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Is a heat shrink tube better than using an o-ring? I have been using o-rings and they work really well, I get about 6-7 bass on average per senko rather than 2 or so without the o-ring. But I was wondering if the heat shrink tubes are better since the hook goes in perpendicular etc. How does it work? Because if the hook is going through the worm anyway then how does the tube help conserve the worm? Does it last as long as it will with an o-ring? And will the tube slide up and off the hook and onto the line when a fish is on just like an o-ring?

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i like to do the heat shrink because it seems to hook more bass by running the hooks perpendicular to the bait.  Durability vs an o ring, i don't know, but it definitely takes some use and abuse before you have to switch up the baits.  the tubing does slide up the hook onto the line once you hook one.

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Nice! I guess for durability I'll just have to test it out myself. 

I know Wayne P. is big on wacky rigging with shrink tubing. It does work for people

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Shrink tubes are awesome, Wayne hooked buzzed bait on them and buzzed bait hooked me on them lol

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You can also criss-cross 2 o-rings & hook perpendicular. 

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If you want it to sink faster, use a steel split ring.

I've just started to use very small cable ties, but not enough experience to comment.  You might try them.

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I prefer using the 3/8 heat shrink over the O ring method. With the O ring I seem to be able to catch about 2-4 fish on average 'depending on how feisty they are' before the senko tears to the point of being useless. Heat shrink basically doubles my catch rate before it's no good any more.

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I don't throw senkos a lot anymore but I can definitely remember catching over 10 small fiesty pond bass (the kind that usually tear off your senko) on a single GYBC senko with a shrink tube.

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I wish there was a sticky note for what size O-rings and shrink tube diameters are used for : Senkos , Trick Worms and Robo Worms as all have different diameters.

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3 hours ago, ChrisD46 said:

I wish there was a sticky note for what size O-rings and shrink tube diameters are used for : Senkos , Trick Worms and Robo Worms as all have different diameters.

senko = 3/8" heat shrink

Trick and Robo Worms = 1/4" heat shrink

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50 minutes ago, warrior1 said:

I made a video on how I use shrink tube

 

 

warrior1- Very nice video. Thank you. Couple of questions. Do you run the hook through the worm and not pierce the tubing? Or can you also pierce the shrink tube just like you would normally wacky rig the worm? 

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1 minute ago, Bass Turd said:

warrior1- Very nice video. Thank you. Couple of questions. Do you run the hook through the worm and not pierce the tubing? Or can you also pierce the shrink tube just like you would normally wacky rig the worm? 

I do both...I run the hook under the shrink tube and also pierce the tubing for that presentation.  I even used some shrink tube on a Roboworm for my drop shot and it helped saving the worm when I nose hooked it. 

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The correct size for o-rings is 3/8 O.D  (outside diameter) and 1/4 I.D.  ( inside diameter )   I prefer criss crossing o-rings rather than the shrink tubing, but then, I've got LOTS of o-rings.  Go to orings.com and several phone calls later you'll find some industrial supplier who will sell you a small order (by their standards)    I got them for a penny a piece, but I had to buy 10 bucks worth.    I am unlikely to run out of o-rings any time soon.

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