The essential colors and some really pretty ones, too


Nine times out of 10 when I’m throwing a frog, I’m throwing a pretty basic color. I’d say black the majority of the time, then brown a good bit, white sparingly around a shad spawn and then I’ll mix in a handful of other colors when a match-the-hatch scenario occurs.

Savage Gear has those essential colors and a handful of other really detailed frogs, which I really like. For a while, I thought the belly of a frog was all a fish saw so fancy color schemes didn’t really impress me much. But I’ve learned over time that most frogs roll over on their side as they walk, so the fish actually do get a good view of the whole bait.

Frog fishing is one of the few techniques where I think detail in a color scheme can play a big role. The majority of the time, the fish are going to eat a frog somewhat regardless of color because of the action of the bait. But there are times, participially in clear water, where bass will follow a frog a bit and really get a good look at it before they eat it. Having a realistic paint job helps haul in those one or two hesitant big bass every now and then. So I like that the Hop Popper Frog has some real pretty ones.