The designers at 6th Sense Fishing Products did not create the Stroker Craw for Midwest finesse applications. But there is a school of Midwest finesse anglers who are incessantly in search for crayfish-style baits to affix to a 3/32-ounce mushroom-style jig. Some of these are old-timers stretch back to the days of the original Guido Bug in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
At the behest of one of these old-timers, we exchanged emails with Zach Kinart of Conroe, Texas, who is the national sales manager at 6th Sense Fishing, and he sent us a package of the Stroker Craw for us to work with, thoroughly examine, and publish a gear guide about it.
Here is what we discovered about the Stroker Craw.
It is 3 9/16 inches long.
Its abdomen is 1 1/8 inches long. It is oval-shaped and encircled with 12 ribs. The tip of the abdomen is slightly indented, and it is where a Midwest finesse angler will insert the hook and bait keeper of a mushroom-style jig. This tip has a width of about 5/16-inch, a height of about 3/16-inch and a circumference of about 1 3/16 inches. At the junction of the Stroker Craw’s abdomen and its cephalothorax, it has a width of 11/16-inch with a circumference of 1 11/16 inches. At a 1/2-inch from the abdomen’s tip, the width is about 5/8-inch and a circumference of about 1 3/4 inches. The dorsal and ventral areas are identical.
The Stroker Craw’s cephalothorax, which includes its head, is slightly more than 1 1/8 inches long. The dorsal and ventral areas are identical and they are endowed with an abstract replica of a crayfish’s carapace, cephalic groove, eyes and rostrum. Three tiny walking legs, which are about 3/8-inch long, radiate off of each side of the cephalothorax and they subtly quiver. Between walking legs numbers two and three, the cephalothorax is 3/16-inch wide with a circumference of 1 7/8 inches and this is the bulkiest portion of the Stroker Craw’s body.
The Stroker Craw’s two chelipeds, which are its claws, are flat and thin. One extends from each side of the cephalothorax. At the cheliped’s junction with the cephalothorax, the cheliped has a width of about 1/4-inch, and at 1 1/8 inches from that junction, the width of the cheliped is about 3/8-inch. The cheliped’s outside edge possesses a thickness that ranges from slightly more than 1/16-inch to slightly less than 1/16-inch and its inside edge is a touch thinner than the outside edge. It is J-shaped, possessing a profile that is similar to the tail of a curly-tailed grub. At rest, it is about 1 1/2 inches long and when it is fully stretched out, it is 2 13/16 inches long.
There are two antennules that are attached to the tip of the head, and they are 3/8-inch long and readily quiver.
It is manufactured in the following hues: Black N Blue Flake, Bluegrass Magic, Darkmelon Red, Gill Dust, Grass Candy, Green Pumpkin, Green Pumpkin Blue, Green Pumpkin Burst, Junebug Red, Oxblood, Platinum White, Watermelon Red, and Worm Juice.
It is impregnated with salt and it is not buoyant.