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I was out fishing for smallies yesterday with a tube and as I was bringing it back in my tube suddenly seemed to get a bit heavier. I didn't feel a strike and wasn't fishing near any weeds so I reeled it in to find a rather large crawdad clamped onto my line near the tube.

Needless to say, this surprised the heck out of me. It dangled on the line for a sec and before I could grab it, it released it's grip, plopped back into the water and scurried away. I'm not sure but it may have been trying to shoot me the bird for disturbing it.

I'm not sure if it was actually going after the tube or if it got surprised by the line going by and just clamped on as a reaction.

Has this happened to anyone else before with a lure? I've heard of people catching crawdads with bait but not lures.

The other question is, since I didn't catch anything else does this count as a skunk? :p
 

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Ya I have had that happen a few times. I am going to start keeping those crawdads and freezing their tales for wiper and walleye I think. Is there a limit on crawdads? I will have to check the regs on that one.

Heck no its not a skunk. If it swims it counts in my book! Atleast that is what I will keep telling myself when bank fishing with bait and bringing them in like every ten minutes in the summer!
 

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I have had them swim up and take a minnow before. It's suprising when the bobber sucks down and you pull up a crawdad. I have caught ones the size of my hand like this before.
 

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The crawdads out at Aurora are ruthless when it comes to taking your lure or bait. There are so many of them in there and they get BIG. Almost look like small lobsters if you ask me. Late summer is the worst time and when you don't keep your plastics moving they come up half the size that they went down :mad:.
 

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mojo said:
Sounds like time is getting closer for a good ole crawdaddy boil.   :)
Just let me know when, I'm aching to find a good hole to catch a mess of them but haven't been lucky so far. I think it's still too cold or they're just not all the way down the ditches yet. Can't wait to boil up a bunch!!!
 

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flybynight said:
More than once I have caught crawdads on small nymphs while flyfishing.
I caught one on the Dream stream at our get together, it was huge.
 
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