MAKEA FROG GIG
The best froggers
I know stack big bullies by the dozen all summer long, and their tool of choice is an oversize gig with plenty of reach. To build your own, start with a heavy-duty, fivetined fishing spearhead that’s 6 to 10 inches wide. Out of the package, these spears aren’t very sharp, so hone the points and open the barbs. Next, get a 4- to 6-foot-long wooden broomstick. The longer your gig shaft, the more reach you’ll have, which comes in handy when frogs hold high on the bank. And unlike the metal telescoping rod on some commercial gigs, the wooden handle will float if your rig goes overboard. Water and weather can splinter the shaft, so apply a few coats of waterproofing wood stain. Finally, drill a 3∕8-inch hole on the handle end for a lanyard made of high-vis weedwhacker line and attach the metal gig head with a wood screw. Even the biggest bullfrog won’t kick off of this baby, and the gig will last for years.