VIDEO: Gene Larew Punch Out Craw
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Jacob Wheeler, a million dollar earner on the bass tournament trail over the last five years, has a designed a versatile new soft plastic lure for the Gene Larew company.
The key sales point behind the Punch Out Craw is that it can be easily modified to cover a number of different fishing applications.
The bait can be fished ‘out of the package’ as a glide bait, collapsing to slip through grass mats or holes in cover before resuming its original shape. Or it can be transformed for other techniques by tearing along the score marks provided in the plastic. Scissors or cutters are not required.
The flipping version of the bait can be made by separating the claws at the anchor points in the paddle, with the spear-like tail between the claws maintaining stability.
By removing the spear tail at the score lines around its edges the bait is transformed into a ‘flapping’ craw. It can be fished alone or on a Biffle HardHead or similar rig.
To use as a jig trailer, the lure’s body is twisted apart to leave only the head segment and claws.
When the bite is tough, Wheeler says the finesse version is his favourite choice. It’s achieved by leaving only the body and tail. He especially likes this slim profile when grass shrimp are present.
At full length, the Punch Out Craw’s body is designed to take a 4/0 hook. If a shorter bit is required, the end segment can be twisted off at the first bodyline and the remaining length is ideal for a 3/0 hook.
Wheeler’s Punch Out Craw is available in 12 colours, consisting of solids and laminates, and including Larew’s new Golden Junebug and Sooner Magic. It comes in re-sealable packs of eight.
Wheeler, 25, surpassed bass fishing’s million dollar mark in short order with prestigious wins that included the Bassmaster BASSFest in 2014, the FLW Forrest Wood Cup National Championship in 2012 and BFL All-American Championship a year earlier.
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