fun. And a day like today it’s easy to have 100
fish plus day. I’m gonna show you how to do this. I’m combining the best of two rigs here. A drop shot and a wacky rig, and I’m jackin’
fish all day long doing this. I promise you does catch bigger fish. So today I’m gonna show you how to rig all
this up, what kind of equipment I’m using and why. And then I’m gonna take you out on the lake,
and I’m gonna to show you how, the different techniques how to use the dropshot wacky rig
Senko. Hey, folks. Glenn May here with Today, I want to talk to you about fishing,
a wacky rig, drop shot, Senko. Yeah, that’s right. I’m taking two different rigs, a wacky rig
and a drop shot and combining the two for a pretty darn effective bait. Now, if you don’t know how to rig a drop shot,
I’ve got a video on how to do that. And it’s linked underneath this video for
you. You can go take a look at that later. But today, I’m going to talk about the different
gear I use, the tackle I use, to fish this, and then I’m going to show you on the water
how to fish it. So first off, I’ve got this weight here. This is an eighth ounce weight. And you can up in size. You can go up to a quarter ounce or even larger
if you want, but that’s only if you’re fishing deeper water or windy conditions. That’s the only time I really upgrade to a
heavier weight. But this is just an eighth ounce, and that’s
the standard I go to all the time. Rigged on that, this is a size 1/0 hook, and
of course, we’ve got the Senko. Look at that, rigged right like that. Pretty cool. I’m using six-pound co-polymer line, and there’s
a reason for that. I’m not using fluorocarbon or braid. Braid tends to be more buoyant, and it floats. Not totally floats, but it’s more buoyant,
and it’s going to interfere with the action of this bait. And that’s the key thing about fishing a drop
shot, is you want it to be as natural as possible. You don’t want anything to interfere. As a matter of fact, I use a spin shot hook. That way, it can move around freely as much
as possible, and it’s not going to interfere with the action of the bait. A lot of people use fluorocarbon when they
drop shot for the sensitivity, and I’m not saying you shouldn’t do that. If you’re comfortable doing that, knock yourself
out. Use it all the time. But I use co-polymer because fluorocarbon,
it gets heavy and sinks a bit. And again, that interferes with the bait,
in my opinion. So that’s why I like using co-polymer. It’s pretty much neutrally-buoyant, and that
way, the bait can do its thing and look as natural as possible. So six pound, real light line, and because
of that, I’m using a medium, light-action rod. It’s got lots of flexibility in it here, and
you need that. Because when you set the hook and you’re fighting
the fish back, you don’t want to break the line, nor do you want to bend the hook out. So you need that kind of flexibility, medium,
light-action rod. So that’s the gear. That’s how we’re rigging it today. Now, let’s go fishing. Okay what I’m fishing here is an area that
has rocky bottom with some scattered weeds. Great place to fish the drop shot rig. Now, one of the things I didn’t tell you about
earlier was on this length. Yeah, we’re starting with about 18 inches,
but I’ll change that length depending on the circumstances I’m fishing in. So for example, if I’m fishing in deeper water,
fishing in clearer water, or during the summertime, I might move up to 24 inches, maybe even 30
inches, because the fish, they’re actively feeding. They can see it from further distances. They’re going to chase it further. So I want to get it up off the bottom a little
bit further. Now, if I’m fishing in dingy water or in the
wintertime or in shallow water, then I’m going to shorten it up maybe up to 8 or 10 inches
because the fish aren’t going to chase us as far. I’ve got to get the bait right down to them. They’re a little bit more lethargic, especially
in the wintertime. So shortening it up is a great way to go for
those situations. Casting it out, you don’t want to throw it
really hard because you might throw the bait off the hook. So just a real nice lob cast is alls it takes. You can even underhand pitch it. That works just as well. And once it gets out there, you want to watch
the line fall. Let it fall a slack line. Watch it very carefully where the line enters
the water because sometimes the fish will bite it on the fall. And the only way you’re going to tell is you’re
going to see that line pop, twitch, jerk, do something odd like that. That’s when the fish bite it. So what you’re going to do then is reel up
the slack and just pull back on it hard. Not a hard hook set, doesn’t take much to
set the hook on this rig. Again, it’s an exposed hook, light wire hook. You’re using six pound test line. If you set up really hard, you’re probably
going to break the line or straighten out that hook. So it’s just reel down firmly on it or pull
back on the rod and you got them set. I’m going to show you how to fish this now. You just cast it out there. Wow, that went a long way. That was a light cast. Notice I didn’t even throw it very hard. But I’m watching it carefully fall to the
bottom, making sure it doesn’t twitch. Okay, it hit the bottom. And how do I know that? The line just went slack. It just went limp on me. So now, all I want you to do is just reel
up that slack and then hold it in place. That’s all you’re going to do. There you go. Now I got it. So just hold it in place, and hold it steady,
hold it steady, hold it steady. You’re not going to move the bait at all. I’m reeling up a little bit because the boat’s
moving, but that’s all you want to do. I know you think the bait isn’t moving much,
but if you take your hand and move it and put it in front of your face and hold as steady
as you can for 30 seconds, you’ll notice that it is moving, no matter how steady you try
to hold it. That is being transmitted down the rod, down
the line to the bait. In addition, there’s always movement. There’s always current in any body of water,
even if it’s a lake, whether it be wind-driven current, wave-driven current. There’s always movement, and that is moving
the bait as well. Plus if you’ve got a breeze on the water or
those little waves, they’re lapping up along your line. And that’s being transmitted down to that
bait as well. So just holding it steady, that bait is moving
around enough that that’ll attract the fish and they’ll bite. Keep in mind, see, we’re not covering a lot
of water here. It’s a real slow, methodical way of fishing. So this isn’t a technique that you want to
use to cover a lot of water and to find fish. This is what you use after you’ve found the
fish. You’ve located an area that they’re hanging
out on, and you want to pick that apart and get every fish you can. This is the tactic you employ. So once you’ve done this for a while, you
just hold it steady. Now, alls you going to do is just drop the
rod tip a bit down and just shake it. Just shake the tip of the rod. Not much, doesn’t take much at all. And then hold it. When you’ve got their attention, they might
come back and bite it. And hold it for as long as you can stand it. Then what you’re going to do is just move
the bait a little bit, lift up the rod. Reel up the slack, let it drop, and start
over again. Just hold steady. Don’t do anything, and every once and a while,
just shake the rod tip. That’s all it’s going to take. And that’s all there is to it. The drop shot’s very, very simple. It doesn’t take much to entice the bite, but
again, it takes patience. That’s what it takes, a lot of patience to
fish it. Now, the areas to fish and when to fish it,
during the summertime and in the wintertime, that’s when the bulk of the fish are out in
the main lake, in a little bit deeper water. So those times of the year, I’ll be fishing
main lake points, creek channels, creek bends, especially where it swings up close to the
shoreline. I’m fishing rock piles, humps, ledges, dropoffs,
those type of things. That’s where I’m going to be targeting during
those times of the year. In the spring and in the fall, that’s when
most of the fish move up shallow to feed, so I’ll go right with them. I’ll go to the back of creek channels, back
of coves, protected bays, secondary points, and in flats, especially grassy flats. I’ll be targeting those areas during those
times of the year. If you do that using this technique, again,
after you’ve located the fish, you’re going to have a whole heck of a lot of fun. For more tips and tricks like this, visit

100 comments on “Wacky Rig – Dropshot Senko Techniques | Bass Fishing

  1. Thank you for making this video! I'm going to try and make it a goal to fish the drop shot more when the bite is slow. It's just not as fun as throwing a spook or chatterbait lol.

  2. Look forward to trying the whacky rigged dropshot senko. I want to try it around bridge pilings though rather than on main lake.

  3. I use the dropshot 95% of the time and have done so for several yrs. I also use a Sinko a lot  This is my favorite rig and I sue watermelon green or lt.brown Sinko or  Yum Dinger.

  4. Honestly never thought of this technique, looks pretty cool something I'm trying for sure when I hit the lake!

  5. Thanks for the info. Honestly, seems like with fishing just let your imagination run wild and see what works. Hope that makes sense.

  6. Another great informative video. I wonder how that would work for small mouth on Lake Michigan. I live a couple miles from Lake Michigan and the water is real clear, the inland lakes are mostly clear around here also. I going to try it, havn't tryed drop shoting or wacky rig fishing yet.

  7. Great video and valuable advice as always. I've used a wacky rig on a dropshot once before and haven't used it since, but that hook looks great for this rig. Gonna order some and try it again

  8. I have used the VMC Spinshot hook quite a bit, but mostly for drop-shotting nose-hooked Roboworms. I had never thought about using it for Wacky rigging any bait, much less a Senko. Thanks for the tip!

  9. I utilize the wacky rig most of the time. I'll even move where I put the hook in the worm depending on what the fish are liking that day. Great video again. Keep up the great work!

  10. Such an easy modification, yet how many have tried it, till now! Can't wait to hit the brush piles, this will get those suspending bass!!!

  11. Before watching the video, I wondered whether the action of the senko would be diminished with this rig, but apparently not. Thanks for the tip!

  12. That senko undulating action, even on tight line/no movement, is crazy. Drop shot with a long leader would let you essentially fish it weightless in deep water without waiting for it to sink. Just lift till you feel the weight, then let it flutter down on semi-slack. A yo-yo effect. Great videos.

  13. we put a snap swivel on rod line make up units in different lengths using that brand of hook setup for our grand kids so easy for them to use and easy for them to change to different setups

  14. Just finished a week of drop shoting …in a stupid attack didn't try wacky set up just did the straight minnow. Still nailed 8-10 good sized bass, but now I add a new dimension to fishing. Nailed about 80-100 2 pound blue gill so getting the drop shot working.

  15. Tried this last week. Killed on this set up. 10 or so and my PB spotted bass at 17 3/4 . I've found that the Zoom mag finesse is an excellent stick bait . Always seems to get them to bit it. Great video Once again

  16. Tried this at the small lake near the house, worked really well, managed to catch 11 fish and now I need to go get more senkos.

  17. I've fished the wacky rig before but never on a drop shot rig. I think this rig would work for me on the clear farm pond I fish that has weeds growing everywhere along the bottom (about 1-2 feet off the bottom). I'd just have to use a longer leader to keep the bait above the weeds. Thanks for the good info.

  18. One way that I use to change leader length quickly is to use a snap swivel at the end of my leader. Then I can choose from any of my pre-made lengths for the area I am fishing in. If you do like Glenn does here and use a t-turn swivel for your hook, you can snap a leader and weight right to the bottom of it.

  19. I have been using a drop shot and wacky rig for several years now and it is my "go to" confidence bait.  I fish from shore and have had a lot of luck using these methods!  I told my father that Bass Resource, you tube, and all the great information on-line have made me a far better fisherman than I would have been.  I can honestly say I have had a great time catching some very nice bass!!!  Thank-You  Jim

  20. @BassResource what about a wacky mojo rig? i thought about using this set up the other day but i was already catching fish so i didnt wanted to get off the bite

  21. Thank you for the awesome videos and all the helpful tips on how to rig the baits and how to fish the baits i love all the very helpful videos thank you so very much for the helpful videos thank you

  22. I have just recently started bass fishing the last couple years, I grew up with the dad who only crappie and catfished, my little brother turned me on to bass fishing and I absolutely love it and I have been trying to learn as much as I can about it. This video is very helpful I never knew you could do something like that I believe when I go out this weekend I will be trying it. Thank you for the information and I will put it to use

  23. I really like these videos but i don't get the idea of using a lite rod to keep the hook from bending or line from breaking. I get it that it softens/delays the initial hook set. I've personally never seen a hook bend from a fish, all the other different parts of rigs yea.. but not the hook… This seems like info directed more at braid users in my opinion.

  24. Glen I like watching your videos on YouTube give me a lot of knowledge on fishing and how to to fish it so thank you very much

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