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#10994003 - 07/22/15 03:42 PM fishing craw bait with one claw
ckcrew Offline
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Registered: 04/11/05
Posts: 281
Loc: plano
do you guys replace bait after losing one claw or continuing fishing the craw minus a claw? ive been replacing them after getting a claw ripped off but im now thinking it might not even matter.

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#10994007 - 07/22/15 03:44 PM Re: fishing craw bait with one claw [Re: ckcrew]
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Registered: 02/21/08
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Loc: plano
I have a buddy that will out fish me with a jig that has only 3-4 strands of the skirt left, so I'd say that it doesn't matter, but it does in fact matter if you aren't confident. I really think that the fish don't care, if they're hungry, they'll eat it.
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#10994026 - 07/22/15 03:53 PM Re: fishing craw bait with one claw [Re: ckcrew]
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Registered: 02/26/10
Posts: 2874
Loc: Plano, TX
If I am flipping and miss a fish and a claw comes off I will pitch right back in with only one claw. Any other time I will replace the bait.
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#10994050 - 07/22/15 04:07 PM Re: fishing craw bait with one claw [Re: ckcrew]
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Registered: 01/25/08
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Loc: Justin, TX.
I have heard of people using live Crayfish and clipping of the claws and catching more fish. They like a easy meal with less fight the better.
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#10994118 - 07/22/15 04:35 PM Re: fishing craw bait with one claw [Re: ckcrew]
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Loc: North carolina
this is a good question popcorn
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#10994129 - 07/22/15 04:38 PM Re: fishing craw bait with one claw [Re: ckcrew]
MagFluker Offline
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Loc: Austin, TX
handi-capable bait right there bolt
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#10994326 - 07/22/15 06:04 PM Re: fishing craw bait with one claw [Re: ckcrew]
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We call it fishing "Old Stubby". When they bite a leg, tail or arm off you just keep fishing it until it is completely tore up. Caught lots of big fish on old stubby.
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#10994425 - 07/22/15 06:54 PM Re: fishing craw bait with one claw [Re: ckcrew]
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I replace mine ASAP. It will twist up the line of it is unbalanced, and also loses some of its action. But that's just me. I'd rather replace the plastic than respool fluorocarbon.
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#10994436 - 07/22/15 06:59 PM Re: fishing craw bait with one claw [Re: ckcrew]
Ban-D Offline
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Registered: 02/08/10
Posts: 6707
Loc: Tx
I replace mine. I read on here a few years back that when tank testing more bass ate artificial craw baits missing a craw.i believe it was powerbait but I'm not sure and can't find it since it's such an old post.

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#10994449 - 07/22/15 07:04 PM Re: fishing craw bait with one claw [Re: ckcrew]
lamoon78 Offline
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Registered: 05/05/10
Posts: 4331
Loc: Livingston Tx
I keep fishin it most of the time.

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#10994519 - 07/22/15 07:36 PM Re: fishing craw bait with one claw [Re: ckcrew]
balazs Offline
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Registered: 06/23/06
Posts: 477
Loc: Lake Jackson
It sort of depends on the bait, but if it starts rolling and twisting my line I change it out.

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#10994581 - 07/22/15 08:02 PM Re: fishing craw bait with one claw [Re: ckcrew]
txlonghorns Offline
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Registered: 06/22/13
Posts: 195
Loc: Irving, TX
I'm stubborn and I continue fishing. Although, I do feel like I get bit less which is usually when I switch to a new one. It's a confidence thing...

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#10994590 - 07/22/15 08:07 PM Re: fishing craw bait with one claw [Re: Ban-D]
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Registered: 07/15/09
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Loc: Lake Ray Hubbard
Originally Posted By: Ban-D
I replace mine. I read on here a few years back that when tank testing more bass ate artificial craw baits missing a craw.i believe it was powerbait but I'm not sure and can't find it since it's such an old post.


Yeah Berkley did a study and found that more bass would hit a craw bait that was missing a claw, but I still replace mine immediately if they lose one. It just doesn't look right to me
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#10994616 - 07/22/15 08:24 PM Re: fishing craw bait with one claw [Re: ckcrew]
SpiderJig Offline
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Registered: 11/22/14
Posts: 1955
Loc: Wylie
Fish on with it. I've just recently started using a worm until it literally won't stay on the hook and have the same results. Crawfish do lose claws from time to time so it's natural
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#10994666 - 07/22/15 08:48 PM Re: fishing craw bait with one claw [Re: ckcrew]
Ted Martin Offline
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Registered: 07/26/05
Posts: 1145
Loc: Dallas, TX
usually throw it right back in there and catch 'em on the next cast then replace. 9 times out of 10 when it happens to me its a spot. i am convinced they try to pick the pinchers off before they eat it.

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