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#12733764 - 04/27/18 05:21 PM Does anyone have any tips for using a Wacky Rig?
Dan_n_Texas Online   content
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Registered: 11/20/06
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Loc: Texas
Fished with brother this week and tried several different lures but no strikes. I finally put on a wacky rig with a 1/0 weedless hook and a 5 inch Senko. Caught two small bass and lost three. One "good 'un" broke my 10 lb. Stren line.

I made sure the Senko was balanced so that it sank straight down. Cast or swung lure into cypress tree roots and let it slowly settle. I would then raise the rod tip and then let it sink back down.

Once I had overcast a leaning tree branch with the intention of bringing it over the laydown and let the Senko sink on my side of the tree. I quickly reeled in the Senko, letting it splash across the surface until I got it over the branch. Just as it touched the other side of the branch, a bass struck it. Didn't take the lure so there was no hook set. Tried the branch again, but to no avail.

Any other suggestions on working a Wacky Rig?

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#12733767 - 04/27/18 05:25 PM Re: Does anyone have any tips for using a Wacky Rig? [Re: Dan_n_Texas]
Jake Blood Offline
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It sounds like you were doing the right thing... Important thing about Senkos and wacky rigging is less is more.. in terms of you manipulating the bait.

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#12733793 - 04/27/18 05:51 PM Re: Does anyone have any tips for using a Wacky Rig? [Re: Dan_n_Texas]
wild bill Online   content
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Learn to "SKIP" it . I catch fish under Boat Docks by letting it just sit there and barely move.

wild bill
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#12733822 - 04/27/18 06:18 PM Re: Does anyone have any tips for using a Wacky Rig? [Re: Dan_n_Texas]
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Not just a finesse technique...

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#12733832 - 04/27/18 06:26 PM Re: Does anyone have any tips for using a Wacky Rig? [Re: wild bill]
Dan_n_Texas Online   content
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Loc: Texas
Originally Posted By: wild bill
Learn to "SKIP" it . I catch fish under Boat Docks by letting it just sit there and barely move.

wild bill
I did "skip" it a few times under the cypress tree branches. Wasn't intentional but it surprised me. Used a medium heavy spinning rod. Going to try it with a medium fast action rod next time.

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#12733908 - 04/27/18 07:40 PM Re: Does anyone have any tips for using a Wacky Rig? [Re: GROD]
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Originally Posted By: GROD
Not just a finesse technique...

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#12733939 - 04/27/18 08:19 PM Re: Does anyone have any tips for using a Wacky Rig? [Re: Dan_n_Texas]
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Don't overwork the bait. Lift and fall.....lift and fall.
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#12733955 - 04/27/18 08:32 PM Re: Does anyone have any tips for using a Wacky Rig? [Re: Dan_n_Texas]
1oldbassguy Offline
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wacky Senko's are one of the best lures ever --shallow or deep , doesn't really matter .
wacky rig with and without a weight . I will set up a Drop shot with a long leader and small weight for all depths . I think changing up weights can change up the drop speed and fish will tell you what they want . I even throw a weightless wacky senko in 30-35 feet of water , especially in winter .
I will recommend if you throw one long enough , they absorb water and in some cases , the water logged ones tend to more flimsy and the action gets effected

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#12733966 - 04/27/18 08:37 PM Re: Does anyone have any tips for using a Wacky Rig? [Re: 1oldbassguy]
SteezMacQueen Online   sleepy
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Originally Posted By: 1oldbassguy
wacky Senko's are one of the best lures ever --shallow or deep , doesn't really matter .
wacky rig with and without a weight . I will set up a Drop shot with a long leader and small weight for all depths . I think changing up weights can change up the drop speed and fish will tell you what they want . I even throw a weightless wacky senko in 30-35 feet of water , especially in winter .
I will recommend if you throw one long enough , they absorb water and in some cases , the water logged ones tend to more flimsy and the action gets effected


Shhhh!

It's a secret of mine to purposely waterlog a bag of each color. For weeks before using.
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#12733986 - 04/27/18 08:57 PM Re: Does anyone have any tips for using a Wacky Rig? [Re: Dan_n_Texas]
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every "weedless" hook I've tried hangs up on everything

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#12734028 - 04/27/18 09:25 PM Re: Does anyone have any tips for using a Wacky Rig? [Re: SteezMacQueen]
H2ODawg67 Offline
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Loc: Kansas
Originally Posted By: SteezMacQueen
Originally Posted By: 1oldbassguy
wacky Senko's are one of the best lures ever --shallow or deep , doesn't really matter .
wacky rig with and without a weight . I will set up a Drop shot with a long leader and small weight for all depths . I think changing up weights can change up the drop speed and fish will tell you what they want . I even throw a weightless wacky senko in 30-35 feet of water , especially in winter .
I will recommend if you throw one long enough , they absorb water and in some cases , the water logged ones tend to more flimsy and the action gets effected


Shhhh!

It's a secret of mine to purposely waterlog a bag of each color. For weeks before using.

I just put a bag of them in my pocket when I start fishing, then I fall in. The soaking time depends on water temperature. Fell in Grand one time with my inflatable on, got in so quick it did not deploy. That was when I was young and quicker than a cat. Doubt I could do it again.
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#12734128 - 04/27/18 11:34 PM Re: Does anyone have any tips for using a Wacky Rig? [Re: Dan_n_Texas]
Captain Chunk Offline
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Registered: 05/14/09
Posts: 364
Loc: The Hilltop
Lately I have been doing the “Backlash technique”. I’ll throw to my target and then strip line like I’m pulling out a backlash. It makes me slow down and sometimes fishing this technique is key. Use a high speed reel to take up that extra slack more quickly.

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#12734184 - 04/28/18 06:39 AM Re: Does anyone have any tips for using a Wacky Rig? [Re: adam_p]
Kisndismis Offline
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Registered: 01/14/09
Posts: 721
Loc: Kingwood, TX
Or with the small hooks with weedgards, they still get slung off a lot. I went back to a 4/0 after trying a bag of high dollar 1/0s

I catch a lot just drop and falling it . Real good under docks.


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#12734348 - 04/28/18 09:55 AM Re: Does anyone have any tips for using a Wacky Rig? [Re: 1oldbassguy]
Dan_n_Texas Online   content
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Originally Posted By: 1oldbassguy
wacky Senko's are one of the best lures ever -- shallow or deep, doesn't really matter.
Saw some 3 inch Senko type worms at Bass Pro Shop. Anyone ever used a 3 incher? Seems like it would be tough to use.
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#12734492 - 04/28/18 01:50 PM Re: Does anyone have any tips for using a Wacky Rig? [Re: Dan_n_Texas]
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I've REALLY been liking this hook lately. Hook up ratio has been awesome since trying these hooks. I picked them up at Academy
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