How to Rig and Use a Senko Worm: America’s Number One Soft-plastic Lure

Gary Yamamoto’s genius Senko Worms proved themselves more than worthy to any fisherman who uses them. There’s not a lot that goes into fishing these babies, but there’s some DEFINITE do’s and don’t’s that you should be aware of if you plan on catching some really big fish. I’ve broken all of my personal fishing records on Senko’s and Senko’s alone and so have many others, so do yourself a favor and learn how to use them the right way instead of relying chance and luck.

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Gary Yamamoto knew what he was doing when he started his growing line of custom baits, and they’ve become all the craze. I’ve even become a pretty big fan of his oh-so-simple yet deadly-effective products that I might as well be wearing the advertising. The thing about Senko worms is that they simply work, even if you don’t know how to use them correctly, they just WORK. There’s no magic here, just a touch of professional genius mixed with the beauty of simplicity.

Okay, so you’re ready to get out on the lake and put something new on the end of your line, and you’ve decide to pick up a pack of Senko’s, but the most important part of using these correctly is choosing the correct hook. If you’ve picked up a pack of the smaller 4-inch Senko’s, a 1/0 – 2/0 straight-shank hook is probably your best bet, and if you’ve gone with a Senko in the 5-7-inch range, you should go with a 3/0 – 4/0 straight-shank or wide-gap offset hook. Anything bigger than that should be coupled with a 5/0 offset wide-gap or straight-shank hook. A straight-shank hook leaves less gap between the worm and hook for weeds and such to become tangled on, as you will be fishing these in mostly heavy cover. I honestly end up using 5/0 offset wide-gaps a lot on, even the 4-inchers, I know I shouldn’t but I’ve caught fish this way just fine.

Next thing you should be concerned with is the color or colors you choose. My personal favorites happen to be the white, clear with speckles and flakes, brown, and black with yellow tip colored Senko’s, but a good gauge to go by for choosing a color according to where you fish is simply the color of the water. What color is the water today? If it’s clear, go with white or translucent colored worms, if it’s murky, go with a more natural color like brown or green. I always seem to have the most luck on the 7-inch white colored worms regardless, and a close runner-up I would have to say is the 5-inch chartreuse with the white belly. If whatever store you buy your fishing equipment from sells Gary Yamamoto products, there’s a good chance they carry the 40-piece Senko worm kit, which I usually see priced for around $20-$23. A very good deal considering Senko’s are a tad on the pricey side, if you buy them like I do that is. Although I buy single color packs of Senko worms most of the time, I still inevitably find myself picking up one of these kits every now and again, they’re just convenient and the array of colors is that come with it are typically my favorites anyhow.

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