Frog Fishing

Frog Fishing: An In-Depth Look at Fishing a Frog

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.

This in-depth look into fishing a frog dives into multiple information-packed chapters, so you’ll know right where to look!

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Frog Fishing: Hollow-Bodied Frogs

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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.

Walking Frog

Baker goes into detail about what makes the walking frog work, and what to look for when you’re purchasing this bait.

Popping Frog

What makes them so different from a walking frog?

Spin-Tail 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

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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.

See what gear you need!

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.

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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

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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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Shaye Baker


Shaye Baker started fishing with his dad in Alabama as soon as they could find a life jacket small enough to fit him. Competing with his father in local tournaments, Shaye quickly found a hunger for competitive bass fishing. He furthered his fishing career at Auburn University helping to establish the Auburn University Bass Fishing Club. While at Auburn, Shaye served as the President of the club and qualified to fish on the traveling team amassing six Top 5 finishes including two 3rd place finishes in consecutive FLW College Fishing National Championships. While beginning to dabble in the world of outdoor journalism, Shaye continued to fish semi-pro events finishing in the Top 5 in the Bassmaster Opens, FLW Costa Series and BFLs. Finding himself at a crossroads, Shaye chose to put down the rod and pick up the pen and camera to focus on his career in outdoor journalism. Shaye has had work featured in Bassmaster Magazine, FLW Outdoors Magazine, B.A.S.S.Times and the Japanese bass fishing magazine Basser. Shaye has also had work featured on ESPN and, and While working with B.A.S.S., Shaye initiated and spearheaded their GoPro division which brought more video coverage to the fans than had ever been done before in competitive fishing. After his tenure with some of the best companies in the business, Shaye identified a need for competitive fishing where participation didn’t cost a fortune. By founding UPLOADED, the Online Fishing Series, Shaye established a free tournament series where anglers could film their fish catches and upload their videos to compete against other anglers for prizes.

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