How to Rig a Senko: 6 Proven Ways for an Effective Fishing

Some of you might be asking, what is a Senko? A Senko is classified as a soft plastic stick bait, which is similar in appearance to a worm. It comes in a variety of brands, colors, and sizes to choose from.

I prefer to use the Gary Yamamoto Senko for it gave me great results during my fishing trips. I usually use it as bait when I’m planning to catch bass. When you’re still starting, using a Senko as bait for the first time is not as easy as you might think.

Rigging a Senko requires practice and a proper technique of execution for it to be highly effective in catching fish. But worry not, for I’m going to share with you the 6 proven ways of how to rig a Senko for an effective fishing plus bonus pro tips to give you an edge over others.

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What you will need:

  • A bag of Senko (Gary Yamamoto’s Senko is preferred)
  • Hooks (Gamakatsu Extra Wide Gap offset worm hook is preferred)
  • Fishing Line (Monofilament and Braided lines are preferred for you can see the strike, they float and can act as bobber compared to Fluorocarbon lines that sink)

Tips for choosing a hook:

  • Wire thickness of the hook – Match the thickness of the hook to the equipment you’re using. For example, if you’re using a thin wire hook, consider combining it with a lightweight line and a light minimum action rod (4-10 pound test line). If your using a thick wire hook consider combining it with a medium to heavy weight line and a medium heavy action rod (10-25 pound test line)
  • Style of the Hook  – keep the style simple, at least 4 different hook style types with varying sizes and thickness. 
  • Sizing the hook to the size of the Bait – if the bait has appendages use bigger hooks to act as a spine, to allow the appendage to do the action. If the bait doesn’t have appendages like a Senko, use a smaller size hook for a maximum activity of the bait. 

Method 1. Weightless Texas Rig

Pro Tips:

It is best to use a 5-inch Senko worm matched with a 3/0 Gamakatsu EWG offset worm hook in the Weightless Texas Rig. You can also attach a spinner on your Senko using this rig, especially when your fishing in murky water for it to be more visible.

Step 1.  The first thing that you must do is to locate the head of the Senko, it is the flat part. The pointed part would be its tail. Place and insert the point of the hook to the middle of the Senko’s head about one half of an inch or until it meets the bend of the hook and bring it back out.

Step 2.  Twist, then slowly slide the Senko worm upward until it covers the offset part of the hook shank. It is ideally to slide the worm further to hide the eyelet and the knot of the hook.

Step 3.  Align the hook to the Senko and carefully look where the bent part of the hook is located perpendicular to the Senko’s body. Get a mental note to that point of insertion, it is best to pinch that point with your thumb.

Step 4.  Get the point of the hook and carefully push it to where the marked point of insertion is identified from the Senko’s body. After inserting, you have to make sure that the Senko’s body is straight and that the hooks point is resting close to the worm’s body.

Step 5.  For the final step, you must tuck in the point of the hook back into the Senko’s body to add an extra level of weed resistance. This can shorten the life of the worm but problems of moss and snags can be avoided. Recheck again if the Senko’s body is straight.

Method 2. Weighted Texas Rig

The same steps as the weightless texas rig, but the difference is that you’ll add a bullet weight on your line. Some of the advantages of the weighted texas rig are that you can cast it further and it can reach the bottom of the water faster.

Method 3. Weightless Wacky Rig

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Pro Tips:

In choosing the hook for this rig, you can use an octopus hook or a wacky worm hook, some of which has a weed guard which is highly preferred. You can insert an O-ring in the middle of your Senko to extend its life and durability. This can also save you money as the O-ring can help your Senko not be ripped off easily on the hook.

Step 1.  The first thing to do is to fold your Senko in half.

Step 2.  Hook the Senko in the middle of its body. You can add an O-ring in the middle body of the Senko before hooking it to avoid your Senko being ripped out easily from the hook.

Step 3.  (optional) Close the weed guard and you’re done.

Method 4. Weighted Wacky Rig

The same steps as the weightless wacky rig, but the difference is that your hook has an added weight on it like a round lead weight or known as a ball wacky head. The advantage of the weighted wacky rig is that you can cast it further and the rig can go deep at the bottom of the water faster.

Method 5. Drop Shot Rig

Step 1.  Attach a weight to the line like a drop shot weight or a split shot, about 8-inch gap from the hook.

Step 2.  Hook your Senko about an inch from the head part of its body (flat part).

Method 6. Carolina Rig

The Carolina rig also is known as the mojo rig, is the same as the Texas rig but the difference is that there’s a weight on the line that’s away from the hook of about 8-inch gap.

Step 1.  Put a bobber stopper on your line, add a bullet weight, and another bobber stopper.

Step 2.  Slide the bobber stopper together with the bullet weight away from the hook. What this rig will do is to make your worm move in a spiral motion as it goes in the bottom of the water

Bonus Tip: Deep Fishing Senkos

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These hooks are very effective during summer time where basses swim deep into the water.

1. Deep heavy shaky head

Catches the giants, biggest bass there is. This hook creates a big presentation and shows the fish a new Senko presentation never seen before. Get your Senko and slowly screw it in on the top of the screw lock until it snugs perfectly.

Hook it similar to a Texas rig, and don?t let the hook point out, insert the point back to the worm’s body. With the hook’s flat head on it, it allows the Senko to stand straight up which gives the fish a whole new perspective, this gives the bait a very vertical presentation.

2. Deep heavy wobble head

A Texas rig hook, 3/0 – 4/0 wide gap hook, in which the head is similar to the shaky head or a football jig is separated from the hook which allows your bait so much more action in the water.

When your Senko is attached to the hook, it will be free swinging and looks tantalizing underwater for basses. Cast it over to a rock pile or a brush pile and wobble this thing alone. Use a drag, hop and sink action to allow maximum movement.

Conclusion

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There you go folks, by learning this 6 proven ways of rigging a Senko, you’ll be an expert at bass fishing in no time! By constant practice, patience and dedication, you’ll be going to have a high success rate at catching fish.

 

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