Catching Big Bass On Frogs
Bass fishing with
frogs is one of the best techniques for catching giant largemouth bass
all over the country. While most anglers employ a slow twitch and pause
technique in either heavy cover or lily pads, and this does catch big
bass most of the time, but there are times when you can pass up some of
the largest bass in the area by not changing up tactics with these frog
Types of Frogs
are a lot of frog type baits out on the market right now, but in the
lakes and rivers across the country, the top producers for really big
bass are the Tournament frogs in half ounce sizes made by Snag Proof,
the Spro frog, and The Swamp Donkey by Reaction Innovations.
use these baits in three basic colors everywhere I go, because I have
experimented with every color these manufacturers produce, and I found
that regardless of where you fish, you really only need any of them in
just black, brown, and green. Yes, I have used a white frog and rat
type bait as well, from the time they first came out and were made
popular, but these three basic colors consistently produce the biggest
bass wherever you fish.
I mentioned, the most popular way to fish these baits is in heavy cover
by casting them out, letting them sit for a long while, then twitching
the bait ever so slightly, and if it doesn't get smaashed , then
repeating the twitch and pause and casting again. This does produce
bass, but the first time I discovered that this does not always produce
the most or the biggest bass was prefishing for a tournament on the
Potomac River in Maryland.
I was fishing a cove where there
were bass by the hundreds in the three to five pound range, with some
even larger ones mixed in, feeding on frogs in the pads as the tide
came in. These bass did hit the frog worked slowly on occassion, but I
was outproduced 5 to 1 by an old guy who came in behind me working the
frog as fast as he could. It was ridiculous how fast he was working it!
He caught several bass right from where I had been in the 6 and 7 pound
range, and several others that were almost as big. Experience had
taught him that when the bass were in these pads and the sun was out,
by pulling the frog as fast as you could over these large pads,
it produced a reaction bite that you couldn't match any other way. When
the bait came across the pads the sun produced a image of the bait
through the pads and the bass went crazy!
I reproduced this action on several other bodies of water in the following years all over the country using the same tactic.
other thing that many anglers just don't do is fish the frog in open
water. I cast the frog as I would any other topwater bait and work it
with an erratic action around cover and over submerged structure in
open water. Dean Rojas popularized this technique when he won several
tournaments doing this.
I also cast the frogs all the way up onto
the shore and then slowly pull them into the water from the banks,
producing tremendous strikes when they enter the water at times.
like to use a heavy action frog rod made of a composite material or
fiberglass, in 7 to 7 1/2 foot lengths, with a 65 pound braided line.
It is really important to be able to muscle these big fish around when
they are in or near cover, especially when they exceed 6 pounds. I also
use a Shimano Chronarch reel for this, as it has been the most reliable
of every brand I have used over the last 20 years.
Try these tips this year and watch the size of the bass you catch in the lakes and rivers increase ten fold!
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