Covering Water with a Buzz Toad
Your topwater toad sizzles steadily across the otherwise calm surface of a serene lake. Suddenly, a heart-stopping blow up from a fired-up bass changes the mood!
That’s toad fishing.
Rigged weedless on a single, high percentage extra wide gap (EWG) hook, toads give access to areas off limits to traditional buzzbaits while still calling fish with surface splashing sound.
Toads are perfect for buzz-sawing through expansive fields of pads or grass as well as docks, sea walls, rip rap and the like. While their cousin—the hollow body frog—may work better for targeting single, isolated pieces of cover, toads help anglers cover more water faster in search of active fish.
When toad fishing, stick to braided line. Braid floats and keeps the nose of the lure up so it can climb over snags. Plus, you’re likely throwing a toad in places that call for strong line, and fish are blowing up on it so aggressively that you’re just hanging on for dear life. The low stretch characteristics of braid will help you get the hook in the fish, while the toughness of the line will help you get the fish in the boat.