A St. Lawrence Rabid Craw.

For the reason that late Nineteen Seventies, a soft-plastic crayfish has performed a crucial position within the repertoire of Midwest finesse anglers.

The primary one was the Guido Bug, which Dion Hibdon of Versailles, Missouri, crafted for his college’s science venture in 1977. Shortly after Dion created the primary one, it was modified a tad, and a number of other members of his household started handcrafting scores of them. And the late and nice Guido Hibdon, who was Dion’s father and one of many forefathers of Midwest finesse fishing, regularly launched it to the angling world throughout his days as a stellar fishing information and a spectacular bass-tournament angler.

The Hibdons found that it was categorically unattainable and pointless to create a soft-plastic lure that possesses all the anatomical options of an actual crayfish. Due to this fact, the Guido Bug was an summary rendition of a crayfish.

Since these youth of Midwest finesse fishing, untold numbers of fishing-tackle producers have created quite a lot of soft-plastic crayfish for energy and finesse anglers to make use of. And even essentially the most elaborate ones don’t exhibit all the anatomical options of an actual crayfish.

Rabid Baits of Poultney, Vermont, has just lately created an suave and delicate soft-plastic crayfish. It’s known as the Rabid Craw, which the parents at Rabid Baits describe as being “the final word ned rig” or Midwest finesse rig.

We talked Bob Scott Jr, who’s certainly one of Rabid Baits’ three homeowners, concerning the Rabid Craw, and he mailed us some samples to work with and look at.

Here’s what we found about it.

Straightaway, what radically differentiates the Rabid Craw in our eyes from the opposite soft-plastic crayfish is its chela. The chela is what anglers name a claw, and it’s situated on the finish of the cheliped, which is the appendage that extends from the entrance of the crayfish’s thorax. Some anatomists have described the cheliped as a strolling leg. The Rabid Craw’s two chelae or claws include delicate nuggets of rabbit fur slightly than a soft-plastic rendition of a crayfish’s claws. And the parents at Rabid Baits notice that these fur claws exhibit distinctive and alluring pulsations.

Rabid Claw is marketed as being three inches lengthy. However our measurements, which embrace the lengths of the 2 rabbit-fur chelae, point out that it’s 3 ½ inches lengthy.

Its stomach is thirteen-sixteenths of an inch lengthy. Its dorsal and ventral areas are similar. It has 5 tergums or segments, and they’re cylinder formed. The dermis of every tergum is easy.

The primary tergum, which is adjoining to the junction of the stomach and cephalothorax, has a width of three-eighths of an inch and a circumference of 1 1/8 inches.

The scale of the opposite 4 tergums or segments grow to be barely bigger as they progress to the top of the stomach.

The fifth or final tergum has a width of seven-sixteenths of an inch and a circumference of 1 3/8 inches. The tip of this tergum is flat, and it has a slight indentation, which is the place Midwest finesse anglers will insert the hook and bait keeper of a mushroom-style jig.

Thus, it must be famous that the Rabid Craw’s stomach is devoid of the telson and uropods that adorn the stomach of an actual crayfish.

The cephalothorax, which incorporates it head and thorax, is 1 1/8 inches lengthy. Radiating from both sides of the thorax are 4 tiny strolling legs and the cheliped and its chela. The largest of the 4 tiny strolling leg is one-half on an inch lengthy, and the shortest is three-sixteenths of an inch lengthy. The gap from the aspect of the thorax to the tip of the chela or rabbit fur is 2 1/16 inches. The rabbit fur is hand tied and embedded into the cheliped. The rabbit fur is 1 ½ inches lengthy.

The dorsal space of the of the cephalothorax is endowed with two tiny eyes and an summary rendition of a rostrum. It doesn’t possess the cephalic groove of an actual crayfish. Due to this fact, its dermis is easy.

The cephalothorax’s ventral space is endowed with a V-shaped indentation that’s about five-eighths of an inch lengthy and a few quarter of an inch huge at its widest spot. Either side of the V-shaped indentation is adorned with three segments that type a ridge.

On the cephalothorax’s widest spot, it’s seven-sixteenths of an inch huge with a circumference of 1 ½ inches, and this space is located at about three-quarters of an inch from the tip of Rabid Craw’s head.

The top is devoid of the 4 antennae that embellish an actual crayfish. However when the rabbit fur on the Rabid Craw’s chelipeds undulate and quiver, the tremblings and flutterings of the antennae will not be missed in our human eyes.

It’s manufactured within the following hues: Black and Blue, Inexperienced Pumpkin Black, Monster Crimson, Mossy Blue, St. Lawrence, and Horny Craw.

A package deal of 4 prices $5.99.


  1. Here’s a hyperlink to Rabid Baits’ web site: https://www.rabidbaits.com/product-page/rabid-craw.
  2. Midwest finesse anglers will affix the Rabid Craw to a small mushroom-style jig with an uncovered hook. The jigs will vary in dimension from as small as 1/64-ounce to as giant as 3/32-ounce. They may current this rig to their black-bass quarries by utilizing all six of the usual Midwest finesse retrieves or slight variations of these retrieves. Right here is the hyperlink to our Midwest Finesse column that explains the way to execute these retrieves: https://www.in-fisherman.com/editorial/six-midwest-finesse-retrieves/153946.
  3. Within the weeks to return, we’ll publish gear guides concerning the Darter and Goby.
  4. Right here is the hyperlink to our Midwest Finesse gear information about Rabid Bait’s Shaker Worm: https://www.in-fisherman.com/editorial/shaker-worm/378795.

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