If you have never tried bass fishing with frogs, here is what you need to know about froggin’.
Fishing with a hollow-body frog is one of the most exciting ways to catch a bass. Having a giant bass blow up on the surface will make even the most experienced angler thrilled. If you are new to froggin’ (and have no clue what to do), here are six things you need to know about fishing with frogs.
Heavy Braided Line is a Must
Don’t even think of using anything but thick braided line with 50-pound test or higher. While you surely will not catch a 50-pound bass, you may have a five pound bass with fifty pounds of grass attached during your battle. The heavy line allows you to rip the bait free and it will be next to impossible to break off a frog. Monofilament and fluorocarbon won’t cut it here. Braid is the way to go.
Pull Out the Big Guns
The rod you need may seem like overkill, but horsing a big bass through piles of weeds takes some muscle. A heavy action rod or even an extra heavy rod will make it much easier on you to land fish.
Keep Colors Simple
Plastic frogs come in all types of crazy colors. Some look just like a frog and others don’t look anything like an amphibian. Stick with natural colors and even if you are using a bright, unnatural color; don’t worry. Bass often don’t get a good look at a plastic frog working across the surface and are attracted to sound and action more than color.
Think Like a Frog
Where would a frog live? How does it hop? Keep this in mind at all times as you are working your bait. Short hops and rests on top of lily pads are what frogs do. It is also what bass are looking for.
Wait to Set!
Perhaps the most important tip of all is to wait to set the hook until you feel the weight of the bass. This is also one of the hardest things to do. You see a big blowup and your instinct is to set the hook. Waiting until the bass goes under water with the frog in their mouth is the only way you are going to land the bass.
Don’t Overlook Non Typical Froggin’ Areas
Lily pads, cattails and matted grass are prime frog habitat. They are also some of the best places to use a frog. Just because there may not be any live frogs in the area does not mean bass will pass up a meal. Brush, docks, rock piles and other locations are good for throwing frogs.