I do love this night fishing for bass thing, and I particularly love it when you get that unmistakable thump on the end of your rod and the fish is hooked up good and proper. Now it might just be me here, but I do get a number of hits on a lure like a white senko which are often some proper thumps - yet they don’t result in hooked bass.
I have blogged about this before and I do wonder if it’s mainly smaller bass doing this, but the thing I can’t ignore is that even if it is mainly smaller bass, I’d like to hook more of these thumps because in my head you just never quite now. When was fishing ever full of hard and fast rules? I know I can clip a needlefish on that has either a treble or single hook on the rear end, but even so I had a hit on one of Jim’s Lures rather lovely needlefish the other night that was a good thump yet the fish didn’t hook up.
And on a soft plastic like a white senko or an Albie Snax, for some reason bass seem to sometimes hit them in such a way that even with a 6/0 weedless hook in they don’t always hook up. So when somebody kindly sent me the link to the video above, I made sure to watch it - ok, so I don’t particularly like treble hooks at night especially, but the video shows such a clever but simple way of getting a (treble) hook further back down the soft plastic that I had to give it a go.
I’ve had a couple of shortish night sessions recently when I had a decent thump on a white senko rigged how I would usually fish one - with a barbless 6/0 weedless hook in it. So I got those thumps which didn’t connect and on both occasions I then changed over to my “special senko” rigged as per the photo above and hooked fish pretty quickly afterwards, indeed this is the exact senko I caught those bass on. On each night I changed over after a “thump but no hookup” and my next hit resulted in a hooked and landed bass - albeit not very big fish! - and whilst that rear treble doesn’t exactly float my boat, not once has the thing moved or come out when I’ve been casting and retrieving the lure, and with both those bass they were hooked on the treble hook which came free of the senko and the 6/0 weedless hook was still in place and not in the fish’s mouth.
OK, so they were small bass and of course it’s so much better when larger fish just nail the whole lure, but it would be somewhat daft if I didn’t try to find a way to hook up with more of these thumps and instead simply continued to fish the same way and write these missed hits off as no more than small fish. I’d rather catch the fish and have that chance it’s a decent fish rather than not know, and whilst I am not about to start hooking up with everything now with this new rigging system, for me it’s something worth exploring because of how it’s worked already for me - if there is one thing I like doing it’s experimenting with stuff to see if I can improve my own fishing.
But I don’t really like treble hooks at night especially, even if the barbs are all crushed down - with trying to use minimal or no light, I do find that single hooks are so much easier to get out of fish. So I’ve rigged a white senko up as per the photo above, with a wide gape single hook in the rear of the lure via this clever braid related way of rigging in the video. The next step for me now is to see this method might work, and yes, as you might have guessed, the old grey cells are still churning away!
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