The hollow bodied frog is one of my favorite bass fishing lures. It’s a surface bait and strikes on surface baits are some of the most exciting moments and experiences in all of bass fishing. It seems like no matter how ready I am for a strike to happen, it’s always such a surprise when it does!
In the case of the frog, as for most surface baits, that's beneficial because it gives the bass a moment to really get a hold of the lure before you can gather your wits about you and set the hook.
The frog that I used in my videos is a Tournament Frog made by Snag Proof Lures. It has a hollow body and some jig skirt material for legs. There are two large hooks that come out the back and curl up to the body to make it weed less.
I use it mostly around lily pads but you can use it successfully around any floating or matted vegetation. I will often cast it all the way to the bank and work it over the weeds and out past the outside edge of the weeds to the boat. Leave some room between the boat and the weeds because bass like to position themselves close to weed edges. If you can’t reach all the way to the bank with your cast, make sure that you fish the outside edge of the weeds first then move your boat closer to the weeds so that you can reach the bank.
Edges, pockets, and holes are key locations for fishing the frog. Places where two different types of vegetation meet are also good spots to get strikes as well as isolated clumps of weeds. Look for anything that looks a little bit different than the way that the rest of the weeds look.
The frog has no action of its own so you need to make it look real by retrieving it in a way that makes it look like a real frog. I like to retrieve it in a stop and go motion pausing it from time to time around openings or edges where a bass is more likely to be hiding in ambush and more likely to be able to bust through the weeds and get the frog. I sometimes just reel it in at a constant speed and get strikes, but more fish miss my bait that way, and I need to go back in with my follow up lure when that happens.
Speaking about missed strikes, nearly all surface baits get more than their fair share of these, but the fish that misses the frog shows me exactly where to put my follow up lure. It’s very easy for me to slip a jig into the hole that the bass just made in the weeds trying to get my frog. In my experience a bass will miss my frog about half the time that it strikes at it, but I will be able to catch the fish that missed the frog with my follow up bait about half the time as well. That gives me about a seventy-five percent chance of catching any bass that tries to get my frog. My favorite "follow up" lures are Jigs and Texas rigged worms. Remember to mentally note exactly where the fish missed your frog because sometimes the hole in the weeds can disappear before you can get your follow up lure to the spot.
I like to use a 6 ½ to 7-foot medium heavy rod and 20-pound test line or stronger to fish the frog in heavy vegetation and be able to lift the fish above the vegetation to reel it back to the boat. The same is true for my follow up rig as well.
There are a few tricks I like to do to my frog. One is to put a glass bead into the body of the frog. I put it right in the hole where the hooks come out of the body. When you do this be sure to use a bead that you really need to push on to get it through that hole, otherwise whatever you put in it may shoot out again when you cast the frog. The bead becomes a rattle in the frog, and makes the frog cast a little bit farther because of the additional weight.
I also like to spray scent on the frog for the same reasons I would use it on any lure, but mainly to coax the bass to hang on to the lure long enough for me to be able to set the hook. It’s very important to give the bass a second to fully inhale the lure before you set the hook. If you set the hook too soon you'll just pull it straight out of the fish's mouth. It’s best if the fish has time to grab the bait and turn back into the water before you set the hook. All this happens so quickly that only about a second elapses during the entire process. Just remember to hesitate a little bit before setting the hook.
These frogs come in several different color combinations, and I’ve caught fish on all that I have tried, but I’ve had some special days on the ones that have some red in them.More Tips and How to articles