Because of its unique underwater action, the Yamamoto Senko has proved to be an extremely versatile bait. Here are 4 ways I fish a Senko with a lot of success:
- Weightless Texas rig—When fishing around vegetation or target-casting to specific underwater cover such as stumps or laydowns, I have a lot of success fishing the Senko on a weightless Texas rig. It’s totally weedless, it won’t get hung-up on hard cover and the tail kicks like crazy. Right before the bass begin spawning, they tend to get caught up on “love” more than eating, but the slow fall of this rig is great at fooling them into biting.
- Light Texas rig—You’ll also catch a lot of fish while fishing the Senko on a 1/4-ounce weighted Texas rig when fishing around very heavy cover. In my experience, a lighter weight is always optimal. Heavier weights will cause it to sink too fast, taking away from its trademark horizontal fall. When flipping and pitching this rig into heavy cover, remember to let it fall on slack line to “let” the unique action of the Senko to do its thing. Many of your bites will come on the fall with this technique, so make sure to look for the slight jump or twitch in your line in order to detect these bites.
- Carolina rig—Carolina rigging Senkos has also been a huge producer for many, many years. You don’t hear many folks talk about it, but this technique accounts for countless double-digit catches each year. Again, the slow fall makes it outstanding for this application. If you use a monofilament leader, the Senko will float and slowly wave back and forth throughout your retrieve. It’s great for targeting fish on rocky points, shell beds, river bars and bluff walls.
- Wacky rig—You didn’t think I’d forget this, did you? This is perhaps my favorite way to fish a Yamamoto Senko. When the flipping and pitching bites gets tough for me, I break out a spinning rod, 8-pound test and go to town. I’ll fish a wacky rigged Senko in the same areas I would pitch and flip—under docks, laydowns, big boulders and grass lines. All you have to do is hook it right in the middle, make a long cast and let it fall on slack line. Every now and then, pop the slack just a bit and you’ll get some great bites. When target-casting to shallow cover, this is a super productive pattern that has bailed me out countless times.