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Saturday, June 14, 2008

• Zipper Lizards

A couple of years ago, I bought some worms from a guy that molds his own plastics and sells them online. What I didn't know was that the ones I bought were meant to imitate the infamous Zipper Worm that took the Bass Fishing world by storm a while back. I had so much luck with those worms here on Cross that I thought maybe I could find them locally. I scoured Shreveport and the surrounding area in search of these worms. I never did find any, but what I did find were Zipper Lizards which had a body much similar to the worm. They are made by Greg Stump, apparently the inventor of the original Zipper worms if I'm not mistaken. I know a lot of companies came in and made copy cat versions.
I honestly can't find a lot of information about these lizards anywhere. I'm hoping by writing this, visitors can learn a little more about this lure. I can only find them in this one tackle shop and the packages look old. They come in a variety of colors. The shop I go to has a good selection along the back wall. I actually bought some in watermelon with red and black flecks and some in junebug with a chartreuse dipped tail. The zipper-like sides give the lizard a much larger body profile than other lizards. They have four thin small legs that provide some slight action. The curved tail also has small spikes sticking out on the outer edge. The word "Zipper" is printed on the tail. The plastic itself feels different than other soft plastics. It has a little firmer, yet lighter feel. I can't tell which side is supposed to be the top and which is the bottom. I don't think it matters. From what I can tell, they only come in a 6-inch version in packs of eight.

The zipper style body not only adds bulk, but is supposed to create vibration that bass should be able to sense as it swims along. The vibration comes from water moving past the ridges. Please note that the zippers along the body are not intended to wave back and forth with a fluid motion while moving through the water. Wouldn't that be neat though?

I like to use them as my shakey head lizard because they float upright better than other lizards (see photo). I also fish them with a split shot and a 4/0 hook because they are light and don't cast very far when rigged weightless. I'm sure they would do nicely C-rigged. I'm not sure how they would sit if rigged on a drop shot hook.

The weakest part seems to be up around the head. The heads are not the strongest and tend to rip down the center along the path of the hook. The neck is also somewhat narrow and if stressed, usually proves to be the weakest spot overall. One thing I have learned is that you can reuse them if the head and neck get torn up. Cut off the head just above the first pair of arms. You'll still have a fairly functional lizard.

These things aren't easy to find, but I believe a few places have them online. If you like fishing with lizards, get your hands on a Zipper Lizard and see how it goes. Show the bass something different that the other guys probably aren't throwing.