Enough with the smoke already! And plastic bass worms… (Senkos v. Yum etc.)
|Senko’s and Yums|
If you read a magazine, you don’t have to go far to see the word “Senko“. This is in reference to the Gary Yamamoto bait. Because the way I fish and the areas I fish, I go through a lot of Senko’s. The Senko is mostly a one fish use plastic, because they either get bucked off entirely from the hook/line during the fight, or they get so destroyed you cant use them again. This is a definite downer given their cost (around $1 a piece). The other thing I have noticed about Senko’s that I don’t like all of the time is the rigidity. They are so rigid in the water that sometimes they lack the extra movement I believe that sometimes provides an appetizing presentation to the fish. Recently, due to a lack of the particular color I was looking for, I tried a different brand, and let me tell you, I am sold.
Enter the Yum worms. The three things I don’t like about the Senko’s are fixed with the move over to the Yum.
1 — They are much less expensive. They are around $5 for a pack of 12 on most sizes and shapes.
2 — They have more action in the water! While this is not always necessary, for where I fish it is typically BETTER! It is similar to fly fishing because you can almost watch the level of interest the fish shows to the presentation.
3 — They stay together SO much better, you can use the same worm exponentially longer than the Senko’s!!
I fished an entire day with the same Yum Dinger on one of my rods, and caught 10-15 fish on that same plastic!! That is unheard of on a Senko. Another thing I would like to point out is that the Dinger has a groove in the back to make rigging them a bit easier, while this isn’t totally awesome all the time (as you trim the worm to continue use if it does get messed up) it isn’t a bad feature.
The Dinger is the equivalent to a Senko, and the color selection is vast not to mention they are sold at Sportsmans and Cabelas and I am sure the local bait shops (I have not found one I like the prices at yet) so that is always a plus. I have not liked the pattern on the Zoom baits I have seen, but I have heard good things about them, so maybe I will give them a whirl soon to compare.
My final thoughts are as follows. While I do like the Yum items, I will continue to carry some Senko’s in particular sizes and colors in my box as they are tried and true, and the rigidity I mentioned, sometimes the stiffer bait presents better to the fish for whatever reason.
Also, for the record, I am not getting paid by anyone for these reviews, though I would happily accept donations to try any other similar bait, or even if Yum decided they wanted to sponsor my fishing exploits!! I would be all for that, but that is not the goal here, and if anything comes my way through a donation to be reviewed, of course I would let my readers know. I have no agenda here, and will always be totally transparent with my readers.
Feel free to throw a comment on what you use, and if you agree/disagree! Tell your friends, I feel like I have been getting some steady views, but there is no real sight like this for the valley, an I believe we need one. Who knows, maybe this could spawn into a forum!!