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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.

So…

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.

7 Comments

7 Comments

  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.
    http://www.tackletour.net/TTForumsOLD/viewtopic.php?f=35&t=35184

    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.

    http://www.stankxbaitco.com/products/hero.html

    • 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

    http://genelarew.com/SaltCraws/6hawgcraw.html

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

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