Bassmaster Elite pro Gerald Swindle is blessed to call Alabama his home state, which means he’s a big fan of summer froggin’. He likes Booyah’s Popping Pad Crasher for skipping under docks and working open water, while the standard Pad Crasher’s head-slapping motion works best for him in heavy vegetation.
When using both frogs, Swindle takes a strategic approach to rod selection. Although many anglers think they need a stouter model to yank big bass out of cover, the G-Man uses a 7-foot, 2-inch medium-heavy Quantum Exo Tour rod with a lightweight 6.3:1 Quantum Tour Magnesium reel.
Spooling with 40- to 50-pound Sunline braid (30-40) for open water gives him the leverage he needs to separate a fish from its fortress, while his preferred rod affords him the flexibility necessary for awesome frog action.
“I like this rod because it’s a little softer than what most people might use for a frog,” Swindle said. “I think sometimes people use too big of a rod and that makes it hard to properly work that frog. You don’t need a broomstick because that braid gives you a lot of strength for fighting a big fish.”
For an easy comparison, Swindle advises anglers to use their favorite spinnnerbait rod for frogging.
Convincing bass to attack a frog bait is one thing, but hooking those fish is another story. If there’s one technique that elicits an overreaction, it’s fishing frogs. You’ll be working the bait, working it, working, working, work—KABLOOM! Lots of splashing and lots of aggression: Frog strikes are spectacular.
The first objective is to not scream like a little girl. Second, try not to yank too soon, says Swindle.
“People see that big explosion and the first thing they want to do is jerk that rod really hard,” he said. “I always drop my rod on as soon as I get a frog bite and I stare at my line. If it starts moving, I set the hook.”