Although many anglersâ focus turns to shad-imitation baits and lures throughout the fall months, itâs always important to keep a soft plastic crawfish bait nearby. The bass will certainly follow ongoing shad migration into the shallows, but theyâll often use nearby shallow cover as ambush pointsâ and make no mistake about it, big bass wonât think twice before inhaling a well-placed craw bait.
Iâve been doing a lot of fishing lately with the Berkley Powerbait Chigger Craw. After thousands of flips and pitches both at home and abroad, Iâve been very impressed with it.
There are 3 specific things I really like about it.
- Beefy profile with a subtle action
- Lasts for several fish catches
- Excellent hookup ratio
Itâs big but subtle
When Texas-rigged, the Chigger Craw offers a large profile and subtle action.
Whenever Iâm having trouble getting bites, Iâll downsize my bait selection if I really have to. Thereâs one problem, thoughâ I love throwing big baits and I have a lot of confidence in them. The Chigger Crawâs large size and delicate action, however, gives me the best of both worlds in many situations.
I tend to categorize the Chigger Craw as a âglidingâ crawfish bait. As it falls to the bottom on a light Texas rig, it will slide slowly through the water column which makes it a very powerful tool when Iâm dissecting vertical cover such as dock posts. The gliding action of this bait has resulted in hundreds of bites before it even touches the bottom.
Without any flanges on its pincers, the Chigger Craw is very effective on lethargic bass.
When the bait hits the bottom, its pincers float at a 45-degree angle, imitating a crawfishâs natural defensive posture. The pincers donât really flap or paddle, which can be a good thing in tough conditions. Instead, they wave back-and-forth with very slight movements of your rod tip. While some crawfish baits are made to elicit aggressive reaction strikes, the Chigger Craw seems to appeal to very lethargic bass that wonât respond to more intrusive offerings.
This bass wouldn’t bite a reaction bait, so I pitched the Chigger Craw to the same laydown and caught her on the first cast.
I probably average around four fish per bait whenever Iâm using the Berkley Powerbait Chigger Craw. Although the pincers are big, Iâve never had much of an issue with their durability. Youâll find a lot of crawfish baits that will lose their pincers and other appendages after just one bite, but that hasnât been the case here.
The Chigger Crawâs pincers have a fair amount of âstretchâ to them. In other words, they donât rip away from the body easily whenever youâre dealing with short-striking bass or curious bluegill. I pitch and flip a lot, so I really appreciate this quality. It has saved me a bunch of time and money because Iâm able to catch several nice bass without constantly re-rigging.
The pincers stretch to almost twice their original length, resulting in outstanding durability.
Iâve also found this bait to be very effective as a jig trailer because its oversized pincers slow the jigâs fall considerably. When used as a trailer, it stays in place very well whenever Iâm skipping docks which, again, saves a lot of time. I canât stand having to constantly push my trailer back up the hookshank when Iâm on a solid dock bite and the Chigger Craw is a very low-maintenance trailer that can produce some really big bites.
Youâll land most of your bites
This is a very thick bait that stays on the hook well and lasts for several fish catches.
When you open a bag of Chigger Craws, youâll probably be knocked back by the smell. They smell like rotten fish and even though theyâll make your fingers stink, the bass respond very Â to the scent.
Itâs impossible for me to proclaim that the scent is the reason for such a high hookup ratio with this bait, but I will say thisâ Iâve used several very similar-looking baits without the scent and have not experienced the same aggressive strikes that I have with the Chigger Craw.
Iâve had a problem lately with the finicky fish on my home fisheries. I can get plenty of bites, but itâs been extremely difficult getting them in the boat. One of the few ways Iâve been able to catch âem, however, has been with the Chigger Craw. Regardless of whether they âthumpâ it or just lazily swim off with it, they seem to hold onto the bait for a very long time which has given me plenty of time to connect with a solid hookset.
If youâre a shallow water angler, I definitely recommend checking out the Berkley Powerbait Chigger Craw. Itâs big size and subtle action has done a lot of damage for me and a few packs will last for plenty of exciting fish catches.
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