There’s no question that a wacky-rigged Senko has produced more fish for me than any other over the past fifteen years or so, despite the fact that I was comparatively late adopter of the stubby, salt-laden stick of plastic. I had my chances, but even as friends touted its merits I still held out.
One of the guides I trust most at El Salto has recently been texting me pictures of clients with big fish caught on 7-inch Senkos. I fish the 6-inch models quite a bit down there, and despite the number of huge fish that live in the lake, I’ve seen times when they preferred the 5-inch model, but I’ve rarely thrown the big one (I’ll spare you the nickname that Jeff Kriet taught me for it).
When Yamamoto introduced the Kreature over a decade ago, I was immediately enthralled. It was the perfect size, came in lots of killer colors, and looked sexier than any other plastic in my boat. Most importantly, it caught lots of fish, whether I sought them in buck brush at Buggs Island, under grass and docks on the Potomac, or around pads and cypress knees on the Chickahominy. Then a strange thing happened – I more or less forgot about it.
Over the course of thousands of interviews with professional bass anglers, I cannot begin to count the times that I have been told to refer to a product as “unnamed reel” or “prototype lizard,” because the angler in question wasn’t getting paid by the company that actually produced it. There have probably been an equal number of times where the angler has said, “Look, I was actually using X, but I’d appreciate it if you’d say I was using Y.”