87 frog tips for bassin'

Bassmaster Magazine readers' best frog tips

41. Short and soaked

I like to take a Snag Proof frog and trim one of the legs about a half-inch shorter on one side. This creates less drag on one side and makes it easier to walk the dog. I also soak the legs in an attractant to give off a scent trail in the water.

Nathan Alexander, Bigelow, Ark.

42. Try the stinger hook

Here are pictures of something I have been using for more than 20 years for short strikes on topwater frogs. I call it my stinger hook.

Mike Maring, San Antonio, Texas

43. Trim the tails

I always cut the tails off three-quarters of an inch. This makes the frog walk side-to-side a whole lot better and at the same time reduces the amount of short strikes.

Cody Milton, Searcy, Ark.

44. Make it snag-proof

This is another tip to try to improve the hookup ratio, which we all know is a problem. I take a small spinnerbait trailer hook and slip the surgical tubing over the eye of the hook, then run one of the hooks of the frog through the tubing. The hook will stand straight back and will not hang down and snag in the grass or whatever you are throwing it in. You can also put one on each hook to increase the hookups.

Eric Cantrill, Burnet, Texas

45. Add some weight to vary depth

Put weights on your Snag Proof frog. Reel the frog fast enough so the nose of the frog goes down, making a huge wake off of the eyes, and stop about 10 feet from shore so any following bass can hit the frog.

Joey Kelly, Centralia, Wash.

46. Ways to adjust depth

Put some lead tape on the frog's belly, with more in the back than the front (not too much, though). This allows for a longer cast, a slower presentation when needed, and better action moving through the water. The bass can sense the difference, especially in open water. When I think a frog is sitting too low, I stuff a couple of pieces of cut-up plastic worm inside it. This also allows for a longer cast and more floatation.

Tony Mehrl, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

47. Make your frog appear more natural

Cast the frog up on the edge of the bank and just twitch it off. This looks natural plus sometimes this will cause sand or debris to fall into the water, which tends to attract the bass.

Mike Pace, Atlanta, Ind.

48. Give your frog some candy

I use this trick every time I fish hollow-bodied frogs. On the way to my fishing destination I stop by a gas station and get my favorite childhood candy, Pop Rocks. (I buy a few packs because I gotta have some, too.) When I start fishing I make the leg holes a little bigger and put some Pop Rocks into the frog's body. (In the newer body styles, I make a 1/4-inch cut in the center of the frog's back lengthwise to insert the Pop Rocks so I don't damage the legs.) When the Pop Rocks come in contact with water they start crackling and popping, and they also leave scent behind. Try different flavors to see which one the fish like the best.

Adam Foster, Coweta, Okla.

49. Use logs and laydowns

Look for a laydown log or tree lying on its side with some of it sticking out of the water and about 2 to 4 feet from the shore. Cast to the shore, pull the frog in the water and shake. Try to make a lot of commotion. Then pull the frog on top of the log and let it sit there for three to 10 seconds. Then jerk the frog, making it appear to have jumped from the log into the water, and start to swim it back to you. Most hits come within the first 1 to 3 feet of "jumping" it off the log or laydown.

Ron Caponigro, Bensalem, Pa.

50. Cast into the lily pads

When frog fishing lily pads, an ideal cast that provokes many aggressive strikes is one that lands about 2 1/2 feet into the lily pads. Then walk the frog a couple of times until you reach the open water edge. Make sure you pop the frog just a little and wait ... A big bass will watch the frog land, and then wait until that open water moment to strike!

Nick Anton, Traverse City, Mich.

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