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The slower the bet­ter!

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“Fish­ing a Senko” The slower the bet­ter! There is no way you can fish a Senko too slow. – Gareth Dry­den

ANOTHER COOL THING ABOUT A SENKO IS THAT IT IS DE­SIGNED TO FALL PER­FECTLY HOR­I­ZON­TAL, GLID­ING TO THE BOT­TOM AND THAT MAKES THIS LURE SO SUC­CESS­FUL.

There is no way you can fish a Senko too slow

Ilove fish­ing Senkos in the grass. When fish­ing clear water mak­ing long cast seems to be the key for me. When you made a cast have a bit of slag in the line but don’t lose con­tact with the Senko. Most of your bites will hap­pen when the lure is still fall­ing, it might take a few miss strikes be­fore you mas­ter the de­tect­ing the bite in the be­gin­ning. Be­cause the lure is fall­ing slowly you might get im­pa­tient but this needs to hap­pen.

Another cool thing about a Senko is that it is de­signed to fall per­fectly hor­i­zon­tal, glid­ing to the bot­tom and that makes this lure so suc­cess­ful. The slight­est twitch and the Senko will dart side to side while stay­ing in the hor­i­zon­tal po­si­tion.

Senko lures are heav­ily im­preg­nated with salt and makes it heavy enough to fish weight­less with a bait­caster rod, but if I can make a sug­ges­tion, use it with a spin­ning rod. Use a medium or medium heavy rod.

The size of the hook that you will use will all de­pend on the size of the lure, but rig it weight­less. Rig­ging the hook is the same as any other lure and fin­ishes it off by skin­ning the tip of the hook.

This bait is ideal for weight­less fish­ing. When fish­ing deeper ar­eas one can add and weight to get it down a bit faster, I pre­fer to add a pen­cil weight that won’t ham­per the way off the de­cent, oth­er­wise it will de­feat the pur­pose of the bait. I try to put the weight in the cen­tre of the bait, see how it falls and if the bait is not de­scend­ing hor­i­zon­tally move the weight. A nor­mal take from a bass will be the bass in­hal­ing it, and not an ag­gres­sive bite. You might not even de­tect the bite and you might miss the bass. When set­ting the hook, set it in an up­wards di­rec­tion the mo­ment you feel the line jump or if you feel more weight on the line. Due to the fact that the bite is al­most un­de­tectable you will have a 50/50 chance of miss­ing the bass, or hav­ing a gut­ted hook set. Al­ways make sure that you al­ways have a good long pair of for­ceps avail­able on the boat, it will make your life and the bass’s life so much eas­ier when re­mov­ing the gut­ted hook.

Un­for­tu­nately the de­sign of the lure can cause your line to form twist in the line quickly. This will be quite frus­trat­ing at times. In my ef­forts to avoid these types of twists the best so­lu­tions I could come up with is to use a very small swivel about 300mm in front of the hook.

When fish­ing a lot off veg­e­ta­tion it is al­most im­pos­si­ble not to get hung up in the grass and in re­turn that will cause your Senko to be pulled off the hook and that hurts the ac­tion in the water. The best fix for this is to al­ways have some su­per glue on the boat. Glue the tip on the hook shaft next to the hook eye. This will also save you a lot of frus­tra­tion in the end. Another ad­van­tage of hav­ing the glue on board is that you can quickly fix a torn lure when you are run­ning out of the colour that is work­ing.

Some other tricks I like to use small glass rat­tles which can be in­serted in the Senko, but it needs to be the long thin ones. The glass rat­tles nor­mally have a thin­ner pro­file than the plas­tic ones. In the ar­eas with only patches of grass will in­sert a small weight to be able to move around from one patch to another

If you fish Senkos you should know that they come in dif­fer­ent sizes from a 3” to 7”. I pre­fer to use 5” Senkos most of the time, but I have had a lot of suc­cess with the 3” and 4” when the bass are be­ing dif­fi­cult. The ques­tion “does size re­ally mat­ters” still seems to be an­swered, but I’m not go­ing to take that chance.

Over the years a va­ri­ety of colours have been in­tro­duced and ev­ery­one across the world has his favourite colour in his tackle box. I must con­fess that I have quite a few favourite colours at my dis­posal and I al­ways make sure that my stocks are topped up at all times.

Give the Senko a try. I think you’ll be glad you did. Af­ter you got used to the unique­ness of this lure, you’ll dis­cover it has great fish catch­ing abil­i­ties. Be pa­tient and pos­i­tive. “Af­ter all, they call it fish­ing, but the goal is catch­ing.”

*Gareth Dry­den is a highly com­pet­i­tive in­di­vid­ual, al­ways giv­ing his best. He fishes the SA Bass Cast-for-Cash tour­na­ment un­der team Hil­lBilly Poisen.

WHEN FISH­ING DEEPER AR­EAS ONE CAN ADD AND WEIGHT TO GET IT DOWN A BIT FASTER, I PRE­FER TO ADD A PEN­CIL WEIGHT THAT WON’T HAM­PER THE WAY OFF THE DE­CENT, OTH­ER­WISE IT WILL DE­FEAT THE PUR­POSE OF THE BAIT.

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