Four Fine Frog Hacks
As the weather begins to warm up across much of the nation's bass country, it won't be long until the time arrives to engage in one of angling's most explosive and exciting techniques. And that's the fishing of hollow-bodied frogs, the kind that Major League Fishing angler Dean Rojas, among others, has made famous over the years.
With that in mind, here are four hacks to make your frog fishing even more exciting, and successful, this spring and summer.
1. Open up the hooks slightly: If anglers have a complaint about the use of hollow-bodied frogs, and there aren't many, it might be that the hook-up ratios for frogs straight out of the package aren't as numerous as many would hope for. This is often because the factory hooks sit so tight to the frog's plastic body, which is necessary to help the frog stay weedless as it tracks through hook-grabbing minefields of lily pads, heavy grass or woody cover. By taking a pair of pliers and opening the hook gap slightly up and out, an angler can increase their hook-up ratios while still maintaining the bait's amazing weedless nature.
2. Trim the legs: Straight from the manufacturer, frogs have long legs, or twin sets of rubber skirt material that sweep the water behind the frog as it is retrieved. Trouble is, these legs are often too long and can cause the annoyance of short strikes from fish. One way to alleviate this problem is to simply trim the legs up with a pair of scissors. (Note: some anglers will trim one side a little shorter than the other to help a frog walk a little better on the retrieve.) This can be overdone, so the key is to trim just a little at a time until you get the look and action that you desire.
3. Add a stinger hook: If you've trimmed the back legs on a frog and still are dealing with the issue of short strikes, consider adding a stinger hook like Lake Fork Tackle's "Frog Tail Hook." Similar to the concept of a trailer hook on a spinnerbait, this frog lure add-on features an upturned hook that has connections that simply slide over the bait's two main hooks. If bass are nipping at a frog and coming up short, this trick allows the bait to remain weedless while greatly increasing the odds for a successful hook-up when a bass smacks the lure.
4. Add rattles: One final method to increase the appeal of your hollow-bodied frog as it is retrieved through a pad field or across matted vegetation, and to make the bait easier for a fish to find, is to make some noise. By sliding either a glass or plastic rattle into the frog's hollow body, the noise making capability of the frog is greatly increased. Such a method also helps the back end of the frog sit a little lower in the water and that can help the frog to make a bit more of a disturbance as it is retrieved back to the boat.
Whether or not you nickname your frogs Kermit like Rojas is fond of doing, give these four tricks a try on your next spring or summer outing with a plastic, hollow-bodied frog lure and you're almost sure to have a better day of fishing success while grinning as big as Rojas does while you hoist up another heart-stopping big bass who simply couldn't resist one of the best lures that an angler can pull out of their tackle bag.