Yamamoto Senko Rigging Options
Itís amazing the versatility of one soft plastic stick bait. Yes, the Yamamoto Senko and its wide range of rigging possibilities are most likely endless; however, here is a detailed list of the most common ways to rig a Senko. All of the tackle mentioned in this article can be found here on our site.
Texas Rigged Senko
This is the most traditional way to rig a Senko. Texas rigging the Senko this then resting the hook point in the body of the bait provides the ultimate weedless presentation. Add a weight above the hook to cast further, get the bait down deeper or give it a different action. Go weightless for a slow, subtle, sure way to stick some fish even in the thickest of obstacles. Most worm hook variations will work for easy rigging; for example, something like a Gamakatsu Round Bend Offset Worm Hook or an Owner All Purpose Soft Bait Hook will do the job perfectly depending on your personal preference. Texas rigging is the way to rig a Senko on a shaky head, drop shot, Carolina rig or as a trailer and all can be done weedless or not.
Wacky rigging a Senko is one of the most unique and fun ways to catch fish. Even within the technique itself there is a wide range of possibilities. To Wacky rig a Senko you can use just a Gamakatsu Finesse Wide Gap Hook or a Gamakatsu Wicked Wacky Hook (which has a dual-wire weedguard) and a Senko, often times you will discover you end up replacing a Senko after each caught fish due to the plastic tearing. To aid in the life of the Senko, use an O-ring as a place holder for the hook. Another hook option is the CHT Tackle Double Wacky Hook which has an O-ring already attached and provides two hooks instead of one.
Fishing weight-less allows the baitís ends to fall slowly, roll, flap, and twitch freely depending on how you work the bait. If you add a nail weight to the head of the Senko it makes the bait fall head down, faster (depending on weight) and the action is uneven, which isnít a bad way to fish it. This will let you work the bait more on the bottom, dragging or hopping it while still providing a lot of action. You can also add weight and get an event different action if you use a weighted jig head such as an Eco Pro Tungsten Flick Head. There are other brands, some come with a wire weed-guard and others donít. This will allow the bait to fall at a faster rate, but maintain equilibrium and action on the fall and retrieve. When using an O-ring with any of these hooks it will rotate the hook stance parallel with the bait allowing the Senko to often times slide up the line when you have a fish hooked, without an O-ring and placing the hook in the guts of the plastic will place the hook perpendicular to the bait. Wacky rigging a Senko is very versatile, one of the techniques where this can be applied is with a drop shot for example.