There may not be, in all of the annals of bass fishing, a more basic lure than the Senko.
It is available in at least 7 sizes, and every one of them will catch fish—quality fish.
For many anglers, there is nothing more thrilling than targeting bass in shallow water. For GYCB Pro Jay Yelas some of his greatest professional triumphs have come this way, including his 2002 Bassmaster Classic victory on Lay Lake . Today, when targeting shallow water bass, Yelas relies on a pair of Yamamoto soft plastics to consistently put bass in his livewell: the Flappin' Hog and the Senko.
We recently received an invitation to visit Arizona’s newest bass lake – Hidden Lake – from Nitro pro Matt Shura. I honestly hadn’t even heard of this lake until Matt called. Turns out this lake has been around for a long time. It’s an old gravel pit on the Gila River near Buckeye, AZ, fed by the river running underground. For years it was used as a dump by those who lived nearby – in fact, the new owners removed literally tons of trash when they bought the place, and they just opened it up in January. They are now managing it as a trophy bass lake, so it’s strictly catch and release, artificial lure only.
There are almost as many kinds of swimbaits as there are fishermen: everything from a Creme Lit’l Fishie to a 15-inch plastic trout qualifies as a swimbait. When it comes to Yamamoto products, the D-Shad, Swim Senko, Hula Swimmer, Heart-Tail, and even the Kut Tail worm can all be fished as swimbaits. The huge variety of sizes, shapes, and colors means that you can find a swimbait to match the dominant prey in your fishing hole.
Fletcher Shryock's journey to the top of the bass fishing world is a great story. The former professional motocross racer started fishing at a very young age. After a shoulder injury derailed his racing career his focus returned to the sport he loved as a child. His meteoric rise from club angler to professional is nothing short of amazing. “In 2009 I started fishing tournaments and by 2011, I was fishing the Elites (Bassmaster),” said Shryock.