Fishin' frogs on your local pond in the summertime can be a real blast. The technique is easy, and often one of the few that work to cover a large amount of the slimy, scummy water that you are likely encounter. In fact, my local pond gets so scummed over that many people give up this time of year. I love it! Nothing beats a bass exploding through pads or scum mats and inhaling a frog.
I'm often targeting bass in 2-3 feet of water in the middle of the pond and the day, as they will hold under the pads and scum rather than the marginally deeper water with less overhead. Don't be afraid to go shallow! Skip those frogs under the overhangs, right up to the banks as well.
|Zoom Horny Toad|
|Booyah Pad Crasher|
|Booyah Poppin Pad Crasher|
There are a ton of different frog lures on the market, from soft bodies like the Zoom Horny Toads, Stanley Ribbits and Bass Pro Humpin' Toads, to hollow bodies like the Livetargets, Spro Bronze Eyes, and the ones I've been fishing a lot, the Booyah Pad Crasher's and Poppin Pad Crasher's. The techniques are petty easy. The soft plastics can be fished fast across the top for reaction strikes, or slow enough that they will swim and pause sub surface or even "swim" down to the bottom and back up mimicking real frogs. Vary your retrieves to see what works. The hollow bodies are top water and excel at slipping across the heaviest muck you pond can throw at you. I really like the popping action of the new Booyah. The one line that I was not at all pleased with was Scum Frog. Their legs didn't hold up to strikes.
Booyah's Poppin' Pad Crasher
Hooking the fish in heavy cover is half the battle. A thick matt of scum can make a 3lb. bass feel like 10lbs. of dead weight. Spool up on heavy braid, and when you get the fish boat side, be ready with a net. You'll have to get under the fish and all of the scum. The good thing is that the fish usually can't see the net coming. Lift to hard, and you'll pull the hook or snap your rod tip.
There's a fish down there somewhere.
If you hit your local pond in August without an arsenal of frogs, you are just plain crazy!