cricket creek phix1Last Friday, I received a priority mail package from DuPage Angler. I have to admit that I'm as giddy as a schoolgirl about getting boxes in the mail, especially boxes that I know have fishing lures inside. I immediately ripped the box open to find a huge ziplock filled with Big Hammer swimbaits of various sizes and colors and a snack size ziplock with Wacky Bass' custom colored Crabby Bass stick worms called "The Whacker". Some members of DuPage Angler call them "Wacky Colored", Wacky himself referred to them as the color of a sinus infection before antibiotics, and Wilks19, from Crabby Bass Lures, calls the color "Mint". I prefer to call them sinus infection or snot colored, simply because they're funnier (to me anyway). I was WAY too tired to fish Friday, but I was chomping at the bit to get out and try these new lures.

Friday evening, my wife wanted to show me some fancy houses in Addison the night before, and I noticed a pond. I asked her to stop, so I could see if there were "no fishing" signs or not. WOOHOO, the only signs said "no swimming". On the way home, we saw two more ponds that appeared to be okay to fish.

Saturday morning rolled around, and I was staring down the barrel of two vices I just can't pass up; new lures and new ponds. I got to the first pond and went for my warm weather go-to, the vibra-king tube. I worked it around a bit and didn't manage a nibble. I turned to my new bag of baits and remembered reading that Wacky had caught a bunch of bluegill and bass on his custom colored Crabby Bass worm. I quickly pulled one from the bag and immediately noticed how soft and pliable it was. I rigged the worm Texas style, weightless, and threw it out by some weeds. I was a bit leery of fishing the worm this way. Up to today, the only way I'd caught any fish with a worm was wacky rigged. I remembered reading what Wacky Bass and Goofyfisher had posted about letting the worm settle to the bottom, then twitching it, pausing, and twitching again. By my third cast, I had my first fish on. The bass inhaled the Crabby Bass worm on the initial drop. I set the hook, battled it to shore, took a picture, and released it.

I worked my way around the pond, tossing the Crabby Bass Whacker into and around any weeds I could see. About half way around, I picked up my second bass. This one hit the lure in between twitches. I CPRed the bass and decided to keep working the area I was in. At this point, I decided to try wacky rigging a Big Hammer. Looking back, I didn't really give the Big Hammer much of a try, because I was so excited to be catching fish on the Texas rig finally.

 

I switched back to the Crabby Bass worm and continued around the pond. I was now running out of time, so I decided to head for another pond that was about 100 yards away. Once there, I started tossing the Whacker into shady spots, under trees, and into weed beds. I wasn't being patient enough for this technique to work, since time was running out. I told myself to slow it down and cast the worm under a willow tree, counted off ten seconds, twitched it once, then BOOM. Something nailed it! I set the hook and started reeling. This fish had to be bigger than the first two. Once I got the fish to shore, I noticed two things; it was bigger than the first two, and it had blasted the worm so hard that it was nowhere in sight. I took a picture and put the bass back, and then I noticed my snot colored worm floating under the shade of the willow tree. 

My hour was up, so I headed for the car, elated at how well the Crabby Bass worm had worked. Call it whatever color you want, I think I'll start calling it "bass catcher".

Thanks Wacky Bass, DuPageAngler.com, and Crabby Bass Lures for a fun morning of fishing and catching.



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Darkstar72 replied the topic: #4635 10 Jul 2012 19:38

CSimon2 wrote:

Darkstar72 wrote: I want to fish with Phix for all the facial expressions he makes.

Combine that and Pondboy's songs and I'll be chuckling to myself all the time while casting.


You forgot to mention your talking to the fish and also your little sound effects. LOL!


Guilty as charged! :P
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CSimon2 replied the topic: #4633 10 Jul 2012 13:22

Darkstar72 wrote: I want to fish with Phix for all the facial expressions he makes.

Combine that and Pondboy's songs and I'll be chuckling to myself all the time while casting.


You forgot to mention your talking to the fish and also your little sound effects. LOL!

Phix, I am glad they are working for you. Thank you very much for talking them up for us. We really appreciate it. I cannot wait to get out for another lunchtime fishing outing. I believe we still have your new order. Thanks again!
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Darkstar72 replied the topic: #4629 10 Jul 2012 12:10
I want to fish with Phix for all the facial expressions he makes.

Combine that and Pondboy's songs and I'll be chuckling to myself all the time while casting.
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wilks19 replied the topic: #4627 10 Jul 2012 09:24
Great job Phix, glad they are producing for you still. Hope to get out with you again soon.
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phix replied the topic: #4622 09 Jul 2012 21:43
These Crabby Bass lures have been GREAT!

I've been catching fish on them consistently. They even work well at night. I fished from 10pm til about 1am Saturday night and caught 6 bass, all on CB soft plastics. The "snot" Whacker caught the first one. White Wacky Worm picked up a couple. A natural colored Zipper picked up a couple, and I think the "snot" colored Whacker picked up the last one. Unfortunately, I didn't have my phone or a camera on me, so you'll have to take my word for it!

Is it just me, or are largemouth way more aggressive at night. Most of the fish were chomping my thumb when I lipped them.

My wife was pissed when I got back, because I stayed out so long. I wanted to stay out longer. The moon was just coming up as I called it quits. I could have fished til the sun came up.

Good seeing you Patrick!!! Patrick can vouch for my new light fishing strategy. I was walking around with 2 rods, both had EWG hooks tied on, and a ziplock full of CB lures. I would have only carried one rod, but I was experimenting to see if poly line got any more hits than NanoFil. BTW, those results have been negligible so far, especially at night!

When you place a Crabby Bass order, I would HIGHLY recommend getting the Crabby Baggie. They give you a nice mixture of colors and styles to catch bass with, and it just might force you to try something you hadn't considered before.
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thatpatrickbrewer replied the topic: #4598 07 Jul 2012 15:29
This morning I decided to hit up a new pond I'd been eyeing on google maps for sometime. Turns out it was the pond in this COTD. I even ran into Phix there. My first DA run in! Too bad we didn't figure it out til I was about to leave, otherwise we could have fished together for a bit.
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wilks19 replied the topic: #4596 07 Jul 2012 08:51
Great post Phix! We are glad you enjoyed the snot. LOL...

Thanks Marty for sending out the Crabby Bass Lures "The Whacker" to the DA members.
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Marty Rogers replied the topic: #4594 07 Jul 2012 08:05
What a great write up Phix! The Crabby Bass line has really been great for members so far, We all have our favorites.

By the way if anyone would like to try the lure that Phix used just let us know and we will get the first 5 members a free bag.