FROGS

Outdoor Life - - FISHING -

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.

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