A freshwater crustacean that resembles a miniature lobster, crawfish is a staple in the diet of many fish, including smallmouth and largemouth bass. Bass begin feeding on crawfish when the young bass are as small as three inches and continue feeding on them throughout their lives. Live crawfish is an alluring bait that bass find hard to resist. If you are fishing for any species that feeds on crawfish, properly hooking a crawfish can help you come home with a large catch.
Items you will need
- Live crawfish
- Fishing tackle
Hold the crawfish on the upper half of its body just behind the main claws. This will help you avoid getting pinched.
Turn the crawfish over and make sure its tail is not curled under.
Insert the hook into the underside of the crawfish, one-half inch from the tail. Make sure the hook fully impales the crawfish until it comes out the other side of the body. This insertion point will ensure that the crawfish is able to move naturally but will not get away.
Tips & Warnings
- Crawfish are not readily available in most bait shops but can be captured along small streams. Crawfish traps can be left in these streams overnight, or you can search for them under rocks in the daytime.
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