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this is my first season fishing frogs(koppers), but i can't hook the fish for the life of me, i've missed about 8 in the last week, anything special i should be doing? i thought i had one today but it seems he just spit the frog out about 10 seconds after he took it and i tried hooking it twice. i'm dying to catch one on a frog. any help is appreciated!

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See the strike

Count to two

Slam back and try to cross his eyes

Crank fish in

Smile

You aren't going to land them all. Just part of the nature of frog fishing. For the most part though, you're using big hooks. The no stretch property of braided line will help you drive that large hook home a bit better.

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this is my first season fishing frogs(koppers), but i can't hook the fish for the life of me, i've missed about 8 in the last week, anything special i should be doing? i thought i had one today but it seems he just spit the frog out about 10 seconds after he took it and i tried hooking it twice. i'm dying to catch one on a frog. any help is appreciated!

Have you checked your hooks to make sure they are sharp? One of my Koppers frog had dull hooks the other was better but not as sharp as my SPRO frog hooks.

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First of all, the fish missed the frog, you did not miss the fish. ;)

Your rod should be at 1 o'clock on the retrieve. When you see the strike, drop your rod tip and watch your line. If your line moves, reel up the slack and set the hook hard with an overhead set. If your line does not move the fish does not have the frog, YET. Wait for a second, then twitch the frog, wait, then start your retrieve again. Many times the fish will swat at the frog to stun it or just flat miss it, and then come back to finish it off.

Also, make sure your rod is stiff enough. 7 ft MH at a minimum and 65 lb braid.

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First of all, the fish missed the frog, you did not miss the fish. ;)

Your rod should be at 1 o'clock on the retrieve. When you see the strike, drop your rod tip and watch your line. If your line moves, reel up the slack and set the hook hard with an overhead set. If your line does not move the fish does not have the frog, YET. Wait for a second, then twitch the frog, wait, then start your retrieve again. Many times the fish will swat at the frog to stun it or just flat miss it, and then come back to finish it off.

Also, make sure your rod is stiff enough. 7 ft MH at a minimum and 65 lb braid.

That’s good advice from our resident Frog Master ;)

Most writers will advice you to keep retrieving the frog until you feel the weight of the bass,

Well...that is another approach, but I prefer the method that Lee outlined,

which gives the bass the best opportunity to get it in.

Reportedly, bass flat-out miss about 1/3 of the creatures they seize on the surface,

so if you can hang 2 out of 3 bass that strike a topwater lure, you’re batting "1000".

Roger

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thanks guys, i'm using a 6 foot light rod with 10lb braid, i will try some of these techniques next strike i get from it. maybe i will bring the heavy duty rod with me.

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thanks guys, i'm using a 6 foot light rod with 10lb braid, i will try some of these techniques next strike i get from it. maybe i will bring the heavy duty rod with me.

The short, light rod is most likely your issue. A longer, stiffer rod will allow for better hook penetration. I guarantee you will have more hook ups.

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See the strike

Count to two

Slam back and try to cross his eyes

Crank fish in

Smile

lol genius. what always worked for me was that when the fishing jumped i'd make sure he took the frog, and reel slowly and once i am positive he has it i as said above "Slam back and try to cross his eyes"

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I love frog fishing. Use a long MH or H rod, 65 lb. braid and a 7 to 1 reel. I keep my rod tip around 10 0' clock and I dont pause to feel the fish. If the fish rolls and I cant see the frog on the surface I quickly take up slack, pull back hard and immediately reel as fast as I can keeping the rod high. I try to get the basses head up and keep it up while I try to ski it over the slop to the boat. When the fish rolls on the frog its either in its mouth or it isn't. I rarely miss a fish that takes the frog. This works for me and your results may vary.

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