Berkley Havoc Craw Fatty Softbaits
Really Great Bait!
I bought this bait in the green pumpkin color and it worked great. This first time I fished it I caught a 2 pounder within 10 minutes of fishing but then I ran out of hooks and had to turn back. Then the next time I went fishing I caught a spawning 4 pounder within 10 minutes of when I started. This bait works great on a Texas rig for the spawn bite because it really looks like a formidable enemy for those big spawning females. Thanks Berkley Havoc Craw Fatty.
March 17, 2012
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
Great bait for spawners
This is a great bait for both male and female bass, prespawn or on the bed when fished Texas-rigged.
March 5, 2013
Best Soft Craw on the Market
These are absolutely the best soft craw available. You can flip or pitch them or a standard Texas rig is my favorite way to fish them. I have tried many other craws and yet I keep coming back to these. When I first purchased them several years ago I wasn't a fan and let them sit in my tackle bag. But after trying everything else out there this is the craw that has received the permanent spot in my arsenal. The only other craw that I carry is a Chigger Craw but I actually like these better. The profile of the bait gives flawless hookups and the action is great. I carry black/blue and green pumpkin/blue and I can cover any water with either of those colors. If I could only have 2 baits in my tackle bag this would be one of them. The head of the bait tends to tear up pretty easily and I normally can only get 1-3 fish per bait but at $3 for a pack of 8 I don't care. I easily have over 200 of these and I hope Berkley never stops making them. When times are tough on the water this bait has saved the day for me often. So action is perfect; colors are great and durability gets a C+; but again; at $3 a pack you can afford to carry a ton of these things.
June 24, 2014