If you can’t tell by now, A drop shot wacky-rig with a Senko is my go to for bass fishing the lakes and ponds here in the Virginia Beach / Norfolk area. I will gladly admit I have caught close to 90% of my bass with this rig or the weightless variant. My only other baits I’ve used successfully are worms and shads (soft baits) or a rattle trap. I am not an all extensive bass fisherman yet, but thanks to this rig and its simplicity, I don’t need to be. And neither do you! Follow these super simple steps and hints to set up your very own drop shot rig and go catch some bass!
Heres Whatcha Need:
Step One: Tie your hook with a foot long Tag End. ( Your Tag End is the leftover line after your knot). So in other words, Just work your hook up about a foot up the line prior to tying. I use a simple overhand knot with 6 Twists.
TIP: The smaller the hook the better. But the chance of a hook being swallowed also increases. I like medium sized J-Hooks or Octopus Circle Hooks, as opposed to larger Carolina Rig styled Hooks.
Step Two: Tie a Casting (Swivel) Sinker on the bottom of your Tag End. Size is determined on the depth of the lake your fishing and the distance you wish to cast.
TIP: The less weight, the more natural. I will use a ½ ounce if I’m fishing 20 feet or deeper, but anything less and a ¼ ounce should suffice.
Step Three: Hook your Senko right through the middle.
TIP: Use O-Rings. Senko sized O-Rings are sold in most tackle shops or online. Senko’s have a great action on them, but because of their soft pliability, are not particularly durable. You will go through way less bait when using an O-Ring. Hook through a small portion of the bait under the O-Ring for best results.
YOU SHOULD HAVE THIS:
SENKO SELECTION: Senko’s come in a few different size variations. And a Ton of color variations. Stick with a 5” worm as the standard, with the most dependable colors being pumpkin green, baby bass, or red and black. I’ve used pink, and black with blue speckle with decent results as well. Try natural-ish colors first, and explore from there. Color preference can fluctuate by the day.
Gary Yamamoto’s Senko line has long been the standard for Senko’s, but Strike King’s KVD line, and Jackall baits are also quality brands that I use and trust. Most bags of Senko’s will have 6-8 baits for around $6-7. I recommend this Starter Pack here as it is a really good value, a nice color and size selection, and a re-usable box.
FISHING THE DROP-SHOT: The drop shot rig is most effective with a moderate jigging retrieve, with 2-3 second pauses in about 5 second increments. OR: 2-3 moderate jerks, pause while tightening your slack, and repeat. Your retrieve can be adjusted depending on the bite. In cold water, definitely jig slower with more pauses.
TIP: I definitely get a lot of bites on the fall or pause of the bait. It seems the bass spot the motion of the senko and attack as it falls, as it is likely an easier meal.