Crayfish baits are one of the best baits for targeting quality largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. These baits come in many different shapes and sizes. Some of the smaller baits may work better on a trailer for largemouth bass, but they may be perfect by themselves for smallmouth bass. Some of the larger crayfish baits tend to work much better for quality largemouth bass.
Rod, Reel & Line
For largemouth bass, they are usually fished with a baitcaster with heavier line and a heavier rod. 17 to 30 pound test line is the norm, which allows anglers to fish around all types of cover. For smallmouth bass though, many anglers fish with lighter line and lighter rods due to all the clear water lakes that smallmouth bass thrive in. 6 to 8 pound test line is the norm with light action rods when fishing in clear water for smallmouth bass. You can catch other fish with crayfish baits, but largemouth bass and smallmouth bass are the primary targets for most anglers.