GIG A FROG
The surest way to pile up frogs is by canoe in the heat of early summer, when the humidity is high, the mosquitoes are out, and the bullfrogs are singing their breeding song. After dark, grab your gig, a headlamp, and a buddy, and go for a float. The stern man should paddle the canoe while the bow man runs the gig. At this time of year, male bullfrogs will group together and call in a chorus, trying to out-sing one another for a mate. Float the river slowly and listen. When the bullfrog serenade is loud and close, scan the bank with a headlamp. The glare of a frog’s eyes in the beam is unmistakable, and the wider set apart those eyes, the bigger the frog. Look at the frog’s tympanum—that disk-shaped eardrum on the side of its head. If it’s larger than the frog’s eyes, your quarry is a male; if it’s smaller, the frog is a female. Either way, if the head and body are as big as your fist, that’s a good meat frog. Gig the frog through the head to avoid damaging the legs.