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Does anyone else do this?? and when should i not use the bullet weights?

Just wanted to get some opinions

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I have used weights ranging from 1/8 oz to 3/8 oz., works well as a T-rig worm.It's a good option for pitching into cover.

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I use them all the time. also use the 1/16 on a wacky worm instead of the nails.

Cannot remember the last time I fished a weightless senko. It allows me to fish both faster and cover more water.

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Not me, no weight at all. They work fine with no weight and I fish them up to 20 ft. if I have to. ;) The ONLY time I would use a weight is when wacky rigging them with a C-rig. ;)

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I peg a small weight at times....1/8th or 1/16.  It darts around when you pop it.  FYI, I go to a straight shank hook whenever I peg any type of sinker.  

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I fish depths up to 35' with a weightless, wacky rigged Senko. Is there some kind of an advantage to using a weight?

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Hmm...

I have been fishing Senkos since 1997. I have never used a weight.

I don't ever fish them wacky either. My rig is a traditional weightless,

weedless presentation using spinning gear and light line. I fish them

in water <12' deep. If I fish deeper or need a weight due to current,

I fish something else.

8-)

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There is no wrong way to rig it or fish it.I would normally prefer to rear weight it with nails though. A bullet is a good option for pitching around brush. I would normally fish un pegged and use a lift and drop.The bait falls erraticaly as it chases the weight back down.Most importantly,as always,rig it straight. Also x2 on what natural said:A light weight pegged and use a twitching/popping retrieve can be a deadly finesse technique as well.Also don't be afraid to try a small bullet pegged 2 ft up the line drag and hop.

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Hmm...

I have been fishing Senkos since 1997. I have never used a weight.

8-)

But does that automatically make it "the best way" under all circumstances?

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I throw a weight on if there is a lot of soupy vegetation.  Works just fine.

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Hmm...

I have been fishing Senkos since 1997. I have never used a weight.

But does that automatically make it "the best way" under all circumstances?

That was not my point. The action of the Senko and Fat Ika  is

what make them interesting. Profile is important, also, but to a

lesser extent. Adding a weight distorts  the uniqueness of these

baits. When I need a weight, I fish something different.

8-)

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I find that a 1/8-1/4oz bullet weight helps me get it down into the grass I fish on the Potomac River.  I'm only fishing 4'-6' of water for the most part but sometimes the weightless senko won't get all the way down to the bottom where the bigguns lurk.  I've had good success fishing it this way.  If the grass gets really thick I'll use something else.

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The ONLY time I use any kind of weight with Senkos is when fishing significantly deep water, like 15'+.  I use a drop shot rigging with a long, 2-5', drop line.  I'm looking to "expedite" the bait into the strike zone, rather than sit patiently as the worm drops through empty water.

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Does anyone else do this?? and when should i not use the bullet weights?

Just wanted to get some opinions

I probably have caught more fish Texas rigging senkos than fishing them weightless they are great all around baits. Even work great as a jig trailer on football head jigs. Usually use a small weight 1/8 or 3/16 but have used as heavy as 1/2. There is no wrong way to fish one.

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I always thought it would be a waste of money to fish senko's with a weight.

After all it's the seductive wiggle on the weightless drop that makes them so special right?  My thinking was if I was going to use a weight than it would kill the unique senko-esque action of the lure and so might as well use a plastic worm

Well yes it's true, weightless senko's are the bomb but for some reason adding a screw in weight can be the ticket on certain days.  Big curly tail worms are really productive in the off color Florida waters I commonly fish, but there are days when a 1/8 - 1/4 oz. screw in weight on top of a senko will be the #1 lure by far,

go figure.

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The action of the Senko and Fat Ika is

what make them interesting.

To us or the fish?  We hope it's the fish, but they don't come right out and say "the action of this bait is why I hit it".  Fact is, we don't know this for sure.

Profile is important, also, but to a

lesser extent. Adding a weight distorts the uniqueness of these

baits.

It would seem to me that rigging T-style weightless "pins" the front half of the bait, also distorting true action a bit.  I would think "wacky" would allow more towards true built in potential.  

As for profile vs action..... how do we know for sure just which one is the reason the bass slam these things.  Because the T-style rigging potentially restricts some action, profile begins to factor in.  In any case, bass love these things.  I have caught just as many wacky rigging as I have T-style weightless so I'm torn on the action vs profile aspect.

I have yet to add a bullet and fish them deep, but you can bet I'm gonna try it this year.  Since the bass seem to love these things (for whatever reason) I'm not going to restrict their potential without a good try.

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