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I guess the bass liked it too, as I hooked up with a two-pounder on my very first cast ever with this rig. That afternoon, I caught over 20 bass on the same bait. It finally developed a tear on the top which didn't allow it to position so well on the hook anymore, so I elected to save it for a jig trailer and put on a fresh bait for my next trip. Regardless, 20+ bass on one tiny soft plastic bait is pretty impressive!

The TRD CrawZ ElaZtech plastic is incredibly elastic and durable

The other way I love fishing this bait is as a jig trailer. Depending on the jig's hook size and skirt length, the CrawZ can be fully threaded onto the hook for the most unified look, but I simply snipped a bit off the end of the bait and hooked it onto my jig like I would with a chunk. Attached to a football jig, I caught a mess of fish up to over 4 pounds with that setup and never had to change the bait out.


The TRD CrawZ's realistic looking claws are buoyant and the bait will float at rest on a Ned rig or as a trailer on a jig in a natural defensive posture


The buoyancy of the craw was enough to stand any of my football jigs completely upright, but a Strike King Baby Structure Jig wouldn't stand up in the same fashion due to the different head style. Still, the CrawZ elevated itself up off the bottom nicely in a strong defensive posture and looked great on that jig as well.


The TRD CrawZ is a finesse enthusiasts dream come true and can be fished with a variety of jigheads or used as a trailer on small skirted jigs


Price and Applications: At $4.49 for a pack of 6, that's a great deal considering how long these baits last, the excellent quality, and useful packaging that's included. They are also versatile and (as mentioned) can be used on a Ned Head or as a jig trailer, but they should also do well on a shaky head, drop-shot, or even Carolina Rigged. The meatiest part of the body measures only about 1 1/4 inches long, so it's best for smaller, short hooks.


Storing the TRD CrawZ in the retail package is a good idea as the ElaZtech plastics will react with other plastics


Ratings: (We've re-calibrated our ratings standard for 2008 and have included a key at the bottom of the following matrix as a guide)

Z-Man CrawZ Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Sturdy, quality baits that are very soft 8
Performance As advertised, these things are crazy durable and look great underwater 9
Price A very accessible price for a uniquely formulated plastic 9
Features Natural in appearance, but no built in scent. The best part of this bait are the ultra durable and buoyant properties 8
Design (Ergonomics) Some good colors to be had, and a larger size would be a great addition in the future. Rigging can be a little more difficult with how squishy the plastic is at times, but once bait is locked on it stays on 7.5
Application Can be fished a variety of different ways and that incredible durability means that this bait can be put in harms way and fished for extended periods, assuming you don't lose it to a snag of course. Like other ElaZtech plastics these baits must be kept separate from other traditional plastics 7

Total Score

Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here

Pluses and Minuses:

                 Plus                                    Minus

+ Crazy durability - ElaZtech doesn't mingle well with other plastics
+ Very attractive underwater - Just one size for now
+ A good amount of color choices - Squishier plastic can be tougher to manipulate
+ Affordable pricing  


The TRD CrawZ proved to be an effective bait in a wide range of conditions and is so much more than just a bait for Ned rigging


Conclusion: Plastic craws are not all created equal. The CrawZ is one of those baits that just "spoke" to me when I first saw them, and after further research I knew I had to try some. I had actually shied away from the Ned Rig somewhat, but now I'm a full on believer and have broadened my personal Ned Rig jig head and bait collection since first fishing the CrawZ. Talk about a confidence bait...this is it. Whether on the back of a jig or on its own, the Z-Man CrawZ is absolutely going to be a part of my arsenal from now on!


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