The most common way to fish such a bait is with a jig head inserted into the hollow cavity so that when on bottom, the claws rise in a natural defensive position. Weights from 1/16th ounce up to ¼ ounce are popular among anglers. The most common style of jig head is the standard ball type jig head. Do not overlook inserting standup jig heads or football jig heads for a different presentation.
These baits can also be Texas Rigged with or without a weight. This presentation is more common for largemouth but is equally effective for smallmouth. Weights can be as light as 1/32 for open cover such as docks and trees, to as heavy as 1 ½ ounce for punching through matted grass and weeds.
Try Carolina rigging a crawfish in the heat of summer along main lake channels and you will be pleasantly surprised. You can stuff the empty cavity with Styrofoam to allow the bait to floatbetter, or pack it full of cotton soaked in liquid fish attractant to leave a scent trail no fish can resist.
These baits can also be swimmed on the back of a jig or “yo-yo’ed” along grass edges with simply explosive results