Misconception No. 1: You need to throw treble-hooked lures

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When most folks think about fall bass fishing lures, their minds tend to gravitate towards hard reaction lures as I call them. Lures like lipless crankbaits, jerkbaits, walking topwaters and the like tend to be quite popular this time of year.

These lures definitely catch bass and I’ll never argue that point. I’m not telling you to avoid throwing them. What I’m saying, however, is that there are other moving baits that can elicit some pretty vicious strikes that don’t include treble hooks. So if you hit the lake this fall and they’re not biting these common treble-hooked lures, it’s totally fine to try something else.

My favorite alternative is probably a topwater frog. It’s known around popular grass lakes (Guntersville, Seminole, Santee Cooper) as a great way to catch big bass in the fall, but I’m amazed by how many people don’t throw it more this time of year.

If you have grass on your local fishery, it’s most likely topping out right now. It’s the thickest it’s going to be and big bass love to hide in the tunnels and crevices that lie beneath its matted-out surface. You can’t cast a lure with treble hooks anywhere near that grass. You’re going to constantly pick grass off of your lure and within a few minutes, you’ll be in a foul mood and totally irritated.

That’s where a hollow belly frog comes into play.

More than likely, you’re not going to catch a pile of bass on this bait. In my personal experience, it’s not something you want to throw if you’re looking to set the hook constantly and catch 2-pound bass. But if you’re looking for a sure enough giant or a few 5-pounders, I can’t think of a better way to catch ’em than a frog.

I suggest looking for irregularities in vegetation. Whether it’s a small point (the size of a dinner plate) or a small indention in an otherwise straight grass edge (the size of a basketball), cast that frog around these areas. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t catch one on your first few stops. That’s totally normal. If you stay focused, you’re going to experience some unbelievable topwater explosions that rival anything you’ve ever seen.