Few bass fishing baits stand the test of time. It’s easy to think of all the “latest” and “greatest” baits that have come and quickly disappeared from existence. One soft plastic bait, however, continues to produce and catch fish for millions of worldwide anglers—the Yamamoto Senko.
I’ve been using this bait for as long as I can remember. Regardless of the weather conditions, time of year or mood of the bass, it seems to catch fish when many baits do not. This is why it remains a big staple in my bass fishing arsenal.
You’ll find a lot of bass fishing soft plastics out there that look great but fail to perform where it matters—underwater. The Yamamoto Senko is the exact opposite. It may not look like much on the shelf or in the package, but its action is absolutely remarkable.
As the Senko falls on slack line, its tail wiggles back and forth without any effort from the angler. You’ll also notice that its sinks very slowly, which is largely due to its high salt content. This slow fall and tantalizing waving action is a combination that bass have a tough time resisting.
A heavy finesse bait?
“Heavy” may be a bit of an overstatement, but the Senko is weighted perfectly for finesse applications. The weightlessness of many finesse soft plastics make it very hard to make long casts, which defeats the point in my purpose. More times than not, I’m fishing finesse baits in clear water when long casts are essential to getting bites.
When the Senko is rigged weightless, it casts like a rocket. It doesn’t matter if it’s windy or calm—you’re going to be able to put it where it needs to be. You’ll also notice how easily it skips underneath cover. Just flick your wrist and it will skip like a river rock on top of the water.
Ridiculous color selections
I often write about the importance of keeping your color selections simple, but I also realize how much small differences can impact your success in ultra-clear water. Regardless of your fishery’s forage base, I can guarantee you’ll be able to find a Senko color that matches the most prominent species of bass prey.
As I’m typing this, I’m checking out the color selection on TackleWarehouse.com. There are over 75 color patterns to choose from, ranging anywhere from Bubble Gum, Goby, Green Pumpkin with Black and Fuchsia to Oxblood. Even better, they’re available in sizes ranging from 3 inches to 7 inches long.
Worth the extra cost
The Yamamoto Senkos are priced anywhere from $4.99 to $7.69, depending upon the length and quantity. I’m a huge proponent of buying affordable bass fishing tackle, but I’m telling you—the extra cost of these are totally worth it in my experience. I could go on for hours, but to put it plainly, they catch a lot of bass.
If you’re looking for a versatile soft plastic bait that you can use throughout the entire year with countless techniques, I suggest grabbing a few packs of Yamamoto Senkos. They’ve caught big bass for years and I’ll always have a few packs in my boat.