Easy way to find crawdads

Discussion in 'Catfishing Baits' started by catman849, Oct 11, 2006.

  1. catman849

    catman849 New Member

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    I stumbled upon this helpful bit of information while looking for redworms the other day in a dry creekbed. Crawdads while dig holes under rocks in a creek bed and stay there even when its been dry for weeks! They are really easy to find all it takes is lifting up a couple rocks and digging in the holes. I found about 5-6 of them in a 10ft area. I have tried this in multiple creeks and it never fails even when the creek is dry the crawdads are still there. Hope this helps its an easy way to get some free bait.
     
  2. ka_c4_boom

    ka_c4_boom New Member

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    you can also fool them if you have a 20 oz bottle of water poor it in the hole and they will come out without digging
     

  3. rangercatman

    rangercatman Member

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    Ive seen 2 different ways and they both appaer to be preference 1.( Hooking through the head) 2. (hooking through the tail) any recomendations?
     
  4. laidbck111

    laidbck111 New Member

    the tail for me
     
  5. gcarlin

    gcarlin New Member

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    Thanks For The Craw Tips, Haven't Tried Those
     
  6. Pastor E

    Pastor E New Member

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    Thanks guys for the tips:smile2:
     
  7. Baitkiller

    Baitkiller New Member

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    :lol:

    "MUDBUGS"!!!!
     
  8. alands94

    alands94 Active Member

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    Thanks for the tip. I will definitely have to try that next summer when the local creeks dry up.
     
  9. catfisher43

    catfisher43 New Member

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    thanks for the tip.never tried that before.
     
  10. pk_powell

    pk_powell New Member

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    Wonderful post very useful info.My friend told me where I could get some but was warned if I got caught it would be a huge fine.I'm not too far from a refuge.You talk about huge Bucks these dudes are big but absolutely no hunting unless the Wardens want some does harvested then they will personally take you where they want you and ya best not move.Unless you want some trouble on your hands. Anyway back to the crawdads they're thick up there but once again they are protected no touching!!! I use to live in Castaic California Home of MONSTER BASS they use craws to catch the Bass and it showed in a picture that they have rubberbands around their bodies and slide the hook securely beneath the band.I personally never tried it but out there I guess is one of their tricks.:smile2:
     
  11. s_man

    s_man New Member

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    Thats cool Ben, I never woulda thought to look for them there. It just goes to show you never know on a given day what you might discover.
     
  12. catman529

    catman529 New Member

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    thanks a lot

    i was devastated when this bitty creek that you could jump over dried and all of the huge chubs were lost. I guess maybe the giant crawdads arent yet. That creek was the spot to get big bait...
     
  13. idolg

    idolg New Member

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    That's great info ... Thanks!
     
  14. amatuer cat catcher

    amatuer cat catcher New Member

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    the way i know to use them bass fishing is you hook them through the tail and pinch off the claws. and thanks for the tips i havt been able to find any in a loong time
     
  15. catman849

    catman849 New Member

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    When you use crawdads as bait though i've found that you will catch anything, bass bream cats they all love em so if your after cats id use the biggest crawdads you can find to keep the bream of em.
     
  16. fishnfool68

    fishnfool68 New Member

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    I have a friend that would catch them for food by laying a net out in a ditch,or shallow stream and saftey pin a drumstick in the middle of the net.He said he would pull up the net after an hour or so and thier would be crawdads all over taking turns on the drumstick.He said they would set abunch of nets and by that night they would have enough to boil-up for dinner.I have a tore up castnet that I'm gonna try this with this spring.
     
  17. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    Ben I appreciate the tips. This proves I'm not to old to learn. YET. Thanks
     
  18. MRR

    MRR New Member

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    Thanks for the great tip .Always wondered what happened to them once the water dried up.
     
  19. CJ21

    CJ21 New Member

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    Thanks for the tips, I cant seem to find crawdads.
     
  20. heavyduty

    heavyduty New Member

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    when we was kids we would take a piece of string and tie a piece of bacon on the end and drop it down in the hole and when you feel the crawfish clamp down on the piece of bacon you could ease him out of the hole.