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Has anyone ever had success using a 7 inch senko on a constant slow retreive T-rigged to mimic a bait fish? I LOVE the way it swims, but didn't get any bites trying it this morning. I had it T-rigged weightless and reeled very slowly.

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Kinda defeats the purpose and design of the senko, no?

 

I guess it would work but I'd say there are better options for a straight retrieve.

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Never tried it on purpose, but have gotten numerous strikes when reeling it in. Hookup ratio is not that good, pick up a few of these fish with a followup bait like a soft swimbait.

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I read somewhere that Alton Jones used that technique when searching for bedded bass that he couldn't spot due to the conditions.  They would hit the bait and revela themselves which would the nreceive a quick follow up cast to the area with the same bait.

 

I will agree that there are better baits for a slow retrieve but try it and see if it works, you never know.

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I haven't done a slow retrieve, but I have fished it like a fluke.  Jerk, jerk, pause..jerk jerk pause..  Also a follow up to your other post, try using a smaller senko, like a 4-5" one. 

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I haven't done a slow retrieve, but I have fished it like a fluke.  Jerk, jerk, pause..jerk jerk pause..  Also a follow up to your other post, try using a smaller senko, like a 4-5" one. 

That is how i fish mine 95% of the time.

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I actually have tried the following "non-standard" senko approaches with marginal success

 

1)  Weightless T-Rig as topwater.  Reel just fast enough to form a wake.  Done this through lilly pads.  Had some strikes but not much.

2)  Weighted T-Rig dragging along the bottom.  Keep bottom contact keep it moving.  Much more successful than #1

3)  Weightless twitched like a fluke.  I let the senko sink to the bottom, wait a sec or 2, twitch it up and let it sink again.  Caught a good amount of bass doing this.

 

This is besides the typical stuff you do with a senko (wacky, etc.)

 

It's all up to your imagination IMO.  I like to experiment with all my baits.  If it works then you have a new "trick" if not then move on to something else.

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Every once in a while, I fish with one of my couzins, and he fishes his senkos this way. Hes not really big into fishing, and although Iv explained ways to get more out of the senko, he continues to fish it that way. Iv seen him catch a few on it.

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youll get one here and there.. not a constant bite tho... if I doing that I like to jerk, pause it ,but I rarely ever fish a senko t-rigged..

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I'm gonna go against the grain here and say that this is the pretty much the only way I fish senko style baits.  I can count the number of bass that I've caught on the traditional hop-pause-hop-pause senko retrieve on one hand, on one finger actually.  Yup...just one the traditional way.  After coming up empty with that technique on numerous occasions, I started using them t-rigged and weightless with the slow steady retrieve like you said and I started getting bit left and right.  To each his own though.  I know  there are tons of different ways to fish different baits, everyone has their own fishing style, and confidence plays a big part in it.  This is what just happens to work for me.

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