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O rings they sell at TW DSG etc are the size for senkos. What size and from where for smaller diameter worms. Unless I’m missing something none of the stores list sizes.... 

 

thanks for input 

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I would take your chosen worm to home depot or lowes and select from their O ring stock.  They carry a wide variety of sizes and a box of fifty is cheap.

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12 hours ago, dam0007 said:

O rings they sell at TW DSG etc are the size for senkos. What size and from where for smaller diameter worms. Unless I’m missing something none of the stores list sizes.... 

 

thanks for input 

size 36 O ring for trick worm diameter 

 

You can get them in bulk for a couple dollars at Home Deport, Lowe's, Menards, Ace Hardware Etc. 

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Take a small senko to a hardware store and buy thin plastic tubing and cut into 1/4 inch or smaller segments 

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Look at the o-ring kits at Harbor freight . Most of the ring will not work but they are so cheap it may be worth it .

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I will second that size 36 seems to fit trick worms very well, but I have started using heat shrink tubing and it is the best "worm saver" I have found yet.  It is more fussy to get it on and shrunk w/o melting the worm a bit, but once it's on there, your hook is not going to leave that worm.  I fish wacky worms on a baitcaster and every so often I get an unrecoverable backlash when the worm flies off the hook during a cast.  I took an old ragged senko, stuck some heat shrink on it, and spent about 45 min casting it around my yard into various hard "targets".  The hook never moved, even when the worm ripped in half right at the edge of the shrink.  I bought a little pocket torch and it makes getting the heat shrink set in the wind really easy. 

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I use 3/8" shrink for both senkos and trick worms.  The trick worms are a little more heat resistant then the senkos, so it's still easy to get it shrunk down, although honestly you don't really need to shrink them much, if at all.  The tubing is really tough for how thin it is and for senkos I will sometimes just slide it on and fish it like that. 

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Get 3/8 inch Polyolefin Heat Shrink Tubing for Senkos and the smaller size for finesse worms at your favorite tackle store. Usually in the electrical department.

 

As fishwizzard wrote, they work great.

 

You can cut the tubing into 1/4 inch sections; work the tubing into position on the worm; lay the worm on the edge of a table with the area with the tubing about two inches away from the table's edge; use matches and heat the tubing by turning the plastic until it shrinks onto the worm.

 

Run hook between the tubing and plastic's skin.

 

Be ready to reheat the tubing as the day progresses.

 

Make a number of them and have them ready to go while fishing.

 

Best method to date and it is used by a number of pros.

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If you don’t want the hassle of using the heat shrink, or purchasing smaller O rings, you can use the twist ties from your grocer’s produce section. Use your line snips to trim the tags. Works for spinnerbait and jig skirts,too. 

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Go to Walmart and go to the hair care products and get some "ouchless" Goody hair rubber bands.  I found a pack that had several sizes.  One size worked well doubled for senkos so I can rig the hook perpendicular to the worm.  There were smaller sizes for smaller worms as well in the pack.

 

The shrink tubing didn't work for me as the fish would eat the worm and all I'd get out of it was a bare hook and the shrink tubing.  Didn't allow for a good hook up ratio at all.

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On 12/25/2017 at 8:42 AM, iabass8 said:

size 36 O ring for trick worm diameter 

 

You can get them in bulk for a couple dollars at Home Deport, Lowe's, Menards, Ace Hardware Etc. 

HD or Lowe’s didn’t have them, they had a size 36 but it was hugeeeeee. Definitely not the one. Went some hardware store this morning a few towns over and they have a size that looks like it’ll work but they’re $0.80 per ring that’s insanity. 

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Do any of  you think a thin strip of gorilla tape would work ?

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2 minutes ago, scaleface said:

Do any of  you think a thin strip of gorilla tape would work ?

I wouldn’t use anything but O rings period. Been using em for years on senkos. (Now if I can find the right ones for trick worms lol) 95% of the time the bait slides up the line on the o ring and you don’t lose your worm. I literally used the same senko as a follow up bait for a entire single day tourney. Caught a handful of fish, hung up in over hanging trees etc etc. didn’t lose it. Also had the same worm on during practice. No one  has to reinvent the wheel here. 

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4 minutes ago, dam0007 said:

No one  has to reinvent the wheel here. 

Todays wheels are much better than the ones on chariots .:)

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10 minutes ago, scaleface said:

Todays wheels are much better than the ones on chariots .:)

Prob with the tubing tape etc the hook is sideways. Using a ring keeps the hook in line with the bait allowing it to come through obstacles easier. 

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3 hours ago, dam0007 said:

Prob with the tubing tape etc the hook is sideways. Using a ring keeps the hook in line with the bait allowing it to come through obstacles easier. 

Yea, when I use shrink tubing I keep the hook perpendicular to the worm, with the hook pierced through both.  I fish a wacky senko on a casting combo most of the time and the O-rings will still let the worm go flying off on the cast every once and a while, which is an almost guaranteed backlash.  

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I went to the 3rd HD today found a pack. Size 36 (3/16 ID) fricking $3 for a pack of 10. 

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3 hours ago, dam0007 said:

I went to the 3rd HD today found a pack. Size 36 (3/16 ID) fricking $3 for a pack of 10. 

You can get bulk 25 packs of size 36 from autoparts stores for cheaper.

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