Crab Lure For Sheepshead Review [Crusty Crab by Chasebaits]

chasebaits crusty crab review

The crab lure for sheepshead that’s featured in this review is what I’ve been catching most of my sheepshead with over the past few months.

Although I have been very impressed with it so far, I have found some big faults with it that I wanted to make sure you know about.

So in the video below, I’ll explain the pros and cons of Chasebaits Crusty Crab which has turned out to be a great crab lure for sheepshead if used properly.

The “if used properly” is very important, so I’ll show you some of the retrieve tricks that I’ve learned so far for consistently catching sheepshead.

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Crab Lure For Sheepshead Review [VIDEO]

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Here is what I liked and didn’t like about these lures:

Pros:

  • They’re made out of a strong material
  • They’re very lifelike
  • They’re weighted properly so they fall upright and realistically

Cons:

  • Price (they’re about $11 for a pack of two)
  • The bait is connected to the hook by a thin strip of plastic. Aggressive skip casts can rip this strip and ruin the lure, but when I stopped skip casting under docks and just pitched it to the outer pilings, my lures lasted longer (and I also got broken off less).
  • They’re hard to find

Catching Sheepshead On Crab Lures

sheepshead on fake crabs

As far as using them to catch sheepshead, I’ve found it most effective to drag them on the bottom near dock pilings and sea walls.

When casting to dock pilings I usually cast it beyond the piling, lift my rod tip up to drag the lure through the water to get within about six inches of the piling, then let it sink to the bottom.

And here’s a common misconception about sheepshead: they bite lightly, and slowly.

I don’t believe that to be true after using these crab lures with very sensitive rods where I can feel every tap from fish of all sizes.

The many small taps that result in a missed hookset are usually small snapper or pinfish.

When sheepshead bite, they do so with authority and will most often take the crab down quickly, so you don’t need to wait before setting the hook.

All you have to do is just feel for some weight on the end of the line after you feel the thump, and then set the hook and make sure to pull them away from the structure as fast as you can… each breakoff will cost $5+ along with missing out on some tasty fillets.

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Conclusion

how to catch sheepshead on artificial lures

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Have you used them before?

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James Silverman
James Silverman
2 months ago

What size hook is in the Crusty Crab lure? Is the hook in the package with the lure?

Bob Hartwein
Bob Hartwein
4 months ago

What is the weight of your line for casting those crabs?

Anonymous
Anonymous
4 months ago

Have you tried on Permit?

Jason Murphy
Jason Murphy
4 months ago

Do you perfer a certain color?

Mark Ellenberg
Mark Ellenberg
4 months ago

did you try running a bead of super glue at the weak spot before using?

Joe Chamberlain
Joe Chamberlain
4 months ago

Sometimes live crabs are hard to get when the black drum bite is hot and heavy up here in north florida. I wonder if anyone has experience with the crusty crab or a bigger version of it for black drum?

Joe Chamberlain
Joe Chamberlain
4 months ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

Thank you Luke. Joe<

Hector Castellanos
Hector Castellanos
4 months ago

I could not keep my eyes of Otis. He sees that rod bend and he knows…fish on! Oh and great review! Thanks for all these unbiased reviews.

Hector Castellanos
Hector Castellanos
4 months ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

One more question I forgot…are you using the loop knot?

Jack Grieser
Jack Grieser
4 months ago

Super glue for them there “Crustys”. Luke , where did you get the standing platform for front of boat? I need one! COOL

Steven Morrison
Steven Morrison
4 months ago

Thank’s Luke for the great news about the crabs, ben thinking about getting some of them, now I will, i fish for food and fun on Hutchinson island, Jensen beach, and by the st.luice twin nuke plant, going to give them a try for pompano on a chicken rig,any body else??will git back in a few weeks with reports on it.
STEVEN

Richard Hall
Richard Hall
4 months ago

I live in St Augustine, Fl with Chase Baits located here. All their lures work great.
Thanks for the great vedios as I have used your tips to drastically improve my fishing! Tight lines-stay safe!

Joe Capelli
Joe Capelli
4 months ago

I wanted to purchase some of the Crusty Crabs thru your discount program, but they’re not listed.

RICHARD FIORENTINO
RICHARD FIORENTINO
4 months ago

Thanks Luke- Have you ever used these for anything other than Sheapshead? Thanks

Doug R. Duke, Jr.
Doug R. Duke, Jr.
4 months ago

The Chasebaits crusty crab is very light. I’ve found it difficult to keep them on the piling or the feeding zone in current and 6’ to 8’ water depth. Do you ever fish these in faster current?

Vincent C Ruggiero
Vincent C Ruggiero
4 months ago

That was quite a bend in your rod – maybe medium power and medium action 😉

Eric Vannoort
Eric Vannoort
4 months ago

Great video! I bought some a while ago and am finally getting to use them tomorrow! Perfect timing

Dan Kelly
Dan Kelly
4 months ago

Did you ever try applying some glue to the underside where you said it was problematic when skipping?

RICHARD FIORENTINO
RICHARD FIORENTINO
4 months ago

Do you think they work as good as live fiddlers? If so, and they last for 2 trips, the price is pretty good.

Joseph Brumley
Joseph Brumley
4 months ago

Great review Luke. I’ll definitely try those out next winter.

Josh Newton
Josh Newton
4 months ago

Have you guys seen the Cranka crab? I think it is made in Australia. It is also expensive. But I like the hooks on the claws. I have caught black drum and redfish. I haven’t had a chance to really target sheepshead yet .

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