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I am fishing a local tournament tomorrow evening from 6 to midnight. I have been catching some fish on drop shots, but want another soft plastic alternative. I have some 6 and 8 inch lizards. Generally I carolina rig them, but was just wondering how everyone else fishes them. This lake is deep. Usually you are in 30 feet of water 5-10 feet off the bank. The other day when I was up there water temp was 84. Air temp has been in the 90s all week, so it may be warmer by now. I will have rods with other things, but was wondering how everyone else rigs their lizards. I searched the forum, and didn't really find what I was looking for. 

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I was actually debating a tube also. The only reason I was leaning more towards a lizard is when I was younger (before I started wanting to fish tournaments) we used to wear them out on live lizards. Side question how does everyone rig their tubes also. This lake is unique there is no grass thanks to carp, and its mainly rock or sandy bottoms. Which would you prefer lizard or tube? Has anyone ever carolina rigged a tube?I was actually debating a tube also. The only reason I was leaning more towards a lizard is when I was younger (before I started wanting to fish tournaments) we used to wear them out on live lizards. Side question how does everyone rig their tubes also. This lake is unique there is no grass thanks to carp, and its mainly rock or sandy bottoms. Which would you prefer lizard or tube? Has anyone ever carolina rigged a tube?

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texas rigged

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I'm not too familiar with when the sun sets out east, but I figure the majority of the time you'll be fishing will be under low light conditions.  Personally, the drop shot is a presentation I would only choose under tough conditions. I'm a tube fanatic, but that is one condition where I opt for a soft plastic with a lot of action. A lizard, or creature bait will move a lot more water. A RageTail will also, Texas rigged, or as a swim jig trailer.

As for tube rigging, Glen did a very informative video on just that not long ago. A quick search and you should find it easily.

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I use a drop shot to much. I have one tied already. Just looking for a second soft plastic. After it gets dark jigs are killer here. The bass come up in the shallows and eat crawfish. 

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Deep water + Carolina Rigged Lizard = Bass ;)

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Texas and Carolina .

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I have had great luck this year with a texas rigged tube.

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Try a z man lizard... They float a 3/0 hook easily , Literally float off the bottom. They have become my go-to lizard. 

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After  tube my second choice would be a swing head with a brush hawg.

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A lizard is a versatile bait.

You can fish it as follows for starters:

Drop Shot

Texas Rigged with 1/4 to 3/8 ounce bulled weight

Unweighted

Carolina rigged with the hook in the lizard's side, not back

Mojo rigged

On a baitcaster

On a spinning rig

Cast way out

Flip and Pitch in close

Open lake water

Rivers, creeks and coves

Ned Rigged

Small lizards on a Slider rig

And the list goes on.

 

Now, onto the different sizes and colors of lizards!!!!!! :cheer:

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17 hours ago, huffman1988 said:

I was actually debating a tube also. The only reason I was leaning more towards a lizard is when I was younger (before I started wanting to fish tournaments) we used to wear them out on live lizards. Side question how does everyone rig their tubes also. This lake is unique there is no grass thanks to carp, and its mainly rock or sandy bottoms. Which would you prefer lizard or tube? Has anyone ever carolina rigged a tube?I was actually debating a tube also. The only reason I was leaning more towards a lizard is when I was younger (before I started wanting to fish tournaments) we used to wear them out on live lizards. Side question how does everyone rig their tubes also. This lake is unique there is no grass thanks to carp, and its mainly rock or sandy bottoms. Which would you prefer lizard or tube? Has anyone ever carolina rigged a tube?

Lizards are great for c-rig 

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what depth is the thermacline at? 

that would help my decision alot on what to use.

& where to use it especially!!

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I'm a worm guy but I'll tell you that I have caught most of my tourney fish on Texas rigged  lizards .

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3 hours ago, Catt said:

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Haven't seen any of those yet. Can you post a pic of one of them out of the package to get a better look at em?

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7 minutes ago, Catt said:

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Those look pretty wiggly. What's the best way to fish them?

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10 minutes ago, MichaelCopeland said:

Those look pretty wiggly. What's the best way to fish them?

 

Carolina Rigged!

 

Probably one of the most overlooked lures

 

French fry fishing ;)

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5 minutes ago, Catt said:

 

Carolina Rigged!

 

Probably one of the most overlooked lures

 

French fry fishing ;)

Bet they would make a good drop shot or wacky rig also. Gonna have to try and find some and try em out. What's the length on them things?

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10-12" Ribbon tail worm like a culprit, Power Worm, Rage Anaconda....If not producing, start chucking the big 10" Mighty worm. You will catch fish of all sizes, can fish them anyway you prefer, but usually a big worm in summer seems to get bigger bites.

 

A lizard will work if that is a bait you like to fish, I would go to an 8" Lizard for the summer, but all posts are good options. That Zoom ring worm, or whatever they call it, is sometimes a fish catching machine. I like to put it behind a split shot, no idea why they love it some days, but when it works, it is just a fantastic bait.

 

I used to fish some short night tournaments and I used to try and cover all the best water I could with a fast moving bait like a speed worm or swimbait, and once I would find some fish, I would start chucking big worms all over the place. Problem is, I often would not find big fish, but limits in the 4-6 hour tournament in summer of any size can often put you in a good place. 

 

Just get a plan and stick to it. Sound like you know the lake so do what normally would do, I don't like trying new stuff in tournaments or new techniques unless I am with someone who is smoking them on something different. 

 

Tubes are never a bad choice. You really cant fish one wrong, only issue is having the right size hook for hook sets, but an unpegged tube gets bit when it falls really good at times. Plus you can fish it like a jerkbait, Topater spook, or makes a great bait for gliding behind a c-rig. you can stuff a rattle inside or some foam to make them float which can help if you get them on a drop shot off the bottom.

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1 hour ago, MichaelCopeland said:

Bet they would make a good drop shot or wacky rig also. Gonna have to try and find some and try em out. What's the length on them things?

 

There's a lot I don't tell y'all ;)

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I like the fish Dr. a little more than the centipede, but that's just a confidence thing. Either are great on the c rig.

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