Frog fishing: it’s time

September is upon us and the fun is about to begin! Every year, about this time, I start to get that urge to watch a bass destroy a frog over the grass. We are right on schedule. The grass is beginning to brown up, turn nasty and icky, and the nastier it gets the better the frog bite. If you go back to the history of this technique, no technique or pattern has brought more people or notoriety to our lake than the explosive frog bite. A big bass breaking through grass and eating a frog is nerve racking and exciting and can test the nerves of many great anglers.
In the late 60s and early 70s Lloyd Talent, of Guntersville, invented this technique and the soft rat (today’s frog) as was termed “rat fishing”, and along with the Guntersville grass made Guntersville as famous as any lake in the country. In the late 80s Lloyd Talent sold his technology patent to Mann’s bait company and the rest is history. Rat fishing became frog fishing, and has proliferated all over the country, especially on Guntersville. This attacking explosion of a big bass bursting up through the grass to eat a frog is as addicting as any fishing pattern ever discovered. The difference today is the action is not as wide spread as it used to be, so finding the right spot is just tougher. It’s also moved to a later time frame than in the past as October seems to be the best timing of the year.
The best thing about this is, as we move into fall, the frog bite can last all day long. The brighter the sun, the nastier the grass, the ickier the top is, the more it foams and creates a path with your frog, the more fish you can catch. There is no real key to it, you just have to find that icky brown grass, listen for the bream sucking insects off the top of the grass, and you’re ready. Throw the rat out there and slowly wind it back - maybe pop it a little - or stop and move it - and hang on. The frog fishing pattern is upon us. My preference is SPRO Frogs, as they’re tough, weighted correctly, and catch fish with extremely sharp Gamakatsu hooks.

 Captain Mike


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