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Today I lost the third double digit fish on a hollow body frog in a year. I'm getting a good hook set and less than ten feet from the boat she spits it. This is the most frustrating thing ever. My reel is a curado dhsv, rod is a 7'6" allstar flipping rod, line is 70# daiwa samurai braid. Do I need a softer rod,

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I personally, think it may be the hooks? Theres nothing wrong with you rod or reel?

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are you bending your hooks upward.this little modification will help with hookups

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I agree with above thread, its not your outfit, check the frogs hooks, sometimes after high use the hook points dull out. If the frog hooks are good, then its possible the hooks are not connecting just right on the hookset.

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What frogs are you using? And you should be doing a sweeping hook set. That some heavy braid. You shouldnt need to much to set that hook. Like dink said, bend the hooks up a little. That will def help. good luck bud

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You have the high speed reel, you have the perfect braid, I'm not too familiar with the rod.. Is it stout and stiff? Flipping sticks come in a vast array of actions and powers (some are far stiffer than others with same "ratings"). Are you setting the hook hard enough? Let all hell break loose when you set that hook!

 

 What brand of frog are you fishing? Some have far stiffer bodies than others, thus not decompressing enough for a good solid hook penetration. *This is the only real issue I can think of* 

 

 

 

Something's wrong, because I use a stiff 7'6 rod, same braid, high speed reel, and I don't know if I can remember ever a time that I lost a fish on a frog that was hooked after getting her close to the boat... Once you hook them, they're usually hooked GOOD.

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Make sure the hook are sharp and make sure you set the hook hard to penetrate.  Sometime the bass will swallow and you set the hook too lightly, it will just fling off.  A good Hook set is best to ensure not losing that double digit with frog.

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if you got the fish that close to the boat i would assume the hook-set was good enough to land it. the problem is probably in your technique. either you are allowing the fish just a little slack, you change the rod angle quickly, or put too much tension on the fish. my advice would be to get the fish to the surface and real your heart out, keep it on the surface skiing towards you and you should be able to land it just fine. 

 

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if you got the fish that close to the boat i would assume the hook-set was good enough to land it. the problem is probably in your technique. either you are allowing the fish just a little slack, you change the rod angle quickly, or put too much tension on the fish. my advice would be to get the fish to the surface and real your heart out, keep it on the surface skiing towards you and you should be able to land it just fine. 

 

mitch

This is possibility #1. I'm going to agree to disagree about problem #2, the rod. I feel like a dedicated frog or swimbait rod should a flex somewhere between a moderate fast and fast. A stiff as nails, stout extra fast tip makes it easier for a fish to throw a bait once they get to the surface. The rod needs to flex and do the work to control the jumps and surges of bigger fish commonly associated with frogging

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