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
Thanks cousin Bobby!
When I heard at the 2011 Bass Master Classic that my cousin Bobby had teamed up with Berkeley to create a couple baits of his design I knew I had to get my hands on them. I must say that Bobby has created a very durable, multi-purpose bait. Since I haven't learned the art of flipping, I fish this bait as a trailer and Texas rigged. I fished this bait at one of my dad's company picnics and caught close to 25-30 bass in the 1-3.5lb class and still have 6 baits in the package! I fish this bait 95% of the time Texas with the black and blue fleck and watermelon red fleck colors. If your looking for a great multi-purpose bait the Craw Fatty is the way to go.
December 28, 2011