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!