By Jim Gildea
June 20, 2014
The Senko has the distinction of being both unique in its design, as well as one of the most copied lures in history. Unlike similar styles, where the copy is sometimes better or has a unique feature (better hooks, different colors, etc.), the Senko copies just don’t seem as good in my opinion. You can argue that Gary Yamamoto and the Senko changed bass fishing more than any other single innovation.
When I meet a novice fisherman, rather than overwhelm him with in-depth tactics and techniques, I usually recommend they throw a five inch Watermelon Senko on 8-pound test with a spinning rod - you can’t fish it too slow. This simple strategy produces fish and whets their appetite to learn more advanced subtleties further down the road.