5 Tips For Fishing A Wacky Rig Senko | Bass Fishing

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There we go. These little guys are a lot of fun. I’m fishing in the middle summer on a bigpublic reservoir, and I’m catching all thelittle ones, but I’m telling you what manthey a lot of fun. You can have a 100 fish day on this lake easilydoing this. What I’m doing?Fishing a wacky rig Senko. Look at that man he’s got that right in hisface. So today I’m gonna show you how I rig thisup, what equipment I’m using, and then I’mgonna to take you on the water and show youhow to, all the different techniques to usefishing wacky rig Senko. Hey folks, Glenn May here with BassResource. comand, today, I want to talk to you about wackyrigging a Senko and how to fish it. I want to take you through the outfits I use,the rigs, the gear, how you use that, andthen how to fish it. I’m not going to show you how to rig it. I’ve got a video on that that’s linked underneaththis video here that you can look at later. This is essentially what we’re looking at,just a wacky rig. Now, I want to take you through what I’m usinghere. I know there’s a lot of specialty equipmentthat you can get, or a lot of tackle you canget. There’s O rings, there’s weighted O rings,there’s specialty hooks, there’s octopus hooks,there’s weighted jigs. There’s all these things you can get specificallyfor wacky rigging and there’s nothing wrongwith any of them. If this is what you use and you’re accustomedto using it, then keep using it. I’m not saying the way I do it is the onlyway to do it or the right way to do it. I’m just going to take you through how I doit. For me, I just use a football head jig, justa real simple football head jig. And the reason why is I’m all for simplicity. I try not to buy specialty gear that onlyhas one purpose or a one trick pony, becausemy tackle would just explode with tons ofstuff and it’s hard to keep it all organized. So, the more that I can multipurpose things,the better. So, here it’s just a football head jig thatI normally use for fishing grubs, anothertype of light wire, and a finesse gear, finessebaits. That’s all I do, right here. It’s real simple. It’s kind of ugly, but it serves the trick. Now, this is an open hook jig. I can speak English, and the reason why isI’m fishing open water. I’m fishing rocks and those type of thingsthat don’t have a lot of vegetation, thingsit can get hung up on, but you can certainlyget these that are weedless. They’ve got a wire in front of it to helpprevent it from getting hooked up into anythinglike that, so you don’t get stuck in anything. But, for now, I’m using an open hook jig forthese purposes. There’s all kinds you can use. And I’ve got this paired up with 15 poundco-polymer line. And the reason I’m doing that, this is a lightwire hook. This a light wire Gamakatsu hook. If you power this up with braided line andyou set the hook on that, you stand a goodchance of straightening out that hook or asyou’re fighting the fish back, it’ll straightenout and you may lose the fish that way. So, I’m just using 15 pound co-polymer line. It’s got a little bit of stretch to it, alittle bit of give. I don’t use fluorocarbon on this particularset up. The reason I’m using this weight, by the way,I want to go back to that for a second. I know some people fish it weightless. To me, if I’m going to fish a Senko weightless,then I’ll just Texas rig and fish it thatway. When I’m doing wacky rigs, see how it sitslike that?This is the action that you want. As it goes through the water, it kind of doesthat. Well, if you have a weight on it, that accentuatesthat. If you don’t have a weight, it just kind oftends to fall like this. You don’t get that action out of it. The more weight you have on it, the more actionyou get and that’s what I want to get whenI’m fishing wacky rig. So, that’s why it’s weighted. Here this is just an eighth ounce weight. You can go up to a quarter ounce, three quarterounce, depending how deep you’re going, dependingon if you’re fishing windy conditions, youcan heavy up, but starting off with an eighthounce is perfect. And I’m fishing in our bait casting outfit. This is a medium action with a fast tip rod. Might go medium heavy sometimes, but that,again, you’re over powering this thin hook. So, I really don’t want to use a medium heavyon this. If I do, I’ll have a fast tip on that’ll givea little bit of give on it or maybe even anextra fast tip, but a medium action, fastaction rod, a medium action rod with a fasttip, that’s perfect for this set up. Works great. Now, if you’re fishing in current, that’swhen we might heavy up a little bit. We might go with a heavier jig. We might go with a half-ounce, maybe evenan ounce, depending on how swift the currentis because you need that bait to fall throughthe water column. If you’re using a real light weight, you throwit up stream and by the time it gets all theway down, you’ve got a taut line that’s onlyfalling about a foot and a half. So, a little bit of a heavier jig is whatyou’ll be using in that and maybe even heavyup on your line and on your rod and reel. But, again, it’s so versatile. There’s so many ways to fish it. If you want to fish it on a spinning outfit,eight pound test, say, for example, nothingwrong with that. You can do that. Again, it just depends on the cover. If you’re fishing heavy cover, then you wantto heavy up. I’m using bait casting outfits, so why I useit on this. All right, so, that’s the gear and that’show you use it. Now, let’s go out and fish it. Okay, so the most straightforward way to fisha wacky rig is just to cast it out there andlet it fall. That rig itself is just going to be doingthis all the way down. Okay?It’s just doing that motion, like I told youbefore. So, let it do the work for you. So, just cast it out and let it fall and justwatch the line. Watch the line as it falls, ‘cuz that’s whenthe strike is going to happen. So, you want to watch to see if it pops, twitches,the line jumps, something like that. If you see that, then you just reel down,set the hook. Now, once it hits the bottom, all you’re goingto do is lift up on it and let it fall straightdown again. Just reel the slack and let it fall, hit thebottom and lift back up and let it fall. And watch that line. Reel up that slack as it’s falling and watchthat line very carefully because, again, that’swhen the strike is going to occur. Now, another way to fish this bait is, I’vegot some weeds out here. This is a great way to do it. Throw it out there and reel it across theweeds. So, just throw it out there, let it sink alittle bit. Now, I’m just going to keep the rod tip downand I’m just going to reel it steady rightacross the weeds. And hopefully, you call a fish out of theweeds doing it that way. And it’s just doing this as you’re reelingit. So, it’s got a lot of action to it. Great way to catch fish, especially if you’vebeen catching them on a crank bait for a whileand that bite dies off a bit. That’s when you want to throw this. You can go back to those same areas and catchfish where you were catching them with crankbaits before. And then lastly, one other technique I wantto show you. You throw it out there and you let it fall,and it’s just dragging it, letting it siton the bottom, and now I’m just moving therod tip and I’m dragging it on the bottomwith the rod. Reel up the slack. I’m not moving it with the reel, I’m justreeling up the slack. Then I move it with the rod tip and let itsit on the bottom. You’re going to be able to feel every littlerock, weed, crevice, twig, branch, all thatstuff, just crawl it across the bottom. And that’s all there is to it. Here, you’re just imitating a bait fish orsomething on the bottom, feeding on the bottom. The fish will pick it up off of that. Some days, you’re going to have to experimentwith this. You’ll have to play and figure out which waythey want to bite. Sometimes, the fish want it when you throwit out and let it fall. Other times, you need to drag it or swim itback. You’ve just got to experiment with it and,eventually, you’ll figure out what it is theywant to do. When you set the hook, ‘cuz it is an exposedhook, you don’t have to reef it really hard. Just give it a moderate hook set. That’s all you need to do, just enough toget that hook past the barb and you’ll havea fish. Hope that helps. For more tips and tricks like this, visitBassResource. com.

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