How To Fish Texas Rigged Senkos
The Texas rigged Senko is a great bait for digging big bass out of heavy cover. We show you how to catch them with weighted Texas rigged Senkos in this detailed video.
There we are. Okay. Come here guy. Got it on a weighted Senko. Come here big guy. Look at that.
Tell you what guys, catching here on a Texas rigged weighted Senko. I'm gonna show you how to catch fish today on it. Just ah, I'm gonna show you how to rig this up and what type of equipment you should be using on it. And then I'm going to take you on the water and show you the different techniques you can be using for fishing a weighted Texas rigged Senko.
Hey, folks, Glenn May here with BassResource.com. Today, I want to talk to you about fishing a Texas Rigged Senko. Not weightless, but with a bullet sinker in front of it. You know, if you're not sure how to rig it this way, I've got a video that shows you how to do that. It's linked underneath this video. You can go check that out in a little bit. But right now, I want to talk to you about the different gear and the outfit to use this rig. And then I'm going to show you how to fish it.
So to start with, I'm using a stout, extra wide gap hook here. This is a 3/0, might be even a 4/0 hook. Real strong, you want to look for a hook that's called the superline hook or flipping hook. And the reason being is because we're going to be throwing this in some heavy cover. So I've got a tungsten weight here. This is a 3/8-ounce weight. You can start off with a 1/4-ounce or maybe even 1/8-ounce.
But because I've been throwing this in some heavy cover, you know, some submerged bushes and trees, I want to get it through all those branches so I'm using a little bit heavier weight today.
I've got that tied onto 50-pound braided line. That way, I can get that fish, get him head in this way out of all that bush and cover, and I'm going to be able to...if he wraps up I'll still be able to keep a tight line on him, he won't break me off. The line won't get nicked and all cut up throwing in that heavy stuff.
Here's something else to keep in mind, going back to that weight. Even though it's a 3/8-ounce weight, see the slim profile of this bait, it makes an excellent punching bait, really does. You can put a 3/4-ounce weight on here, maybe a little bit lighter, and you can punch it through the weeds and matted hydrilla and whatnot. You don't have to use as heavy as a weight as you would other types of baits because it'll go through the cover a lot easier and it'll have a nice slower fall because of that.
Got that paired up with a medium-heavy action rod, perfect for flipping and pitching, bait casting outfit, now we're ready to go. Let's go fishing.
Okay, so one of the things I like to do with a weighted Senko like this is to use it as a punching bait. Now if you notice, a lot of baits that are used for punching are kind of bullet shaped. They're kind of streamlined. They're narrower up front than they are in the back, that helps them get into the weeds and into that cover a lot easier than say a bigger bulky bait like a jig. But if you look at this, the weight is the same width as the bait, so that makes it for an excellent punching bait.
So on stuff like this, a lot of times, you pass it by because you can't fish it very well, that's where I pull this rig out. All you got to do is just pitch it in there and let it fall right through the cover and then keep a tight line on it. And you want to feel for that bite. A lot of times that bite occurs right when it punches through because it's a reaction type bite. Lift it up through that hole, bring it up over the top and let it fall right back in again. And that's how you work it back to the boat. Just let it find its holes by itself. Lift up on it and see if you can't feel that fish. Lift up on it a little bit and feel for it. If you don't feel anything, just lift it back up again and let it fall through another hole. It's a great way to fish when the fish are buried up underneath stuff like this. They're holding deep in thick cover.
It's kind of an unorthodox way of using a Senko. I mean, yeah, if you got a weighted Senko, you can flip and pitch it in other areas where you normally fish jigs and plastics. But I think, it really shines well in places like this because it doesn't have any appendages that's going to get hung up on any weeds or if there happens to be any twigs or branches down there, it's not going to get hung up on any of that stuff so you can bring it through this cover really, really well. So you're more effective at fishing this area. You're spending more time fishing it than you are getting your bait unstuck off something, you know.
So give that a try. Next time you come against cover like this, take your punching bait off, put a Senko on it and give it a whirl. For more tips and tricks like this, visit BassResource.com.