If there's been one lure that has changed the face of fishing over the years, it's the Yamamoto Senko. With its wide range of uses and subtle natural action, the Yamamoto Senko has quickly become a favorite with anglers all over the world. The beauty of the Senko is in it's simplicity. The Yamamoto Senko may just look like a thick round plastic worm but the fall rate created from the large amount of salt impregnated in the body drives fish mad. When rigged weightless the Yamamoto Senko falls horizontally with a seductive side to side tail action. Try wacky rigging or texas rigging the Yamamoto Senko and experience the versatility and effectiveness it provides.
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Comments: Great soft plastics. By far my favorite soft plastic senkos/worms out there! There's only one downside, and it's the fact that almost after every bass, even really small ones, these things rip like crazy, and I have other senkos and they do not do the same thing. But overall, the coloring, texture & ability to lure bass is phenomenal. These are my go to bait for pond largemouth.
From: Jim: OH 5/14/16
Comments: These are one of the easiest & most effective baits to use for bass. I've never fished anything else that can generate a bite before the bait even hits the bottom The only con to senkos is that the salt content in the bait makes them fall apart really easily. If you're using a texas rig, it most likely won't survive more than one fish.
From: Kerry: Houston, TX 5/6/16
Comments: I was a little unsure how to fish these when I first started. I always had a pack in my bag but always turned to more traditional spinnerbaits, crankbaits etc. One afternoon a local pro gave me a few tips on rigging and presentation & let me say that it made such a difference that I keep a couple packs on me at all times now. My FIRST CAST with a wacky rigged senko hooked into a 5 1/2lb with a 4 lber about 10 minutes after that. If you havent tried a senko, your missing out on one incredible bait.
Comments: After 10 years of bass fishing this is still the "go to" lure when all else fails. So simple and versatile, the 5 inch rules! I keep a binder full of colors one on the boat at all times and adjust depending on water color/location/time of year.
From: Paul: TX 3/29/16
Comments: I use the 5" senko in red/green and it works really well than other colors I have tried up here by northern waters. Just skip it right under a dock and bass inhale it. Texas rig or carolina rig this bait and it works well, but where it really stands out is when it is wacky rigged. Also buy some wacky o-rings to extend the life of this bait.
From: Mason: Shawano, WI 1/3/16
Comments: If there is a such thing as a sure bet for bass in clear or lightly stained water, the Senko is it. Just throw it out and retrieve it back slowly with twitches on semi slack line and you will get bit. Catches numbers but bigger fish like them too. Finicky or aggressive bass will inhale these. Sometimes I purposely don't fish them because they are almost too effective and I am trying to learn other lures. They are THAT good. If I need a bass though, out comes the senko. No, they aren't durable, and you get 3 fish at most on one lure, but if you invest in some mend it you can re - use them a fair amount of times. Best colors are white, green pumpkin, watermelon, and the basics. It's arguably the best bass lure in existence.
From: Tyler: Grand Junction, CO 5/23/15
Comments: It can be wacky rigged, fly lined t-rigged, have the tail split in half to give it some action, you can even nail weight it to give it a different action. I have caught many bass on this when the fish want something big, but subtle.
From: Levi: Temecula, CA 5/6/15
Comments: I was fortunate to start fishing these the first year they come out have never found anything that works like this. Great for kids, every new angler I give them to catches his best fish the first time he uses them as to durability, keep them in a refrigerator, use the o ring and switch ends, bite off a short section for a stronger hook set. You can't fish it to slow!
From: Paul: Lenexa, KS 4/16/15
Comments: The Yamamoto Senko is probably the best worm I have ever fished. Super soft, great colors, and so many different ways to rig, make this plastic bait so versatile. My favorite over all is punching the large Senko. This is done with a sinker stop, 1.2 or 2.0 ounce tungsten weight, and a snelled Owner oversized worm hook. Put all of these components together with a 7 inch Yamamota Senko, and catch the fish of a lifetime!
From: William: Thomaston, GA 3/24/15
Comments: I just started bass fishing last year with little success until I started using this bait. I threw imitations like yum dingers for the longest time only catching a handful of fish until a buddy gave me a bag of Yamamoto senkos 5 inch in baby bass 2 months ago. My first time out with these I fished for an hour and caught four good bass. I've probably caught 100 bass on this bait ( I've gone through like 15 bags) since then. I also caught my personal best on this bait last week an 8 pounder. Yesterday I nearly broke my pb with a 7.5 pounder. All in all one of the best baits on the market.
From: Luke: San Diego, CA 3/22/15
Comments: Unbelievable soft plastic bait for the summer time. Last summer I caught over 100 bass on a little lake by my house. The O'Ring tool is essential part of making the senko work. I lost less senkos using the O'Ring tool. I give this bait five stars.
From: Gianni: East Hanvoer, NJ 3/10/15
Comments: I have tried several other stick bait brands with little success. I switched back to senko in the middle of a tournament and fish on. To those who fish wacky rig, use an o-ring on the senkos and they last 3,4 & sometimes 5 fish depending on the hit bc the hook never penetrates the worm which is usually what tears them up.
From: Jon: Louisville, KY 2/28/15
Comments: Best bass bait that money can buy, I've caught 6 pound bass on this bait. The best way to use this is texas rig, the best color to use in muddy or stained water is classic watermelon
From: Dontrell: Bloomington, MN 2/15/15
Comments: best bass bait to ever hit the market. I have caught more fish on these than any other bait in my box. I've used the 3 inch size wacky rigged in creeks for smallies and have caught them up to 4 pounds, and have had multiple 30+ fish days on just these alone. The 4 inch is also my go to for largies whenever the bite gets tough at any time of the year
From: Eric: PA 2/5/15
Comments: Just started fishing seriously last summer my first 2 throws and first bass I've ever caught in the middle of a lake was from around 12' off a watermelon Yama senko had no problem producing a big strike Down in some weeds right in the first 10 minutes of my morning. Love yamas they're expensive but are my go to worms have a ton of colours. I use o rings and it majorly saves the worms life
From: Jnagz: Ontario, Canada 1/5/15
Comments: These worms always produce for me when the fishing gets tough. I often pitch it wieghtless Texas rigged to cover and watch my line as it sinks. That is all you have to do. My problem is the cost, so I have tried all the cheaper imitations. They do not work nearly as good. The other concern: durability, The plastic is super soft, that is what gives it that awesome bass catching wiggle on the fall. It's a trade off, a bait that lasts all day and doesn't get many bites, or a bait that is the best in it's class but tears up after one or two fish.
From: Chad: CO 12/20/14
Comments: Top ten all-time bass catcher. No, not durable. Use mend-it/ Expensive...so what? Secret? Heck no. I have seen people brand-new to bass fishing rig these things backwards, crooked, and all other sorts of 'wrong' ways and still come back with a bass on the hook. That tells you something, right?
From: Jay6: USA 12/19/14
Comments: best stick bait on the market, it might be a little bit more expensive then other stick baits but it is well worth it. My favorite color to use is watermelon, the bass tear this color up. I usually have to buy two packs each time I go fishing because of how many fish I catch on this.
From: Dontrell: Bloomington, MN 12/15/14
Comments: Best stick baits out there if you fish tournaments this is what you should use the action is far better than any other stick baits my favorite colors are pumpkin green and black flake and watermelon magic, use o rings they will last much longer.
From: Steven: Apex, NC 11/30/14
Comments: Great worm but not durable. Fortunate to get one fish per worm. I really believe Yamamoto is intentionally making these softer so that you will have to buy more for $0.75 a piece. I pretty much only buy two colors I can't get anywhere else - 912 and 925. They need to make a new worm called the senko Duralast!
From: Mark: Conyers, GA 9/25/14
Comments: AWESOME! let me spell it out for you. A W E S O M E !This lure is amazing. first cast BOOM! I fist thought the thing I caught was a weed but it was a bass.
From: Max: FL 9/14/14
Comments: I use 3/0 EWG hooks for the 4" and 4/0 EWG hooks for the 5". Always texas-rigged. Let it fall on slack line, work it slow, and keep your eyes on your line. If you are fishing it right, you won't be able to feel the bite on your rod until you've reeled up the slack.
From: Kevin: NJ 7/28/14
Comments: These are my favorite senko worms to use hands down. They straight up produce strikes when no other worm will. My only complaint is the durability of the bait. 1-2 fish on it and it's done.
From: Trip: Simpsonville, SC 7/16/14
Comments: I must admit I have bought these worms several times but never could bring myself to use them. I finally decided to this past weekend and wow I cleaned house with them. Its now my dirty little secret. I will be stocking up on these for sure.
From: Brian: Akron, OH 7/5/14
Comments: No other stick-bait will ever out perform the Senko. When nothing else works in my arsenal these always prevail. Green pumpkin with any color flake seems to do justice for me. Definitely worth the money.
From: Juskivel: Delta, CA 3/29/14
Comments: This is just such a good bait. It is worth the cost because they catch so many fish. I fished this along side a yum dinger and this caught fish when the dinger failed. I noticed that the yum dinger had lighter green pumpkin color than the Yamamoto senko that was a little darker which made a huge difference in the lake that I was fishing.
From: Mike: Northern IL
Comments: This bait catches fish no arguing that but it costs way to much for so little when there are cheaper options that are the same or might even catch more fish!!!! Like the big bite baits trick stick they are amazingly better than these. do yourself a favor buy these and see that in a pack of 10 you'll catch 5 fish and on a trick stick a pack of 10 will catch you 25 fish
From: Luc: sharon pa
Comments: Believe these reviews! I am generally super-wary of any hype, but I can't believe the difference the Senko has made in my action rate. I go thru a bag per trip easy, and that's way more from fish than basic wear and tear. I wish I had a dollar for every time I used another brand, got nothing, then threw the Senko right in the exact same places and yarded out nice bass. The 4" straight worm gave me my personal best this summer - a 12lb bass that was my only touch of the night.
From: Eric: Charleston, SC
Comments: AMAZING! I grew up with the senko it is the bait that got me into fishing. its so easy and it works so well! i have caught bass off of this bait all year around. I always have one rod hooked up with it. I rig it texas rigged but with no weight in my opinion its effective in water 12 feet and below. i have caught bass in less than 2 foot off of this bait
From: Jacob: Virginia, USA
Comments: Durability solved! Forget the O-rings and find yourself a clear milkshake straw. Cut about a 1/4" off it. Slit it open then wrap it around the center of the worm for wacky rigging. Now hook through the straw and the worm. And its invisible. You'll get 5 times the fish per worm, if not more. These are the real deal, Thanks Gary!
From: WildBill: Cortland, NY
Comments: the best summertime bait there is. when the bite is on, its on with garys. You will have 20 fish days and most definitely will run into a lunker or two when fishing these right off the banks.. tackle warehouse also carries the elusive, and by far my go to, motoroil red flake.
From: Mike: Mass
Comments: Everybody knows that these things aren't all that durbale... but they do have an awsome action texas or wacky rigged, and i feel that they have a slightly faster sink rate then the other soft stick baits.All in all a awesome fish cathing bait. Cant go wrong with using one of these.
From: Mike: NJ
Comments: Theese are the best senko, and there is no doubt in my mind about it. theese are great for wacky riggin but theese tear easily so the o rings are a great idea for theese senkos. but if you are goin to texas rig i dont reccomend theese senkos i usually use dingers for texas riggin
From: Mack: Canada
Comments: There are mucher cheaper baits out there than this, and mre durable too. With this bait you'll be lucky to get 2 fish over a pound before it rips off. This lure is a fish catching machine dont get me wrong, but you may as well toss some butter on your hook and use that. An the price is ridiculous, i can go out and buy fish for cheaper.
From: Josh: Canada
Comments: there just isn't anything like a senko. people will try to convince you to getting a bunch of other cheap baits that look and feel like a senko but just dont get the same reaction. The best thing about these baits is the way they fall; and when you're flippin and punchin thats what matters. ask anyone and they'll tell you. Senkos will catch fish
From: Jeremy: Silicon Valley, CA
Comments: Absolutely the best stick bait on the PLANET!!! I've tried the others that claim they out fish SENKO and they don't,PERIOD!!!!!There are a couple that are close to SENKO but that's it,just close..This is the GO-TO bait for most every fisherman. Keep one tied on at all times.
From: Tony: West Chester, PA
Comments: You can't beat a 4" black senko for catching smallies. These are not durable, but like the man said, I'd rather have 5 smallmouth in my livewell than 5 senko's in their bag.
From: Greg: AL
Comments: They just flat-out catch fish. wacky, dropshot, T-rigged, carolina rig. anything you think of, the senko does it. its just the most versatile, fish-catching bait i have ever used. if you have not used senkos yet, you owe it to yourself to get a pack or ten.
From: Cullen: Ashburn, VA
Comments: The water was pretty cold so I got the 3 in. version in cinnamon brown color...WOW.I used a weedless Gamy spit/drop shot hook(in my mind the best wacky hook ever) wacky riged it and threw it out weightless. I probebly got 20 strikes and missed most of them until I learned when to set the hook. You got set the hook IF YOU FEEL ANYTHING! As the McDonald's logo says..."I'm lovin' it!" God bless!
From: Elijah: Mystic, CT
Comments: Ive used the 5in, 4in and 3in senko wacky or texas rigged all catch fish. Although it breaks easily u can still catch about two fish one the same worm. So far the 5in caught me my biggest fish of the summer. Also great for smallmouth is the 4in senko.
From: Kenny: Philadelphia, PA
Comments: Very new to bass fishing, pretty much only been fishing since about May 2012 and have been trying a little bit of everything from jigs to spinnerbaits and crankbaits and nothing has given me the kind of success in a single day that a wacky rigged Bama bug senko has. Caught 9 bass in about two hours including a couple 2 lbers and a nice 3lber which is about as big as the fish get in my pond.
From: Alex: O'Fallon, MO