Tips for Bass Fishing with Senkos

Tips for Bass Fishing with Senkos

Since the invention of the  Senko by Gary Yamamoto, the stick bait has become a staple in the bass fishing community. Regardless of location or time of the season, you can be sure a Senko will generate some bites. Today we will cover some of the basics of this versatile bait.

Rod, Reel, and Line Selection:

I personally like to use a spinning reel paired with a rod that has a fast action tip. I will use 10lb braid as my main line with 3 to 4 feet of 10lb monofilament leader. To connect the 2, use a double-uni knot to combine the braid with the mono.

Different Colored Senkos


There are 2 main ways I like to rig this bait. Weightless Texas Rig and Wacky Rig. The Texas Rig option can “Texpose” the point of the hook into the senko to make it weed-less. This just means that you can tuck the hook back into the bait so it will not get snagged into weeds, grass, etc. The second option is the Wacky Rig and this adds a little more action to the bait when working it. A great tip for the Wacky Rig is to use an O-ring around the Senko and then put your hook through the ring. This helps prevent the Senko from ripping so that you can catch more fish on that one bait.


There is a wide variety of colors available. Try to keep it simple and use 3 main colors. Watermelon with black and red flake, green pumpkin with black flake, and black with blue flake. My go-to is the green pumpkin option. However, don’t be afraid to experiment with colors to see what works best on the body of water you are fishing.

Working the Bait:

They call this the do-nothing bait. That is because you really do not need to work it much. The most popular way to throw this bait is to simply cast it out and let it fall on a semi-slack line. Keep an eye on your line and wait for it to move or tick; if it does then set the hook immediately! If it doesn’t, once the bait hits the bottom, just lift up and let the bait fall again. Do this 2-3 times and then reel in and make another cast.

Check out this video where I briefly talk about the points I made in this article or skip to 1:43 to get right into some action of me fishing using Senkos.

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  • Seth Willoughby