Fishing the Jungle with a Walking Frog
Few experiences match the thrill of frog fishing—the unexpected, unbridled violence perpetrated on that poor little lure! On the flip side, few experiences match the agony of trying to set a hook in the fish that just smashed your frog—the explosion, the swing and miss, the frog flying back at you.
Hollow-bodied frogs allow anglers to fish through the nastiest cover and over the slimiest slop. The jungle. Where the big bass live. To hook and land these fish, you need the right gear and a wee bit of patience.
To provoke a strike, scurry the frog quickly across open expanses but walk it slowly over matted surfaces, pads and grass. When a fish smashes the frog, make sure the lure is gone inside its mouth before attempting to set the hook. Some people like to count two seconds after they see the strike. In open water you can hit the fish sooner but in heavy cover, you need to show restraint.
When you set the hook, set it hard. Take advantage of the power in that rod and line. This is no time to play pretty. It’s a bare-knuckle brawl. Just crank ‘em in!
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