July 8, 2003 - Vol. 4 No. 26

HOW I FISH THE SENKO ~ by Gary Yamamoto

When asked, "Why did you create the Senko?," Gary Yamamoto
says, "I just wanted to use it to go fishing."

And Gary has done just that, using his Senko to place highly
in many Bassmaster, FLW and international tournaments. Read
this complete article that shares the wisdom with you of:

HOW I FISH THE SENKO ~ by Gary Yamamoto



The annual International Convention of Allied Sportfishing
Trades ("ICAST") show is a "Who's Who" of the sportfishing
tackle industry, with over 5,000 key industry insiders,
tackle buyers, sellers, manufacturers, manufacturers reps,
and the sportfishing media.

ICAST happens this week, July 9-12 in Las Vegas.

In order to bring the fishing tackle industry, our valued
customers and associates up to date with Yamamoto's new
product advancements since last year's ICAST show, please
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July is the time of season when regardless of where you are
located or what bait species you have there, cohesive
schools of miniature young-of-year of all species are
abundant. Not just larval shad but larval bluegills,
crappies, minnows and all species swarm in dense schools,
dimpling the surface in big sheets of life in July.

When bass are feeding on these tiny larval baitfish clouds,
it can be very frustrating to anglers. Fussy eaters that
they are, bass can dial into this abundant early summer food
source almost exclusively - and tune out larger baits, much
to our frustration.

This is the situation - bass feeding on larval shad clouds
and ignoring other offerings - that prompted me three
seasons ago (July, 2001) to produce the 905 Senko Shiner
color (clear with gold, silver & black flakes) to imitate
these flashing schools of larval baitfish in early summer.

I do feel bass mistake this 905 Senko to be a flashing
school of larval bait, not an individual adult baitfish. It
is the primordial instinctive perception by the bass of the
"larval cloud" contained within the flickering gold, silver
and black flakes that matters here. To attempt to prove this
point, I've even rigged the 905 Senko in a circular
"doughnut" shape on the hook, which is no less effective in
these larval shad feeding situations than a
straightly-rigged Senko. In fact, I often watch bass jump
from one side to the other of the Senko Shiner as it falls,
seeming to use the sides of their bodies as if trying to
herd and ball my Senko into a tighter cluster before
slurping down the "baitfish school".

During this time of year, look for clouds of larval baitfish
in your area. You'll know the bass are keying on them when
you see sheets of fry sprinkling out of the surface by the
hundreds in unison. These dense larval clusters drift in
clouds since they are too tiny to maneuver under their own
power. At this size, they really haven't any worthwhile
swimming power yet. They can't outswim predators.

When bass are doting on tiny larval shad or other larval
species, it is more of a slow-swimming, mouth-open leisurely
feeding pace since the small fry with tiny fins do not swim
well. They flit and flash about in perfect unison, using the
dense school as their only protection, which is not much.

Toss the 905 Senko Shiner into this situation. It was
designed to imitate a helpless drifting school of larval
baitfish in early summer. It has proven effective at that
for me these past three July seasons and can work for you
too this glorious month of July, 2003. Please enjoy.


Russ Bassdozer
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