Pitchin’, punchin’ and flippin’ for staging largemouths

Mister Twister's Poc'it Craw  is quickly becoming a favorite of bass anglers nationwide.  Pictured here is the new "JuJu" color.
Mister Twister’s Poc’it Craw is quickly becoming a favorite of bass anglers nationwide. Pictured here is the new “JuJu” color.

The full moon of March has arrived, and bass anglers nationwide savor this time of the year.

It’s time to find bass staging and moving into the shallows, and many lunkers have already been taken in the warmer waters of the deep south.

The Mister Twister Poc’it series has received much hoopla lately, and the Poc’it Craw has been very well received since its appearance just two years ago

Here’s what two Mister Twister Prostaffers have to say about using this great lure at this special time of the year.

 

Jason Pittman

Tournament angler and Mister Twister Prostaffer Jason Pittman of Louisiana will be again using Mister Twister Poc’it Craw this spring.

Jason Pittman Photo Mister Twister Prostaffer Jason Pittman shows the results of pitching a white Poc’it Craw on a bed – a 9.3-pounder.
Jason Pittman Photo
Mister Twister Prostaffer Jason Pittman shows the results of pitching a white Poc’it Craw on a bed – a 9.3-pounder.

“For the last couple of years now, Mister Twister’s Poc’it Craws have been phenomenal for me in catching bass,” Pittman said. “I’ve worked with them now in lakes, reservoirs and river systems.

“I’ve easily taken over 300 bass in just two years with the Poc’it Craw.”

It was last March when Pittman and his father were fishing together during the spawn on Toledo Bend when a very special lunker was taken.

“We came across a male bass that looked about 6 pounds on a bed in the Indian Mounds area,” Pittman said. “A larger female was on the side, but we wanted to catch that big male.”

Pittman pitched a white Poc’it Craw onto the bed and bumped it on the bottom.

“The male bass moved, and I thought he would eat it but he kept on swimming by,” the angler said.

“The female then came into the bed and suddenly inhaled it!”

As soon as Pittman set the hook, the huge bass was headed for deeper waters.

Chris Berzas Photo When Pittman is fishing shallow for bedding bass, the Poc’it Craw will be Texas-rigged on a 4/0 EW gap hook. He’ll present it under a 3/8-ounce tungsten weight that will be pegged with one or two small sinker stoppers.
Chris Berzas Photo
When Pittman is fishing shallow for bedding bass, the Poc’it Craw will be Texas-rigged on a 4/0 EW gap hook. He’ll present it under a 3/8-ounce tungsten weight that will be pegged with one or two small sinker stoppers.

“I worked her back and dad netted her,” Pittman said.

Pittman’s Toledo Bend lunker weighed a quite impressive 9.3 pounds. After a very brief photo session, the huge bass was released near its bedding area.

And that is not the only large bass Pittman has taken on the Poc’it Craw.

“I’ve caught lots of 5- and 6-pounders on the Poc’it Craw – with a few 7s and 8s as well,” he said.

When Pittman is fishing shallow for bedding bass, the Poc’it Craw will be Texas-rigged on a 4/0 EW gap hook. He’ll present it under a 3/8-ounce tungsten weight that will be pegged with one or two small sinker stoppers.

“And in clear shallow waters, I’ll be flipping or pitching the Poc’it Craw on 17-pound fluorocarbon,” he said.

Upon baiting his hooks, Pittman will first split the claws of the Poc’it Craw where they are joined.

“This will give it more action – especially since the claws are tapered where they meet the body.”

And in stained and clear waters, white is a very important color to throw according to the angler.

“You can more easily see the fish pick the bait up to know when to set the hook,” the angler said. “And bass certainly can see this color well.

“It’s mostly an aggressive reaction bite from the bass on this lure. It may seem to them that a predator has entered the bed. Crawfish are filter feeders and the Poc’it Craw is well designed to send up air bubbles from its body.”

 

Brent Bonadona

As waters warm up and emergent vegetation begins peeking just above the water’s surface, Bassmaster Open tournament professional and Mister Twister Prostaffer Brent Bonadona will be busy catching bass.

Chris Berzas Photo Bassmaster Open tournament professional and Mister Twister Prostaffer Brent Bonadona will flip and pitch Mister Twister’s Poc’it Craw during the prespawn and spawn. He will find prespawn bass under emergent hyacinth mats. He’ll also flip the Poc’it Craw as a trailer on a jig on shorelines to find bedding bass during the spawn.
Chris Berzas Photo
Bassmaster Open tournament professional and Mister Twister Prostaffer Brent Bonadona will flip and pitch Mister Twister’s Poc’it Craw during the prespawn and spawn. He will find prespawn bass under emergent hyacinth mats. He’ll also flip the Poc’it Craw as a trailer on a jig on shorelines to find bedding bass during the spawn.

The 40-year-old Louisiana angler seeks out this new spring vegetation to target largemouths on their move to warmer, shallower waters.

One lure he always uses in his arsenal at this time is Mister Twister’s Poc’it Craw.

“Bass are already moving in and out of the shallows here,” Bonadona said. “They’ll be under mats of hyacinths as water temperatures in the shallows are already in the 50s.”

Recently the angler was catching two to three bass under mats on points on a river system.

“I’ll catch them on sunny days as these fish suspend right under the hyacinths to get benefit of the heat radiating on top,” he said.

Bonadona targets these fish on shoreline points that are matted up with hyacinths. Deep water will usually be close by as bass will move to warmer, deeper thermoclines whenever a new northerly pushes through.

The angler’s Poc’it Craw will be Texas-rigged on a 5/0 hook under a ½- or 1-ounce tungsten sinker depending on the thickness of the cover. He also uses small bobber (sinker) stoppers pegged above the sinker.

“Once the Poc’it Craw punches through these mats, they get a reaction bite,” Bonadona said. “You’re agitating those bass, and they will just hit it.”

Photo by Chris Berzas Brent Bonadona’s Poc’it Craw will be Texas-rigged on a 5/0 hook with a ½- or 1-ounce tungsten sinker depending on the thickness of the cover. He also uses small bobber (sinker) stoppers pegged above the sinker.
Photo by Chris Berzas
Brent Bonadona’s Poc’it Craw will be Texas-rigged on a 5/0 hook with a ½- or 1-ounce tungsten sinker depending on the thickness of the cover. He also uses small bobber (sinker) stoppers pegged above the sinker.

As for colors, the bass won’t be selective since it’s mainly a reaction bite according to the angler. Bonadona will still attempt to match the color of the Poc’it Craw with the actual colors of the crawfish in the area.

The only exception is when sight-fishing during the spawn when he will pitch white Poc’it Craws to more effectively observe when bass pick the lure off the bed.

“In a recent tournament, the bass were on the banks and the water temperature was 58 degrees,” he said.

The angler found buck bass clustered together in some areas, yet solitary females were found in other locations.

“In this situation I used the Poc’it Craw as a trailer on a jig,” Bonadona said. “When I am using it as a trailer, I’ll shorten up the Poc’it Craw a little so there’s not a lot of the lure sticking past the hook of the jig.

“I’ll pull apart the claws for more action too. And as a result, the jig presents with a fat stubby profile which I’ll flip along the banks and catch bass.

“And if I find bedded fish, I’ll work the lure on the bed,” he said. “That’s also important when sight-fishing because you want the lure to remain on the bed to aggravate the bass in picking it up.”

Another advantage of the Poc’it Craw is that it emits bubbles from its pocketed body – thereby effectively imitating the filter feeding mechanism of real crawfish.

 

Finding Mister Twister Poc’it Craws

Anglers can purchase Mister Twister’s Poc’it Craws and other quality Mister Twister lures at your favorite tackle dealer or online retailer.

You can also find more information about the Poc’it Craw and other quality lures at www.mistertwister.com.

 

 

 

 

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