Mudbugs (crayfish) for bait

Discussion in 'Catfishing Baits' started by Buddrice, Mar 23, 2006.

  1. Buddrice

    Buddrice New Member

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    Does anyone ever use mudbugs (creyfish or crawfish) for bait?
     
  2. Buddrice

    Buddrice New Member

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    Thanks for the reply. I will try it.
     

  3. suddawg

    suddawg New Member

    Crawdads are great for shallow water. We use them every now and then, but we cut off those pinchers before putting them on the hook. Learned that the hard way:cursing:

    Also try and get them when they are soft (when they've just shed their shell, and still haven't regrown the new one all the way.)

    SudDawg
     
  4. TIM HAGAN

    TIM HAGAN New Member

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    I use them alot on the flats only thing is keeping them bass off the hooks.
     
  5. Ravensmavsfan

    Ravensmavsfan New Member

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    My little nephew (7 years old) had got 4 crawdads in a small river that were entangled in a bunch of fishing line. Now he's 10 and I have been using them as a live bait for all cats for 3 years. Good consistent natural bait.
     
  6. kspor

    kspor New Member

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    I used em all the time when I was young. Grampa would task me with catching them. I think he also knew it would keep me busy when the bite was slow. We would pull the claws off. They really work well. Tho bass like them too.
     
  7. Quackcephus

    Quackcephus New Member

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    Crawdad's are an excellent bait... take yer pliers & smush the pinchers & cut the end's off their legs... keeps 'em from crawlin' under stuff that way. :thumbsup:
     
  8. Drum Andersen

    Drum Andersen New Member

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    "Ditch Crickets" are great for channels exspecially the smaller one w/ soft shells.
     
  9. jtholder00

    jtholder00 New Member

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    I have had success in the colder months with them.. also, we used to take the pliers and smash their heads.. this lets juice out of them.. not sure where it came from.. the guy I was with did this..
     
  10. jtrew

    jtrew New Member

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    I always felt they would be good bait, but I tried them on trotlines a few times, and they just stayed on the hooks till they started getting fuzzy. Finally decided that my lines weren't located in crawfishy spots, and the catfish knew that crawfish didn't belong in that area.
     
  11. boliver

    boliver New Member

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    use to use them on shoals in creeks, but couldn't keep other fish off, drum ell snakes uould fill up the line and strip bait.
     
  12. cardfan4life

    cardfan4life Guest

    Flip them inside out by pinching the head off. Then put the point of your hook in the butt plate and running the skin around your hook..... Oh wait a minute, thats catalpas.. Sorry crawfish are great bait.
     
  13. back channel

    back channel Member

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    Yeh they are real good bait. The bigger the better. But around were I fish the drum get to them within minuetes. No lie. I have got very few cat's on them and no ba$$.
     
  14. back channel

    back channel Member

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    Oh yeh if you know how to pick them up properly then you DO NOT have to cut the claws off. They will craw under stuff but the fish will see that movement and come over to eat them up.