Fishing - Rigging The Floating LizardZ®.
If you could look into the tackles boxes of every bass fisherman in America, I would bet that the majority of them would have some type of plastic lizard. This is one of the most popular fish catching styles of bait used by all bass fishermen. There are many types and colors offered but the one thing that I look for in my choice of lizards is its ability to float. The first thing this does is increases the range of depth you can fish this lure. You can fish it on top, fish it suspended, or fish it on the bottom. The Z-Man LizardZ will cover the water from top to bottom. Its durability and buoyancy sets it apart from all of plastic lizards.
Pro tip 1: No matter what type of weighting system you are going to use, I always like to rig the lizard weed less or "Texas Style". Thread the hook through the nose of the lizard and pull the hook to where the eye of the hook just goes into the nose. Then turn the hook and imbed the point into the belly of the lizard and bring it out the back. Then take the point of the hook and stick it just under the skin on the back of the lizard. This allows for a better hook penetration when setting the hook.
Pro tip 2: Fish the ElaZtech® LizardZ as top water bait. Rig it "Texas Style" with no weight to fish it as floater. Works great when the fish are just about ready to go on the beds and are cruising the shallows or when fishing heavy grass and the fish are holding by openings in the mats.
Pro tip 3: Rig it "Texas Style" with a bullet sinker. The determining factor here is how deep you are fishing, the rate of fall you desire, and the type of cover you are fishing. Remember, the majority of the strikes you will get will be when the bait is falling. When using an ElaZtech® LizardZ you can control the rate of fall with the weight you choose. The floaters always want to stand tail up when they are on the bottom and I find this to be a life like and far better presentation than a lure that is laying flat on the bottom. If you are fishing heavy brush, you can peg the sinker tight to the head to allow the lizard to get down thru the brush for a more thorough presentation.
Pro tip 4: Rig it "Carolina Style". This is where you have the weight some distance away from the hook and lizard. This can be accomplished by either pegging the bullet weight a desired distance from the bait or using a barrel swivel and attaching a leader for the hook and lizard to one end of the swivel and the weight and line to the other end of the swivel. Again, this is where the ElaZtech® LizardZ really pays off. Instead of lying on the bottom, it will float above the weight as if it we swimming and ready for the taking. This style is really good for deep water ledges, deep water points, rock piles, or brush piles. For those who use this method, it is commonly called "draggin". Simply makes the cast, let it sink to the bottom, and the just slowly drag a short distant, stop, and drag.