Strike King's Rage Lizard is a perfect choice for spring bed fishing.
First of all, let’s make something perfectly clear. LIZARDS ARE FANTASTIC TO USE ALL YEAR LONG! Ok, got that off my chest. Carolina rigged, texas-rigged, wobble head, drop shot, you name the technique and you can catch fish it with a lizard year round. With that being said, lizards are most well-known for their effectiveness in catching bass in the pre-spawn and spawn around their bedding areas. There is something about a lizard that elicits a mind-numbingly aggressive reaction to a lizard near their babies. Not really too hard to understand why, is it?
A lizard looks menacing. It looks like the kind of thing that would eat little baby bass or disturb the rhythm of the bass’ spawning process. There are a lot of things like newts, salamanders, snakes, frogs and other similar animals that cause a bass’ warning lights to start going off and emergency alarms to sound. So what does mama and papa bass do when they see a lizard near their house? They attack it!
As we start to get into the months of March, April and May (sometimes June up north and even January down south) bass start to move into their spawning areas, where they will be up shallow making beds and guarding nests. Here’s a handful of quick tips to fishing the Rage Lizard on your local body of water this spring:
- 1. Keep Your Distance When Sight Fishing – Nothing can mess up a perfect cast with your lizard than scaring off a spawning fish by getting too close. Whether you’re fishing from the shore and you see a bed or in a boat, back off as far as you can while still being able to cast a little past the bed. If the bass doesn’t see you, he is much more likely to eat what you’re throwing.
- 2. Gentle Casts Past the Bed – This is a really important part of fishing for spawning bass. You don’t want to land your big lizard with a big ol’ splash! This will spook that fish and make her much more difficult to catch. Try to gently lay your bait in the water 3-4 feet past the bed. Let it go to the bottom and ease it up to where that fish is sitting.
- 3. Let it Sit and Jiggle it – Pausing that Rage Lizard on the bed can be absolutely maddening for a big female guarding her eggs. The longer you wait the more that fish will get agitated. It will move closer and closer to your bait, nose up and almost “kiss” the bait. This is when you know you have her. One twitch or slight jiggle and that fish will pounce! Have a big wide gap hook so you can really rip that hookset and get that fish in the boat.
- 4. Don’t Waste Too Much Time – Spawning bass can drive any fisherman crazy. You spot a 6 or 7 pounder sitting on a bed in 2 feet of water, you cast your Rage Lizard onto the bed ready to set the hook. 10 minutes later...nothing. 20 minutes later….nothing. That big bass is ignoring everything you’re doing. You can try switching up techniques or baits, but many times you should just move on to the next bed. If they’re ready to be caught, typically they will give some signs. It might still take a while to get her to bite, but if she’s interested she’ll let you know with small circles, big circles, short strikes or “nosing down” on that bait.
This is the start of some of the best fishing of the year for many lakes around the country. Take these tips to your local body of water with your Strike King Rage Lizard rigged up and get to catching those big springtime bass.