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A weedless crab pattern with lots of flash and color, yet with a discrete landing suitable for finicky fish
Tough fishing situations are in my opinion, definitely crabby situations.
It seems a redfish, along with sheepshead, black drum and even a speckled trout can't seem to resist a crab.
The Goldmine crab is one of my go to's and is normally fished where fish are laid up hanging out in pot holes or tailing . Although the crab is universally fishable in any depth due to the lead hour glass eyes that can be purchased in different sizes.
It is normally fished with 5/32 eyes in 6 to 18 inches of water. The fly itself has a surprisingly soft lay over due to the Mylar tubing, making it ideal for finicky fish as well.
Another good feature the fly offers is that its weedless. The mylar is tied Merkin style under the hook allowing the hook point to ride up. whether I'm on the sand looking for a sun bathing redfish or on a grass flat chasing podding fish, this fly has been consistent and has fooled many fish that swim the Lower Laguna Madre.