The temperature dropped to a cool 84 degrees today and decided to throw a couple weightless Yum Craws at Spring Lake in Aurora.  The second cast landed a nice bass that was actually warm to the touch due to the very hot temperatures this past week.

 



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CSimon2 replied the topic: #4619 08 Jul 2012 23:15
Great job Marty! Glad to see you back out there catching hogs!
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SoonerBass replied the topic: #4618 08 Jul 2012 22:00
woooo pig sooooie ;)
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Marty Rogers replied the topic: #4605 08 Jul 2012 11:13
You are correct but when I fish shallow edges I let the weight of the barrel swivel and soft craw take the bait down slowly. Once it is on the bottom then I crawl and slightly "jerk" the bait.

I have seen how crawfish react when they are dumped into a large aquarium. They suspend for a moment then they scoot and repeat as they search for the bottom. Bass will devour a craw when they are in suspend mode.

I had a large aquarium with bass in it at the U of Arkansas and for months all I could feed them were crawfish that we caught by the hundreds in a creek behind my apartment. I have fished soft craws like this since 1983 and have done very well. If I need weight for deep water I simply add a split shot near the swivel. I don't want to limit the floating motion of the craw in any way.

Crawfish have a tendency to jump and scoot around off the bottom in a haphazard motion (and give off distress signals to hungry bass) in order to find a place to hide. As many of you know that I am a huge believer in emulating distressed prey in order to Call The Hogs!
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SoonerBass replied the topic: #4604 08 Jul 2012 00:16
Nice, I had been wondering if there were some decent fish in Spring Lake, I read somewhere there was a bad fish kill there many years ago. With the shoreline rehab they have done this could be a decent bass lake......and kayaks are allowed, correct?
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Darkstar72 replied the topic: #4603 07 Jul 2012 22:26
You would usually use a craw Texas or Carolina rigged and weighted to the bottom.

Craws can also be used as swimbait trailers too.

I'm finding Wacky Bass has a habit of hooking most plastics and working them weightless. It's not a "conventional" technique as far as anything I've read but you can't argue with the results! ;-)

Nice catching Wacky Bass!!
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Goofyfisher replied the topic: #4602 07 Jul 2012 21:55
Nice one Wacky! Are you sure the fish hadn't started to cook in those waters? I believe one would fish with the crawfish deep. Is that correct? So many lures to learn to use.