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scrappydotou
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 01:09 PM 06/28/08 (CST)
I was wondering if anytone had had any advise on how to use Artifical Frog luers. I was planning to fish coon lake for bass and have one but dont really know how to ues it. Do i let it sink or stay on the top of the water,And how should i retrive it? thanks!
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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 10:13 PM 06/28/08 (CST)
From my own use.. ya want to find the heaviest cover and either use the along the weed lines.. or right on top of it. Flipping seems the best with a little heavier line than you normally use because you're trying to bring a fish OUT of the cover if ya hook one.

I have two different kinds of frogs I use.. one is a weedless one that's pre-rigged with a hook and weed guard. That one floats unless I put an egg sinker on. The other are the Gulp frogs thatn generally sink, those are the ones I use a #5 Gamakatsu worm hook with and work along the weed lines but not directly IN the weeds since you sort of Texas rig the frog but can still snag weeds.

That's what I do anyway.. I'm sure there's (as in all fishing) many more opinions, and whatever catches fish works laugh smiley



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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 11:20 AM 06/29/08 (CST)
Thank you for the tip I have a weed less style that i will be using so i will try for the weed I espessially found the heavier line tip to be a good idea because i didnt think of that...Well off to coon lake to try for some bucket mouths!
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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 09:26 PM 06/29/08 (CST)
Well just got back From coon lake and I was fortunate enough to go fishing with my Father and my girlfriend and wouldn't ya know I pulled a decent size lage mouth from the weeds while flippin a frog! also I pulled one out from under a tree with a spinner bait but pretty small. Then my girlfriend got Her first bass ever....a three puunder from off the dock with a crawler and bobber! So it was a good day for all but my father who just got sunfish and perch but he was happy! Anyways thank you for the tip on the frogs Sportsnut it really paid off! Happy fishing!
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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 12:46 PM 06/30/08 (CST)
There are more pro bass fisherman starting to use the frog as a weapon in their arsenal. Dean Rojas is probably the best known. He works edges of cover, docks, and weed lines with great success. They are starting to use it now in more open water.
I enjoy topwater fishing more than any other. Hence my name! I fish it because I enjoy it. There are many better ways of catching fish at times but none as fun. I started fishing a lake in Minnesota 20 years ago with topwater lures. Number 1 was the Bass-o-Reno, white and red. There was no other lure! The frustrating part was getting it out of the cover of reeds and lily pads. I then fell in love with the Mann's RAT. They were a small hollow lure that you could drag through anything except bull rushes. Mann's stopped making them last year, but not before my friends and I ordered a gross of them. These lures are lighter than most frogs and it seems to make it easier to get through lily pads. The Spro and Snag proof tournament series are just too heavy for me. They may work better if you fish in heavy matted vegetation. Last year I fell in love with a new lure, The Scum Frog Bigfoot. This lure never seams to snag in lily pads or reeds. The darn bull rushes still eat them though. The action from the little stubs at the end of the feet make this lure a great lure for twitching or with a fast return the feet paddle like a buzz bait. When you’re done wiggling around a hole or point then you can buzz it back to the boat. I have had some nice strikes that way. I have had great success with the bigfoot for bass, and the Northerns love them too. I can't bring my self to use a leader so I will get bit off 3 to 5 times in a week. The hardest thing to learn when fishing frogs is to pause after the fish strikes. I don't know how may lures I have removed from the mouth of a big bass by setting the hook too fast. You have to wait until you feel the weight of the fish on the line or count one one thousand two one thousand. This can be an eternity when a good fish blows up on the bait. You need to wait until the fish turns and starts heading in another direction, then cross his eyes! If you haven’t fished for a while you get anxious and it's hard to wait, but your hooking success will increase tremendously. I use a 7 foot pole with a fast retrieve reel and 20 pound braided line. I know many others that use even heavier, but I like the casting distance I get from the lighter line. Fish can spook easily in shallow water, so the longer a cast the better chance you have. The 7 foot pole helps to get them up to the surface; you can’t let them take you down in heavy cover. I enjoy the adrenaline rush after hooking up with a large bass. I caught one in heavy pads two years ago that went 22 inches. I screamed after landing that one. My brother said that I should have yelled louder because not everyone in Minnesota heard me.

I got to get out soon, now that I’m all excited just thinking about it.
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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 06:40 PM 06/30/08 (CST)
Topwater.. those are all pre-rigged frog lures right?? Since I don't think I saw any mention of hook size.

Anyway.. I brought out my Yum! Buzzfrogs yesterday from around 5 pm until 7 pm and played with them a bit.. nothing big ever tried to take them, just a bunch of tiny smallmouth bass attempted to get them...

The 'Buzzfrogs' are a little thicker weight than some of the others I've used.. and I may be going to a size or two more than #5 Gamakatsu hooks to make sure the lure allows a hookset. I may go up to a #7
EWG Monster hook.

I too, will not use a leader with frogs.. it makes them sink too much for my liking.



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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 07:34 PM 06/30/08 (CST)
I've been eying some of the gulp frogs and I will give them a try this season. I fish two types of area's pads and weeds. I think the gulps may do better in the reeds because they sink a little. If i was going to just catch fish I would fish more worms but I want the topwater strike!



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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 12:32 PM 07/01/08 (CST)
They do sink.. but they also will stay on the lily pads and slightly thick cover without sinking if yer lucky enough to find the giant fish lurking there.



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