Bass Fishing in Northwest Louisiana
3+ caught in community pond on chatter bait
Senkos - EWG vs Straight Shank Hooks (offset)
I've been flipping Senkos weightless texas rigged with a 3/0 ewg hook lately. Getting plenty of hits, and had on some decent fish on, only to have them throw my hook. When I look at my bait, it's bunched up around the bottom of the hook with the point barely poking through.
So Wednesday, I tried a 3/0 offset straight shank. Got a bite, landed a goggle eye. Got another bite, landed a 12 inch bass, got another bite, line broke. Went back to the 3/0 ewg because that was my last straight shank. Got a bite, set hook, fish runs for 2 seconds, throws my bait.... Same result with my bait. Happened again only a bigger fish. These were not bream/goggle eye nipping my bait.
What the heck am I doing wrong with these EWGs??? Also, I'm using a 6' med action rod with 15lb P-Line Flourocarbon and when I set the hook, I hammer that sucker....
Is it too much stretch in my line or give in my rod?
Should I break out the big stick? M/h 7' with 20lb mono?
I like using my 6' medium because I can really get under trees with it and it gives better action to the senko (IMO).
Should I stick with straight shank hooks?
I'm going to experiment next trip with straight shank and EWGs that I have modified slightly bent out so they are not in line with the hook eye.
Mostly a rant because I'm pissed about missing 2 good fish the other day. If you want to leave your 2 cents or tips from experience, feel free.