Zell’s Choice: Booyah Popping Pad Crasher
▶ Problem: Hollow-body frogs call giants out of the nastiest cover, but that call often ends in nothing more than a roll of the bait or, worse, a missed connection. Giving a fish enough time to compress the lure’s body before swinging takes practice, patience, and willpower. ▶ Solution: “Frogs work in places that other topwaters don’t,” Rowland says. “You just have to make sure you’re using the right frog.” He believes the best way to counteract fish that engulf the frog but don’t get hooked is to make sure the body of your chosen frog is extremely soft. The more rigid the plastic, the more difficult it is for the fish to compress and expose the hooks for a positive connection.