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Frog Fishing On A Windy Day

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Hi all,

 

I was frog fishing on some heavily clumped lilypads. In an hour or two the wind picked up to about 15 mph. My question for you guys is, when it's windy, can you still get a bite on a frog? If you can, what changes would you have to do to account for the strong winds?

 

Thanks in advance!

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In open water, I would make the switch to a popping frog before abandoning the idea altogether, but I probably would end up up doing the latter.

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Popping frog or a buzz frog.  Windy fishing and frogs aren't a great combo especially fishing from a boat without power poles.  Line bow is tough to deal with to walk and work them correctly let alone the boat wanting to zoom down the bank.  You can get bit though, just have to really work at it and pick your spots out of the wind if possible.

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Hi all,

 

I was frog fishing on some heavily clumped lilypads. In an hour or two the wind picked up to about 15 mph. My question for you guys is, when it's windy, can you still get a bite on a frog? If you can, what changes would you have to do to account for the strong winds?

 

Thanks in advance!

Rchiuz, were you fishing from the bank?  To answer your question. Yes, you can fish a frog on a windy day. If its a hollow body, the wind will push the frog out of the strike zone really quick. I would try to cast on the side of the pads that will give you the best of chance of working the frog somewhat before becoming swept by the wind. The bites can be pretty explosive on windy days.. Good luck 

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My question for you guys is, when it's windy, can you still get a bite on a frog? If you can, what changes would you have to do to account for the strong winds?e!

 

IMO, reduced visibility caused by surface turbulence helps to hide the delivery flaws in "any" lure.

However, since topwater lures ride on the surface, there's a point of vanishing returns.

When the surface turbulence exceeds lure disturbance, it's usually a good idea to switch to a subsurface lure.

 

Roger

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I usually have better luck with frogs when it's a little choppy, especially buzz frogs (soft plastic toads).  BUT, when it gets gusty even though they tend to go after it more they miss it more times than not...which gets old fast.

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Don't cast into the wind! ;)

I'll switch to a belly weighted hook on a Stanley Bull Ribbit, this allows it to ride a little lower in the water on a slow retrieve.

I like making the frog or a buzz break through a wave, some about it ticks the bass off.

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Hi all,

 

I was frog fishing on some heavily clumped lilypads. In an hour or two the wind picked up to about 15 mph. My question for you guys is, when it's windy, can you still get a bite on a frog? If you can, what changes would you have to do to account for the strong winds?

 

Thanks in advance!

Just keep throwing the frog....  try to pretend the wind isn't messing up your casting...

We have a Snag Proof tournament out here every year....  Frog is the only thing you can throw...  Every single year the wind blows... and it blows HARD there at times.  There is a wind farm that is right against the Delta used for solar energy... that's a testament to how hard the wind blows as well as how often. 

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its very possible and sometimes even recommended, my technique is, i give it a few real hard tugs let it sit for a sec and repeat. i'm guessing its imitating a frog fighting the waves, then stopping it is the frog worn out and getting a breath to go again. i have caught many 3 to 4 pound bass using this technique on windy days. try it and see if it produces :)

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I've deliberately gotten my trolling motor stuck in the pads to keep me there on several occasions. Sometimes it's all you can do.

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In open water, I would make the switch to a popping frog before abandoning the idea altogether, but I probably would end up up doing the latter.

The booyah poppin pad crasher is all I throw anymore. Can walk great but can pop when needed. I'd still fish it if it was behind cover. I also started putting a jig rattle or 2 in the frog to help dial fish in a bit.

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When it gets windy, you can still throw a frog but you usually have to make some adjustments. You can either upsize to a frog that moves more water like a Spro King Daddy frog, or you can switch to a popping frog. The other option you have is to find an area where the pads or veggies are thick enough for a distance to flatten out the water. There's times the wind will be blowing pretty good, but you can find a few of those places with flat water and still pick some off there. 

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One thing that really helps with hook-up ratios is adding a Lake Fork frog stinger hook.  They are on TW for 5 bucks, they are VERY weedless, and they don't mess with the action. 

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I'd switch to a weightless gambler big ez. Try and burn it on top. If it won't stay on top due to wind and waves. Work it sub surface. My favorite colors are Florida five 0 and copperfielf

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