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Leap years are designated to align our modern day Gregorian calendar (an improved version of the previous Julian calendar) with the Earth’s revolution around the sun.

Our standard calendars contain 365 days; but the time it takes the earth to circle the sun is actually 5 hours, 48 minutes and 45 seconds.

Adding an extra day to February every four years more or less evens out the schedule.

To me, that’s a perfect time to talk about fishing with frogs. Here are my four top leap year frogging tips:

1. Spread Out: Bending the twin hooks outward creates more bite and ups your chances of sticking that bass. (Nix this idea if heavy grass yields constant snagging.)

2. Sound Off: Bass need some coaxing? Remove the frog’s skirted legs and insert rattle chambers, brass beads, etc. into the hollow body. (Be sure to properly reinsert the legs.)

3. Sinking Feeling: Later in the year, when fishing matted vegetation, a heavier frog that sinks into the slop makes a prominent profile for bass below to track and attack. Inserting lead BBs, same as the rattles, weights the frog for a deeper impression.

4. Trim the Ends: Need your frog to walk at little more actively? Trim the legs until you reduce enough water drag for the bait to boogie.

Here’s a tip: Snip one side shorter than the other and your frog will pull harder to the longer side, with shorter dips to the short side. Sometimes just a little change in appearance can turn lookers into biters.

Notably, the precise time it takes the earth to circle the sun is called a tropical year. Hopefully, the El Nino effect will continue delivering early warmth to stimulate a killer spring frog bite.