A frog lure is an artificial fishing bait that’s used to attract a gamefish’s attention by moving across the water’s surface just like a real frog. Frog lures come in realistic color patterns and have one or more hooks that firmly hold your prey once they strike.
Fishing, or “frogging”, with topwater frogs is one the most exciting ways to catch species like bass and Northern Pike. As an angler, there’s nothing more exhilarating than seeing a large predator emerge from the depths to snatch your frog lure right off the surface!
Since frogging lures come in many shapes, sizes and colors, choosing the right bait for your next fishing adventure is important. Angler-trusted frog lures from Reaction Strike, Castaic and Backstabber Lures are the perfect ticket for putting more monster fish in your live well.
Hollow-Body Frog Lures
These frog lures have soft plastic bodies that are hollow on the inside and manufactured with a double upturn hook to keep unsuspecting prey from letting go. The frog lure’s body is strategically positioned under the hooks so that it won’t get caught in weeds.
Most Popular Hollow-Body Frogs
Popping Frog Lures (Poppers)
Frog poppers are soft plastic, hollow-body lures that are equally effective in open water or thick vegetation patches. A frog popper gurgles, pops and splashes like the “real McCoy” when fished around seedbeds, limbs, lily pads, stumps and rocks- or even through wide-open areas.
Most Popular Frog Poppers
“Walk-the-Dog” Frog Poppers
There are also specialty frog poppers- like the Castaic Solid Leg Frog- that are meant to be
retrieved in a “walk-the-dog” fashion just like a stickbait. These lures produce extra pops and splashes that attract bass from farther away when fishing in stained water.
How to Choose the Right Frogging Tackle
If a monster bass grabs hold of your frog in the middle of a thick vegetation patch, you’d better have the right tackle for the job.
Strong fishing line
When frogging, the visibility of your fishing line doesn’t matter nearly as much as its strength. So that the “big one” doesn’t get away use a braided line with at least a 20-pound test.
High-quality rod and reel
Find a high-performance rod with lots of backbone and plenty of leverage for reeling in large fish. A good quality casting rod from the Bulldawg Trophy Series paired with a solid baitcasting reel should easily do the trick!
Bass Fishing Tips for Topwater Frog Lures
Since frogs are a staple of any largemouth bass’ diet, you’ll put more trophy worthy fish in your boat by using these frogging tips:
- Fish on top of the weeds. With a frog lure, your goal is to entice bass to emerge from underneath the weeds and strike the bait. Cast the frog directly on top of the weeds or lily pads.
- Don’t move your lure. Frog lures are lightweight so that they’ll stay on the surface. Cast your frog right on top of the weeds and then don’t move it for at least 15 seconds.
- Use a slow retrieval. Unlike a spinner bait, you’ll want to use a slow retrieval that could last up to five minutes per cast. The name of the game is creating a slight disturbance on the surface, so after about 15 seconds give your line three quick jerks and reel in the slack.
- Cast out in a fan pattern. Since most weed beds that contain monster bass are also large, you’ll need to cover the entire area by using a fan pattern when casting out each time. For example, if your first cast is at 12:00, which is directly in front of you, the next cast should be at the 1:00 position and so on.
- Wait to set the hook. Although it’s an adrenaline rush whenever a largemouth surfaces to strike your topwater lure, patience is key when setting the hook. Wait just long enough for the line to start moving- which means the bass has taken the bait fully into its mouth.