How to effectively use a popping frog for summer bass fishing

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Fishing with a popping frog in the grass during summer can be incredibly rewarding if done right. Last weekend, we ventured to Neely Henry Lake and had a productive time using this technique. Here’s a breakdown of our approach and tips to help you succeed.

We focused on the main lake grass lines adjacent to shallow flats. These areas are prime spots for bass seeking cover and food. Another productive area was the grass patches nestled between docks. These spots offer a mix of cover and open water, making them ideal hunting grounds for bass. We noticed that areas with less boat traffic were more productive. The disturbance from frequent boat movement can make bass wary. Shade is crucial, especially during the hot summer months. We targeted shaded spots, which are natural ambush points for bass.

We fished from about 5 p.m. until sundown. This timeframe is often ideal because the cooler temperatures make bass more active and willing to strike. Make sure to also fish during sunrise. We used the Spro Bronzeye Pop 40 and 50 in the color Nasty Shad. These topwater lures are known for their ability to mimic the sound and movement of a frog on the water’s surface. Their realistic appearance and action make them perfect for enticing bass hiding in the grass.

Using the right gear is essential for successful frog fishing. For the Spro Bronzeye Pop 50 we recommend a heavy action rod around 7.3 feet in length. This length gives you the leverage needed for long casts and strong hook sets. A high-speed baitcasting reel with a gear ratio of 8.1:1 helps you quickly take up slack and maintain control of the fish. For the line, braid is the best option due to its strength and lack of stretch, which ensures solid hook sets. We used 50 pound test braid to handle the thick grass and hard-hitting bass. For the Spro Bronzeye Pop 40 use the same reel and braid but switch out the rod for a 6.9 foot heavy action.

Accurate casting is crucial. Aim to place your popping frog as close to the grass edge as possible. Precision casting increases your chances of getting a bite. Use a varied retrieve to mimic the natural movement of a frog. Experiment with different speeds and pauses to see what the bass respond to best. Sometimes, the bass need a bit of coaxing, so don’t be discouraged if you don’t get a hit right away. Persistence pays off.

Fishing with a popping frog in the grass during summer can lead to some memorable catches. By focusing on the right locations, paying attention to boat traffic and shade, and using the right gear, you’ll increase your chances of success. We had a great time on Neely Henry Lake and managed to catch about 8 fish, proving that this method works. Give it a try on your next fishing trip and enjoy the thrill of topwater bass fishing!

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