Frog

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I feel like fall frogging articles are way overdone, but man, I just couldn’t not mention it in this list. If the previous options don’t get you excited and you’d rather lean on ’em with a broomstick-type rod and heavy line, a hollow-bellied frog will allow you to do just that. In the fall months, you’ll find matted vegetation on a lot of fisheries and the other baits we’ve talked about simply won’t cut it. That’s when you can break out your favorite frog and start wrestling with them. 

You’ll hear a lot of anglers talk about “cheese mats”. They’re essentially referring to an almost-bubbly mixture of moss, thick weeds and clean grasses that creates a foamy, flexible layer on the surface of the water. It may look impenetrable to some, but a frog will create some big-time excitement when fished in the right “cheese”. 

Although it will take some time on the water to properly identify, it’s important to understand that a mat can, in fact, be too wet. Ideally, you want your frog grabbing the mat every now and again so it will create more pressure waves under the surface. That’s a big reason why this bite often doesn’t produce until the afternoon hours; the fog and condensation found on cool, fall mornings will make the mat too slimy. As the sun dries it up throughout the day, you’ll start getting more bites. 

Make sure to keep an eye out for “blow holes”, or small holes where bass have broken the surface through the vegetation, when you’re frog fishing these mats. They’re about the size of a small coffee can and the bass will use them as a not-so-covert ambush point. They’ll sit under the surface and closely monitor that hole and as soon as your frog reaches the edge of the opening, they’ll often explode on it.