One of the most effective ways to land bass is by frog fishing. But there are so many different types, styles, and techniques, it may be a bit overwhelming. ANGLR Expert Shaye Baker breaks it all down for you in ANGLR’s next installment of our ever-expanding Resource Center, the place to go for everything you need to be a successful anger.
Frog Fishing: Hollow-Bodied Frogs
Hollow-bodied frogs have been around for generations, telling us that they’re pretty darn effective. While they’ve evolved from the originals of the older days, they’re still popular to this day. Baker breaks down the two main types of hollow-bodied frogs: the walking frog and the popping frog, as well as a few others.
Baker goes into detail about what makes the walking frog work, and what to look for when you’re purchasing this bait.
What makes them so different from a walking frog?
While there are popular models out there, did you know that you can actually make your own spin-tail?
Other Hollow-Bodied Frogs
The Buzz Toad is the other main contender in your tackle box. Find out what makes it unique, and why you definitely want to have a few in your box!
All throughout this chapter, Baker makes recommendations on which style to choose, and why they’re his favorite go-to’s.
Frog Fishing: Gear for Hollow-Bodied Frogs and Buzz Toads
Before you go off to use your frogs, take a deep breath and make sure that you’re getting yourself set up for success. There’s no point in throwing a frog if your setup can’t handle the fish that grabs it.
There are plenty of choices, and Baker takes you through your options, highlighting those that he feels are the most effective. Have no fear, he dives deep into exactly what you want to put together for each type of frog.
Frog Fishing: Rigging and Frog Selection
There’s so much more to it than grabbing a frog and tossing it on your line. With Baker’s excellent guidance, you’ll learn not only how to make your frog selection, but to get your hook just right and trim the skirts to where you need. He tells you about another way you can optimize your setup by using trailer hooks.
Frog Fishing: Patterns For Frogging
The most extensive section by far puts it all together for you by going through all the situations where you want to be frog-ready, and how to approach each. Just like with anything else, some patterns work better in some situations than others, so learning to read your situation and altering your tactics accordingly can give you a big jump. Baker gives you the lowdown on:
- Shallow Cover Frogging
- Using a Frog as a Search Bait
- Frogging Lily Pads
- Fishing a Frog Over Bluegill Beds
- Fishing a Frog For Wolfpacking Bass
- Frogging the Shad Spawn
- Frogging the Mayfly Hatch
- Fishing a Frog Around Docks
- Fishing Mats With a Frog
Not only does he show you how to choose your frogs and when, but he illustrates when it may be a good idea to switch tack and go with something else.
There’s a wealth of information here, so by the time you’re done, you’ll be armed and ready to tackle the waters with the help of a frog!
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