Are The Biggest Bass in the Heavy Grass?
By Trey Kistler |
Mon, 7 May 2012
The answer is yes! Are you prepared to handle Big Bass in thick cover when fishing a frog? Or will you lose the fish of a lifetime because your frog rod can't get the job done?
This year's grass is already thicker than normal
Due to the mild winter and unseasonably warm weather already this year, the vegetation is already growing thicker than ever before across the country. These big bass will be hanging out all year in the grass and pads attacking anything that is brave enough to swim in the shallow vegetation, including your frogs. I am hearing more and more complaints from anglers complaining about losing big bass in these very conditions. When I dig deeper, I find out that they are using too light of a power in their rod.
Trey's Rules for Fishing Frogs:
Rule #1: Go Prepared With Enough Of The Right Tools
For A Big Payoff, If The Frog Bite Is On Fire, You Need Plenty Of Rods
Rigged And Ready.
Rule #2: Match Your Line Weight And Rod Power With The Amount Of Cover You Are Fishing.
Rule #3: You Can Never Have Too Heavy Or Stiff Of A Rod, Period, Anything Less Than A Heavy Will Get Your Heart Broken.
What is the Best Rod for Frogs in Heavy Grass?
While fishing a frog in and around moderate cover, the ideal rod needs to have a little flex on the tip to allow the fish time to suck down the bait before you set the hook hard. A moderate fast action, heavy powered rod is fine, but what most anglers don't realize, once that fish is hooked, you want a longer rod that gives you extra leverage over those bigger bass. A rod that is at least 7' 3" gives you a much greater ability to penetrate the skull of a big bass and pull it away from the submerged grass or pads. A 7' rod just doesn't have enough leverage to win the battle against kicker fish like a longer rod.
If you plan to fish the nastiest, thickest cover on the lake because you know that's were the big ones live, then you MUST come prepared with an X- heavy powered frog rod. A rod that does not bend in the tip section is critical to getting the upper hand on those big bass. The extra length that comes from a 7' 6" rod will also enable you to confidently slam the hook home on a trophy bass and winch him out of the thickest cover without any problems.
Do You Want to Catch More of the Big Ones?
Here's the deal, if you are fishing frogs all day long, you'll want a 7' 3" rod because it is much more balanced and lighter than those 7' 6" rods, but you'll need that X-heavy armed and ready for those times when the grass is too thick for your 7' 3" heavy. If you want to catch fish like a pro, you'll need to have the right tools for the job, period.
I look forward to hearing back from you soon with those words, "You were right Trey and I was prepared!" Have fun out there catching bigger fish than ever before with your new frog rods.