It has taken almost one full year and countless modifications to get the perfect lizard for trophy bass fishing, but I am convinced we have done it.
The El Grande Gila Monster is being released the second week of April 2009. I have fished the ribbon tail lizards in the 8" version for years with success, but I wanted something with more big fish appeal and could be used for flipping as well as Carolina Rigging, Texas Rigging, and weightless. The Gila Monster passed the tests for these techniques with flying colors. The flipping lizard was very popular in the 70's due to it being a very, very successful lure. We then saw the market swamped with ribbon tail lizards and that still seems to be the lizard of choice due to availablity and varieties offered in the ribbon tail models. With the introduction of the Gila Monster, things are about to change. I am expecting a big rush on these, so order early and in enough quantities to last you for a couple of months. With the late spawn, the timing of the release of the Gila Monster is ideal. When you drag this into a bed, be prepared!
Length: 8 3/4 Inches
Color(s): Watermelon with red flake, Green Pumpkin with Black Flake, Motor Oil, and Black with Blue Flake.
Rigging: I suggest rigging with a 5/0 or 6/0 wide gapped hook and fished on a minimum of 50lb braid. Be prepared to get some extremely hard strikes. It seems the bass try to kill this lizard and according to one staff member from Texas, his pole got ripped from his hands! His first fish broke the leader. He commented that "from now on, he needs to fish braid". The fall rate is adequate enough that in shallow conditions, there is no need to weight this lizard if you fish slow.
El Grande Lures
Rt 4 Box 559
Linton, IN 47441