Typically Jigging Raps
are used to mimic perch, shiners and other baitfish, but they can also make a killer crayfish imitation when snapped across bottom.
This little rusty was trying to hitch a free ride in the livewell after an eater-sized walleye spat it up:
Here’s TW’s Brett McComas putting this overlooked crayfish imitation to work on Lake of the Woods to pluck the biggest fish outta the schools, and he gives up a couple extra secrets we’ve never talked about:
The crew was fishing out of the gaw-jus Flag Island Resort in the NW Angle. The rusty crayfish pattern of using oranges/reds dominated. Here’s a breakdown of Brett’s top producers from top to bottom – notice what they have in common? #orange
Top: Bay Rat Long Extra Deep Diver (black flash).
> Able to flatline troll on straight Sufix 832 Braid and get it down as deep as 25-30′ without snap weights or any extra hardware.
> We’d put them in the rod holders to cover water in-between closer spots. Let us continue to fish while re-rigging and tying up other rods.
Middle: Butterfly Blade Super Death (cler tip orange).
> Best presentation for catching numbers of fish. Able to cover water quickly, but can also slow way down (when necessary) to 0.25 mph and the polycarbonate “Butterfly Blades” will still spin.
> Impulse Nightcrawlers have a nasty-good action when twirling on that Super Death hook. No messing around with re-baiting, keeping ’em alive, or having the proper bedding to take across the Canadian border. #Money
Bottom: Rapala Jigging Rap (#7 in glow red tiger).
> Super visual. Doesn’t have the rattles and noise, but they see it and come after it.
> Picks off the nicest fish in the schools.