Gary Yamamoto Fat Baby Craw
Best Jig Trailer
I just had my best day of bass fishing ever using the Fat Baby Craw. It was late August, middle afternoon, dead calm and sunny in clear water with hydrilla. I caught lots of largemouth, with the best five totaling 16 pounds!
I used the Green Pumkin with Copper & Purple Flake as a trailer on 3/8 oz. and 1/4 oz. jigs (molting craw colors). It was during a full-moon phase, so the bass may have been keying on crawfish that had just motled.
No scent spray, just right out of the package. The salt in these works great, just like the Senko. They're very soft (like Senkos) but hold up really well on jigs, because of the way the long body anchors to the hook shaft. I only used about three all day.
Three days earlier, my buddy had borrowed one of these trailers and my 3/8 oz. molting craw jig to land a 9 lb. 6 oz largemouth. He used to buy chunk style trailers, but that sold him on the Fat Baby Craw!
I've used these for about two years now, and they work great Texas-rigged as well. I was first sold on the realistic antennae and pinchers. Try the Black with Blue Flake in stained water.
August 29, 2010
One of the best
I do a lot of smallmouth fishing, and this particular size works great. I've caught smallies as big as four pounds on this bait, either dragging it on a Mojo rig, or on a small shakey head jig. I wasn't too keen on it at first, because it almost looks like a cartoon representation of a crawdad, but I've caught some very nice fish on this bait, mainly in late summer to early fall. Best color: cinnamon with purple flake. Like most Yamamoto baits, it's loaded with salt, so it breaks apart easily. But hey, it catches fish.
July 17, 2009
Fat Baby Craw
I use Fat Baby Craws almost exclusively for smallmouths. I've tried other soft baits, but I feel like I'm wasting my time. I quickly switch back to the Fat Baby. It doesn't take long for others to switch when they see me reeling one after the other into the boat. I rig them Texas style and bump them downstream thru the hole. BAM!
March 4, 2014
Looks better than it fishes
I bought 3 bags of these, each in a different color. I liked the way it looked, especially the way the claws look.
What a dissapointment. I tried it as a trailer, whole and cut down, I tried it texas rigged, on a shakey head, etc. I fish alot of tournaments all over Northern California and I have yet to get bit on one of these. You would understand why if you ever saw one in the water, it doesn't do anything, the claws barely move on a retrieve. I Love Yamamoto when it comes to senkos and grubs, but this bait is a flop. Sorry Gary, bad design, just calling it like I see it.
November 19, 2007