If you live near a lake with submerged vegetation, you’ve probably seen it starting to “mat”, or top out, recently. This can make for a punching and frogging dream. It quickly becomes addictive and once you get a taste of it, you won’t be able to think of anything else.
I’ve noticed in the past several years that folks tend to overwhelmingly favor popping-style frogs. I remember when they first came out, my buddies and I tried to keep it quiet because they caught so many fish but it’s safe to say that the cat’s out of the bag now. Everybody and their step-brother has one rigged up every weekend and the bass are getting pretty wise to them.
Whatever you do, don’t overlook pointed-nose frogs; you can fish ’em behind someone fishing a popping frog and catch fish that never even offered at their frog. These frogs are much more subtle and also come through thick vegetation easier, so they’re an excellent choice for this time of year. Not to mention, nobody throws them for some odd reason.
Where to fish it: Grass is the obvious answer here, so I won’t bore you with too many details. Just look for irregularities in grass lines and you’ll catch some big fish. I’d also encourage you to learn to skip these pointed-nose frogs underneath boat docks, especially walkways. It can be a booger to learn this technique but if you make yourself skip docks with a frog for a few trips, you’ll be making difficult casts in no time.