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Renosky Super Claw Crayfish Fishing Lures

Fishing Lures Manufacturer: Renosky
Renosky Model: Super Claw Crayfish
Review Category: Fishing Lures

Purchase: A friend and I went out for a day of bass fishing below an old mill dam. He pulled fish out on almost every cast, while I was stuck catching one or two here or there. That was enough to convince me, and the Renosky Crayfish has been a staple in my tackle box ever since. Because it is one of thase lures that can work when nothing else does, I usually carry two in case I lose one. The lure costs about $2 from Bass Pro or Wal-Mart. It is offered in 2 and 3 inch versions, and I use the 2 inch version in brown (as opposed to green/olive). In fact, the green/olive version doesn't seem to work as well out here.

Things I like about the Renosky Super Claw Crayfish: What I like most is that this lure catches fish! I will sometimes catch live crawfish to use as bait, and this comes very close to approximating what they look like. In fact, next to real crawfish you usually can't do better. In some of the small, clear streams here in Missouri I can often see the action unfolding. Bouncing this jig off the bottom with frequent stops is a good imitation of a real crawfish, and bass pursue and hit it much the same way they do a live bait. The flat wedge-shaped weight does a pretty good job of not getting hung up on rocks. Best of all if you loan your buddy one of these by the end of the day he'll probably feel like buying you a burger on the way home.

What I don't like about the Renosky Super Claw Crayfish: There's really nothing I dislike about the lure itself, but I wish it included an extra soft-plastic crayfish.

Super Claw Crayfish quality: Very good.

Super Claw Crayfish summary: Crayfish make up 60-90 percent of a smallmouth's diet and are a primary forage food for other types of fish. I can personally attest that all types of bass and panfish aggressively go for this lure. I'm sure some of the hits we get on other lures are because fish see the lure as a crayfish, and I figure it makes sense to play the odds sometimes and use something that you know imitates a crayfish (not to mention that this lure has really proven itself already). I have fished this lure 'til the soft plastic was chewed up, and it usually doesn't take long for at least one of the claws to be ripped off. Fish see a one or no-clawed crayfish as an easy meal, so the lure continues to work until you lose it. This summer I am going to experiment with other (bagged) soft plastic crayfish added to a weighted hook because it would be a little more economical than the Renosky. No matter the outcome outcome of that experiment I plan on keeping one of these handy when I go fishing.

Rating for this Renosky product: 5

Author of this review on Renosky Fishing Lures: Fishin' Phil

Date: 2004-02-25

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