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    If you've taken a trip to Lake Marion's Sparkleberry Swamp or Pack's Landing lately, you've probably seen gobs of crawdads at the boat landings and on submerged cypress stumps and knees. The over-abundance of these mudbugs has been credited with the slow bass-fishing in the area--the bass simply aren't hungry after munching on 'dads all day.

    But don't let the slow bass-bite keep you off the water. These crawdads are great for a cookout, and they are also a lot of fun to catch.

    A crawdad (or minnow) trap is your main weapon. Tie an empty bottle to it with 4-foot piece of rope. Baited with fish parts and dropped into weedbeds, the traps should be checked about once an hour. In between checking your traps, you can either fish for bream, catfish, or bass, or you can fish for more crawdads with a rod-and-reel. Just slip a piece of cut-bait onto your hook, dangle it in the water close to some form of cover, and when you feel a little tug, slowly lift your bait out of the water, direct it over the cooler in your boat, and shake the crawdad(s) off. It's not uncommon to have 3 or 4 clamped down on your bait at a time.

    Why use a hook on your rod-and-reel when fishing for crawdads? Well, you never know when that big ole bass or catfish is going to latch onto your bait, and won't you be sorry to tell that story of the one that got away, simply because you weren't using a hook?

    Brian Cope
    Sumter
    SC Sportsman Field Reporter
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