The Crazy Side of Micro Finesse

By: Blake Tollefson


Photo Credit: Matt Barbeau


Crazy Critter


Specifications: 1.1 inches

Target Species: Crappies, Bluegills, and Perch


As one of the original members of the Micro Finesse family, the Crazy Critter has proven its fish catching powers more than a few times.


Insects are a vital food source for panfish, especially across the ice belt. Crappies, bluegills, and perch can commonly be located roaming basins and weedlines throughout the winter months. Bugs, and other micro organisms, are often towards the top of their hit list when it comes to meal time.


Photo Credit: Jeff Rose

This plastic was carefully designed and crafted to resemble a insect-like creature and entice fish to bite. The composition of this lure is a perfect blend of durability and action. It’s composition allows the arms, legs, and other appendages of the critter to “dance” when the lure is worked throughout the water column; yet, it’s durable enough to catch fish after fish without replacing.


The Crazy Critter pairs perfectly with a small tungsten jig (3 mm to 5 mm). As with most soft plastics, the Crazy Critter is most effective when the bait is kept completely horizontal. In order to keep the lure horizontal, tie a tight clinch knot and rotate the knot on the eyelet until the bait sits perfectly horizontal. It may be necessary to do this every time after catching a fish.


Photo Credit: Jeff Gunn

A color choice recommendation from one of the staffers: High contrast colors, such as pink, work well for crappies, while more natural color schemes such as brown catch a lot of bluegills.


The Crazy Critter is the perfect bait for panfish in search of a buggy meal. The plastic is offered is eight different color schemes. These include more natural colors such as brown & gold, as well as some of the more vibrant fish catching colors like blue, chartreuse, & pink.


Photo Credit: Blake Tollefson

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