Live bait with plastic worm?

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Live bait with plastic worm?

Postby DPMike » Sep Sat 28, 2019 9:36 pm

All this rain has me going through a bunch of past threads and there was one where a guy was having no success with crankbaits. It was early in the season and he had some waxies with him and tipped one treble hook. Fish after fish.

So, I'm laying in bed last night thinking, I might try threading on a stub of nightcrawler onto the hook shank of my Senko setup??

Thoughts?
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Re: Live bait with plastic worm?

Postby jonny2can » Sep Sun 29, 2019 2:08 am

Depends on the lake I would assume and if you are bank fishing.. I would assume bank fishing this way will catch you a lot of panfish and very few bass. But I don't know.
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Re: Live bait with plastic worm?

Postby Rambler » Sep Sun 29, 2019 8:46 am

I don't think there's much doubt that fish hit live (or recently diseased) bait more than artificial. But I'm not sure adding a piece of worm to a lure would be much different from putting fish attractant on the worm.
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Re: Live bait with plastic worm?

Postby vman01 » Sep Sun 29, 2019 10:08 am

I use some garlic scent with Senkos but adding a natural scent like nightcrawler bits that fish may associate better with that profile could up the bite. Worth a try.
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Re: Live bait with plastic worm?

Postby cletedius » Sep Sun 29, 2019 12:45 pm

Put me in the "dont bother" column.

A senko is a deadly bait, as is a big weightless, nose-hooked crawler on a small hook (shoutout Carl Malz!). My personal opinion is either 1 would be more productive on their own & less so by combining them.
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Re: Live bait with plastic worm?

Postby HEDDONFROG » Sep Sun 29, 2019 10:47 pm

Try it and get back to us. Be careful with deep hooked fish because regular senkos get swallowed without tasting like tasty worms. God knows theres been a ton of them on my driveway recently
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Re: Live bait with plastic worm?

Postby DPMike » Sep Mon 30, 2019 7:02 am

This what I was envisioning. Will report back
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Re: Live bait with plastic worm?

Postby Lip_Yanker » Sep Mon 30, 2019 12:54 pm

Never tried a live crawler/Senko combo.

In Canada last year, we were using live crawlers/jig and Twister/jig combos without much luck... On a whim I added about a 1/3 of a crawler to the Twister/jig and whollysheet man. That was the hot ticket for the week and increased our catch rate phenomenally. I swear I just read something recently about this over on WC, but can't find the thread right at the moment.


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Re: Live bait with plastic worm?

Postby DasGoby » Oct Tue 01, 2019 8:26 am

I've tried tipping plastics with a piece of crawler a number of times without very positive results. The one exception was fishing for river smallies where I added half a crawler to the hook on a tube jig. This was to make a live bait, bigger version of the berkley atomic teaser which I've had very good luck with for crappie. The tube + crawler combo definitely out performed tube only but I'm not sure it did better than crawler only would have done on that day. I haven't tried it again, actually I forgot all about it until this thread.

Also, I know many spring coho fisherman swear by tipping a grub on 1/4oz jighead with piece of squid. Lastly, I've had really good luck in early spring fishing small spoons, where I have replaced the treble hook with single hooks and tipped with wax worms.
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Re: Live bait with plastic worm?

Postby Lip_Yanker » Oct Mon 07, 2019 11:28 am

FWIW- Here's the thread I was referring to about using crawler/twister combos, also discussion of using other "meat" with plastics as well and some on preserved baits.

https://www.walleyecentral.com/forums/s ... 4&t=190005


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Re: Live bait with plastic worm?

Postby HEDDONFROG » Oct Mon 07, 2019 10:50 pm

Good ideas flying on this one. Keep it flowing
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Re: Live bait with plastic worm?

Postby DPMike » Oct Tue 08, 2019 7:25 pm

Nice link Lip Yanker! Thanks
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