Re: Fishing with live crawdads?

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Posted by Alex on April 08, 2002 at 15:28:00:

In Reply to: Fishing with live crawdads? posted by jbo on April 08, 2002 at 11:52:09:

jbo, I use to fish with live crawdads alot for
smallmouth on Pickwick lake and there are several
different ways to rig them. One way I have tried
and had alot of success with is using rubber-bands
to connect the craw to the hook. To do this, use a
2-0 worm hook that has the J-bend at the the top.
place the craw with the pinchers facing the hook point.
Take the rubber-band and rap several times around the
craw and hook. By using a rubber-band, the craw will
stay alive along time. This technique is very productive
when used as a carolina rig. Another technique I have
used is just hook the craw behind the back with the
hook point facing up. Use a free line when using this
method. Normally I try and catch my craws out of the
river system I will be fishing. The reason I do this is
because on different impoundments, the water temperature
will be different and the craws will be different sizes and colors
in relation to the water temps. Use what the fish are
use to. I have tried buying live crawfish from local
seafood department stores but have had little success.
I once thought that the bigger the better; but I found
that the fish prefer what their river is providing
for them. Good luck!

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