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I just started to fishing with a hollow body frog for the first time. My first question is there a certain speed to reel in like slow, med, or fast? Also any tips while reeling in might help what helps attract bass to it. Example jurking it or popping it up like it's hopping.

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Make it look natural. Usually a steady cadence over the pads but kill it in an area where the pads might open up. Some days you can't do anything wrong and they eat it however. Envision a fish under the pads trying to eat the frog as your retrieve it.

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Agree on the make the frog look natural..Even frogs take a brief rest when swimming, so be sure to kill it every now and then during your retrieve.

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I think position and placement is more important than action.  try not to cast your line over where a fish may be waiting in ambush.  Also don't let it sit too long because if they get a good look they may not bite but some days they will.  So in essence, try whatever you want because certain days they want it worked fast and others slow.  I also prefer a popping hollow body frog 95% of the time, seems to do better for me.

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Like everything else, it varies. Some days they want it moving super slow and paused for long periods of time. Other days I can't fish it too fast. A majority of the time, I'll give it a few quick twitches to walk it or twitch it forward a bit, then let it pause for a couple seconds around likely ambush areas. 

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Thanks I will give all the ideas a try. I normally fish it with a medium speed, and stop a few times. but was never sure if it was right or wrong.

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People will say walk the dog and that's good in open water. But for me most strikes come pulling it over vegetation where you can't really walk it. At those times, I put my rod tip up at about 10 o'clock and just keep it steadily twitching over the mat. The reason is I'm usually fishing it over pads. If you keep the tip low as you would for a walking bait, you'll have the line caught on a bunch of pads when you need to set the hook. The idea when you set it is to get the fish to the top and skate it back to you. When it gets out of the slop, I'll drop the rod and walk it a bit and if it gets no bites in a few feet, I reel her up and go again. There are lots of good YouTube videos on the technique.

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I fish it with a 3 twitch walk followed by a 2 twitch walk with a cple second pause in between.  I do this in high percentage areas then kinda fast hop it back to the boat or in areas I think may or may not be holding fish. As said tho the cover ur fishing will dictate.  I dont have many pads or anything that would hinder walking it. I've also found that twitching it on a slack line and using a loop knot allows walking it with ease. One of my favorite ways to fish! Good luck and experiment with it and I'm sure you'll figure out ur own unique way to fish it!

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I just posted this reply in a hollow body frog thread but could help you out with your shore fishing problems. The Whopper Frog is pretty much 100% weedless:

 

Best thing I did to start catching fish on frogs was to modify them and turn them

into Homemade Teckel Sprinker Frogs aka the Weedless Whopper Plopper. All it is is a paddle tail frog. 

 

Prior to this I fished for about 8 years with regular hollow body frogs and only caught some fish and I can successfully walk the dog. Fishing the same lakes and locations with the Homemade Sprinker frog shot my success up to like 90% over regular hollow body frogs and they are cheap and easy to modify. It’s also super easy to use. Just cast and reel in. You can pause but most of the time I catch fish on a straight retrieve. 

 

Here is the link on how to make them. I think once you do this your success could be so great you may never throw another regular hollow body frog again. 

 

 

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https://www.bassresource.com/bass-fishing-forums/topic/205493-initial-thoughts-review-of-teckel-sprinker-frog-vs-booyah-toad-runner-vs-homemade-teckel-sprinker-frog/?tab=comments#comment-2331638

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12 hours ago, tcbass said:

 

 

Here is the link on how to make them. I think once you do this your success could be so great you may never throw another regular hollow body frog again. 

 

 

those are kinda like hollow body toads.  frog fishing for me is about not covering water but pin pointing certain areas then walking it in place or a walking it  barely covering ground.  I cast to my target, twitch it then reel it quickly for my next cast.

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This video is about a hollow bodied frogs.

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I do a slow retrieve and in an opening I'll stop it for a second or two. If I get a blow up, I'll let it sit for a few seconds with a twitch or two. 

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9 hours ago, YoTone said:

those are kinda like hollow body toads.  frog fishing for me is about not covering water but pin pointing certain areas then walking it in place or a walking it  barely covering ground.  I cast to my target, twitch it then reel it quickly for my next cast.

 

Well, with a Whopper Frog you can pinpoint a spot you want to cast to also and do the same thing, you can reel right over it or stop and pause if you want.

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That's the beauty of fishing - one bait with multiple techniques that may or may not work on any given day or location.

 

The more I learn about fishing the more I change up techniques before I change baits.

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