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Differences between Wacky and Senko Texas Rigs

The Wacky and Senko Texas Rig might be similar in structure but when it comes to performance, the rigs are very different. These rigs can be very confusing when first learning. The Wacky and Senko Texas Rigs should be used for different settings. For example, you could use the wacky rig when fishing in open waters, and use the Texas rig for the fishing cover or tules. 

Before you pick either the Senko Texas or the Wacky Rig, it is paramount that you gather enough information on how they perform Both rigs are effective when it comes to fishing. The difference is that the Wacky seems to have become quite the popular choice over the past couple of years. So lets find out the differences between the Senko Texas Rig and the Wacky Rig in order to determine which one stacks up best for you. 

Senko Texas Rig 

The Senko texas rig is weightless and when used with a weightless stick bait, you can be sure of getting a strike. Integrating the rig with the stick bait is not a complex process and is not obvious, even after being hooked to the bait. Given its lightweight nature, the rig has been determined to work best in shallow waters and thick cover. 

So when you are out fishing, you will need to keep a keen eye on the texas rig and your line. Failure to do so can result in a bass eating your stick bait and swimming away. So the next question would be, which is the best line to use with your texas Senko rig? Given that there are only three options (the fluorocarbon, braid, and monofilament), the best choice depends on your need as all lines are available in different strengths and sizes.

However, the most common line used with the Senko Texas rig during bass fishing is the 6-pound fluorocarbon or the 65-pound test braid, but remember all the above depends on the type of waters that you are going to fish from and the type of fish that you want to catch. A Texas rig Senko should give you positive results the moment it subtly enters the water and if it doesn’t then you could try using a different brightly-colored bait. 

Wacky Rig

The wacky rig does offer a different advanced edge for the enthusiastic anglers because it has been proved to produce favorable results in areas that proved difficult to fish or areas that harbor skeptical fish. When compared to the Senko Texas rig, the wacky does feature an unusual placement of the stick bait or fake worm, and given that the hook is small it consequently enables a natural motion in water. 

Wacky rigs normally come in sets thus economical and give the user the liberty of doing more fishing when compared to the two Senko rig tools. The stainless fish hooks incorporated in the pack are made of stainless steel material and the rings are made of silicon, thus soft and easy to use. 

The wacky rig also offers versatility during fishing for example if you were fishing in areas with thick cover, or under the rocks, you can be sure that your lure will encounter problems where it will either hang up or snag. However, if you use the wacky incorporated in the above pack then you can be sure that the unit is snag-free thus no limit to where you can fish. 

The wacky are durable and does not corrode, and when used with the incorporated with the silicone rings, your bait will not be damaged. The above works especially well because there are the small type of fish that have to be returned to the water.

Senko Texas Rig vs. the Wacky Rig – Features and Differences

Setting Up

Setting the Senko texas rig up is not a complicated process when compared to the wacky rig. So while the wacky rig comes with all the bells and whistles of effective performance, setting it up can be nerve-wracking. It is important to note that before you start the process, you must first have the right hooks and lures. With this, you have been provided with the full set tools to use with the wacky rig. 

When setting up the Senko texas rig, the hook is normally placed at one end of the worm and then it is extended on the lower body of the stick bait. Now for the Wacky rig, the placement of the hook is a bit different, so instead of placing the hook on one end, you will place it in the middle of the bait mostly a worm. 

Remember that baits on the rigs are supposed to exhibit a natural look and motion, so with regards to where you are fishing from and the type of fish that you are looking for, most might not respond to a worm that exhibits less natural movement. For example, the Senko texas rig only allows movement on one side of the worm. 

The wacky rig, however, will give you better results because for one your worm bait will exhibit some natural movement, as it will be dancing on its own and all parts of its body will be moving. Apart from the effectiveness of the rig, other natural factors will also work to your advantages such as the lighting in the water, the temperature, and the barometric pressure. 


When using the wacky rig with a worm bait, we strongly recommend that you use the O-rings. But when you are using the stick bait with the Senko texas rig, all you need is to hook it up on one end and you are good to go. The wacky rig fishing set allows anglers to invite people to their fishing trips at no extra cost. The same cannot be said for the wacky rig, because these rigs don’t come in a set. 

When it comes to the type of line that works well with the wacky rig, the 8 or 10-pound fluorocarbon line is highly recommended and our absolute favorite. While for the Senko texas rig, you can use a 6-pound fluorocarbon for smaller fish or a 65-pound test braid for bigger fish. 

Pros and Cons 

Texas Senko Rig 


  • Easy to set up 
  • Works well in shallow waters 
  • The rig is effective in thick cover
  • The rig is weightless 


  • Does not offer a natural movement
  • Takes long to get a strike 

Wacky Rig 


  • The set includes all the necessary fishing tools
  • Works best in compromised fishing situations
  • Allows natural movement of the bait
  • The wacky rig can be kept in a zone for longer periods


  • Setting up the hook and the bait is not easy 
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Growing up on the south shore of Long Island, Chum Charlie has always had a passion for fishing. His favorite fish to catch is a striped bass and his favorite bait to use is bunker. Off the water, he enjoys blogging and sharing his favorite fishing tips & tricks that he has learned over the years.