Senko Worms: A Plastic Lure That Rocks


Efficient and Economical, Senkos Attract the Bass

Senko worms seem to get more and more popular as time goes by. Many manufacturers have tried to copy them and make baits similar to it, but the Yamamoto Senko worms is still the one and only. One of the many famed Gary Yamamoto baits, the Senko worm is one of the best baits for catching bass.

One of a Kind in 9 Different Models

Senko worms started out as one simple model. Now, there is a line of them in nine different models.

They are primarily divided into three classical configurations:

  1. The standard stick Senko worm, ranging in size from 3 inches to 7 inches.
  2. The swimming Senko worms, which are designed with a paddle tail on the end of it so it can be rigged as a swimbait with a jig head or as a trailer on a spinnerbait or chatterbait.
  3. The Pro Senko worms slightly different in that they taper to a pointed tail, are thinner, and are generally used with a Yamamoto Shaky Head Jig or as a dropshot bait.

How Does the Senko Work So Well?

No human can really understand why bass simply love to eat Senko worms, but it is easy to see the many different ways Senko worms can attract them. It looks like a fat worm, with a straight profile and all models and colors will attract the bass depending on the environment and the size of bass being sought.

Senkos are the Salt of the Earth

The standard Senko worms all have a heavy amount of salt mixed in with the plastic. The impregnated salt helps them sink faster without additional weights, no matter how it is rigged. In fact, the sink rate is fast enough to reach the bottom in good time, but still slow enough for the bass to see them coming and become agitated. Senko worms sink horizontally with the two ends fluttering up and down and vibrating as they fall. That makes them appear life-like to the fish. Fish will often grab Senko worms while they are still on their way down.

Which Ones Are Which?

Standard Senko worm models come in standard and fat 3-inch (which is a wonderful bait for small mouth and spotted bass), a 4-inch (also for small mouth fishing or finesse largemouth fishing), and a 5-inch which is the classic all-around bait and is used for everything. They come in a lot of color variations depending on what you are trying to emulate. The 6-inch and 7-inch are very popular for larger fish such is those you would find in the California Delta or Clear Lake, California or Okeechobee Lake, Florida.

Swimming Senko Worms

Swimming Senko worms sport a distinctive paddle tail, as mentioned. They are manufactured using a harder plastic. If rigged alone,  Swimming Senko worms are generally rigged with a swimbait or bass jig head. You will notice quite a wave caused by the paddle tail – it is very effective. Swimming Senko worms emulate a swimming fish more than anything else. Many fishermen use Swimming Senko worms as a trailer on spinnerbaits or chatterbait vibrating jigs, or even a standard jig. The advice they would give is to match the spinnerbait, chatterbait, or jig to the size of bait you are attaching it. If desired, you can cut off a little of the front of the Senko worm to match the size of bait where you are using it. That has become an extremely popular way to rig the Swimming Senko worm, but it also will work well alone. Fisherman’s Choice Pro Shop is now carrying the new 4-inch as well as the original 5-inch Swimming Senko worms.

The Pro Senko

Pro Senko worms are great for shaky heads or dropshots. Fisherman’s Choice Pro Shop has them in eleven different, great colors. We recommend using these when you are looking for an “ultra-finesse” presentation on light lines and especially when fishing for finicky fish.

Getting the Senko Rigged

Wacky-style Rigging

For Wacky rigging, insert the hook perpendicular through the center of the Senko worms. There is an advantage to rigging Wacky-style in that the hooks are lighter and the fall will be slower. That gets even more action on the bait. It also makes the fall stay flatter and if you twitch it rigged like that, it will bend into a “V” shape and then straighten out again. For even simpler rigging, try the O-Wacky tool, which adds a small “O” ring onto the bait that keeps the bait more secure and you lose fewer Senko worms.

Texas-Weightless Rig

Conversely, the Texas rigging advantage is that the hook weighs a little bit more, allowing it to fall nose or tail down and then flattens, which gives it a more attention-getting erratic fall. You want to rig through the nose for Texas weightless. Of course, the bigger the hook, the more confident you will be in your hooking ability, but you need to match the size of the Senko worms to the size of the hook.

Neko Rigging

The third way is the popular method called Neko rigging. Neko rigging involves inserting a weight in the tail of the Senko worms so they will sink very quickly to the bottom when fishing 40 to 60 feet down. The weight will pull the worm straight down vertically, and when on the bottom, whenever you twitch it, the Senko worm will stand up and hop on its tail. That is an action that is very attractive to bass.

Remember, all your orders of $50.00 or more receive free ground shipping. Also, all the staff at Fisherman’s Choice Pro Shop are professional and tournament fishermen and we love talking about fishing and answering your questions. Whenever you need help, give us a call, toll-free, at (866) 993-1139 or in Arizona, (602) 993-1139.


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