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Old 09-04-2011, 03:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Lizards are public enemy #1 for a bass, especially when they go on bed. Lizards represent a huge nest invader and egg snatcher to a bedding bass. And it's something that bass do not forget when they are done nesting. Lizards become a very successful lure for summertime fishing when used on a Carolina Rig.

1. Pay attention to the spring lizards that you see around the waters edge when bass go on bed. Match your plastic lizard to one that looks exactly like the ones you see around your fishing areas, as it's going to be a good bet that the lizards you see are going to be the ones that are attacking a bass' nest and eating the eggs. Pay close attention to how the lizard itself is laid out. Does it have big toes.....a fat tail......a triangular or rounded head. Little differences will land those bedding bass when others aren't getting bit.

2. Most bass aren't going to simply pick up a lizard that is landed on the nest and remove it. Bass are programmed to recognize a lizard and destroy it on site. If the bass you are targeting on beds aren't doing this, it's a good bet that your lizard isn't realistic enough. Bass go on a seek and destroy mission when they see a lizard in their bed, so when you fish with one, have stout gear. Even if the bass isn't more than 2-3 lbs., the sheer shock of them killing a lizard on the end of your line can be enough to weaken a small diameter line.

3. Don't be afraid of going big! There have been some recent additions to the lizard family when it comes to lure selection that go above and beyond BIG. They are massive! Don't be scared to rig one up and throw it out there. When it comes to summer time angling, bass fishing with a big lure will do two things for you.............first, it will eliminate the smaller bass constantly attacking your lure, and secondly, it will give you better feel of what the lure is doing. On the end of a Carolina Rig, you are pulling the weight along the bottom, and are allowing the lure to trail. The heavier the end of the C-rig, the more feel you will, especially when used on fluorocarbon line.
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Old 09-04-2011, 04:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You are correct in the violence of the strike when using a lizard. I haven't used them much before this year and I started using the yum F2 saleemander in blue black, green pumpkin and the el grande gila monster (8 3/4") in el santo bruise and watermelon red.
I haven't done any Carolina rigging at all this year mainly Texas rigged and split shot rig for the el grande and shaky head for the yum. they will flat out crush it. I get the tap tap with other soft plastics but with these it's thump thump. One thing to remember is when useing a big lizard make sure your hook is big enough. I use up to a 7/0 hook on the big baits.
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Old 09-05-2011, 08:40 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I havent tried it, but I have read ( I believe here on the site ) that a lizard on a drop shot works great for bedding bass.
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I love lizards, they have accounted for some really great bags of fish for me, plus sometimes when they wont hit anything else they will hit a lizard. I like them T-Rigged and I will flip and pitch a lizard also. Some of my best fish have come when I use them on a C-rig. We caught fish this season, by rigging the lizard on a shakey head jig, it was deadly around the cyprus trees, in the back of the creeks.
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