7 Juicy Ways How To Rig A Senko

One of the most popular and best ways to catch a bass is on a Senko style lure (stick worm). So knowing how to rig a senko is going to lead to a lot more catching and not just fishing!

There has probably been more bass caught on a Senko than any other worm in the history of bass fishing. 

There’s just something about the action of a Senko style stick worm that bass are literally crazy about. 

Whether you are just starting out or you have been bass fishing for 20 years, learning different ways to fish a Senko style worm is going to help you catch more and bigger bass.

Different Brands, Same Bait?

The Senko was originally created by Gary Yamamoto with Yamamoto Baits, but because it is so hard to patent a fishing lure, the Senko style stick worm is now created by almost every lure manufacturer on the market. 

From the outside, all of these different name brand worms pretty much look the exact same, like a pencil! However, they are all very different in action and makeup.

Some of these Senko style worms are made with different types of plastic and include different ingredients such as salt or sand to make them sink faster. Some of these worms have no salt or sand in them, which makes them sink at a much slower rate.

Honestly, sometimes bass prefer a fast sink, and other times they prefer and slower sink. So having multiple types of stick worms is a must for any angler.

Top Stick Worm Brands

  • Yamamoto Senko
  • Yum Dinger
  • Bass Pro Shops Stick-O
  • Berkley General
  • Gamble Ace
  • Big Bite Baits Trick Stick

When it comes to choosing the right brand of stick worm, there isn’t a book that tells us when and what to choose. However, I like to use sticks worms that have a lot of salt/sand in them when I am fishing the stick worm weightless.

When it comes to fishing a stick worm, there are many different options. Let’s take a look at the top 7 JUICY ways to rig a senko, that you need to know!

1. Wacky Rigging a Senko

Ever since the first stickworm was created, one of the best ways to rig it is by using what is called a “wacky rig”. 

A wacky rig is an extremely effective way to catch a lot of bass and it is probably the best rig to skip under docks, overhanging trees, etc. Not only is it extremely effective but it is also a very simple way to fish. Before we talk about how to fish it, let’s talk about how to rig it!

Rigging a wacky rig with a stick worm is extremely simple. You’re basically going to take the bait in your hand and find the center of the worm, then you going to take a wacky rig hook and just push it right through the worm and out the other side. You want to leave the point of the hook exposed. 

While it seems like rigging the worm this way may get hung up alot, it is actually very weedless in the water. This allows you to fish it around cover without getting hung and very effectively catching bass.

Fishing a Wacky Rig

To fish a wacky rig, you are basically going to cast this lure to the target (dock pilings, stumps, rocks) you are wanting to fish and simply let it sink slowly to the bottom on a slack line. After letting the worm sit on the bottom for a few seconds, lift the rod up and make that stick worm hop off the bottom about 2 to 4 feet and then let it fall again, slowly to the bottom. 

About 95% of the fish that you catch on a wacky rig are going to come when that Senko (stick worm) is slowly falling to the bottom!

With the hook placed right in the middle of your worm, it’s going to allow both ends of the stick worm to wiggle/wobble as it falls and that is what the bass ABSOLUTELY love. 

Skipping a Wacky Rig

One of the biggest benefits to using a wacky rig is that it skips really well, literally like the best skipping stone you ever picked up! 

When people ask me how to skip a lure, I simply tell them to tie on a wacky rigged senko and start with that before moving onto other lures. It skips that good!

Being able to skip this wacky rig is going to allow you to put a lure in places where a lot of bass have not seen lures. You will be able to skip a wacky rig way up underneath of a dock where you simply can’t get lures like a spinnerbait or crankbait. Or you can skip a wacky rig way back underneath some overhanging trees, again where you can’t get other lures!

Getting your wacky rig in places where other fishermen can’t get theirs is going to lead to a lot more catching and not just fishing!

A wacky rig works really well around wood, rocks, and sparse vegetation. Yes it is going to get snagged sometimes but it actually comes through cover very well. Using a wacky rig hook that has a little weed guard on it then it’s going to come through cover even better. 

However, in thicker vegetation, it is usually better to fish a stick worm on a Texas Rig. 

2. Texas Rigging Options

A texas-rigged stick worm is probably the most weedless way to fish a senko style worm. This is going to come through any type of cover that you put it in, no matter how thick. You can also rig a Texas Rig with a weight or weightless.

To rig a texas-rigged Senko simply take a 3/0 or 4/0 sized hook, stick the hook point in the top of the worm (the fatter end) and push the hook in about a quarter of an inch. Then let the hook come out the side of the worm and pull the entire hook through the head of the worm. Leaving just the top portion of the hook in the top quarter of the worm, twist the hook and stick the hook back into the worm. Leaving it straight and weedless.

When fishing this rig weightless, you’re going to fish it pretty much the exact same way you fish a wacky rig. 

You’re going to cast it out and just let it fall to the bottom, then hop it up and let it fall again.

Fishing a texas rig weightless is definitely not the only option, fishing it with a bullet weight is probably the most popular way to fish a texas rig. To find out exactly how to fish a texas rig, check out this article!

3. Neko Rig a Senko

The Neko rig is kind of a newer technique that has come out over the last 3 or 4 years and has become extremely popular as a finesse technique to catch more bass. 

It’s usually done with more slender straight tail worms such as a Zoom Trick Worm, but a Senko style stick worm works really well for this technique as well. 

To rig a Neko rig Senko, you’re going to put a rubber o-ring on your worm first. Then you’re going to take a small nail weight and insert it into the head of the worm (the thicker end). Then you’re going to take a Neko style hook and simply hook the o-ring with your hook point towards the tail of the worm. 

Now you have a lure that has an extremely good action while it’s on the bottom. Working this worm very slow across the bottom can catch a ton of bass with other lures won’t.

This is a great lure for catching bass once you know exactly where the fish are. For instance if you are catching fish on offshore structure with a crankbait and that bite starts to slow down, you can then cast the Neko rig to the same area and work it really slow across the bottom and you are going to continue to catch bass that wouldn’t eat a crankbait.

4. Ned Rig Your Used Senkos

Currently, the ned rig is the most popular finesse technique across the Nation, maybe ever the world.

Whether you are fishing for largemouth, Smallmouth or spotted bass a Ned rig catches a lot of fish. 

While there are many worms on the market that are exclusively made for Ned rigging applications, cutting a stick worm in half is a great way to use your senkos longer. 

For example, if you start catching bass on a wacky worm or a texas-rig and the bait gets a little torn up from catching so many fish. Instead of throwing your used stick worms in the trash, you can now take that used worm and cut it in half and put it on a Ned rig head. Now you have used your stick worm for multiple purposes and that can save a lot of money in the long run!

Simply thread half of a Senko onto a Ned head and most importantly don’t forget to add a drop of super glue. Using a drop of super glue will keep the bait on much longer and also keep it straight! 

5. Shake Your Stick Worms

A Shakey Head worm is another popular finesse technique that is usually done with a thinner straight tail worm. However, a stick worm such as a Senko, is a great bait to use for this as well.

It can be used with both a spinning rod and a baitcast rod application and you’re going to rig the bait the same way you typically rig any Shaky Head worm shown above.

This is a great alternative for catching bass in highly pressured areas where they have seen a lot of lures like jigs, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. 

6. Carolina Rig with a Senko

Not a lot of people think about using a Senko style Worm for a Carolina rig, but it is an extremely effective way to catch bass with a Carolina rig. 

Sure you can use other soft plastics on your c-rigs, like lizards and brush hogs, but a Senko is going to have that same wiggling action that you see in shallow water, but now you can fish it much deeper. 

Big Senkos Big Bass

This is an extremely good technique when you’re trying to catch big bass. Using a stick worm that is 6 or 7 inches long and rigging it on a Carolina rig is a great way to catch really big bass in deep water.

To rig a Carolina rig your first going to start by threading a large weight, usually 3/4oz to 1oz, on your line. Behind that weight you are going thread on a small bead. This bead acts as protection between that big weight and your knot, as well as adding extra sound when it clicks agaist the weight. 

Next, you’re going to tie on a small swivel behind that bead. Once you have tied on your swivel, you’re going to add a small section of line to the other end of the swivel, which is called a leader. This leader can be anywhere from 1 foot to 5 feet long. I really like a happy medium of those, about 3 ft long. At the end of that leader, you are going to tie on a 3/0 to 4/0 worm hook and you’re going to thread the Senko on that hook the same way you did for a Texas Rig.

This is a great way to catch fish when they are on offshore structure during the summer and it is something that not a lot of people do which means you are going to get more bites!

7. Drop Shot Small Stick Worms

Using a Senko style worm on a drop shot is also an extremely good way to catch deep water bass. 

You can rig the worm a few different ways, you can rig it wacky style or nose hook the bait.

Probably one of the most popular ways to fish a Senko on a drop shot is by using a smaller wacky rigged Senko, 3 or 4 inches. This is a great way to catch Smallmouth in really deep clear water. 

To rig a Senko on a drop shot you are first going to tie a drop shot hook to your line and make sure you leave a long tag end of roughly two foot to tie your weight on later. Next take that tag end and stick it back through the eye of your hook on the point side of the hook and then at the end of that leader you’re going to place your drop shot weight. 

Leader length of a drop shot depends on what conditions you are fishing. I would say the standard leader length is roughly 18 inches long!

You now know 7 juicy ways to rig a Senko. All of these rigs are extremely effective at catching bass during the right conditions. Whether you are fishing really deep clean water or your fishing really shallow dirty water, bass can be caught on a Senko using the above techniques!

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