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Mostly fishing 4 inch Senkos on a Neko rig for spotted bass as of late running 10 pound Sunline Xplasma Asegai to a 7 pound Sunline Sniper leader

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I always use 100% floro for all my plastics, it sinks, is very sensitive, and tough.  Because it’s Florida, with big bass, and heavy weeds, I use at least 15 pound test.  Not all floros are the same.  Trilene professional grade is my fav.  Plastics = Floro!

 

Don’t like using leaders, so braid is out except when flipping, and then straight 65 pound braid in the jungle!

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1 hour ago, geo g said:

I always use 100% floro for all my plastics, it sinks, is very sensitive, and tough.

^^^ This guy!

 

I'm using an NRX + Stella combo with Super FC Sniper 12lb. I've tried a bunch of different fluoro lines and (in my opinion of course) Sunline is so much better than all of them. Absolutely love the setup and if I could only use one rod/reel/line combo for the rest of my life it'd be this one.

 

If you like braid, YGK G-soul X-8 feels like you're casting butter.

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Switched all my spinning rods over to braid + leader last year.

 

Bright yellow 10lb braid, 8-10lb floro leaders.

 

All my bait-casters have straight braid.

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Are we talking wacky, shakey, neko or weightless T-Rig?

8# InvizX on a spinning rig

Weighted T-Rig, C-Rig?

15# Tatsu on a casting rig.

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6lb Yo Zuri Hybrid works for the lakes I fish. I fish it on a 1000 size spinning reel and 7' medium light rod. I like the light set up for Senko's. 

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I can’t believe I’ve never replied in this thread lol. 
 

I have three spinning rigs. All have 20 lb. braid (two with Sufix 832 and one with Seguar Smackdown). The two with Sufix are MF; the Smackdown is in a MLXF. All have 8 lb. YZH leaders. I use them for wacky rigs and weightless Texas rigs with 4” and 5” Senkos. Most waters I fish are relatively shallow (7’ max depth). 

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Reading back so many years on this thread one thing became very clear to me and it’s something I’ve always said in my seminars “There’s no wrong way to fish a Senko.” But here’s where against my better judgement due to my association with Yamamoto, I’m going to save y’all some money.  If you are throwing a Senko on anything heavier than 8lb line and I’m inclined to add in all of the braid/leader combos as well, then save your money and buy the cheaper knockoffs.  You are getting no benefit from the unique action of a Senko.  It’s the same advise I give whenever you want to add weight to a Senko.  Adding weight totally overpowers the action.  Will all of rigging options catch fish………yes they will, but is it worth the premium price of the original?  Not in my opinion.  

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3 hours ago, TOXIC said:

 If you are throwing a Senko on anything heavier than 8lb line you are getting no benefit from the unique action of a Senko.  It’s the same advise I give whenever you want to add weight to a Senko.  Adding weight totally overpowers the action.    

 

Yes It Is Agree GIF by Leroy Patterson

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15lb yellow braid to a long 6-8lb fluorocarbon leader.  I use the smallest hooks I can get away with and I don't use rings (might try shrink tube this season).  A #1 or #2 Berkley fusion weedless wide gap hook. 

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This year I've exclusively thrown them wacky rigged on 12# Big Game with 3/0 or 4/0 EWG hooks. I didn't want to, but after a tough outting with only a casting rod with me, it was my Hail Mary. Worked like a charm and I've caught at least 40 bass in the last week doing so.

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5 minutes ago, ironbjorn said:

Worked like a charm and I've caught at least 40 bass in the last week doing so.

I've done this as well. Works nice when you want to switch between wacky and weedless, depending on the cover.

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27 minutes ago, J Francho said:

I've done this as well. Works nice when you want to switch between wacky and weedless, depending on the cover.

Absolutely, very convenient. Haven't switched over to a t rig yet because I haven't needed to but it definitely crossed my mind how easy it would be.

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Most of my senkos are thrown on 12# fluorocarbon, which is good for no to light cover. If there is no cover, I may also use a spinning rod with 12# braid and a 8# leader for weightless senkos in open water, depending what's available of if there's a chance I might run across some cover etc.

 

In moderate cover, I will use 16# fluorocarbon, and in thick cover I will use braid although 20# fluorocarbon is also an option for thicker cover I just don't have 20# on any reels.

 

12# mono (which runs a little thicker) is a fairly solid all-purpose senko line at least where I fish.

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I have a baitcaster rigged for Senkos.  50# high-viz Suffix 832 in yellow, to about 7 ft. of Maxima 6" leader material.

Watch line, set hook on any tap, or line movement.  Works great.

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10 hours ago, Further North said:

I have a baitcaster rigged for Senkos.  50# high-viz Suffix 832 in yellow, to about 7 ft. of Maxima 6" leader material.

Watch line, set hook on any tap, or line movement.  Works great.

 

I've considered doing the same. Would definitely be easier to see movement with hi-vis braid and leader instead of straight flouro.

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