Throwing frog lures over weed beds and across lily pads is one sure fire way to make a bass strike hard from below.
Bass and frogs tend to hang out in similar spots i.e anywhere there is lots of cover. Large weed beds in particular are a frog favorite.
Using soft hollow bodied frogs is a tried and tested tactic that has landed many's the lunker.
If you have never tries them before then read on as we dig a little deeper into what works best and what kind of tackle to use.
Best Frog Lure
The best frog lures will mimic the action that a real frog makes as it swims across the top water of a pond or lake.
- Hooks pointing up(weedless)
- Rubber legs
- Sized correctly
- Natural colors
They will generally be considered "weedless" lures. A weedless lure is one that has the hooks protected from being snagged on weeds by having the hooks point in and behind the body of the lure.
In the case of topwater frog lures the hooks will generally point upwards. Seeing as the lures float on the top of the water the hooks will always be up on top of the back of the frog so the chances of getting snagged are minimal
But how do you fish a frog lure?
Firstly you need the right tackle!
A light weight setup is in no way strong enough for fishing with frogs. A good frog rod should have the following characteristics:
- Around 7 feet in length
- Heavy power rating
- Should have a fast action.
Line wise you are looking at roughly 50 lbs braid. Depending on the brand that you use you can get away with 40 lbs.
For the most part you will need a baitcaster that has a high gearing ratio on it.
Frog lures are generally cast across and on top of weed beds. However you can of course cast them just about any place that you think bass might be hiding out.
For the most part though weed beds, submerged trees and the banks of lakes that have a lot of vegetation will be the best place to catch bass with frogs.
Always try to vary how you retrieve the frog. At the end of the day you goal is to mimic how a frog would naturally swim across a pond or lake. So be sure to pause regularly just like a frog would.
If you are in more open water between two different weed beds then it makes sense to retrieve the frog at a consistent pace just like a frog would.
Different Types of Frog Lures
There are a number of different types of frog lures available on the market, the most popular kinds would be:
- Hollow bodied
- Crankbait style
- Topwater popper style
Without a doubt the most popular type is the hollow bodied lure. They will usually come with soft rubber legs. The legs are designed to move about as the lure is being retrieved.
The legs can either be lifelike and molded from rubber or they can be just strips of rubber that are attached on either side of the frog body.
For the soft hollow body lures there will be two hooks one on either side and both will point upwards. The hooks are both connected to the eye at the front where you tie in.
The reason they are soft is so that when a fish strikes the lure their mouth will naturally push down the soft upper back of the lure and expose the hooks leading to better hook rates.
Frog Lure Colors
There is a huge range of colors available but do always try to stick to the more natural looking ones. If you can try to find a frog near by and see what kind of color it's skin is. Any easy way to find then is to lift up any object that they can naturally use for cover.
The most common colors will be in either a green of brown with a natural pattern on top.