Early Season Frog Fishing

I was at the tackle shop over the winter and saw Lunkerhunt’s Pocket Frog for the first time. I had zero hesitation purchasing it; I had been searching for a good small frog for quite a while. This frog had my favorite features: Moving legs, a small profile and double hooks.

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The reason I love small frogs like this is that it gives me the ability to fish them on monofilament line and still have a fairly decent hook up ratio. Since I don’t have any intentions of fishing a small frog on pads or heavy weeds I can get away with using a smaller and lighter line.

The temperatures finally warmed up to the mid 60’s for a few consecutive days and the bass have moved back into the shallows. The lake I planned to fish this in is heavily pressured, so the popular crankbaits and soft plastics are usually a bust. Top water is usually a safe bet in early spring, but the large number of fallen trees make it difficult to fish anything with exposed hooks. I tied on the Pocket Frog and started working the shallows, and it didn’t take more than a minute to have my first strike. I had set my drag too loose and the hook didn’t stick, so I adjusted my drag and kept working around the lake. The bite was consistent after that, reeling in one fish after another. I even managed to tempt fish up out of 10 ft deep pocket. It was clear that the fish had never seen this lure before and had zero hesitation striking at.

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In southern Indiana most people claim that frog season doesn’t start until late May or early June, but they ignore a simple fact: if you can hear frogs croaking, it is already frog season. Most people disregard frogs as a good tactic to fish weedless water, but they are missing a fantastic, underutilized bait. Most fish haven’t had this lure thrown at them, and lures that have very natural action like these entice the most aggressive bites in the spring.

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An average hour session fishing this lake with all the other lures in my tackle bag produces 6 fish, as you can see by the pictures I had no trouble surpassing that number with this lure. This is a new tactic for me, and it is one I will undoubtedly be using much more during the early spring.

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I encourage you to give this a try on pressured lakes, I was amazed with the results it produced for me.

As always, tight lines

-Isaac

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One New Thing: Zebco Z-Cast Telescopic Rod

I’m getting ready to go on a trip and I didn’t want to take one of my better fishing rods so I decided to try out my zebco z-cast telescopic spinning rod (5’6 medium action). One my drive out to the west coast the first stop is at Keystone State Park in Oklahoma, the lake there claims to have walleye, bass, catfish and stripers. I’ll have about an hour to fish the lake and plan to hit it hard with inline spinners and jigs. Since this is very far from the landscape and conditions I fish it’ll give me a chance to catch my first walleye.

I took the zebco z-cast telescopic rod out for a quick test today and my first impressions are not very good. The rod claims to be a medium action, but it feels more like a light action. I rigged with an ultralight reel and 4 lb test line: the way it handled I couldn’t imagine it being able to handle anything heavier than that.

I will do an full review of this product when I am able to use it different conditions