Bass fishing with floating plastic frogs

Bass fishing with floating plastic frogs

It was gray, overcast morning on Big Sam but the wind was completely calm and there were no waves on the main lake. As we launched the boat, I noticed the faint smell of willows in the air mixed with the smell of fresh water. “Sweet water”, I said aloud though I was really just talking to myself. My friend Randy Hicks answered quietly, “Yeah”, and that was all that was said. There is a difference between the smell of salt water and fresh water and those of us that love both know the difference. There were no waves as we crossed from the west side of the main lake over to the east side near the Five Fingers area. There was a lot of torpedo grass and underwater aquatic vegetation (lily pads and hydrilla) in those creeks and that was what we wanted to target with our floating frog lures. As we entered Five Fingers my son William, pointed to one of the many main lake points in the area and said, “I fished that one yesterday and there is under water hydrilla there”. We coasted to a stop and I hit the deploy button on the trolling motor remote and the noisy old Minn Kota Ulterra launched into the water. Once there however, the Ulterra didn’t make anymore noise as I eased the boat into position for a run down the shoreline with our frogs. Randy caught the first bass. A nice three-pound class fish inhaled the frog in a heart stopping explosion of water. The bass immediately bore deep into the torpedo grass and other weeds but was no match for the thirtypound test braided line on Randy’s reel. Up and over the grass and in to the open water it came, jumping and flipping upside down. The bass was still quite strong once it hit the open water but in only another fifteen seconds it was in the boat with strings of torpedo grass hanging all over it. Catch and release was the order of the day and the lucky bass was tossed back in to fight another day. Just as the bass swam away, I heard a bull frog croaking somewhere in the nearby weeds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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