My favorite time of the year is here- the post-spawn/summer! I know that's kind of weird, seeing is that most fishermen prefer the pre-spawn, spawn or even the fall, but Im a big post-spawn and summer kind of guy. A big reason for this love for the "dog days" is the fact that in many lakes, like Guntersville, the grass is beginning to grow dense- and bass love grass! Since this is time for bass to be digging into the grass, this is the time I dust off the hollow bodied frog box. Though frogs are pretty good right out of the box, today I want to help you maximize your success with these fake amphibians by making some simple adjustments.
First off, before you start mutilating your new purchase, you need to be thinking about the application you are going to be using your frog first. There are two general situations that determine how you fine tune your frog: spot casting isolated cover and fishing matted vegetation.
If you are fishing isolated cover you are in luck because you don't need to do much to start catching fish. Simply put, I ALWAYS trim the legs on my frogs, but for fishing isolated cover and open water you don't have to trim them as much, but in order for the frog to be able to "walk" to its fullest potential, you need to take the clippers to kermy. To make this simple, I usually cut about an inch off of the stock legs, maybe a little more depending on if the fish are just nipping at the frog. It is also a good idea to trim one of the legs slightly shorter to help "walk the dog" a little more. Other than that, you are ready to go.
Now, if you are going to be fishing the frog over grass matts (my personal favorite) you need to do a little more work. First off, you will want to trim the legs again, but in this case you just want the frog to have stubs, generally only 3/4 of an inch since the only need for them is to keep water from filling in through the holes where the skirt material comes out of the body. In fact, you can even go ahead and pull out that skirt material and insert glass rattles in there instead to plug up the holes.
The next thing I do to pimp my frog for matt fishing is to add weight to it. Yes, today's frogs are designed to float, but if you are fishing grass matts, you don't have to worry about them sinking, since they are being slid over the shag carpet-like vegetation. The reason that you want to weight your frog is not only to make them cast like a bullet but also so they can dig deeper into the matt to make it easier for the fish to find it. To do this I like to go ahead and buy BB's- like the kind that Ralphie used to shoot his eye out. Some people like to use split shot for this, but I like to use the nickel plated BB's because they are harder and make more sound. To insert them I just simply slide them through the holes where the legs come out. The amount of weight that you add is solely dependent on how thick the matt is. The denser the grass, the heavier the frog should be.
Now that you have tailored your frog to the present conditions, it is time to go catch some big bass in the grass.
Hopefully these tips help!