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Mike Cork

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Bo catching so many giant smallmouth that he's playing with old techniques just to keep it interesting  ~bb Got me to thinking about some stuff I consider old school but still use. Techniques fall out of "popularity" and the angler that keeps it under cover can have a "new" presentation...

A weightless lizard is a mainstay on my boat. I even have a dedicated rod for fishing a weightless lizard. The lizard has enough plastic to it, to make it easy to cast without any weight. Four legs and a tail provide tremendous action as it's falling through the water. Twitch it, slow retrieve, let it fall on beds or next to cover, I have caught more bass on a weightless lizard than probably even a jig in the spring time. If the vegetation gets up, I'll fish it through the summer too.

I keep it very simple, a 6 inch lizard in pumpkinseed. Thats it. Nothing fancy, no special colors, just a pumpkinseed lizard. If the water is a little stained (not muddy) or it's cloudy out, I'll add a chartreuse tail. Day in and Day out, in the spring, the pumpkin lizard is the ticket!!

It's weedless, you can put a big strong hook in it to penetrate the jaw of a giant bass, it casts easy, the retrieve is forgiving because you can do anything you want and catch bass. Perfect for getting young anglers addicted. Bass will chase it down, strikes can be very aggressive. The list goes on and on.

Next time out, give the weightless lizard a chance. Put it anyplace you'd cast a senko.
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It's really just another swimbait.

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I caught hundreds of fish using weightless PS lizard, back when I knew how to fish.
Have a lifetime supply somewhere.
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Mike Tks for sharing this.  I fish a lizard a lot during the Spring and some into the Summer months.  I've never fished it weightless though.  I'll have to give it a try.
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Fliptail made a great lizard!

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I have not fished it weightless either.  I like to use a light belly weighted hook.  Just seems to make a nice realistic presentation.

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Weightless Lizard on FC #12 lb. ~ #15 lb. could be a neat deal ... May  even try adding a pegged 1/16th oz. tungsten bullet weight up the line about 14" and working it around ... Make bass think the lizard is chasing after young fry .

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I was just fishing one over the past weekend, no takers but I usually have one tied on in the spring here in Ohio!!

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Regular 6" lizard or the 8" one??

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I know what Im trying next weekend on Spring Bayou WMA!

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Regular 6" lizard or the 8" one??

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I use the 6 inch versions. They are a great choice right now in this part of the country. As the water warms you have to speed up the retrieve until the 70's when you are winding it just under the surface.
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Weightless worms and tubes work also. Most will sink but extremely slowly. Use a light wire hook to stay at the surface longer, use a heavy wire hook to sink a bit quicker or change hook size to change sink rate. Simplicity at it's best.
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Thanks for the tips!

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