How To Fish A Split Shot Senko | Bass Fishing

There we go. That’s a good one. Had to double-set the hook on this guy. Come here ya big guy. Liked that Senko right there, look at that. A splitshot Senko. Today I’m going to show you how to rig this
up, and what kind of equipment to use. And then I’m going to take you on the water. I’m going to show you the different techniques
you can use for fishing a splitshot Senko. Hey folks, Glenn May here with BassResource. com. Today I want to talk to you about splitshottin’
a Senko, or mojo-rigging a Senko, some peoplecall it, depends on what area of the country
you’re in. Really all we’re talking about is using a
cylindrical weight and about eighteen inchesbehind it a Senko tied to it. Now if you don’t know how to rig this I’ve
got a video that talks about riggin’ Senkos. It’s linked underneath this this video. You can go check that out later on to see
how to do this. But right now we’re gonna talk about the gear
we’re gonna use and then I’m gonna show youhow to fish it. Right now what we’re using here is a four
inch Senko. It’s a little bit shorter than . . . most
people fish a five inch Senko but here we’refishing a four inch. I’ve fished three inch too. When I do, this is a finesse approach, so
smaller baits is what we’re lookin’ at. It’s just a 1/0 light wire hook, real thin
wire hook. Extra wide gap hook and because of that we’re
not gonna use real heavy gear ‘cuz we don’twant to straighten out this hook when we’re
fighting the fish. So I’ve got about eighteen inches up here. Here’s my weight. I really can’t tell you what size weight that
is ‘cuz I long since lost . . . you know I’vegot so many of these now I don’t know which
is what. But I’m pretty sure this is about an eighth
ounce weight. That’s a good multi-purpose starting point. Eighth ounce. Three-eighth ounce, that’s pretty good, where
you want to go maybe a quarter ounce. You get those three, it’s going to cover pretty
much every situation you’re gonna’ fish in. The real small ones and the heavier ones those
are for specialty conditions. If you have lots of wind or you’re fishing
really deep and you want to heavy up a littlebit, go to that three-eighth ounce perhaps. But if you want to go heavier than that, then
that’s really when you’re fishing current. When you’re fishing heavy current you want
this bait to fall through the water column. If you use a real light weight like that,
the only thing that’s gonna happen is thatyou’re gonna cast out and by the time it gets
past you and that line gets straight it’sonly fallen a foot in the water column. So, you know, heavier weight. I’ve used up to three-quarter ounce weights
on this in heavy current and fishing the ColumbiaRiver. Works great for that stuff. You still get the same action but those are
specialty ones. You get this eighth ounce, up to a quarter,
three eighths, it’s gonna cover most of yoursituations. I’ve got this about eighteen inches past the
weight. About eighteen inches past it is the bait. Now I do that, I want the fish to focus on
the bait, not the weight. Also want to give this bait the ability to
move on its own. Give it some flexibility to just act naturally. If you get the weight too close to it then
it starts inhibiting the action of this bait. So plenty of line between it. You don’t need to go much more than this. You can go up to twenty four inches if you
want. But I wouldn’t go any closer than say eight
or ten inches. You just loose the effectiveness of this bait. It likes to fall, that’s how Senkos work is
that undulated motion. You want to be about to get it to lift up
and then fall back down. Because we’re using real light wire hook and
because this is a finesse tactic we’re usingsix pound test line. The reason I’m doin’ than is that I don’t
like using fluorocarbon in this situation. I know a lot of people do, but fluorocarbon,
it becomes a bit heavy. Heavier than most lines and this bait, you
want it to come up off the bottom and thenfloat back down. And with the weight holdin’ it down, it’s
not gonna get as high as it would, say usingthis hybrid line. Braid, on the other hand, that sounds like
a good choice, ‘cuz braid is bouyant and itwill help give some rise to this bait. But because we’re fishing really clear water,
braid looks like rope in it. So I’m not using braid for that purpose. So that’s why I’m using the copolymer but
again, if you want to use any of the lines,nothing absolutely wrong with it, just think
about what you’re trying to accomplish andwhat’s the water clarity and time of year
you’re fishin’ in. Six pound test, like I said, and we want to
match that with the rod that’s got a goodlimber tip. So medium fast action rod, that’s what you
want to be using here. Nothing heavier than that. If you use a rod that’s a medium/heavy action
rod or something more stout than that thenyour risk breaking the line or straightening
that hook when you set the hook and fightthe fish back to the boat. So medium/light action, that’s all we need. Spinning tackle again because we’re using
light line. That’s what we’re gonna go with. So there’s the gear, the equipment we’re gonna
use. Now let’s go fishing. Okay, so what we have here is a nice rocky
area. It’s rocky underneath, shallow – somewhat
shallow and has sporadic weeds. That’s a perfect place to fish this splitshot
setup with a Senko. The bait – the weight is gonna slide through
those rocks a lot easier, they’re not gonnaget hung up as much as other baits would. And the bait, since it’s Texas rig, it’s gonna
slither through the rocks and through theweeds, you’re less apt to get hung up. Great place to throw this. Now when you throw it, it’s a lob cast. It’s a real light and easy lob cast. You bring the weight back, bring your rod
back, let the weight settle down a littlebit and then just nice and easy kinda lob
it out there. You’re not tryin’ to win any distance competitions
here. So just throw it out there. A matter of fact, if you throw it too hard
what’s gonna happen is the weight and baitare gonna tangle up in mid-air and then it’ll
all be tangled before it hits the water. It’s gonna ruin your presentation anyway. So don’t throw it really hard, just a nice
lob cast. Once it hits the water, you wanna watch the
line. Watch where it enters the water and let the
bait fall on a slack line. As it falls, sometimes that’s when the fish
bite it and the only way you’re gonna knowis if you see that line. It’s gonna jump, twitch, shake. It’s gonna do something odd. When you see that, reel out the slack, set
the hook. Speaking of set the hook, on this set up,
since you’ve got a light line, and a lightwire, you don’t wanna set the hook really
hard. You know, don’t hirk on it really hard. Instead, just a moderate hook set. Just psht and that’s all it takes. Just a, you know, moderate hook set. Some people don’t even do that. Some people just reel down really hard and
just reel ’em in. It’s called the reel set. Or they just bring the rod like this, which
is called the sweep set. Just a nice and easy hook set. If you do it any harder than that, you’re
more apt to break the line or your gonna straightenthe hook out. So it doesn’t take much pressure at all to
get that light wire to penetrate past thebarb so you don’t need to jerk it really hard. Just a light hook set. So I’m gonna show you a couple different ways
to fish this. The first one you get is lob it out there
like I just said. See how easy I threw that?Let it fall, watching it fall, watching it
fall, watching it fall. And see if the line jumps. Okay, now when it gets to the bottom, alls
I wanna do is let that Senko do it’s thing. You know, it shimmies best when it’s fallin’
naturally, fallin’ on a slack line. So I’m just gonna lift up on the weight and
let the weight fall back down. And when I do that, I wanna bring the rod
tip back about the same speed as the weightthat’s falling. At the same time I wanna reel up the slack. I don’t wanna move the bait with the slack. So it takes a little bit of practice to do
this, but it really makes sense to do it becausewhat happens is sometimes those fish well
they’ll bite when it’s falling. That’s what you’re tryin’ to do. And you’ll feel those bites a lot better if
you remain in contact with the bait. So this is what some people refer to as letting
something fall on a semi-slack line. It’s exactly what you’re doing. So we’re gonna do that here. We’re gonna reel up and then I’m just gonna
lift up and then let it fall straight backdown as I maintain contact with it. Let it hit the bottom, and that’s all that
is, see and I’m bringing it up to about the. . . almost straight up. And then letting it fall all the way straight
back down. Now you may think that I’m moving it really
far and really high but think about this,the weight is at the bottom – I’m gonna put
this down for a second – the weight’s downhere, the bait’s behind it. When you lift up the weight moves up then
the bait follows it, then the weight dropsand the bait falls back down. So as you can see, the bait isn’t moving as
far as the weight. You bring the weight up, then the bait follows
it, then it comes back down. So it feels like you’re moving it really far
up off the bottom, when in fact you’re reallynot. Now of course, how fast the bait falls and
how fast that you follow with it has a lotto do with the weight that you’re using and
how steep of an incline you’re fishing. You may not have to lift it as high. Say if you’re fishing real steep incline,
steep bank. You just have to experiment with it a little
bit. And how long you wait between pauses is entirely
up to you. You have to play with that sometimes. Sometimes the fish only want a bite. They see it move, you get their attention
and then it falls down and settles on thebottom, and then they’ll pick it up. They won’t pick it up while it’s moving. So sometimes you have to wait longer between
pauses to get the bite. Other times they want it moving all the time. So there’s no right or wrong way to do it. You just have to experiment and figure out
which way the fish want it that day. So let me show you another way to do it. I’ve cast it out there. It’s sittin’ on the bottom and now all I’m
gonna do is I’m just gonna drag it along thebottom. Now I’m just gonna do that by movin’ the rod
tip like this and draggin’ it. I’m gonna reel up the slack and then just
drag it again on the bottom. It’s very similar to the way I just told you
but this time we’re keeping the bait on thebottom. So the same principle applies here. How fast you do it, how long you wait between
pauses. You’re gonna have to experiment. Now this method also works well. Instead of moving it with the rod and I reel
up with the slack. Sometimes you can do it just with the boat. Obviously if you’re on a bank it doesn’t work
this way, but if you’re in a boat, I justcast it out there. I let it sink. I let out about 10, 15 feet of line. bring the rod tip down and now alls I’m gonna
do is I’m gonna move it with the motor, withthe trolling motor. I’m gonna set the trolling motor say on 20. Maybe on 30. Just let it go. And I’m just gonna go over deep structure
that way. This is the way I do it in the wintertime
especially. The fish are a little bit deeper. Sometimes it works when they’re shallow. I just got a bite. He let go, little guy. But this works great during the summertime
and during the wintertime. Let me tell you a little bit about that, the
reason why. During the summer and the winter, that’s when
the majority of the fish are out on the mainlake. So during those times of the year I wanna
fish main lake points, offshore structurelike humps, rock piles, creek channels, ledges,
places where the creek channel swings in closeto the shoreline. Those are the places I’m gonna target during
those times of the year. I’m just gonna fish a little bit slower in
the winter than I do in the summertime. But essentially dragging it or fishing it
the way I just showed you, those couple ofdifferent methods. That’s what I use. During the fall and in the spring, most of
those fish are moving up shallow and they’refeeding. So during those times of the year I’m fishing
backs of creeks, protected bays, protectedcoves, backs of channels. I’m fishing flats, great place. I like fishing grassy flats. Those are the places I’m gonna target during
those times of the year. If you do that, using the techniques I just
showed you, you’re gonna catch a lot of fish. Have fun with it. For more tips and tricks like this, visit
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