The summer season is an impeccable time to fish a frog. These topwater lures look enticing and create reaction strikes like you have never seen before. Sunrise and sunset are my most successful durations but don’t count the frog out when the sun is sitting high in the sky.
Here’s the lowdown on the different types of frogs that you’ll see on the shelf:
Rubber frogs generally come pre-rigged with weedless hooks and will often be sold individually. I find that these lures are a great choice for open water or near structure and weeds. They can be fished virtually anywhere as most are made to land upright. Some of the proven makers here are SPRO, Mann’s, Stanley, River2Sea and Scum. Hop them along, burn them across the surface, or even walk-the-dog for a pause and retrieve presentation. They are the most versatile out of the two types.
Soft plastic frogs often come in packages because they are not as durable. This gives you, the angler, several options as far as rigging is concerned. Also, soft plastic legs make a lot of commotion in the water as the frog is being retrieved. My trick is to fish this type of frog when the surface is choppy, and when bass are holding close to the edges of weed lines. I have had great success with products from Yum, Stanley, Zoom and Strike King.
Last but not least, there are certain gear combinations that will help you land more fish. This type of fishing can be a love-hate relationship; you’ll lose fish due to thick weeds and line breaks if you’re not using heavy gear. The key to both types of lures is to find what the bass are looking for in a meal; do they want a stop and go retrieve, or do they want the frog that seems to be zipping across the pads at a constant speed?
Like they say, there’s only one way to find out.