We have officially designated this week as frog week here at Sportsman’s Outfitters. So it goes without saying that we should make this week’s tip about frog fishing. Just like in the great outdoors frog type lures, like real frogs, come in a variety of sizes and shapes. There are three categories of frog type baits, soft solid body, hollow body and hard bait frogs. The most popular frog types would probably be hollow-bodied then soft-bodied. There are some things you can do to increase the odds of being successful with these type lures.
Rule number one, always use a rod and reel designed for this type of fishing. Usually spinning tackle is NOT recommended. Choose a rod with plenty of backbone to hoist a big’un out of heavy cover if needed. Braid is a must for heavy cover and a good mono is best for open water. Fluorocarbon tends to sink so its best use might be for a short leader for stealth. High speed retrieve ratio reels can burn a soft-bodied frog like a buzz bait but also speeds up follow-up casts when a short strike happens. Speaking of strikes, remember in most strikes, the bass is attacking moving towards the direction of retrieve and sometimes the intent may be to stun the frog versus inhale it. Always hesitate just a tad before setting the hook. Often times almost feel the tug of a bass beginning the dive back to deeper water before setting the hook. If you find that you are experiencing a lot of blow-ups and few hooksets try downsizing your frog. Sometimes they just may want a smaller meal. Pay close attention to the pads and cover close to where you are retrieving. Often a fish that is not fully feeding will give his position away as they inspect the noise and movement of the frog. Lastly, don’t be in too big of hurry casting and moving too fast. If you are casting to an area that potentially looks promising it may take a cast or two to finally get a reaction.
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