Bass Fishing with Frog Lures on the St. John’s River

I’ve researched quite a bit information on Bass Fishing with Frog Lures that this post will share with you.  Fishing hollow-body frogs has become an incredible phenomenon all over the country. The neat thing about frog fishing is you learn to creep, walk, chug, pause and — most of all — always be ready for a big fish to crush a frog. This research can help you choose the right gear for frog fishing on the St. John’s, as well as find the best times to fish a frog, where to fish frogs, and different techniques to try the next time you go frog fishing.

frog lureFrog Fishing Equipment

Using the frog lures is pretty easy. Cast it out on the grass and hop it back to the boat. Hooking and landing the big bass that often inhabit this water can be challenging. Typically, experienced frog anglers will use heavy line and fairly stout rods to get these fish. Monofilament lines in the 20-30 pound class are common, and braided superlines in the 50-80 pound class have gained immense popularity in the past few years. Super braids have the ability to cut through the grass more easily than monofilaments and they give you a great advantage in hook-setting power, especially on a long cast. Some anglers prefer low and medium gear ratio reels, like 5:1, for the cranking power needed to winch these fish out of the salad. Others like higher speed reels so they can keep the fish moving toward them when they pull them out on top of the grass. Rods are generally long, from 7-8 feet with a relatively light tip and lots of backbone. The light tip is needed for long accurate casts and the stiff mid and butt sections will set the hook and move the fish. Many rod manufacturers have produced rods that were designed and engineered specifically for fishing frogs and have the action and power necessary to hook and land more frog fish.

Places on the St. Johns to Fish with Frogs

Typical frog water would be a large grassy area, especially with moss or ‘cheese’ growing on top. Other good water would be sparse grass, pads, and the backs of coves where sticks and other debris have accumulated, as well as under overhanging trees. Areas with emergent vegetation and flooded brush and timber can also be very good if there is enough water. There should be sufficient depth of water under the cover and/or close, easy access to deep water so fish will feel confident enough to get under the protective covering. Most anglers wait until the hottest days of summer, when bass will be looking for the cooler, shaded, oxygenated water in the mats, but bass can and will be in these areas at any time of the year, depending on your latitude. Don’t neglect the opportunity! You may be surprised, even in the late fall, early spring or in the winter where the water doesn’t freeze up. It seems like some bass are always in shallow water, and they are always looking for cover and a meal.

Best Frog Lure Fishing Technique

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There are a few different techniques to try when frog fishing. You must learn how to creep, walk, chug and pause the bait. Sounds like of work, I know, but it is really rather simple. After casting the bait to the right place, move it slightly as soon as it hits the water. You want the frog to act scared because Mr. Bass is right underneath him and ready to eat at a moments notice. After a one-second pause, start walking the bait with a side to side motion. (This isn’t the easiest technique to explain, but I’m going to try.) After the frog’s original splashdown, hold the rod low with the rod-tip about a foot above the water. The lure can be activated strictly with wrist-action that pivots from your arm. Due to slack in the line, the rod-tip must move considerably farther than the lure. With an eye on the lure, keep the pulls short (about 6 inches at the frog bait). At the end of each down-stroke, the rod-tip should almost touch the water. Then, without any pause, return the rod tip to its original position, and repeat this action over and over. In the mean time, the left hand operates the reel handle, taking up slack line as it becomes available. (Just remember to always keep a small amount of slack in the line.) When Mr. Bass explodes on your frog, pause and count to two before setting the hook to prevent ripping the bait out of his mouth. Set the hook hard and reel him quickly to the boat.

Frog Lure Choices

Even on a good day, you probably won’t hook more than half of the bass that strike. Weedless frog makers constantly look for ways to improve the hooking percentage.

The Scum Frog (www.scumfrog.com) is one of several hollow soft-plastic baits that easily slide over thick vegetation and sloppy algae. The stout double hooks curl tightly around the back of the bait, where they are shielded from snags. When a bass nabs it, the body compresses and exposes the hooks.

Scum Frog’s Trophy Series, their latest line, has lively silicone strands protruding from each side of the frog that mimic legs. A brass weight fixed to the bait’s rear increases your casting distance and makes the frog’s head sit higher in the water. This posture looks more natural and increases the likelihood that a bass will engulf the hooks.

Booyah Pad Crasher Shaped for outstanding topwater performance, Flow-through design keeps it from sinking, Two hooks improve chances of keeping fish on, With a hollow body and belly shaped like the hull of a bass boat, this lure makes frog-walking action on open water easy. Its flow-through design drains water with each twitch to keep it from filling with water, sinking or snagging. The tough double-hook design and interior weighting system ensure solid hookups.

 

The Boze Sumo Frog (www.naturefriend.com) is similar in design and comes in 5/8- and 3/8-ounce sizes. It has recently become a hot item among West Coast anglers. With its bulging eyes, lifelike body, and long flowing legs, this is one sexy frog.

Snag Proof’s Wiggle Wog (www.greatlures.com/snag), their newest lure model, has a more rounded body and a paddle tail that grabs the water and makes the bait wobble when retrieved. It’s the only weedless frog out there that has this action.

Frogs attract BIG LAZY Bass

Simply put, big bass are big lazy couch potatoes. They will sometimes be in a chasing mood, but most of the time, if they are hiding in the green stuff, they often aren’t very active. They just sit around waiting for a nice easy meal to munch on. They hide to ambush prey as well, but the bigger fish still won’t likely chase down a quick-moving bait. It will just zoom over their head and they will just sit and wonder what all that commotion was.

Video of Big Bass on Frog in St. John’s River

What you need to realize here is that when retrieving these lures, if there is a fish in the area, he has to have time to hear or see the bait, then swim over to the source of the commotion, then inspect it some more, and then decide whether to hit it. Big fish can be very fussy that way. If that frog seems too quick for him to chase down he will often they will turn his head in search of an easier meal. They prefer weak or injured food, not marathon runners! These fish “know” that they might be able to catch this thing, but at the same time could probably just sit and wait for one that is slow or injured and spend a 10th the energy for the same rewards. They are very smart and conservative like that. They don’t grow that large by being stupid and inefficient hunters.

Keep your lines tight and bass fish with Frog on the St. Johns!

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