How You Should Be Fishing Soft Plastic Craws During The Prespawn

Walking around your local tackle shop, it’s an easy lesson to learn that bass love to eat craws, and so it stands to reason that’s why bass anglers love fishing craws. Look at how many baits are shaped or painted to resemble the little freshwater crustaceans. You don’t have to be a fisheries biologist to figure out what you should be trying to mimic.

Bass are especially fond of crawfish during the pre-spawn period, and because of that, you’ll have major success in the spring by fishing craw patterned baits like the BioSpawn VileCraw, or a crawfish patterned crankbait.

The 10,000 Fish Saw Craw in Green Pumpkin & Red Flake

It’s not just their general love for crawfish that makes bass go gaga for crawfish in the springtime, though. Interestingly, there is a biological reason for it, and it has everything to do with the upcoming spawn.
Compared to shad, bluegill, or other common bass forage, crawfish have extremely high levels of minerals like iron, calcium, and magnesium built up in their shells. In the spring, bass requires much higher inputs of these minerals to build their eggs, so they try to eat as many crawfish as possible.

To most effectively capitalize on the early prespawn bass/crawfish relationship, try fishing craws on rocky areas like rip rap, bridges, points, and bluff walls in the spring. Crawfish make their homes in the little nooks and crannies in the rocks, and prespawn bass spend lots of time combing those areas over for crawfish.

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The BioSpawn VileCraw in Red Bug

Try rigging a BioSpawn VileCraw, 10,000 Fish Saw Craw on a 1/2 ounce wobble head and slowly reeling it around rocky points. The tantalizing flapping motion of the craw soft plastic will be sure to generate devastating strikes from hungry prespawn bass looking for a snack.

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