Man Craws Color Chart and Ordering
Professional Angler and
Team Mad Man Member Jeff Kriet
Texas Rigging and Flipping
The Mad Man Crawfish Tube
I have had great success
flipping the Mad Man Crawfish Tube into all kinds of cover. From
lilly pads on the Potomac to water hyacinths on the Louisiana
Delta and most recently into laydowns and docks in Missouri.
Our customers are also reporting success flipping the crawfish
tube into flooded bushes and flipping into grass with a football
3 Inch - Any offset wide gap hook. I
prefer a Gamakatsu 1/0 G-Lock. I normally use a 1/16oz. to 14oz.
Inch - Any offset
wide gap hook. I prefer a 3/0 Gamakatsu Extra Wide Gap Superline,
however many of our Pros prefer a 4/0 or even a 5/0 hook. Weight
size depends on the application. I have used anything from a
1/16 oz. up to a 1 oz. weight to bust through the mats.
5 Inch - Any offset wide gap hook. It
is more important with this bait than with the other two sizes
to have a heavy hook. I prefer a 5/0 Gamakatsu Extra Wide Gap
Superline. Once again, weight size depends on the application.
Casting and Swimming
the Mad Man Crawfish Tube
The same hooks used for
flipping the bait can be used for casting or swimming the Mad
Man Crawfish Tube. It is important however, to add some weight
to the shank of the hook for this application. This prevents
the bait from rolling. All tube style baits roll in the water
but it becomes more noticeable with the crawfish tube due to
its life-like detail. Weight can be added in several ways. I
prefer to add two strips of suspend strips to the shank of my
hook. By using this thin lead wrap I am able to change bait colors
or sizes with the same hook very easily. There are also many
brands of hooks on the market with molded lead on the hooks.
A great technique for fishing
rocks and points is inserting a roundball jig head into the center
of the tube. I do this with an exposed hook. Pulling the bait
like this is a deadly method in early spring and winter. The
size of weight depends on which size crawfish tube you are using
and how deep you are fishing. On the 3-inch crawfish tube I use
a 1/16 oz. or a 14 oz. head. On the medium and large crawfish
tubes I use a 1/8 oz. to 12 oz. weight.
Split Shotting and Carolina
Split shotting the 3-inch
crawfish tube has become one of my confidence baits. I normally
use a 1/0 Gamakatsu G lock hook. I prefer a Mojo style weight
for this technique pegged anywhere from 6 inches to 24 inches
above the bait.
For Carolina rigging I
use the four and five-inch baits. Once again I use a 3/0 to 5/0
Gamakatsu Extra Wide Gap Superline hook for this. Adding Styrofoam
to the middle of the crawfish tube will really give the bait
Don't ignore the fact that
despite its life like appearance this is a tube bait. Use the
tube chamber to your advantage. Add cotton to the tube and soak
it with your favorite scent. There are a number of rattles on
the market that also work great in the tube chamber. Continue
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