When, Where and How to Fish With Topwater Frogs
all the topwater lures and techniques used these days, very few are
more effective than bass fishing with frogs. When the season and other
condition call for this type of lure, frogs are deadly!
If you read my last post on fishing line or
any of the other posts, you should realize how important it is to
consider fishing conditions in choosing your lure, as well as every
other aspect of fishing.
in my opinion, are one of the most misunderstood and mis-used lures
available. Most fishermen try a frog once or twice in the wrong place or
at the wrong time and chalk it up as a failed experiment. This is a
mistake. Like every other lure, you should consider the frog as a tool;
you need the right tool for the particular task that you want to get
Where to fish with frogs
Frogs work best in places where they are a natural prey of bass. In
other words places where frogs actually live. Typically this will be
shallow water area's with thick vegetation such as weeds, matts, lily
pads or thick brush and stumps. As a good indicator, if an area is
shallow and looks swampy, it may be a good place to fish a frog.
When to fish with a frogs
frog lure that we're discussing today in general is a topwater lure;
and should be used accordingly. While topwater baits can be effective in
many different conditions and situations. Typically they work best in
warmer water situations with surface temps from 60 to 80 degrees. The
frog is no exception. The frogs spawn coincides with the bass in most
parts of the country; making early summer one of the more productive
times to fish frogs. However this lure may be productive any time bass
are in shallow warm water.
How to fish the frog
frog is one of the most weedless lures available and it's design is
perfect for fishing in or on top of thick vegetation and brush. The
ability to fish this lure move across or through those thick nasty
matted places without snagging is one of the things that makes this lure
(or tool) so effective on big bass in the places they like to hide and
with any bass lure no one presentation works best all the time. Every
day is different and you should experiment with your presentation and
let the fish tell you how they want the bait presented. That being said
one method that has worked best for me many times is a very slow twitch
and stop retrieve. I cast the frog up on top of the mats or next to
brush or stumps, twitch the bait once or twice and let it sit for a few
seconds. I repeat this action all the way back to the boat.
I'm fishing the frog on lily pads, milfoil or some other type of
vegetation mat, I like to pull the frog off of the vegetation into an
opening or hole in the mat and give it 2 short twitches and let it sit
for 10 seconds. The strike will often come as the frog sits motionless
on the water.
How to set the hook
most common of mistakes that most beginners make with topwater lures,
frogs included is in the hookset. The mistake is setting the hook too
soon after the strike. Given the sudden explosive action when a big bass
blows up on a frog or any topwater lure, it's easy to understand why.
It's a natural reaction to jerk the moment the strike occurs. You must
learn to delay your hookset until you feel the weight of the fish on the
Different types of topwater frogs
two most common types of topwater frog lures are the Popper frog and
the kicking leg frog. Both will catch bass and you should try both in
your own fishing situation to determine which works best on a given day.
Some of the better brands I've used are
The Spro Bonzye frog, Stanley Ribbit, Scum Frog
Frog Lure Colors
use the same principal for choosing color in frog fishing that I use
with any other lure. The darker colors, Black, amber or darker green for
dark water or low light situations and lighter or natural colors for
clear water situations.
used in the right places and at the right time, frogs are a very
effective lure; especially on those big momma hawg bass. So dig down
into that box of discarded lures and go fishing with frogs this summer.
Until next time