One of the best things about a Rebel Crawfish is ease of use. Often it truly is as simple as “cast, crank, catch.” In fact, on many days, that simplest of approaches, which allows the lure’s realistic appearance and built-in swimming action do all the work, is the absolute best way to fish a Rebel Crawfish.

At times, however, conditions, the nature of a spot or simply the mood of the fish make alternative presentations more effective, so it’s important to consider the situation and to experiment a bit.

Consider the cast-and-crank a default. Start there and continue to give that general presentation opportunities, experimenting with speeds, target areas, upstream and downstream presentations, etc. If you’re catching them well, stick with what’s working. If not, try one or more of these approaches.

ADD FLARE

If you notice fish following your lure but not quite committing, add a wrist snap one or two times per presentation. That makes your Crawfish dig a little harder and behave more erratically for a moment, and often it’s exactly what’s needed to convert a follower into a taker. Occasionally fish respond best to super erratic presentations, so you need to add regular snaps of the rod tip, more like working a jerkbait than typical cranking.

HIT PAUSE

Sort of like adding flare, but with an opposite sort of execution, pausing otherwise steady retrieves sometimes will prompt strikes. With a buoyant lure, a pause causes it to rise just a bit, possibly causing a fish to feel like a would-be meal is getting away. Whatever the reason, that little shift in trajectory and cadence commonly triggers a strike.

SWING IT

In steady current, one of the best ways to work a Rebel Crawfish is to let the lure do everything. Cast it across the stream or across and slightly downstream, tighten the line and hold out the rod. The lure will swing out in the current and will dive and wobble against the tight line. Just hold it in place until a fish grabs the lure or until the line is straight downstream and then reel back and cast again.

GRIND BOTTOM

If the bottom is sandy or rocky, don’t worry about your Crawfish diving too deep. Grinding it along the bottom suggests a rooting crawfish and can be very effective. Make long casts across shallow areas, reel quickly to get your lure down, and then work the lure with sweeps of a low rod that allow you to feel every contour as the lure kicks across the bottom.

DANCE IT DEEP

A final strategy for deep holes that have a bit of current pushing through them actually calls for a slight tackle addition. Add a rubber-core sinker or enough split shot to pull the rig to the bottom about 2 ½ feet up your line. Cast downstream into the hole, let the rig sink, tighten your line and just wait. The Crawfish will dance in the current barely off the bottom, where many fish most like to feed. You can crank the reel handle a time or two on occasion just to change the positon or reel in and re-cast, but for the most part, you just want to let the Crawfish do its work.