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Old 06-12-2011, 10:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
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It seems that over the last couple of years, the hollow bodied frog has come into the limelight when it comes to bass fishing. Dean Rojas, BASS Elite Angler, has really transcended the frog fishing industry and has proven that this lure can be used in a variety of situations, and mostly, can be used to catch big bass. You also have the buzzer type frogs, that are just a piece of plastic, that you fish on the top of the water to draw a reaction strike.

Tell us some of your tips for making both of these styles of lures more productive.

1. On a hollow bellied frog, the legs are often times longer than they need to be. I will trim the legs back at least an inch. Granted, there will be times when the longer legs will draw those strikes from bass that are needing that little bit of extra action, so I always keep a back-up frog in the box.

2. Throw the frog in places that you might not think a frog would sit or swim. A lot of the time, these amphibians will show up in places you think they wouldn't and fishing a lure that mimics them will produce fish for you, that others overlook. From overhanging trees, to rip-rap, to grass, frogs can be fished in any kind of cover.

3. On a buzzing frog, I will take the feet of the lure, and make slit the length of the foot. When it comes through the water, the split in the toe will create more turbulence.
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Great topic Q. I can't wait to see what have to say. I have a few frog but have not been very productive with them. Some new ideas on how to use them would be great.

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I am looking forward to this one. I want to learn to fish frogs. The lake where I usually fish has no grass so I never use them.
Sorry no advice on this one....yet

Great thread !
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Old 06-12-2011, 11:25 AM   #4 (permalink)
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There is the misconception that you need emergent vegatation or pads to use Frogs....Not the case....They are also very effective over submerged weedbeds, as well as open water...

One area I had overlooked before, but had great success with Hollow Bodied Frogs last season was up against walls, and skipping them under docks....they are very easy to skip and you can get them waaaay up under docks fairly easily...



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It seems that we have forgotten a few types of frogs here. There is is the "Popping frog" and the Hard Bodied frog. The reason i bring these up is because i fish the heck out of the popping frog, and am becoming more partial to the hard bodied frog.
I tend to keep 3 main colors of frogs. Black, Brown/Putty, and Natural.
I also have 3 versions of each of those frogs. Standard legs, No Legs, 1 leg longer than the other. I have found that 1 leg longer than the other helps give a more erratic action. Superglue is your friend with hollow bellied frogs. It works great for patching those inevitable holes.

Hard Bodied Frogs: These are a new, old concept. You get a much more realistic looking frog, that is generally more durable than your average hollow bellied frog. Caveat Emptor here folks. There are many companies who are making these frogs and they are pushing them as the most amazing thing since sliced bread. Do your research, and then research them some more. What is nice about these frogs is the natural movement they have. On pressured lakes i have found these produce fish when other frogs will not.

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The one thing I like to do with ' buzzing ' types ( Horny toads etc.. ) Is kill it from time to time. If im working it through scattered grass once I get to the edge of the grass I will kill it for a few seconds. Through lilly pads I like to kill it in the openings.



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The one thing I like to do with ' buzzing ' types ( Horny toads etc.. ) Is kill it from time to time. If im working it through scattered grass once I get to the edge of the grass I will kill it for a few seconds. Through lilly pads I like to kill it in the openings.
Rodney, with all the weeds that you all have down there, I am wondering if you have ever tried/had success with what you mentioned, but allowing it to swim for a while, say 6-12" under the surface? Bring it over the weeds, to the edge, let it sink for a while, and slowly let it swim back?
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Ive never done it, but have had people with me do it, but had no success. ( perhaps theyve had success in the past doing it, but not on the days they was with me )

When I do what you described I have always done it with a UV speedworm.



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Interesting.
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I have only caught a few on frogs so far, but have only tried them w/ mono line. Everyone is hi on using braid, and understandably so because of the higher hook up % but my question is if you use braid, will you get less bites because of the visibility? Does the amount of fish lost on mono warrant less bites but more hook ups on braid? I have never tried fluro either is it recommended when frog fishing? I would love to make the frog a go to bait, and want to know the best set up for it (as far as types of rods, reels, and line). Thanks for the input
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