Berkley® Havoc Craw Fatty™ Softbaits
a pretty good bait as far as catching fish goes but any flipping hook will destroy it and with an ewg or straight shank the head will slide down it usually cant handle more than 2-4 fish
September 12, 2014
Green Pumkin/Blue Fleck
Used these just today at this local pond, and I caught 3 one-pound bass after catching one of similar size on a Senko in black no flake color. Just an amazing lure, first time success on any Berkley soft plastic product. Thank you very much!
April 12, 2014
My 4X4 Flippin' bait
Other than an Okeechobee or Black/Blue Craw Fatty this is what you'll need....Good flippin' stick, sturdy reel, 65lb braid, 1/2 - 2 oz. tungsten weight, bobber stop and a 4/0 EWG SuperLine hook. If you want to get hung up a lot use a straight shank hook like the uh 'em "pros". With a straight shank hook the bait is at an "angle" and that positions the hook point to where it is just itching to pierce out of bait and grab any cattail, brush or weed stalk it can find. Here is the way to get the most from this bait as far as how you Texas rig it with 4/0 hook for flipping. Hook point into head, come out BETWEEN the 2nd and 3rd rib down, before you turn the hook and slide head up to hook eye SLOBBER up the shank and hook eye. As you turn the bait to slide towards hook eye make sure that you are not tearing it past that second rib. Re-insert hook between craw eyes. Now do NOT try to skin hook it. Pull hook point as many ribs back as you can and then bury hook down center of bait. As thin as this bait is there is no reason to skin hook it. NOW....ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT PARTS OF THIS SYSTEM....YOU MUST USE A SNELL KNOT. You can find a great example on youtube by searching this exact phrase: " TacticalBassin How to Tie Snell Knots". No, I do not know this person. The reason for the snell knot is so that when you set the hook the weight will hit the top of the hook eye and make it "KICK" out resulting in an excellent hookup ratio. I flip side by side with other people using other rigs ie: straight shank hook, other baits, other knots etc all of the time. Flipping wood and brush I will get hung up once or twice a day. Others are getting hung up multiple times per day. Hence, the title "The 4X4 of flippin' baits. No, I'm not always in the front, we take turns. I am also catching more and larger bass. People complain about the durability. Well, first if you rig them as described they are tougher than most people are reporting. Personally I don't mind spending $0.37 per bass. I believe they aren't scented for 2 reasons. One, it would add to the cost and two you can use your own attractant. Mega-Strike. Also excellent Texas rigged and fished like a worm. You're welcome.
February 28, 2014
This fatty makes a meaty trailer for a bigger jig when you want to tempt them to move out of their comfort zone during a cold front bite. "Louisana", kind of a green pumpkin purple color, goes well with a PBJ jig. Nice flap to the claws for great water displacement.
Have you checked out brother Russ' Spro Fat Papa crankbait for a different kind of cold water bite?
February 17, 2014