Technical Sheet (XIII): Craws
The Craws are lures born to occupy an important space in the landscape of bassfishing, this because the bass diet provides a priority place for freshwater crayfish.
The Craw is just the rubber imitation of a freshwater crayfish, but its final shape varies greatly from one model to another. Its length is usually between 2 and 4 inches, although there are obviously even smaller versions (designed for Light Rockfishing) and even larger versions (for special applications in bassfishing).
The parts of which a craw is formed are the body , the legs (or appendages) and the claws .
_ The body : it is usually simple, with a circular section, very similar to that of a worm or a shad. There are also craws with very detailed body, whose shape reminds exactly the details of the carapace and the tail of a shrimp. I think crawls with the simple body are the best ones, because they are easier to trigger than others.
_ Legs (or appendages ): craws without legs or appendages exist, such as the Black Flagg W Crawwin photos, which are usually designed for triggering on jigs as trailers, because the appendages would have no use remaining hidden under the trailer itself. Then there are craws with straight and simple legs, which have a purely aesthetic value and others with slightly vibrating legs, that is equipped with a small ball, paddle or excrescence on the extremity, in order to generate a minimum turbulence or a slight vibration of the same paws when the bait is moving.
_ The claws : there are vibrating claws , which move thanks to the movement of water, making the craw very effective even in fall and during linear recovery; simple claws , without particular characteristics, and last hollowclaws, ie empty inside, to make them lighter and keep the head of the bait raised when it is resting on the bottom, just to simulate a shrimp in a position of defense. Obviously each of these types of claws will be chosen depending on the type of fishing we want to do, for example if we want to do a very slow fishing on the bottom will be chosen craws with hollow claws, while for a very dynamic fishing or who wants to exploit the phase of falling of the bait we will choose craws with vibrating claws.
Here are the 5 primers or mountaineers that are most likely to be crawled:
_ Jig TrailerOne of the most common uses of crawls is the one that sees them as trailers for Jigs. Especially in fishing with Jigs in contact with the bottom it is a good choice, because a craw with hollow claws that is positioned in the stand up at the bottom is a temptation that a predator can hardly resist.
_ Weighted Texas Rig: a crayfish in Texas leaded to catch the bass in the most intricate spots in complete safety, and at the same time allows the capture in the sea of large fish bottom, which would be difficult to reach with other triggers. In fact, with an important plumbing, it is possible to reach high depths, with fewer possibilities of grounding than the other primers that would allow to reach such depths (Jig Head Rig, Carolina Rig).
_ Weighted Wacky Rig: in this definition I also want to understand the Neko Rig, which despite being substantially different from Wacky Rig, still represents the trigger of a softbait for its midpoint with the addition of a lead, which in the case of Wacky Rig will be on I love near the buttonhole, while in the case of the Neko Rig it will lead the softbait with the help of a lead insert. These two techniques, but above all the Neko Rig, allow to simulate perfectly the nervous movement and jerks of a shrimp.
_ Carolina Rig: this frame allows you to make the most of the movement that the spliced Texas primer ensures a softbait, combined with the possibility of fishing in close contact with the bottom, with the use of a large sliding lead positioned on the wire. It is a “research” technique that allows to probe perfectly the whole layer of water near the bottom, that is where the shrimps usually stay.
_ Jig Head Rig: especially the smaller versions of these lures are suitable for use on Jig Heads, which basically represent jigs without trailers. Also in this case the heads with a stand-up structure will be particularly indicated, that is, with a flat base, which allow the shrimp to point upwards with its claws when the head is stationary on the bottom.
Here are 5 fish more easily insidiabili with Craws:
_ Black BassLike many other types of softbaits, even the craws were designed for bass capture. Against this predator their effectiveness is indisputable, in almost all fishing seasons and with all the primers, from Texas Rig to Wacky Rig, from Carolina Rig to Drop Shot Rig, and so on. What matters is to understand the right set-up and the correct plumbing according to the conditions in which we will have to fish.
_ Scorpionfish : this bottom fish has a diet composed for the vast majority of crustaceans. A small craw that “walks” on the bottom will be an irresistible call for the redfish and will lead to insured catches. The right compromise regarding the size of crawfish for the scorpionfish is 3 inches.
_ Fish from HRF: craws usually represent freshwater shrimp as a silhouette, but obviously even sea bottom fish have a large part of their diet consisting of shellfish. For this reason the Hard Rock Fishing is a technique that is mainly based on the use of Craws mounted in Texas Rig very lead. With this technique we can capture in the Mediterranean groupers, big scorpion fish, chickens and other bottom fishes; while in Oceano it is an excellent choice for fishing for cod and large flatfish.
_ Fish from LRF: There are small 1 or 2 inch long crawls born and designed exclusively for fishing at Light RockFishing. The small crustaceans are the favorite food of the prey of Light RockFishing, it goes without saying that these micro craws mounted on a leaded head and made to work near the bottom will be very effective against perches, scarves and other small predators.
_ Saraghi: the Sarago fishing represents an evolution of the traditional RockFishing, with its own rules and very particular fishing places. The bait chosen to fish the sarago will have to float in the middle of the foam, simulating an organism in difficulty among the turbulences. The shrimp is one of the favorite prey from the sea bream, so that a craw of 2 “will be one of the best baits to put on our jig head to try catching this beautiful fish.This
is ultimately a more complicated bait to be interpreted than a simple worm, but not difficult to use. there are craws of all sizes and colors, which can be successfully used wherever there are fish whose diet includes prawns and other shellfish.