I’m here to elaborate my opinion on why the Texas-rigged senko is the easiest and best way for anglers to switch from live bait to artificials (soft plastics). I’ll break down everything you need to know to catch a bass or two on your next outing.
Here are the following things you’ll need to complete your mission of catching a bass on a plastic worm.
1. Rod – I prefer a 6’6” medium or medium heavy rod. Lots of great rod/reel combos available for purchase out there.
2. Spinning Reel – this reel is better for beginners as it is easier to cast accurately and very hard to backlash/tangle.
3. Fishing Line – I recommend 8-10 lb test fluorocarbon or braid. flouo for more clear environments and braid if there will be cover or vegetation.
4. EWG Offset Fishing Hooks – 3/0 is my recommended size
5. Senko Plastic Worms – there are many types of worms out there but the 5 inch senko mold is a tried and true lure and nobody makes these worms better than Gary Yamamoto.
The above is the absolute minimum you’ll need and also my recommended entry point. You can also bring other things along with you like pliers, scissors, etc.
Many rod/reel combos come with monofilament line on them. While it is fine to leave this line on – if you decide to spool your reel with braid or fluorocarbon it is a very easy task that can be accomplished in less than 10 minutes. You can simply unwind the line by wrapping it around an object you don’t mind throwing away, such as a water bottle. Once the line is removed you simply tie an Arbor knot (best used with braided line) onto the spool and begin to reel. One pro tip is the pull the line snug and allow the line to run in-between you fingers as you reel.
To tie on your EWG offset hook you’ll simply tie it directly to the end of the line using a palomar knot – no need for a leader today – we are keeping it simple.
Here are the instructions and quick video on how to tie on the hook.
If you watched the video above you also saw how to rig your senko worm. My go-to color is a watermelon colored worm with black and red glitter flakes. Gary Yamamoto brand has the perfect consistency to make the worm appear very lifelike as it falls in the water column.
So now that you have the senko rigged up, how do you fish it? If you are in a boat or kayak you will want to cast towards the shore and any changes in structure that you see. Cast towards low hanging branches casting shadows, or stumps or rocks visible from the surface. You’ll typically want to the worm to land 3-5 feet from the shore – this means you’ll be casting to pretty shallow water but that you also need to make sure not to overcast and get your back stuck back on land. If fishing from land, remember that is it is not necessary to cast as far out and as deep as possible sometimes casting to either side along the bank can yield success.
No matter if fishing from water or land the best part of fishing a senko is that you don’t have to do anything (well much) for it to work. After you count towards the shore count slowly to 5 in your head before doing ANYTHING! All the while the make sure to keep an eye on your line for any movement and be ready to set the hook – many times bass will attack and take the bait as it falls when first cast. If you don’t have any bites after 5 seconds reel a couple of time and pop up the rod tip. This brings the worm back closer to the surface of the water and then allows it to slowly fall again. I typically work (reel and pop) my senko 3-5 times before totally reeling it in and casting out again.
Follow the basic steps above and you’ll quickly see why a Texas-rigged senko is not only one of the easiest and best baits for beginners but also a tried and testing go-to bait for experienced anglers.
Tight lines and good times.