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How To Fish Frogs | How, When, Where and Why

hey guys Chad Hoover in today's video

I'm talking about frog fishing one of

the top questions I get is Chad do you

like to fish your frog slow or do you

like to fish your frogs fast and the

answer to that question is yes alright

so let me explain one of the top

questions that I could ask because I'm a

frog fishing fanatic is what's your

favorite frog and the real answer to

that question is I don't have a favorite

frog my favorite frog is the one that

I'm catching them on at that time I use

a lot of different types of frogs

whether it's the top toad the SPRO frogs

Booya pad Crashers a big fan of the

strike king frogs it really depends on

the conditions that I'm fishing at the

time which frog I select now I'm gonna

do another video called selecting the

proper frog but that's not what this

video is about this video is about how

to fish a frog when to fish a frog where

to fish a frog and a lot of fish a frog

so let's talk about that so this is your

standard hollow-body frog okay I've done

videos in the past where I talk about

how I determine the length of the legs

and I like to have the link to the legs

be the link to the body because that's a

little bit more anatomically correct for

the type of fishing or for the type of

frog and it gives it the best possible

action if the legs are too long it gets

rid of the side-to-side sweep if the

legs are too short it over-exaggerated

sit and it doesn't give it enough action

and it doesn't make the Frog set nose up

in the water so I like the length of the

legs to be the same length as the body

of the Frog just a good little rule of

thumb most manufacturers make them a

little too long in my opinion so again

I'll flip them over a trim them off make

them even with the nose that's my little

method you find out what works for you

but that works really well for me so

hollow body frogs they come in a couple

of different styles I'm gonna talk about

the two primary versions now I'm a big

fan of adding a little sent to my frog

so I like to keep mine in this

watertight box the reason I like to keep

them in the watertight box is if it

falls over the side I don't have to

worry about it sinking it keeps my frogs

from rusting and then all I got to do is

shake up my cock's juice my JB's fish

sauce or whatever sprinkle it on there

and they're kind of

marinating in that juice that way when

that bass grabs it gives me that little

extra half second or second to set the

hook so let's talk about the two

different types the two primary types

are your pointed nose or what I like to

call a faster-moving frog style and then

your cup mouth your popper style so

let's talk about those two you know it's

late spring and we're gonna be

transitioning I'm sorry it's early

spring but it's been a late winter so

we're gonna transition this summer

pretty fast so water temperatures are

coming up and I've already caught a

couple fish on frogs this year so here's

what the deal is with these pointed nose

right these skinnier frogs the ones that

have the pointed nose on them I use

those for fishing fast and when I'm

fishing those fast what I mean is I am

going to you're not gonna see it but I'm

gonna cast the Frog out and I'm gonna be

twitch real twitch real - it's real and

I'm gonna be walking it at a pretty fast

cadence that's gonna have that frog

coming across those pads real fast

there's two conditions that I choose to

fish a frog fast like that one I like to

fish it fast in heavily pressured waters

because most people in my opinion don't

fish a frog fast enough I like to fish

it any time the cover is scattered so if

I've got pockets of lily pads in open

water pockets of lily pads in open water

pockets of grass and open water would

lay downs with broken-up where there's

clear water in the middle where there's

open spaces think about it like this I

like to do the whole be the Frog thing

and if I was a frog and I was swimming

from a patch of lily pads across open

water to another patch of lily pads I'd

want to get the hell over there as fast

as I could because I'd feel vulnerable

out there in that open water to get

mauled you know by death from below so

I'm gonna move as fast as I can

the other reason I don't like this style

is because I can either fish it directly

tied to braid like I've got here or if I

want to fish it a little slower and have

it swing and kind of walk the dog where

it's still moving fast but it stays in

the strike zone and it's got a little

side swipe where it doesn't make it easy

for them to see that this frog is a

fraud you know that it's an imitation

then I'll go to a mono leader 20 to 25

pounds I'll tie a loop not a lot like

you do for a top water and I'll have

that frog walk the dog the way that you

accomplish that did you cast your frog

out you

hold your rod tip vertical and you want

to snatch and give snatch give real

snatch give real see you twitch give it

some slack reel up your slack twitch

give it some slack reel up it's like so

twitch give real twitch give real and

that frog is going to walk the dog

across the surface that's kind of like

as I'm coming into a feeding time and as

I'm coming out of a feeding time but I

want to fish this faster style frog that

allows me to take a fast frog can fish

it a little slower the main reason that

I fish any other style frog I like to

fish frogs fast as much as I can but if

I'm gonna go to these these popper Mouth

style frogs these ones that spit and

these ones that when you pull them they

spit water and then you pause them that

twitch twitch pause is to situations

where I use them more than anything else

if I'm fishing off peak where the fish

aren't that aggressive and I want the

Frog to stay in the strike zone longer

then I'm gonna slow it way down if I'm

fishing cooler or colder water and I'm

gonna slow way down then I'm gonna fish

this popper style frog if I'm fishing

under docks where I'm gonna skip it up

under there I want to poop and then let

it sit then I'm gonna fish these popper

style spitting frogs the other time that

I'm gonna fish these frogs more so than

the other type is when I'm fishing cover

that isn't broken so if you've got a

solid mat of hydrilla if you've got a

solid mat of a solid surface covered

with lily pads if you've got pretty much

no breaks then I'm gonna fish this type

of frog because I want to pop it and let

it set pop pop and let it sit and I want

to let it stay in the strike zone to

give that bass longer to decide that

it's going to blow up through that mat

and eat that bait if it's fast-moving

and they see it going across the mat and

it looks like it's getting it's already

gotten away they're gonna give up on it

so I have a lot more success in colder

water a lot more success underdogs and a

lot more success during my off-peak

periods my my time between my major

feeding times by using a frog that I pop

pop

pause pop pop pause or pop pause pop

pause then I do one of the faster moving

frogs so if you're choosing a frog and

you heard the beginning of the video

when you say do I fish it faster do I

fish it slow and I was kind of a

Martell Aiken said yes that's why I

actually do fish a frog fast I do fish a

frog slow I just fish it the way that it

needs to be fished at the time so

pointed nose faster moving frog like

this one here fish that on broken water

when you're going to be moving it faster

when the mat is not solid when there's

gaps or when you're in your primary

feeding times when the bite slows down

switch to your popper style if you're

fishing colder water if you're fishing

in and around docks or skipping it up

under floating docks

I'm a big fan of the popping mouth style

I really do like these hybrid style

where it's a little bit of both this is

from Strike King and it's even got the

it's kind of a pop and shad instead of a

frog but it's got the legs oriented to

where it's gonna walk a little better

what's also cool about this thing is is

it's a little harder right out of the

package and so it's a little more

durable but if you boil it in on the

stove for about 15-20 minutes I'm sorry

put it in hot water if you're gonna put

it in boiling water it's about 15 or 20

seconds but if you put it in you know

kind of water that's just below the

Bowlin point put it in there for about

15 minutes it really softens that body

up gives you a better hook up ratio and

just takes that bait dials it in and

makes it you know pretty close to

perfect the other thing that I like

about these style baits is they've got a

weighted keel a little bit heavier than

most of the weighted keels lets it set

up a little bit in the water column and

when you walk it it walks a little

better when that lip catches it spits

and it's just a little bit better frog

for that type of fishing one of the

things I also like about this these type

of hollow bodies is if you want to get a

long cast and if you want to make that

bait bulge simply stick it down in the

water and press on it a little bit kind

of like you do with a squeaky toy or a

toy in the bathtub when your kid and let

it draw in a little water that's going

to make it heavier that's gonna make it

cast further and it's also gonna have it

sitting a little nose up which makes it

bulge more water which is going to get

more attention but it also Orient's

those hooks so that when that bass grabs

it they get hooked right in the top of

the lip so guys that's it do I fish a

frog fast or do a fish a frog slow and

the answer to that question is yes and

this video is naturally going to make

you ask the question what rod reel and

line

do I you so I talked about that a little

bit let's jump right into that and do a

two-for-one on this video where not only

am i telling you how to fish a frog

we're winning why but I'm gonna tell you

what to fish a frog with this is my all

pro rod this is my company so I'll tell

you that up front and this rod is my

baby this is the frog rod that I

designed it is a 7-foot heavy and it's a

moderate fast now one of the things that

we've done with all pro rods we use this

LPA concept it's link power action makes

it easier for you to determine what that

is and on some of our specialty rods

like we've done on this one we actually

have frog written on it now this is a

frog rod but it's also a great you know

2 ounce or less swimbait rod it's a

great multi lure rig rod it's a good

oversized spinnerbait rod it's a lot of

other things but it's primarily designed

for frog fishing now when I'm fishing in

a kayak I don't want a super long handle

so that when I cast the handle hits my

PFD so we shortened the handle just a

little bit but we didn't shorten the

handle and not balanced the rod that rod

if you look at it is almost perfectly

balanced just forward of the handle I'm

using a Lou's high-capacity eight point

three to one reel and thirty pound cans

and braid from Seaguar now I talked

about in this video that sometimes I use

them on a leader a very seldom uses a

fluorocarbon leader every now and then

I'll throw a fluorocarbon leader on

there where I want to make the line sink

it when I jerk the Frog it kind of

bloops under and reaches back to the

surface but that's not that common

that's only when I'm really trying to

get down below the pads get the fish to

see it from a distance in clear water or

if I'm night fishing in certain

situations where I really want to get

that guttural you know Boop and so

sometimes I'll use fluorocarbon

by-and-large straight braid thirty to

sixty pound in a lot of cases I'm gonna

use mono leader again if I'm fishing

it's lower and that line is going to lay

on the water I don't want the braid to

sink or get caught on the vegetation so

I'll go to a three two you know five

sometimes six foot mono leader and that

is pretty much it so I'm gonna keep it

simple

I used this this lose real high-capacity

spool I'm using an 8 3 to 1 gear ratio

again I like to burn it I like to take

up line at that fish

I want to drop my rod tip reel down

catch up the slack boom and then as the

fish is coming to me and I'm going to

the kayak and the fish are converging I

really want to be able to keep up with

it years and years and years I thought

you had to use a slower gear ratio for

fish and frogs for fishing and thick

vegetation you needed to that trade-off

of that torque instead of the speed with

the longer rod with braided line with no

stretch I've really changed my mind on

that I'm a big fan of a high speed gear

ratio I like these wind grips on this

lose reel I like the split grip

lightweight rod balanced this foot rod

is 7/8 I can cast a frog a country mile

in fact the only reason that I've got 30

pound braid on this thing instead of 60

pound as I cast it to the knot on pretty

much every call cast even with a hollow

body frog so the 30 pound kanzen gives

me a little bit more line capacity

because of the the smaller diameter I

still have plenty of strength I set the

hook the longer rod gives me more line

take-up

I do drop down to a 7 foot or a 7 foot 3

if I'm fishing the Frog around docks but

if I'm fishing open water lily pads open

wood anywhere I can get away with the

longer rod I'm using a longer rod

because it's gonna give me longer

casting distance it's gonna give me more

line take-up when I set the hook and

it's gonna give me more leverage when I

hook up that big fish that wants to jump

and shake that thing that you just

pinned to its face so guys that's the

all-pro rods frog rod I'm Chad Hoover

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