Do You Color Your Craw Tips? – BassBlaster

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Dion Hibdon and his dad are known for a pre-derby checking under rocks (actually, having Dion’s kids do it) to see what color the local crawfish are. From there, they adjust their bait colors accordingly.

For Dion (and maybe Guido), that includes coloring the tips of the claws to match. Usually, they’ve said, orange, but not always.

Do you do that? Meaning, we all know what a crawfish looks like, but do you take the time to color your crawfish bait tips EVERY TIME like the Hibdons do?

Anyone out there trying exaggerating this tip thing, like painting one entire pincer orange or whatever. Or is that been and done and I’m spacing it.

Dion also:

> Puts rattles in the body because crawfish make click-clack noises.

> Uses scent, but always fresh: He’ll wipe the old scent off, which I get. Never seen a situation where old = good in the ol’ fishin’ thang.

Any other regular tweaks you make?


  1. It’s not a tweek, but when I’m buying Rebel Wee Craws, I prefer the ones with the blue tips.

    • yup, bought a crawdad trap just for this same purpose. ours are orange under claws and on tips in spring, green pumpkin in summer, blue in fall

  2. I use either orange or chartreuse to color the tips of my craws, other creature baits, jig trailers, and sometimes worms. I feel like this is probably more of a confidence thing versus a match the hatch deal for me. The chartreuse die actually mimics the tail of a bream and I get lots of bites on the retreive of the jig or when swimming a speed worm.

  3. I have an orange/chartreuse double-ended marker with garlic scent that I use on my craws and other soft plastics in general as needed. Match the hatch…

  4. I am a habitual user of the double ended orange / chart garlic marker to modify soft plastic craws, creatures & other baits

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