Guides Dont Always Know Best
Last week was the best in over a month! The hollow frog bite was awesome, producing fish in the 3 pound range up to 6 1/2 pounds! The key was to find hydrilla beds with slop over the top. This could contain chopped up grass and a thick scum. A very slow presentation was the key. A twitch, pause, twitch, pause produced viscious strikes. Equipment was 50 pound GAMMA Torque braid and a 7'6" Quantum Frog rod! Strong hooksets as soon as the fish hit were required to get fish hooked and up and out of the thick grass.
I fished with Arvid, one of my favorite clients, last Friday. I caught a 2 ½ pound bass on my first cast with a chatterbait. Another small one, then we slipped into a creek arm to get two more on a Texas rigged tube. Pulling back out into the main creek, Arvid suggested a hollow frog. I thought for a split second, surveying the conditions and set up rigs for the two of us. While I thought a white frog would be the best choice, I started with black as that's what was tied on. Arvid got a strike and lost it in the grass. Not many more bites for the next half hour. We switched to white frogs and the action immediately picked up with one over 6 pounds. After that, it was a regular hit parade of 3 pounders busting up through the grass to devour the frogs.
Taking suggestions from clients has worked before, but when one of my regulars who knows my every move actually gets one step ahead of me, I am impressed. It shows me that he is thinking. It also shows me that sometimes I can get into a rut and not fish the moment with my eyes open. In this situation I was planning on using a crankbait and never once considered the frog. For the rest of the day I joked with Arvid and took credit for the great decision to go the frog.
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Until next time,
see you on the water.
WEAR a PFD!
I’m gone fishing.
Capt. Steve Chaconas,
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