Getting Froggy With It!
Slop frog fishing has to be right up there in my favorite things in life to do when on the water and for many anglers they feel the same... anticipating and watching the strike will stop even the most seasoned veteran's heart and the battle to get them out of the heavy cover can leave you just about wore out but always looking for more... but how do you increase your odds when firing around a frog in heavy cover?
Picking the right bait is always a great place to start and there are a few great ones on the market right now... Snag Proof has come out with the Phat Frog and one of my favorites from them is the Bobby's Perfect Frog, from Tru-Tungsten in 2009 they released the Mad Maxx Frog, River2Sea has the Bully Wa and Spro has Dean Rojas designing their frogs and offer the Bronze Eye series... all of these frogs have a couple of important things in common that make them great... a weighting system on the rear base of the bait helps stop the bait from rolling over and keeps the nose riding higher in the water and a great set of hooks makes sure your fish comes back to the boat.
When selecting your set up in heavy cover here are some golden rules that will up your odds... Go with braid and make it stout!! 50-65 lb Power pro is a must for me when frog fishing... the lack of stretch will ensure rock solid sets and get the fish coming to the boat... Longer heavy rods..a 7'6" - 8'0" rod will not only get you longer casts, it will pick up more line on the hook set and help you win the battle... my pick is the G-Loomis 7'9" newly redesigned Mag Power Frog Rod and for reels.. look for a 7:1 gear ratio reel with great line capacity and heavy gearing since you'll be putting it to the test. The 2009 Shimano Curado 200 E7 wins the race for this deal sporting a 200 size reel line capacity with a 100 size reel feel plus the HEG (High Efficiency Gearing) will ensure years of trouble free performance.
Fish the frog with the rod in the 10-11 O'Clock position for best action since your the natural reaction will be to lower the rod when a fish busts on the bait... that lowering of the rod will allow the fish to mouth the bait and turn and give you the room to slam that hook home! Ribbit, Ribbit!!