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How To Fish A Frog For Big Fish (The Best Ways) | Bass Fishing

How To Fish A Frog For Big Fish (The Best Ways) | Bass Fishing

Glenn: Hey folks, Glenn May here of And today, I want to talk to you about frog
fishing. One of the most fun ways to catch bass is
with frogs. Hollow body frogs specifically. That’s what I’m talking about. It can be really exciting. A lot of people enjoy fishing this way. So, I want to talk to you a little bit, first
of all, how to rig these up and then how to fish them. So, first of all, what I got here is the Booyah
Pad Crasher, and you can see that right here. The thing about this, notice the hooks. They’re right flush with the body. And you would think when then how does the
fish get hooked, well, when he bites it, the body collapses, see its hollow body. Right? See that? The hooks become exposed and the fish gets
hooked. Other than that, it’s pretty weightless which
means you can throw in a lot of things without getting it snagged up on things. The other thing you wanna notice here is look
how thick and heavy these hooks are. See that? Heavy-duty stuff. So, we need to rig accordingly. We’re gonna be throwing it in some heavy cover. And we need a powerful setup to be able to
drive that thick hook into the fish’s mouth and keep that fish up away from the cover. And don’t let ’em dig and bury in it. So, the rod we have here, this is a 7 foot
3-inch heavy rod, heavy power rod with a fast tip. You can go anywhere from, say, a 7 foot to
a 7’8. Whatever you feel comfortable, there’s not
really a hard set rule. I like a little bit shorter rods, so I’m on
the little bit shorter end of that spectrum of the 7’3. You need a fast tip because you needed to
be able to throw this frog way out there. You usually fishing large flats of matted
vegetation, matted cover, so it’s fan-casting. What I mean by fan-casting is you make a cast
on the 10 o’clock position, do your retrieve. The next cast is at the 11 o’clock. The next cast is at 12, and so on and so forth. You’re covering a very careful selective pattern
but because it’s a big vast of matted weeds, you’ve gotta get it fired way out there and
fish it thoroughly. So, you need a rod tip that’s gonna throw
it out there. I’ve got paired with it 50-pound Seaguar Kanzen
line. And there’s a real specific reason why I’m
using this. First of all, braided line is…it’s buoyant. I don’t wanna say it floats but it’s buoyant. And so that’s gonna help keep this frog above
the surface. You don’t want any line that can sink and
bring it down. Second, it’s 50-pound because once you get
above that 50-pound mark, it’s a little harder to cast. It inhibits especially limits the casting
distance. So, a 65-pound braid or higher… like I said
you’re making long casts, and that sort of goes against the grain for frog fishing. So, I keep it at 50-pound. I’m also using the Kanzen line rather than,
say, Seaguar Smackdown because Kanzen, it’s a thicker diameter braid. It has less…or it has more water resistance. It has more surface tension. So again, it helps keep it above the…floating
on the surface. Smackdown is a really thin diameter line,
great for low-vis situations but we’re not worried about that, in this case. We’re making a lot of commotion with this
frog so the fish are going to be honing in on this. So, Kanzen is the perfect candidate for frog
fishing. With it, I’ve got here the Kast Assassin. KastKing Assassin reel. I’m not so concerned about gear ratio speed
on it. Now, I know a lot of guys like really fast
gear ratio 7:3:1 or higher. They believe that if you…the fish blows
up on a frog, you can reel it in a lot faster and fire back out and try to get that fish
again. Here this is a 6:3:1 gear ratio. And there’s not a whole heck of a lot of difference
between 6:3 and 7:1 when you’re reeling in as fast as you can. When you’re reeling really fast, it’s maybe
half a second difference, not a whole lot. Back in the day, it shows you how long I’ve
been fishing, decades ago, all the rage was low gear ratio reels especially for flipping
and pitching when it first came out. That was what a lot of people went to. I’m talking 4:3:1, 3:5:1. Real low because they had a lot of torque,
a lot of power. And the thought was that’s what you need to
wrench those fish. This is basically a winch. That’s what you need to get those fish out
of the cover. Nowadays, it’s kind of…you kind of hard
pressed to find a reel that’s under 6:1:1 gear ratio. So in this case, 6:3:1. I like that, I like that power for fishing
and some heavy-duty slop. So, you want that…you want a little more,
ummph, you know, to get that fish out of that cover. The more important thing about it, a reel
selection in this is the drag. This has 16 and a half pounds of drag. Most reels that come on the market today are
around 11, 12 pounds. There’re some reels that have more drag than
that. This isn’t the only one that’s got a lot of
drag power too it, but that’s what you wanna look for. Something above, say, 15 pounds of drag. Again, when the fish buries up in those weeds,
you need something to wrench it out, and if you’ve got a drag that’s only 11, 12 pounds
that’s gonna be tough for you. So, drag is more important, in this case,
than gear ratio in my opinion. All right. So that’s the setup. Now, let me talk a little bit about how to
fish it. Keri: There you go. Glenn: There we go. Boy, I had to wait. There we go. That’s a decent fish. Keri: Frog Fish! Glenn: A mouthful of frog. A mouthful of frog, look at that. See that? See that? That’s the key folks. When you’re…when you’re fishing frogs, you
gotta wait for it. Don’t set the hook right away when they blow
up on it. That fish right there, you blew up on it and
I waited and waited and waited until I saw the line swimming off. And then I tightened down on just to make
sure he had a good bite it and set the hook. What you wanna do is have a little bit of
slack in that. So, if you let it tighten up too much and
set the hook, you just gonna pull his head. So, in one swift motion, drop the rod tip
and yank really hard. It’s like cracking a whip. By throwing that slack in there, you can drive
these big, thick hooks right into his face. Gotcha, buddy. All right, let’s let you go. Going down over here. The first thing about the Booyah Pad Crasher
to know is it’s kind of…it’s belly weighted. It’s got a little keel to it, so when you
throw it it almost always lands right on its stomach, which is great. You want it to float the correct way. And that’s the key to it. It floats. Use that to your advantage, guys. If you’re throwing it down just cranking it
back in, then you’re not using the hollow body frog the way it’s designed. They float, which means you can let it sit
in one spot for a long period of time. That’s what it’s for. That’s the type of fishing we’re doing here. You wanna throw it out there, let it sit. You don’t even bring, reel it in. Just let it sit for a little while and then
slowly bring it back, make a little bit of disturbance on the water. I’d like to twitch the reel handle a little
bit, twitch the rod a little bit to give a little action and then pause, and let it sit. And I’ll let it bake there for 10, 15 seconds,
may be more. If I’m fishing heavy matted cover, I’ll get
it over to like a spot that’s open, like a little opening and let it sit, up to a minute. Don’t even move it. Just let it sit for a minute and then give
it a little twitch with your rod tip and let it sit a long time again. My retrieves can last 5, 6 minutes on one
cast. You just work it very, very slowly because
that’s the whole thing behind a floating frog like this. It’s not gonna get hung up in those weeds,
and it’s gonna sit there and float. You can just bug a fish. You can basically entice him into biting. I like to throw it also in flooded bushes,
flooded timber, in and around that. I’ll work it through that area, find a little
pocket and let it sit right in there and just twitch it. Keri: There you go. Glenn: There we go. Keri: What did I say? Glenn: Right here. Oh boy, come here. Come here, honey. You ate that thing. Both hooks. With both hooks, look at that. Look at that. Both hooks right in its face. Think he wanted that? Again, just waiting. Let him blow up on it. Give it a second or two, reel it down. If you see the line swimming off, it starts
to tighten up, crack that whip. Nice frogfish. Right there. Let’s let this guy go. Sometimes what’s really fun, throw it over
a little branch of a bush or a tree. Throw over the branch, let it hang there. You can just dip it. Dip it up and down. Let it sit in the water a little bit, then
pick it back up and plop it right back down in place. And that can annoy a fish to death and he’ll
end up smacking it. I mean, just think about ways that you can
work a lure in place, that’s how you want to work a frog. Now, that said, you do wanna create a disturbance
on the matted vegetation. Say, matted hydrilla, matted milfoil, and
this right out of the box is not too heavy of a lure. And you gotta make a disturbance, and when
that vegetation is really matted thick over, this is just gonna come up, you’ll know the
difference. You throw it out there, just kind of pulling
across the top. It’s not even making any disturbance at all
on the surface. Well, here’s the trick that I like to do. Go to Walmart, get yourself some BBs, just
like you would for a Daisy BB gun. With this frog, you can take it and flip it
around. Grab the hooks and just flip it around like
this, so it’s flipped over. Now, if you notice here, look at that hole,
see that? You’ve got a little hole right there. You can put the BBs in right there. So, what I like to do is just drop a few in
there, maybe 5 or 10 BBs, not a whole lot, doesn’t take much. But what you’re doing is you’re giving a little
bit of weight so it creates a little more disturbance on the surface. And you just flip the hooks back around like
I just did, and you’re good to go. You might have to go as much as, say, 15 or
20 BBs but really that’s an extreme case. That puts or gives about an ounce and a half
weight, so that’s a pretty heavy bait. But give it just a little bit of weight like
that and that’s going to create that disturbance that those fish need when they’re sitting
up underneath those weeds to hone in on this bait. One more thing I wanna talk about is the color. Believe it or not color can make a difference. I know a lot of people think the fish is looking
up and all they see is a shadow. I’ve seen a difference when I’m going to a
color like this, to more of a multicolored, like it’s a frog pattern. So it’s more of a camo pattern or just a straight
white belly. I have noticed when fish are coming up and
looking at it and swimming away from it, or they blow up on it but they’re not taking
it. Just change the color and that will get them
to commit and you’ll end up catching a lot of fish. So, I hope those tips help. For more tips and tricks and for the answers
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100 comments on “How To Fish A Frog For Big Fish (The Best Ways) | Bass Fishing

  1. Great Video! I have two hollow bodies that I can't wait to use. Really liked your tip on loading BB's for a little extra weight.

  2. Love fishing a frog lure. 50lb braid??? Never used that but will consider it. Can't wait for the day when I have a bass swallow my frog lure!!!

  3. Thanks Glen…another good video. I'm another "frogman" too.
    Love fishing topwater, but the weedless/snagless way a good frog works is super fun. I love casting into practically anywhere, with confidence that I won't get hung up.
    Great suggestion on waiting up to a minute before any retrieve. Give the "startle" of the cast time to go away.

  4. Never have fished a frog that slow!! Maybe that's why I don't catch many fish on a frog. Will definitely try that time I fish a frog. Great video!!!

  5. Thanks I loved to learn about that cansin line by Seaguar. I don't think I spelled either of those right though. I've never heard of cansin line before, so that was cool to see

  6. Still after my first Frog fish. I've had a few close ones and always forget to let the fish take it before I try and set the hook.

  7. I love hollow body frogs! I've caught many large and smallmouth bass as well as muskie and pickerel.

  8. This is my first season trying frog fishing and it's been amazing! Had trouble at first getting a hook set as I wasn't waiting….I'm definitely gonna use these tips especially the fan fishing to bring more bass in! thanks again for another great video and tips.

  9. Can't beat frog action. Where can i find a heavy action rod. Everywhere I look I an only find med heavy?

  10. I've never used a bait cast reel. but after this video I think I learned a lot. I'm also looking to expand my tools to fish and catch bigger fish.

  11. Thanks for these tips on Frog fishing, Glenn. I'm glad I didn't call you Gene again there….

    It's hard to find suitable targets for frogs in western NC because the lakes in my area don't have much vegetation, but they do work at dawn and at night around docks.

  12. Good information. I especially like where he says you can put in BBs to add weight and action for heavy cover. I can't wait to try it.

  13. I'm not sure why but I thought walking the frog was the only thing you could do with 'em. lol. thanks for the awesome video!

  14. this one of my favorite ways to catch fish. caught my pb on a frog. I do notice the bigger fish just come up behind it and suck it in while its paused as opposed to slamming it on the move . so if I hear that slurp and the frogs gone I know a biggins got it down its throat. there is so many subtleties to frog fishing, color cadence and various retrieves can all make a difference.

  15. Nice video! I fish the pad crasher brand. And as he said in the video, they are very weedless and great to use!

  16. I've also heard of wrapping a length of solder wire around the hooks to give it a deeper stance in the water, letting the fish inhale it better. I'm gonna try it tomorrow! Thanks Glenn

  17. Thanks for the tip Glen. I am an impatient one who rarely lets the frog sit for longer than 20 seconds. I will have to find a way to restrain my urge to twitch the frog around.

  18. Man I have been fishing the frog all wrong that thing with the BB s I didn't know and the retrieve I have been letting it sit but I ges I haven't been leaving it long enough this video has given me some good ideas

  19. I have never let the frog just sit in place. Thanks for the b.b. tip, I will definitely have to try it. Thanks for all of the tips and videos.

  20. Just did got done doing some fishing with my top water frogs. My 3 favorite frogs are by savage gear, doomsday and lunker.

  21. Excellent frog fishing video. Lots of good tips. The hang over the branch tip would make a great video.

  22. Never tried frog fishing, need to try it. My youngest was frogging and the only think he was able to catch was another frog.

  23. I really need to learn how to properly fish a frog. I can use a popping frog but a regular hollow body I can't really use. Great video!

  24. I love topwater fishing. I used to frog all the time. then I moved away from it due to poor hook ups. bought the bbz1 rat and haves used that most of the time top water. This summer will do more froggin with grass and lillies

  25. The strength of drag is something I hadn't considered. Now I have to find out how strong the drag is on my reels is . The BB trick is also interesting. Thanks! Question: do the BBs make the frog rattle?

  26. I didn't think that there was a whole lot of things to do to change up frog fishing. I always expect to hear the same things about a technique from one video to the next but this channel never fails to prove me wrong. You guys always share some really unique pointers that I don't hear anywhere else.

  27. Good video, Glenn! Like many other anglers, my biggest fault is not letting the bait soak. However, when I get a blow-up, I will only wait long enough until I no longer see the frog before I set the hook. That way, I am reasonably sure that he has it. I prefer a higher speed reel (7.3:1), not to get the lure back to the boat, but to rapidly take up the slack before the hook set. I also use 65 lb braid, and when it starts looking washed out and faded like a big white rope in the water, I will color the first five feet or so with a black Sharpie

  28. Great tips – especially the BB's! Sometimes if I can't create enough disturbance, I switch to a popping frog.

  29. I have never frog fished, but it looks pretty simple. I will try it for sure and then comment on it in next video. Thanks for this video 👍🏼

  30. Never thought to slow down that much while frog fishing, will have to try it next time out. Thanks for the advice!

  31. Good video, I know a lot of guys (self included have a low hook-up ratio on frogs . I'll be trying some of the things you mentioned . 13 minutes is a little long for my viewing attention but well produced.

  32. Thanks for the tips I like the BB's to add and throwing it over a lim and dipping it in the watering let the fish hit it like that I can see that being fun.

  33. I love your videos. They are super informative and you say what you believe is right. I totally agree, why have a 8.1 gear ratio with only 13 pounds of drag. Any fish over 5 pounds can easily wrap you up in 20 pounds of lily pads.

  34. I'm age 60+ and started bass fishing only in recent years. I credit Glen and his videos with most of the useful fishing knowledge I've learned. The toad fishing tip of using a weighted hook that he and his wife discuss in another video resulted last week in the largest bass I've caught.

  35. Uhh well so far the Bass at the spot I fish don't like the frog I assume I'm fishing it wrong? I've been doing the twitch twitch pause and nothing.. The spot I fish has a lot of Lilly pad's I've managed to get the frog snagged many time's I'm surprised I haven't lost it yet, and when I cast my line seems to always grab something like tall grass or a dead tree seems to be the most common way I end up snagged. I can't fish worm's I don't think because of the lilly pads and whatever else the worm might get snagged on and with my 20lb braided line I seem to not be able to cast more then I'd say 10-15 feet from the bank I'm using a Abu Garcia Ultra max bait caster I even put a 1/16 oz bullet weight didn't seem to help much getting it casted out more. However my Booyah 3000 spinning reel with a frog goes at least 25-30 feet. However I haven't tried putting a worm on that spinning reel and I haven't tried putting a frog on the bait caster either so maybe that might explain ..

  36. Thanks for info !Alot of guys walk the frog,I like how you are working a frog,seems alot more realistic,never seen a frog moving thru the water like some of these guys walk them.

  37. You got any videos on how to use a baitcaster reel? I'm tired of spinning reels I wanna learn something different. I'm 44 yrs and I've never used a baitcaster before…

  38. Thanks for the great tips! I'm gonna slow my booyah way down… I throw it semi-often but don't get the results that I hear about. Definitely gonna slow it down.

  39. For me, I think what helps with hook-set patience is visualizing what the fish is doing… They grab the frog, possibly quick readjust it in their mouth(they don't always get the whole lure initially), turn around(better hook angle), dive(better line tension). Sounds crazy, but this is what I picture when a fish grabs my weedless topwater lures… If you slack the line by dropping your rod tip, they are very unlikely to spit out soft plastics. They love to munch on em. Then you cross their eyes.

  40. that's the same frog (and color) i used to get a 9lber out of Sawgrassbassin's (aka captain mikey) backyard lake!

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