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How to Fish with Toads and Frogs

Updated on January 31, 2013

The Perfect Frog

The Bobby Barrack Frog
The Bobby Barrack Frog | Source

Summer Time Topwater Fishing

Most bass fisherman live for the spring time fishing at their local waters, the fishing can be exceptional and large fish are willing and eager to strike lure, however, if you know how to fish with toads and frogs, the summer may become your favorite season of all.

Toads are soft plastic lures that are hooked weedless with a large 4/0 or 5/0 single hook and are perfect to swim on he surface above vegetation and through heavy cover such as tule reeds, tree branches, and miscellaneous vegetation. The toad legs are made for creating a commotion behind the bait and create a gurgling sound as it is retrieved back to the angler.

Frogs are hollow bodied plastic lures that are designed to float on the surface and have either silicone or round rubber legs that pulsate in the water when left sitting still. Designed to fish on top of matted grasses and weeds, they also "walk the dog" in open water. The topwater frog is a bait that was designed with a single purpose that can be used in a diverse array of situations and naturally targets fish in the 4 lbs. class and bigger. If you can walk a spook, you can walk a frog, so make sure to not just throw them onto the grass. They are perfect for skipping under overhanging trees and pitching into holes in the grass and twitched in a single place for minutes waiting for a fish to strike.

The Legend Himself

Snag Proof Frogs

The Snag Proof frog is the best all around frog for bass fishing on the market. There is several other companies that make different frog styles, but they are all in imitation of the tried and true Snag Proof's. They have a variety of different styles, but overall most fisherman are best served with the Bobby Barrack perfect frog series or the Ish Monroe's signature lure the Phat frog. These are both designed to walk with ease in open water situations and excel in heavy cover.

Key Features:

  • Soft plastic body, that easily collapses in the fish's mouth to ensure a high percentage hook up ratio.
  • Long legging material that can be trimmed to spec.
  • Thin round rubber leg material options, that make the legs dance in the water when paused and left to sit still on the surface of the water.
  • Weighted back end that lets the frog cast perfectly into the hardest to reach locations, and lands sitting properly, not upside down.
  • Large color selection

The line up of frogs produced by Snag Proof means that as an angler, you do not need to learn the nuiances of several different lure companies products. The SnagProof series of fishing lures work just as well right out of the package as they do after spending significant time doctoring and painting them to exactly what you want.

Rigging the Toad

Zoom Horny Toads

There is a large number of soft plastic companies that make their own variation of a toad, but if you were to buy just one, check out the Zoom Horny Toad. They are made with a durable plastic and the vibration and gurgle that the legs create drives fish nuts and gets them to strike viciously. When using a toad, it is best to use a stiff rod and braided line and wait just a second when the fish strikes to make sure that they have the bait in their mouths before setting the hook. When casting and retrieving this lure, it is wise to use a very slow retrieve that keeps the bait just on the surface and and the legs working It can be effective at faster speeds, but similar to a buzzbait it is most likely to get a bite when worked as slowly as possible, which will still be at a quick pace, allowing you to cover a lot of water.

Topwater Fishing is Fun

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Selection of Horny ToadsIsh Phat FrogSmoke Colored Perfect FrogCicada "Money Color"
Selection of Horny Toads
Selection of Horny Toads | Source
Ish Phat Frog
Ish Phat Frog | Source
Smoke Colored Perfect Frog
Smoke Colored Perfect Frog | Source
Cicada "Money Color"
Cicada "Money Color" | Source

Which One?

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      Joshua Rueff 4 years ago from Kansas City

      Awesome, thanks! I'll be reading your hubs, great info.

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      CZCZCZ 4 years ago from Oregon

      I personally use a snag proof frog for a majority of my frog fishing, but will use a horny toad in places that I want to fish a buzzbait but are too thick with vegetation.

      Early spring fishing is perfect time for tossing a red crankbait for a reaction bite and fish jigs and senkos for slower presentations.

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      Joshua Rueff 4 years ago from Kansas City

      Good stuff, voted up! Which frog/toad is the most effective in your experience?

      I'm trying to catch some early season largemouth, and I've only had luck on spinners so far (weird I know).

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      CZCZCZ 4 years ago from Oregon

      The Snag Proof tourney on the Delta is a blast!!! Glad you enjoyed the hub.

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      Chad Young 4 years ago from Corona, CA

      I love frog fishing. We like to go to frog only fishing tournaments up in the Sacramento delta. It's an awesome tournament and the fishing is great. There's nothing like the excitement when a big bass violently attacks a frog or any top water bait for that reason. I've never tried fishing with the toad but I'm going to try it this spring and summer...great hub!