Introducing Missile Bait's Drop Craw.
Impressions: Missile Bait's Drop Craw is a diminutive little bait measuring three inches (3") in length but really feels as if it's more like 2". It has a somewhat nondescript main body capped with two, tiny appendages that are actually claws. You have to look closely to see, but there is an actual split of the plastic at the end of each appendage.
Just tip the bait on your drop shot hook of choice and off you go!
Performance: Despite what the big bait fisherman may have you believe, finesse tactics are alive and well in California and I for one was really excited to see this new finesse offering from Missile Baits in the drop shot section of TackleWarehouse's soft baits section on their website.
The Drop Craw is a 3" bait but really feels much smaller than that.
At the end of each bait are two claws.
It doesn't get too complicated as the only method in which I fished this bait was at the end of a drop shot rig tipped on either a #2 sized Gamakatsu Aaron Martens TGW Drop Shot Hook or Owner's Mosquito Hook. Rigging is pretty straight forward as you just pierce the plastic of the Drop Craw on what would be the tail side and let the bait hang.
Yes, they really are claws!
The really nice thing about Missile Bait's Drop Craw is because it is so compact, there are no worries of the other end of the bait curling around and fouling your hook. Additionally, the bait doesn't swing and fly of the end of the hook very often while you're fighting a fish, so instances where you lose your bait are minimal.
The Drop Craw sits in the water with a good, neutral
Design/Ergonomics: The Drop Craw, like all other Missile Bait's soft plastics come in a re-sealable plastic bag. Each package contains fifteen baits, so you get your money's worth from each package. There are eight different colors and really, the single, most important color while drop shotting - pinkalicious (aka Morning Dawn).
And oh yeah, it catches fish!
Price & Applications: Each Drop Craw package from Missile Baits retails for $3.99 which equates to twenty seven cents ($0.27) a bait - a relative bargain by today's standards. The only downside is this bait is pretty specialized. I suppose you can try using it on a trailer of some super small, finesse, ball head jigs but we only tested it in drop shot applications.
A nice little spotted bass.