Creature baits and craws are almost as popular among bass and even redfish anglers as trolling motors, but not every one is created equal. Slick packaging and pro-angler endorsements don't necessarily mean a lure will attract more bites than its competitors.

Knowing that, I went to my neighborhood pool to put some of the most popular creature baits and craws to the test. I videoed each underwater, and surveyed the footage to give the lures scores based on three factors -- jig action, retrieve action and value.

Some lures looked better than I expected, while others were profoundly disappointing. The test was eye-opening, and will definitely influence what I rig up during future bass and redfish trips.

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