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Senko: Is it Evil?

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In reviewing my tackle needs for the coming of the annual spring mayhem, I made a remarkable discovery...I didn't throw a spinnerbait all last year, or a fluke, or a minnow stick bait...or any top water at all...or any...hey...if I'm not throwing those things...then what am I throwing that is catching all those bass...egads!...SENKOS! I have been sucked into SENKOTOPIA! I sense I'm not alone from the numbers they sell. Fair warning to those of you who are considering taking up the senko...something else will suffer neglect. So, what did techniques did you used to do that you don't use much anymore, and why have they slipped aside? Perhaps you might consider returning to one?

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You know, I have never caught a single bass on a Senko-style bait. I have a ton of them, and have carted them all over the South to various lakes and ponds, but they just take up space in my box. 

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You know, I have never caught a single bass on a Senko-style bait. I have a ton of them, and have carted them all over the South to various lakes and ponds, but they just take up space in my box.

A Senko not thrown on a SLACK LINE in my opinion will most times not catch fish. Took me a while to realize this. Also patience is required. The bait has to sink to the bottom and, depending on the bait, this can take some time. Does this help??

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The bubble gum was my top pre spawn bait.  Since then I can't get them to do anything for me.

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A Senko not thrown on a SLACK LINE in my opinion will most times not catch fish. Took me a while to realize this. Also patience is required. The bait has to sink to the bottom and, depending on the bait, this can take some time. Does this help??

I appreciate it, but I usually just go with a particular worm that has worked for me on every body of water I've fished in the past few years. I buy at least one bag every time I hit BPS, which is fairly often. :D

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You know, I have never caught a single bass on a Senko-style bait. I have a ton of them, and have carted them all over the South to various lakes and ponds, but they just take up space in my box.

try to down size the senko, and fish really slow. This is my go-to bait if everything else fails, and I ALWAYS catch something.

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I've never caught a fish on a Senko-style bait either, and I have genuine GYCB Senkos, Yum Dingers, BPS and Gander Mountain clones, etc. in 3", 4" and 5" sizes. I'll have to admit that while I have them, I don't fish them that often. Maybe this year... ::D

Now, when it comes to addictions, let's talk about 5" single-tail grubs.............. ;D ;D ;D

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There is not a "Pro" on the Elite Series Tour that doesn't have a Senko tied on one of their rods....but I bet you won't see it on TV!!!!! :D

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senkos work great here in maine , I just do not enjoy fishing them , I just find it boring. Now my fishing partner on the other hand will make 1 cast with a crankbait or a soft plastic and if he doesn't get something on that cast , out come the senkos and he is reelin in the bass to beat the band. I am always saying to him , friggin senkos !

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only senko fish i ever caught was wacky rigged..I've tried them every way,slack line , texas rigged  got nothin. Its ok thought just like the OP i may be missin other techniques if i actually could catch somethin on them ;D

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With a Senko less is more... Cast it out and do nothing. Its good for a co-angler on the back of the boat that needs to slow it down.. Not an easy thing to do for someone that likes to chuck and wind...

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Yes, Senkos and all other Senko type baits are evil. There is no known cure for this destructive addiction. The green/orange/junebug ones are the worst. I recommend PMing me for a shipping address so that I can "dispose" of the baits in an approved fashion.

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when i first got into bass fishing , i was told i would always catch something with stick baits. it took me over a year to finally catch a bass on one. after that , it seemed like fish crack. every other cast there was a fish on the bait.

lately though , they have been collecting dust. my fish havnt wanted anything to do with them in the past few months.

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I had some in my bag for a while. One day I was fishing a private pond and the bass kept short striking a t-rigged lizard.  I would let em swim with it for a long time and still no hook ups.

So I decided to try a t-rigged senko and that slow horizontal fall was too much for them.  This was the summer of 08.  I caught just insane numbers of bass on those silly things. 

Still have a bunch, but last year I didnt use them all that much.   I am sure they will be used again this summer.  When they are on, they are on.

I like to cast em tight into cover.  I let em sink for a few seconds, and then give them a twitch twitch with a crank. Keeping some tension on the line.  I usually get so antsy with them that I anticipate the bites, and end up working them too fast.

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I always hand the senko rod to my brother and tell him to toss it out there while he's laying in the back of the boat on his phone or something.

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Senkos rule!

Great bait.

Present them wacky or on a drop shot.

Try the 4-inch green pumpkins.  :D

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They are my last resort and very effective. When nothing in the tackle box works, I grab my spinning rod, take a deep breath, and prepare myself for the slowest fishing...but I'm guaranteed to get on the board. The only other time is when I get a kitchen pass from the wife and it's 95+ outside when I know the bite is going to be tough.

This year I'm going to use a baitcaster with braid/fluoro leader and start throwing it into weed pockets, hoping that this technique turns into something a little more enjoyable.

I love the Strike King Zeros. I caught 35 bass on a 5-pack which suits me fine, weightless on 4/0 EWG Gammy.

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I have had success with the Senko, but I've never contracted this addiction. I feel like I normally have more confidence in Powerworms.

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Well, I have to admit that my "evil senko" syndrome was somewhat brought on by age. At 64, I succumbed to the effortlessness of the senko. It's tiring cranking a spinnerbait for a couple hours, versus the weightless senko. Oh no...It's worse than I thought! This is an assault on old people! The senko is a premeditated attempt to seduce old people into giving up stuff in their tackle boxes...the shame. Unfortunately, they work very well in my lake which can have 8 feet of weeds in twenty feet of water. They just kind of flutter down on top of those weeds, and you can drag it across the weed tops, and with a little action sometimes you can get one to drop point down into the weeds, and penetrate a couple feet...perhaps I've stopped using the other things because at my home lake senkos just work better. Perhaps they are not evil at all!

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Yeah 8 Bucks isn't worth it with plastic worms that break that easy.

Senkos are good for a tough bite but not worth it in the long run for me.

In our Mass Market world where things are copied and theres always something new being produced; I'll less likely get addicted.

They work but there are a million or so lures that have been produced that will catch fish.

I remember when they first came on the scene and I remember wanting to order a bunch.

Having fished them and knowing what it takes to fish them; I'm glad I didn't burn a whole in my wallet.

I'll still buy a few packets if on sale but it's not worth paying market price for a bunch. (opinion).

The best plastic worm I've ever used was a Red shad Zoom Curly tailed worm on an 1/8 jighead and still fish it today or a T-rigged Razor Worm jigged off the bottom.

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