One of the biggest things about frog fishing is understanding the cadence of what the fish are willing to bite. Sometimes I’ll fish this bait really fast and they come out and plow it. Other times, we have to sit there and intermittently stop the bait to get the fish to bite.
Here’s some thoughts and tips to be more successful with frogs.
Casting accuracy is a critical aspect of frog fishing. The Terminator Popping and Walking Frog have a unique tail-weighted system that helps for both casting accuracy and to impart that side-to-side walking action. When fishing emergent vegetation, the pointier nose Walking Frog design tends to go through vertical cover like bulrushes or wild rice easier. When fishing more open water conditions, I prefer the popping frog. It simply makes more noise so the fish can find the bait easier.
If you’re seeing a lot of problems with short-strikes, you can simply trim the legs with a pair of scissors. It makes a smaller package and at times, that can increase hooking percentage. You also may need to slow down and put a lot more pauses into your retrieve. A lot of short strikes is usually associated to the fish’s mood. If the fish are hot, they generally don’t miss it.
What about color, you say?
Terminator frogs come in a wide variety of color patterns. Realistically, the bass in the shallow weed flats are feeding on a lot of different prey from bluegills, shad, shiners, leopard frogs, and bullfrogs.
You need to take a look at the colors that they did on this Terminator Popping Frog. They are truly magnificent and should work for just about any water color condition or forage base – any kind of mixture you might have. I don’t know how they came up with this many colors, but I know one thing: the fish like it. The more color options you have, the better off you’ll be!
One of the biggest things about frog fishing is your rod, reel, and line, because there’s no way you can win doing this under-gunned. You will end up losing a lot of fish. The rod a medium-heavy 7.5′ foot or longer, paired with a 7.3 or higher gear ratio. You want to be able to pick up a lot of line in a hurry. For line, I like 40-50 pound braid. If you’re fishing open water, you can get away with 20-25 pound monofilament.
Right now is primetime for frog fishing – go out there and get bit!