We all love a good slugfest, right? Lots of fish, big limits, shredded thumbs; but such is not always the case. In fact, we laud the big bass bonanzas because they’re more the exception than the rule. More often, we have to work at it — sometimes, incredibly hard.
You may have seen Yamamoto pro Tai Au fishing a Senko and not even realized it. He fishes it fast — faster than anyone I’ve ever seen. “The Senko is probably my number one money-maker bait, but when my non-boaters see how I fish it, they’re like ‘no way!’” says Au. “There is so much you can do with a Senko — I’ve never been on a lake that you couldn’t catch them on a Senko.”
“The 5-inch Yamamoto Senko is the most versatile bait ever designed,” said Michael Hall. “It will catch bass anywhere. You can adapt the presentation in many ways to match the mood of the fish.” Strong words? Perhaps, but in this case you need to only consider the source. Michael Hall has a long and successful history with the Senko.
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.
The 225 anglers who participated in the tournament were treated to a weekend of fun, great weather, big bass and lots of prizes. While plenty of big fish came across the stage, the Delta failed to yield any of its true giants. Despite the lack of double digit monsters, the competition was keen and when all was said and done the 2018 Big Bass Challenge was a rousing success.
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.