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January 15, 2020


There we go. These little guys are a lot of fun. I’m fishing in the middle summer on a big
public reservoir, and I’m catching all the little ones, but I’m telling you what man
they a lot of fun. You can have a 100 fish day on this lake easily
doing this. What I’m doing? Fishing a wacky rig Senko. Look at that man he’s got that right in his
face. So today I’m gonna show you how I rig this
up, what equipment I’m using, and then I’m gonna to take you on the water and show you
how to, all the different techniques to use fishing wacky rig Senko. Hey folks, Glenn May here with BassResource.com
and, today, I want to talk to you about wacky rigging 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, and then 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 underneath
this 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 using
here. I know there’s a lot of specialty equipment
that you can get, or a lot of tackle you can get. 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 specifically
for wacky rigging and there’s nothing wrong with any of them. If this is what you use and you’re accustomed
to using it, then keep using it. I’m not saying the way I do it is the only
way to do it or the right way to do it. I’m just going to take you through how I do
it. For me, I just use a football head jig, just
a real simple football head jig. And the reason why is I’m all for simplicity. I try not to buy specialty gear that only
has one purpose or a one trick pony, because my tackle would just explode with tons of
stuff 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 that
I normally use for fishing grubs, another type of light wire, and a finesse gear, finesse
baits. 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 is
I’m fishing open water. I’m fishing rocks and those type of things
that don’t have a lot of vegetation, things it can get hung up on, but you can certainly
get these that are weedless. They’ve got a wire in front of it to help
prevent it from getting hooked up into anything like that, so you don’t get stuck in anything. But, for now, I’m using an open hook jig for
these purposes. There’s all kinds you can use. And I’ve got this paired up with 15 pound
co-polymer line. And the reason I’m doing that, this is a light
wire hook. This a light wire Gamakatsu hook. If you power this up with braided line and
you set the hook on that, you stand a good chance of straightening out that hook or as
you’re fighting the fish back, it’ll straighten out 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, a
little bit of give. I don’t use fluorocarbon on this particular
set 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 that way. When I’m doing wacky rigs, see how it sits
like that? This is the action that you want. As it goes through the water, it kind of does
that. Well, if you have a weight on it, that accentuates
that. If you don’t have a weight, it just kind of
tends to fall like this. You don’t get that action out of it. The more weight you have on it, the more action
you get and that’s what I want to get when I’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 quarter
ounce, depending how deep you’re going, depending on if you’re fishing windy conditions, you
can heavy up, but starting off with an eighth ounce 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 heavy
on this. If I do, I’ll have a fast tip on that’ll give
a little bit of give on it or maybe even an extra fast tip, but a medium action, fast
action rod, a medium action rod with a fast tip, that’s perfect for this set up. Works great. Now, if you’re fishing in current, that’s
when we might heavy up a little bit. We might go with a heavier jig. We might go with a half-ounce, maybe even
an ounce, depending on how swift the current is because you need that bait to fall through
the water column. If you’re using a real light weight, you throw
it up stream and by the time it gets all the way down, you’ve got a taut line that’s only
falling about a foot and a half. So, a little bit of a heavier jig is what
you’ll be using in that and maybe even heavy up 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, nothing wrong with that. You can do that. Again, it just depends on the cover. If you’re fishing heavy cover, then you want
to heavy up. I’m using bait casting outfits, so why I use
it on this. All right, so, that’s the gear and that’s
how you use it. Now, let’s go out and fish it. Okay, so the most straightforward way to fish
a wacky rig is just to cast it out there and let it fall. That rig itself is just going to be doing
this all the way down. Okay? It’s just doing that motion, like I told you
before. So, let it do the work for you. So, just cast it out and let it fall and just
watch the line. Watch the line as it falls, ‘cuz that’s when
the 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 going
to do is lift up on it and let it fall straight down again. Just reel the slack and let it fall, hit the
bottom and lift back up and let it fall. And watch that line. Reel up that slack as it’s falling and watch
that line very carefully because, again, that’s when the strike is going to occur. Now, another way to fish this bait is, I’ve
got some weeds out here. This is a great way to do it. Throw it out there and reel it across the
weeds. So, just throw it out there, let it sink a
little bit. Now, I’m just going to keep the rod tip down
and I’m just going to reel it steady right across the weeds. And hopefully, you call a fish out of the
weeds doing it that way. And it’s just doing this as you’re reeling
it. So, it’s got a lot of action to it. Great way to catch fish, especially if you’ve
been catching them on a crank bait for a while and that bite dies off a bit. That’s when you want to throw this. You can go back to those same areas and catch
fish where you were catching them with crank baits before. And then lastly, one other technique I want
to show you. You throw it out there and you let it fall,
and it’s just dragging it, letting it sit on the bottom, and now I’m just moving the
rod tip and I’m dragging it on the bottom with the rod. Reel up the slack. I’m not moving it with the reel, I’m just
reeling up the slack. Then I move it with the rod tip and let it
sit on the bottom. You’re going to be able to feel every little
rock, weed, crevice, twig, branch, all that stuff, just crawl it across the bottom. And that’s all there is to it. Here, you’re just imitating a bait fish or
something on the bottom, feeding on the bottom. The fish will pick it up off of that. Some days, you’re going to have to experiment
with this. You’ll have to play and figure out which way
they want to bite. Sometimes, the fish want it when you throw
it out and let it fall. Other times, you need to drag it or swim it
back. You’ve just got to experiment with it and,
eventually, you’ll figure out what it is they want to do. When you set the hook, ‘cuz it is an exposed
hook, 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 to
get that hook past the barb and you’ll have a fish. Hope that helps. For more tips and tricks like this, visit
BassResource.com.

100 Comments

  • Reply Tim Roberts August 11, 2016 at 2:54 am

    Great tips! Thanks for the vid!!

  • Reply Rob B August 11, 2016 at 3:05 am

    My favorite rig is wacky. Never thought to try it on a jig, I'll be trying that out.

  • Reply Jesse Jones August 11, 2016 at 3:17 am

    Love the whacky rig!! Great for getting those fish on slow days!

  • Reply lanice anthony August 11, 2016 at 3:30 am

    I really enjoy every video that you put out. Great teaching method and very interesting. I'm still trying to get good at bass fishing and finesse fishing is surely my weak point.

  • Reply John August 11, 2016 at 3:48 am

    Informative video, but at the 5 min mark, it went out of focus and hurt my eyes

  • Reply James F August 11, 2016 at 4:07 am

    Haven't caught one this year on this rig, but will keep trying.

  • Reply Braden Nielsen August 11, 2016 at 4:19 am

    wacky is my confidence rig

  • Reply Michael Soileau August 11, 2016 at 4:25 am

    Another informative video. Never thought of using a football jig head for fishing a senko.

  • Reply Baseball Dad August 11, 2016 at 4:33 am

    Love the tip about using a football head jig. I fish in the Ohio River, and it has pretty heavy current a lot of the time. This might help it sink with the right action. Thanks!

  • Reply Tom Bendon August 11, 2016 at 4:40 am

    This system works great. Thanks for the info!

  • Reply Fernando Pacheco August 11, 2016 at 4:43 am

    Great will try on next trip.

  • Reply From the Edge 2 the Ledge August 11, 2016 at 4:53 am

    why do you use a jighead instead of a hook ? I have seen the different rigging before but do not understand why to use which style for certain situations like clear or stained water, throwing to docks or cover and rock piles.

  • Reply Paul Dennert August 11, 2016 at 4:56 am

    Thanks for the info

  • Reply Steve Monahan August 11, 2016 at 7:03 am

    Good info thanks

  • Reply Colton Bents August 11, 2016 at 10:08 am

    Thanks for the tips! Trying them today

  • Reply joseph priori August 11, 2016 at 10:57 am

    Thanks for for more tips. Wacky rig is my go to bait.

  • Reply Angelo C. August 11, 2016 at 11:36 am

    These videos are so helpful. I have learned more off these videos than anything else.

  • Reply the Marquistador August 11, 2016 at 11:36 am

    I enjoy the wacky rig with many other stick style worms. With the Senko I prefer the weightless texas style.

  • Reply John Whitworth August 11, 2016 at 11:43 am

    I've caught more bass on. this rig than any other rug I use!!!

  • Reply Travis Seay August 11, 2016 at 11:49 am

    Good video!

  • Reply Christian Gerstner August 11, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    I always use the wacky rig when the bite is tough. Another great video Glenn. Thanks for the tips

  • Reply David Cates August 11, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    thank you for all the very helpful videos and tips on how to rig the baits and fish the baits you have learned me a lot of very helpful tips that has made me a better fisher man on my own waters keep the videos up and all the helpful tips i like all the awesome videos thank you so very much i really love fishing a whack rig cinko i have been caught some good fish to thank

  • Reply triplej jordan August 11, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    Never fished a wacky rig but I have been practicing more subtle presentations with t rigged senkos.

  • Reply Superfly263 August 11, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    I keep having problems getting my wacky rigs hung up and losing them. I'm going to try some of these tips to see if I can alleviate that a bit.

  • Reply ROB TRESINO August 11, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    Love these videos, and wacky rigging is king in the Midwest during summers like this one.

  • Reply Randy Setzer August 11, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    Thanks man trying to learn to use the senko .you do a great job telling all the ins and outs of fishing thanks for the time you put in

  • Reply Chad Whiting August 11, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    Another great video thanks

  • Reply James Bailey August 11, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    Very good information on the wacky rig

  • Reply Brian Perzentka August 11, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    Great video!!!!!!

  • Reply Buck Buchanan August 11, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    Very informative. I like the part about buying equipment that can only be used in one application, a one trick pony. That sure described me and now I know why I have containers all over the place. Need to make some changes.

  • Reply Michael Daley August 11, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    Great vid…love wacky fishing…picked up some tips

  • Reply Cepeda Family August 11, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    Thanks, love these video's . Great to get more insight and ideas on old techniques, jeeps it fresh.

  • Reply Route262 August 11, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    Great learning lesson! Always learning techniques from Glenn!

  • Reply Jim Peitzmeier August 11, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    Senko baits are killer!!! More great tips. Cant agree more.. dont spend a lot of money just fish the senko and let it work for u!

  • Reply FloridaWoodsWater August 11, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    One of the prospective that comes through on your video is to have fun when fishing. The enjoyment! Too often in today's bass fishing, the fun is lost in being too serious. Yes, I am serious about my bass fishing but not at the cost of having a fun day of fishing. Keep showing the enjoyment !

  • Reply John Morgan August 11, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    Good solution to one of my large problems. I only catch largemouths, in lakes full of spotted bass, with a wacky. rig. I never fish it weighted so the worm never gets down to the spots. This would give more action, plus get the worm down to suspended spots reasonably quickly.. As usual, you make me evaluate what I am doing and think. Thank you so much.

  • Reply John Stanley August 11, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    Another great explanation / video on this fishing technique Gene. tks

  • Reply griffinwm August 11, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    Only tried Wacky Rig once and I struck out. Tough conditions in the fall.

  • Reply T Coleman August 11, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    senkos are most versatile bait on market

  • Reply Jon Ellingwood August 11, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    Nice , have to give a try

  • Reply Kurt W August 11, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    Guess it's time to buy some senkos and try it out. I am very interested in trying this weighted as you mention. Ive only ever seen them weightless.

  • Reply Dave Capstick August 11, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    them little one are a blast to catch all day

  • Reply Chuck Dowling August 11, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    Most of the guys I fish with tend to wacky rig weightless Never thought about the action being better weighted

  • Reply jody gucwa August 11, 2016 at 10:36 pm

    Never thought about fishing a wacky rig with a weighted jig head. Great video. I ill be trying a weighted jig head on a wacky rig next time out.

  • Reply Bruce Burr August 12, 2016 at 12:26 am

    Liked & Shared….Great tips

  • Reply Andy Gee August 12, 2016 at 1:20 am

    I've always Trigged worms. Ill have to try this.

  • Reply Geoff Gammenthaler August 12, 2016 at 1:26 am

    Never tried the wacky rigging yet but will now…thanks for the tip!

  • Reply Philip Churchwell August 12, 2016 at 2:18 am

    Always like learning new and different ways to fish.

  • Reply Luis Cabrales August 12, 2016 at 2:23 am

    Once again another great video, keep them coming. I always look forward to trying new ttechniques.

  • Reply Fat Guy Outdoors August 12, 2016 at 2:24 am

    Lost a good fish last week. Crap attempt and Palomar knot.

  • Reply NOAH FERTICK August 12, 2016 at 3:32 am

    I love wacky rigs! My PB came on one. I usually use it weightless on a circle hook, but I'm definitely going to try it on the jighead.

  • Reply Aaron Crowder August 12, 2016 at 5:52 am

    Thanks for the tips and the video. I will be giving this a try very soon. I'm here in Oklahoma in the dog days of summer it is very hot and the fish are offshore in the deep cool water. This technique will do the job. Thank you!

  • Reply John Gustas August 12, 2016 at 11:53 am

    Nothing beats a wacky rigged senko on a hot clear day!

  • Reply Rob Zenger August 12, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    Love the wacky rig

  • Reply Clyde Magee August 12, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    Wack rigging has changed my fishing style for the better! Also giving good advice and techniques at BassResource.com

  • Reply Chris Smith August 12, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    Great video – Never tried wacky rigs before, but will be this weekend!

  • Reply John Michael Mac Donald August 12, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    Lots of good tips.

  • Reply Chase A August 12, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    Love wacky rigging! Great choice and fish producer in every body of water.

  • Reply tsigr August 12, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    More great tips from BassResource! Love fishing with Senkos.Going to give this Rig a shot.

  • Reply Curt Franklin August 12, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    Wacky Senko!

  • Reply Jam Fischer August 12, 2016 at 9:55 pm

    I will go to a black bass trip in the south of France in 10 days for the first time, it will be awesome. Those BassResource videos helps me a lot to plan my trip. 👍🏻

  • Reply Bubbaleeroypjjohnson August 13, 2016 at 12:21 am

    My kid caught their first bass using wacky rigged senko

  • Reply Fifty0ne August 13, 2016 at 1:33 am

    I love fishing wacky senkos. Pitching a weightless senko at docks is probably my favorite technique. Great video.

  • Reply James Cottom August 13, 2016 at 3:20 am

    Thanks for the tips, Glenn! I had never considered using a football head jig for wacky rigging. I normally use a finesse wide gap hook and fish a Senko weightless, but I have used a nail weight, and a split shot on occasion.

  • Reply J Coppola August 13, 2016 at 4:13 am

    In reference to your use of Co-Polymer why do you think Fluro is the wrong way to go? I been debating to use Sensitive Mono or Co-Polymer vs Fluro which I just spooled on?

  • Reply Chris August 13, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    Love fishing a wacky rig!

  • Reply James Halliday August 13, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    Great Explanation one of my favorite ways to fish early season is Wacky style

  • Reply Mike Brown August 13, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    Great video. Very good detailed presentation.

  • Reply Craig Goodwin August 13, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    Never thought of using a football head jig to wacky rig… interesting..
    Mind you I haven't had much luck with the senko haven't given up on it yet though

  • Reply Tommy Pugh August 13, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    thank you

  • Reply Dylan Walsh August 13, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    Been trying this out the past few days. No bites yet, but I'm SURE that's going to change tomorrow morning!

  • Reply Jeffrey Lancaster August 13, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    nice vid

  • Reply Ruben Vasquez August 14, 2016 at 2:32 am

    Wacky Rigs work. Plain and simple. Nic vid

  • Reply Sergio Sanchez, Jr August 14, 2016 at 3:00 am

    There is no better way than wacky rig to catch your limit.

  • Reply william etson August 14, 2016 at 6:44 am

    there more than One way to wacky Rig a Senko.

  • Reply Brad Hancock August 14, 2016 at 11:56 am

    Thanks for the ideas. I do like using or rings to save the plastic. Loose too many to bream otherwise.

  • Reply N Westmoreland August 14, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    Nice video. My absolute favorite way to fish a senko.

  • Reply Tom Bendon August 14, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    looks simple to do. Can't wait to try this technique . Thanks Glenn!

  • Reply jim barragan August 14, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    grate video .Is there other bate you can fish this way?which retrieve seem to work best for you ?

  • Reply Jack Klassen August 14, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    Never really thought to fish wacky rigs in anything but weeds…

  • Reply Michael Barnish August 14, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    Great video. Love wacky fishing senkos. They have good action compared to other stick baits the same type and size.

  • Reply whiskyriver05 August 14, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    Never had any luck with wacky rig. Hopefully with the tips you provided will but more bass in my boat. Great video.

  • Reply Joe M August 14, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    I have to try fishing a wacky rig more

  • Reply ratrod47 August 14, 2016 at 11:06 pm

    Thanks for the tip . I will have to try this method but after I find some no lead jig heads.

  • Reply Dusty Kinley August 14, 2016 at 11:25 pm

    cool. thanks again.

  • Reply Alex Virtue August 14, 2016 at 11:29 pm

    This is my favourite way to fish a senko.

  • Reply Taylor Smith August 15, 2016 at 3:40 am

    Haven't had much time to try, but seems to be just the trick!! Keep up the videos!!

  • Reply Chris King Outdoors August 15, 2016 at 4:50 am

    Your tips are always solid Glen! Fun to watch!

  • Reply Geoffrey Rogers August 15, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    I have never bought a pack of Senkos the closest thing to em that I got was the YumDinger. I know that some ppl swear that it makes a difference but Idk since I never compared the two

  • Reply Roger Watson August 15, 2016 at 10:36 pm

    I have not tried "dragging" a wacky rig.  Will have to give that a shot.   Thanks Glen.

  • Reply Jake Trudeau August 16, 2016 at 1:49 am

    I live near a marina on Lake Michigan, wacky rigging smokes them. Same with tubes

  • Reply OvRdoSe69 August 22, 2016 at 7:30 am

    Great vid going wacky next fishing trip

  • Reply Mike Grieshaber February 26, 2017 at 4:13 am

    Thanks again Glen!! I learn something with every video.

  • Reply chapo Garcia March 20, 2017 at 12:31 am

    got owner sled head 1/8oz, 2/0 ,can I use these for wacky rig sencos???????? anyone help

  • Reply Exploring The Outdoors June 7, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    do you have a vid for yow to fish texas rigs tips and tricks

  • Reply hArRiSoN ç July 15, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    Thanks for the video. Been having trouble with wacky rig which is ironic cause it's supposed to be like the easiest and best bait out there 😂

  • Reply U.S. Army July 17, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    great video Glen! I have learned so much watching ur videos, I love Texas rig with a senko get good bites but wasnt having luck yesterday so switched it up to wacky and first cast got a catch , love watching ur tips and tactics they help so much

  • Reply Ruben Gonzalez September 13, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    I really enjoy watching your videos. You keep things simple, and yet still manage to take the time to explain things and demonstrate step by step. Thank you.

  • Reply Josh Allday April 18, 2018 at 3:12 pm

    Love the info thanks for the video! Wish I knew where this reservoir was it's beautiful there

  • Reply steven mcclelland September 27, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    on the cheap whackey rigging..88 cents snelled  six each  number 1 hooks at wallmart / number 2 also…split shot sinkers two smallest sizes best..use split shots on line right above hook eye..you can make drop adjustments very easily..you covered the flutter action-the main point..i have used  6 or 7 inch trick worms/ etc..all work..even used a ribbon tail 7 inch..actually worked fine-after balancing..great video and usual  fantastic details you always provide..split shots 89 cents a pack..bass don't care at all..thanks

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