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Creature Fever: One Strong Crawfish, the Z-Man Flappin Crawz (continued)


Retrieve: Where this bait does excel is in contact fishing. When the bait is fished Texas it floats upwards and the claws stand up in a defensive position. Here is where those seemingly uninteresting flat claws come to life. The thin design allows the claws to wave about enticingly with a twitch of the line or even just movement of the water itself. Rigged as a trailer on a jig the bait will lay flat but the arms will still rise up through the skirting which gives the bait a more realistic stance, which resembles a retreating crawfish. 


A close up reveals the details of this plastic


If there is not enough eight on the end of the line, for example with a very light shaky head, the lure will stand up completely vertically, which does look artificial, and we only got bit once with this particular setup. Throughout our tests I found the craw good when fished on a Texas rig and very effective when used as a jig trailer. 


The claws are flat and relatively simple looking


Durability: I think it goes without saying, this is one very durable plastic bait. You can twist it, stretch it even drag it across abrasive surfaces and it will remain intact. Elaztech is highly elastic and even the thinner parts of the bait like the claws are able to stretch a surprising length and yet still immediately return to the original shape once released. This added durability brings up the ROI (return on investment) on each individual lure as they can be used for longer periods without having to be changed out.


Let's see just how elastic and durable this ElaZtech plastic really is...


Price & Applications: Z-Man baits are typically a good value and the Flappin Crawz definitely falls in this category coming eight to a pack for only $3.89, which is under 50 cents per bait. Unlike traditional plastics that are only good for a few fish the Flappin Crawz can easily last through 20 plus fish thanks to the ultra-durable ElaZtech plastic construction. The only thing anglers have to be careful with is to make sure these plastics are separated from other plastics as they will react and all you will be left with is a gooey mess in your tackle box.  




I found the Flappin Crawz most effective when fish wanted something more subtle and also quite good in clear water conditions. This bait also makes for a good trailer on jigs and spinnerbaits as it is easy to pin on and durable enough to absorb repeated short strikes or contact with structure. When it comes to punching we found that larger, heavier baits that didn’t exhibit buoyancy and had longer and more appendages proved more effective. On the flip side when it came to bed fishing during the warmer months the Flappin Crawz was very effective as it could be hopped repeatedly in front of targeted fish when sight fishing and the claws would rise up aggressively, bringing more attention to the bait and resulting in increased strikes.


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 Flappin Crawz Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality A well constructed bait and the durable ElaZtech material allows Z-Man to include thin yet durable appendages 8
Performance Once you learn how to use the floating design effectively this bait is good Texas rigged with the appropriate weight or pinned on as a jig trailer 8
Price An excellent price, retailing for under 4 dollars per pack these baits are not only affordable they last a long time as well thanks to the durable plastic construction 9.5
Features The ability to float and last through many more strikes than a traditional plastic lure 8
Design (Ergonomics) The elasticity of this bait makes it a little tricky to rig but after one or two baits it is easy to position and set this lure up. The Flappin Crawz excellent durability makes it a great choice for those tired of losing plastics 7
Application Good for certain applications where the floating characteristics of this bait are beneficial, for example bodies of water full of crawfish or bed fishing. There are applications where a sinking bait is more effective and for punching you will want a more substantial lure 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

+ Good fished Texas style and great as a jig trailer - The floating attributes are good for some applications, not so good for others
+ Worked well as a bed bait, good for sight fishing - Must be stored separately from traditional plastics
+ ElaZtech plastic is very durable and can be used through many strikes  
+ A very reasonable price  


Conclusion: The Z-Man Flappin Crawz has proven to be an effective lure in numerous situations and is best fished Texas style or attached as a trailer. The best part of this particular lure is the thin crawdad arms, and like the name says they “flap” around defensively with even the most subtle movement on the line or in the water. The use of ElaZtech not only increases the durability of the lure as a whole but made it possible for Z-Man to create this bait with a particular set of attributes. 


The Flappin Crawz is best fished Texas Style or utilized as a trailer on a jig


While it is clear the Flappin Crawz cannot do it all the company has also introduced two other Crawdad style baits, the “Punch Crawz” which have a more streamlined and compact design for punching, and the “Crawdadz” which are more realistic for matching the hatch and features 3D claws, legs and a tail. When it comes to Craws Z-Man has you covered if you like the floating characteristics of this type of plastic for your presentations.


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