Should We Be Fishing Bigger Craws?

Couple things recently got me thinking this way. Okay, make that four.

1. A show on some nature channel about freshwater Murray “cod” in Australia, huge bass-like river fish that get 4 feet long. One of their prey items is “yabbies,” aka crawfish. They get sorta big:

Yep, that’s a freshwater craw.

2. This pic of a recently caught 21-pound “lawbstuh,” as they say in New England:

3. The fact that the recently deceased Homer Circle said his all-time big bass bait was a big lizard.

4. Been doing some pond fishing with my kids, and always have a 12″ Power Worm tied on. There’s usually one big bass in a pond, and if he sees that worm it’s over.


In other words, basses love craws and big baits catch big fish, so why don’t we fish with big craws?

Most soft-plastic craws are 4″ or less. Yum makes one 4.5″. Berkley makes one 5″. Not aware of any bigger ones.

Would a 6″-plus bait be unflippable? Unfishable? Even – going to hard baits here – uncrankable? I think not. Not for bassers.

So who’s gonna pour a few and see what happens? Gotta feeling they’ll work.



  1. Johny boy

    July 19, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Check out Madness Gotz Dandy! They’re chunk type trailer 6″ long and about 3″ wide. I took this picture a while back and posted on TT old forum.

    The background is a 3700 plano box filled with 8″ swimbaits!! Never found a jig that would fit though, or the other way ’round!

  2. lippin fat girls

    July 20, 2012 at 8:26 am

    Brush hogs work for me

  3. Ron Cherkas

    July 20, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Hey Guys, try the Zoom Magnum Road Kill. 7.5″ of mean craw. Use a 7/0 hook. They were designed for Rayburn.

  4. Scotty Melvin

    July 20, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    My fave big craw, one of my sponsors….and to answer the question….yes.

    • admin (mostly Jay)

      July 20, 2012 at 1:44 pm

      hey — that bait stanx

      [drum hit]

  5. Paul Whitman Jr

    July 20, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Jay we have a Lobster that is big 7 inches and it requires at least a 7/0 hook.

  6. Brian

    July 20, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    My fav – the Larew 6″ Hawg Salt Craw

    Not too big to work well, even here in the heartland…

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