Creature Fever: Getting serious with the Power Team Diesel
retrieval, several different retrieves work since there are several ways to rig
this bait. If you are flipping and pitching, you can dead stick the bait in
holes or shake it for several seconds, causing the claws to quiver and rise
tantalizingly. For Texas rigging, Carolina rigging, or any other bottom contact
method, dragging or hopping the craw along the bottom is effective. The one
downside to the Diesel Craw I notice on retrieval is that whether rigged Texas
style with a slip sinker or on a keel weighted hook, it has a tendency to roll
onto it's side a bit when the retrieve stops.
With a weight
attached to the Diesel Craw, there is a fair amount of heft and resistance to
the total package. At the very minimum, a stout medium-heavy rod is preferable
to me, since a bit more tip stiffness is needed to cast, pop, and crawl the bait
The wide cut plastic strands that make up the skirt end of the craw.
did not experience any major durability issues with the Diesel Craw. The only
area of the bait that could possibly be a weak point is the base of the claw
arms. Each arm has a thin spot where it comes off the body. This improves
action, but might do so at the expense of durability. Again, I had no issues
with this but if I had to pick out a weak point on the bait that would be it.
With a listed
MSRP of $6.99 for just 6 baits, they are a bit pricey. Thankfully, the
durability seems up to snuff so you shouldn't be plowing through a pack a day
unless the fishing is wide open. Though a bit costly, they seem to be made
very well and are not what I would call overpriced.
The Diesel Craw all rigged up Texas style.
The Diesel Craw
will cover a few different techniques. Flipping ,pitching, punching, Carolina
rigging, and dragging on a football head or keel weighted hook all immediately
pop into mind. I also like to fish this bait at times with the silicone skirt
cut off. I usually performed that modification if the water was clear and I
desired less bulk, or if I wanted to slip it in and out of small holes in cover
a bit easier. Don't forget the Diesel also makes a nice trailer on a big jig!
ratings standard for
2008 and have
included a key at
the bottom of the
following matrix as
is a bit
: 2 =
poor : 3
: 4 =
: 5 =
: 6 =
fair : 7
= good :
: 10 =
Pluses and Minuses:
While the Power Team Diesel Craw certainly is not a “do all” bait, it is a
strong performer in a few applications. Just opening the package you know for a
fact these baits will get bit. The combination of features, lifelike design,
and the liberal use of scent and added attractors gives them a certain appeal
all their own, even before they hit the water. Once wet, the natural action and
well executed profile helps boost your confidence.
A nice chunk taken while fishing around sparse grass.
I look forward
to fishing these baits on my own in the future, and I have some ideas of new
areas I'd like to try with them. I have really become fond of plastic craws
with pinchers that rise up off the bottom in a defensive manner, as opposed to
the old school ones that simply lay there, lifeless. Despite a few short
comings, the Diesel Craw undoubtedly looks alive under water, and will appeal to
the better quality fish in your body of water. Judging by the looks of the rest
of the Power Team product lineup, they have some solid bait designs easily on
par with the Diesel Craw. I look forward to seeing what they can dream up next!
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