5 Tips For Fishing Black Bass With The Toad Frog
That frog fishing is one of the most spectacular and entertaining of bass fishing is not a novelty. By now all fishermen have in their tackle boxes a good selection of the classic frog bait with hollow body.
But there is a type of frog much underestimated by fishermen around the world, especially by Italians. I’m talking about what Americans call Toad Frog, the frogs all made of rubber without the hollow body!
It is a soft bait often not appreciated because its use is not as intuitive as that of the normal floating Frog Bait. But this summer I had the chance to brush up on some top water baits and among them also this soft bait!
After the first launches in which I was a moment surprised by the fact that this frog tends to sink I started to get used to it and it did not take long before I began to see even the first attacks!
Having returned home pleasantly impressed by this bait that I too have often ignored, I decided to make an article to give some small advice for those who want to experience this bait in this final season of fishing on bass!
Use The Frog All Day Long
This is a bit of a tip for all Top Water peaches even though I know it’s going to sound like a heresy to you!
It was hard for me too to convince myself at first to go frog fishing with the sun high in the sky and yet when I saw the fish having some interest in my bait I started to gain more and more confidence.
By that I don’t mean that it’s not true that in summer the bass is more active in the early hours of the day and into the evening, when there is a change of light. But the other hours of the day can also perform well if you believe it!
I don’t think I had those attacks because he was particularly good, but because a bass can not help but be intrigued by a bite so generous that produces strong vibrations afloat as a Buzzin Frog (another name often used to identify this type of frogs because of the buzz effect produced by the legs).
So advice number 1 is to try to clear your mind of all prejudices and believe it!
Choose The Frog To Buy Based On The Shape Of Its Legs
I often notice that fishermen, when they are in the shop to buy bait, often focus on insignificant details leaving out the main features to be taken care of for a bait.
For the Frog Bait silicones the character to pay attention to in my opinion are the legs! And the choice is very simple: bait for when there is wind and bait for when there is no wind.
If you are looking for a Toad Frog that you will probably use in rather windy conditions, I strongly recommend you to look for a toad with the most pronounced paddle standing. This design feature will make it much more “noisy” and will help the fish to better detect the bait in the ripples of the water.
For example, I used Keitech’s Noisy Flapper in these conditions, a Buzzin Frog that has real flappers on its legs that produce a lot of movement!
If you go fishing in less ventilated places you will have to choose frogs with more tapered legs and that produce less vibration. This is because a very noisy bait in these conditions could scare the most suspicious fish.
In this case the choice fell on the Bantamm Frogg of Black Flagg, which has no particular appendages on the legs but still produces a fair movement of water thanks to the weight and conformations of the legs.
Look For Covers And Obstacles!
As for the classic hollow-bodied frogs, also in this case they will be less likely to be used in conditions of “open water”. It is much better to look for covers such as nymphs or structures such as semi-submerged trees and jetties.
I can understand that often being faced with an immense expanse of grass and nymphs can discourage. But what you need to do is look for irregularities and openings in the green carpet. Small openings where to pass our Toad Frog so that the water can immediately trigger the movement of the legs.
If there are no such openings, we will have to concentrate on the edges of the carpet, where the basses often remain in needles waiting for their prey. I’ve seen the bass mouth clearly coming out of the edge of a nymph several times. Usually when I have happened these situations launching as it should my bait when I passed in front of the bass almost always started even quite aggressive!
Always Prepare A Finesse Rod With A Worm
In general, this advice is valid for all bait, in fact it is always good practice to have a light rod with a finesse bait like a Senko or another straight worm.
This is because often we will have the attack or the attack that, however, do not go to score. Hardly immediately relaunching the same bait we will have a second attack, but throwing a bait finesse where we have identified the bass often we will be able to “fool” him equally.
This advice with the Buzzin Frog is even more important because with this type of frog we can not stop the recovery as we will do with a classic Frogbait from the hollow body if we see a fish push or unload behind our bait.
Get Your Punching Rod Ready Too!
We often think that if a fish doesn’t eat on a senko then it won’t eat on anything else! Especially if you’ve already spent time launching a failed attack.
Often the solution could be to leave that area quiet for a while and return after 10 minutes facing it from a different angle or, in the case of grassy covers, going to fish inside to puching!
In these cases finding the “den” where the bass was, won’t be difficult, we’ll just have to fish differently, after all we know that before the bass was in activity!
A silicone grub with a lead suitable for the cover to be pierced could be the right strategy!
As you have seen, the Buzzin Frog is a bait that can often help us locate the fish as well as catch it. It allows us to beat a lot of water quickly and find fish that are likely to hunt or follow.
A Toad Frog is also a real boon to your wallet when you think about the price of the classic hollow-bodied Frog Baits. With the price of only one of these frogs we can buy an entire envelope with more Buzzin frog inside that then we can plunge and arm at will!
One thing not to be underestimated if we think that often one of the difficulties using the normal frog bait is just being able to properly iron the fish. I do not want the companies that build frog baits but often the hooks used are really of questionable quality.
On the other hand, with the Buzzin Frog we have to deal with the fact that we will have to launch and recover continuously, without ever stopping. It’s something that at first can be a little overwhelming. The use of fast recovery reels can help but we still have to get into the right mood!