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Wednesday, 25 March 2015 00:00

Soft Stick Baits for Big Bass

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Soft stick baits - the original was the Yamamoto “Senko” - catch lots of bass. I will give some common rigging techniques, and discuss catching big bass with a stick bait. Using a stick bait during pre-spawn, spawn, and post-spawn has helped catch some monster bass the past several seasons.

There are many brands of stick baits, and several ways to rig them. I use the original Senko some of the time, but my go-to is the “Dinger” from YUM. I use June bug or bream (darker colors) in stained water. If the water is clear, I go with a natural color (watermelon or green pumpkin). The two ways I often rig them are wacky and Texas rigged. I also will nose-hook them in creeks and streams for smallmouth. Most of the time I use spinning gear, unless I bump up to a 7” bait around cover - then I will use a bait-casting set up.

Stick baits will catch bass, and lots of them. I find there are a few situations where they really excel in catching big bass. During the pre-spawn when fishing a crankbait, and anytime I'm on a good top-water bite, the stick back is a great follow up presentation. I always have one rigged, and if a bass misses the crank, or blows up on topwater and misses, I quickly toss a wacky rig and often times pick up the fish. I caught twelve bass over 5 lbs. on follow ups last season, including my personal best at over 9 lbs.

The wacky rig is also very effective when sight fishing beds. I was able to win one of the KBF challenges last year, picking up both 20-plus inch bass sight fishing beds with a wacky rig. In creeks, I love to fish the stick bait Texas-rigged and let the current do the work. This is a deadly technique on smallmouth.

One other key tip: don't over-fish the bait. The subtle action of the bait on the fall is the big attraction to the bass. Let it fall and sit. If you don't get a bite, move your rod tip and let it sit still again.

If you want a chance to catch a bass of a lifetime this spring, add the soft stick bait to your arsenal. Get out and enjoy some spring fishing. Tight lines!

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Joe Maione

Joe Maione is an avid fisherman,  Pro Staff Member at Yakangler.com, and a Team NuCanoe member.  Joe is also a member of the Canoe Kentucky Pro Fishing team and an SHO baits pro staff member.  He is addicted to kayak fishing and spending time with his son and daughter in the outdoors. Joe considers himself a novice writer and photographer.


# basscatlildave 2015-03-25 21:39
Good write up. Out of all the techniques I use I don't wacky rig. That's about to change.

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