The slower the better!
“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.