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Megabass's New Sleeper Craw : Just Tie It On, Pitch It Out, and Get Bit (continued)

Durability continued: Sometimes they are easily resolved, but once, after catching a fish, my Sleeper Craw had a dimple in its face from the plastic being caught around the hook somehow. I fished it like this a couple of trips in a row because I couldn't easily undo it until finally, after one trip as I was breaking down my tackle, I decided to fix it once and for all and just snipped the soft plastic that was caught around the hook.


Durability is insane... this bait popped right back into shape and was ready to fish again after removing the claw from the fish's dorsal fin

On another occasion, the bait's claw somehow got caught in the fish's dorsal fin, yet the bait itself was in perfect position in the fish's mouth. I was pretty certain the bait would be stretched beyond recovery but upon removing it from the fish, everything just returned back to normal and the bait was once again ready to be fished.


Another hookup

Design & Ergonomics: The Sleeper Craw is available in a surprising number of color variations - seventeen (17)! Normally, on an initial introduction for a bait like this, I'd expect about eight to ten, but 17 surprised me. Of course, not all colors have been available at the same time with perhaps what will be the most popular color, Demon Craw, proving to be the most difficult to come by at the onset.


The bait's claw is actually articulated

Rigging Aids : The bait itself is quite interesting with the soft plastic shell being just that - a shell. The internal hook and jighead are easily removed and slide right back into the shell nestled within a special cavity that conceals the lead weight.


The claw tips are pressed together out of the package, but a simple tug will separate the tips if you choose to fish it this way

Scents : The plastic compound is infused with a very subtle scent that I didn't even notice right away. Opening the packaging out on the water, I couldn't smell anything, but when I was pre-rigging for a different trip and opened the package for a fresh Sleeper Craw, it was pretty obvious. The scent does not get all over your fingers and is likely part of the attraction of this bait to would be predators.


Hook up ratio has been excellent

Re-Sealable Package : Though the plastic clamshell packaging is re-usable to an extent, I haven't preserved it and just store the bait on its own in a typical hard plastic utility box careful not to mix any other soft plastics or skirts in the same compartment just to keep them from being contaminated with other plastics and scents.


I'm not so sure color matters with this bait. Every pattern we tied on seemed effective

Price & Applications: As mentioned earlier, retail price for Megabass's new Sleeper Craw is right around $10 at $9.99. Availability is right now, though the specific color that interests you may or may not be in stock. When it comes down to it application wise, I fish it like I would a jig only no trailer is necessary.


Zander getting in on the action. After catching a fish on the Sleeper Craw within his first five casts he was hooked, and has also had it tied on all Spring

While the bait has some action swimming it back to the boat, I've yet to get a hit fishing it in this manner. Most have either been on the fall or after a shaking it around a bit after it's settled on the bottom.


Availability is right now

Ratings:

Megabass Sleeper Craw Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality A very realistic looking craw bait with intricate coloring in the soft plastic 9
Performance Hook up ratio is really good and the bait is surprisingly durable... claws float up as if in defensive posture 9
Price For what it is - a soft plastic jig, cost to acquire is a bit high, but that's typical Megabass 7
Features Concealed hook for weedless performance, elastic like soft plastic for durability, sharp hook 8
Design (Ergonomics) A realistic craw profile that actually works... soft plastic is infused with scent for added attractant 8
Application Fish it like a jig... hits come on the fall, on the hop, deadsticking and while I did not get any hits swimming the Sleeper Craw, I bet it's just a matter of time 9

Total Score

8.33
Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
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Pluses and Minuses:

Plus

Minus
+ Surprising Durability - Limited availability - at least at the outset (gimme all the colors NOW!)
+ Really good hook up ratio  
+ Did I mention this bait is durable?  
+ As simple to fish as a jig but without the prep  

 

Conclusion: The last remaining detail concerning the Sleeper Craw is hook up ratio. I'm aware many have had difficulty with Megabass's Sleeper Gill. I personally have not, but I have also not fished the bait extensively. I have fished the Sleeper Craw pretty extensively and can report my hook up ratio has been excellent. Fished on medium heavy to heavy powered sticks, I've converted on probably nine out of ten hits with the great majority of those conversions landing in the boat. The Sleeper Craw, for me, has been equal to fishing a jig but without the prep and decision tree of deciding on a trailer, trimming the skirt, adjusting the weedguard etc.. Just tie it on, pitch it out, and get bit.

 


The Sleeper Craw has literally replaced my jig fishing routine in the early part of this year and will likely continue to do so in the foreseeable future

 

Despite the ineffectiveness of the majority I have tried, I have a difficult time resisting baits with realistic craw profiles. They just make too much sense to my eyes. Yet more often than not, baits that are intended to imitate craws only in passing are far more effective - like a jig plus trailer. The Sleeper Craw breaks through that barrier. It surprised me with how effective it can be. It has literally replaced my jig fishing routine in the early part of this year and will likely continue to do so in the foreseeable future.

 

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