Frog Fishing 12 Months A Year
Editor's note: This blog installment comes from Fishhound pro staffer Capt. Mike Gerry.
Over the years that I've been fishing Guntersville, I've found that a frog, when combined with the right set of circumstances, can catch fish 12 months a year. I used to believe that we had a window of opportunity for frog fishing, and it all depended on the grass-growth schedule. But I've since realized that you can catch good fish anytime on a frog if you just use the natural surroundings to your advantage.
The fact is, my history tells me that there was an opportunity to catch fish on a frog every month of the year over the past several years. I even had one winter where I caught more big fish on a frog than any other bait that winter season.
The key involved finding two things – active baitfish and cover. Any cover seemed to work, such as boathouses, laydown trees along edges, overhanging branches or grass that hadn't blown away yet. It was just amazing to me to recall all the bass that would strike a frog when those two elements – bait and cover – were right.
That winter happened to be cold. My data showed the outside temperature in the low-40s, but the grass hadn't been totally eliminated and we caught some of the biggest fish for that year of fishing.
What many people don't realize is that a frog is real easy to pitch into tree limbs and laydowns, with basically zero chance of it hanging up. And the truth is, you don't need grass to produce a frog bite or a big fish, because the frog's a very versatile bait. If you're a dock fisherman I can tell you that a frog can be skipped up under a dock very easily and when bait's present it's as deadly as fishing a jig under a dock.
If you like fishing a frog, you can definitely and easily make it an everyday bait with just a little thought and planning, and it can produce for you all year long.
Capt. Mike Gerry has lived in north Alabama since the 1970s and has been fishing Lake Guntersville for over 35 years. He owns and operates Fish Lake Guntersville Guide Service and books individual, group and corporate trips. He also offers pre-tournament trips for competitive anglers. Visit FishLakeGuntersvilleGuideService.com, send him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (256) 759-2270. He'd love to hear from you!
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