A great time to use a creature bait is when you’re working docks and other cover areas where bass are hiding. Several manufacturers make a plastic that looks like a crawfish, specifically for this purpose. The recommended rigging for them, though, is to hook the tail end. Makes sense: As you work the bait, the lure goes backwards… exactly the way crawfish move. The problem is, as you work the bait, it’s moving away from the dock or other cover area.
A lure company that’s caught my attention lately is Jackall. They have a lure they call the Cover Craw. It looks like many other crawfish soft plastics, but what’s interesting is that it’s designed to be rigged at the head end of the bait. It’s designed to swim away from you, going backwards. Perfect to flip in front of a dock and let it slide underneath… hopefully into the mouth of a waiting bass.
The more Jackall products I use, the more I like them. This time, I’m reporting on the Jackall Cover Craw. This is a unique soft bait. It is salt injected with a live bait scent, has a profile that is thicker than other soft craw baits, and has a very soft texture. It comes in eight popular colors and two sizes, three- and four-inch. I have used only the four-inch size, but from my initial outing with them, I plan on using the three-inch versions as well.
Traditionally, most anglers (myself included) will rig a soft craw bait with the hook eye on the tail end, presenting the bait in the same manner as a crawfish swims; that is, tail first. The Cover Craw is designed to do the exact opposite.
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