Since we’ve just come off a couple of months of wacky fishing opportunities (and there may be lots more up North) the suddenly, sunny skies have excelerated the grass/moss growth in the waters I’m fishing. What mattered much earlier in the year (a weedguard on a Senko hook) to deflect off wood or rock, is not working as well now.

The reason: those wire or nylon strands, or even a long tag on your knot, will catch those green strands or mush on the bottom that weren’t there when the water was cooler. Ironic as it sounds, the weedguard isn’t protecting the hook any more, in fact, just the opposite.

That doesn’t mean you have to stop using the weightless wacky rig–with Senkos in particular. That’s because of two basic characteristics of the Yamamoto design. One, the unweighted worm does not typcially sink into the goop or greenery, and second, as the worm’s “arms” stretch back from the typically centrally placed hook, they create a bowed shape that swims along, shedding much of the growth on the retrieve.

If you add a little jump to your retrieve like a hop of the rod tip or just a rapid turn of the reel handle, the bait can break loose from a bit of grass, and also elicit a reaction bite. Thus, as the lake greens up, a beak-style, circle, or even saltwater bait hook actually works better than the “weedless” hook.

You might try it.