What is going on guys? Greg Blanchardhere with Native Watercraft and today Iwant to talk to you about frog fishingfrom a kayak. If I were to pick one way to fish forthe rest of my life and one bait only. . . itwould have to be the top water frog. Topwater frog fishing can be the mostexciting way to catch a bass; seeingthose top water blow ups, seeing a fishcome out of the water to eat your bait,can really get your heart pumping andthat is the reason I love frog fishing. Specifically, doing it from a kayak issomething that I feel is superadvantageous for us as kayak anglers andit allows us to get to thosehard-to-reach places get under trees forthose pinpoint casts and get back in thestuff that those big boats just can’tget to. So frog fishing. . . the setup isprobably the most crucial part of frogfishing. You’re gonna want to make sureyou have the right gear to effectivelyfish a frog. Probably the most importantpart of gear is the rod itself I like arod that’s 6′ 10″ – 7′ 5″ in length and is aheavy power rod with a moderate fast tip. So you need that tip to make thoselonger casts and especially that tip towork the frog back to the boat – whetheryou like to walk it or just pop andtwitch. Now you need that heavy powerbecause after that tip shuts down youcan see where that rod just stay stiffand you need that power because ingeneral you’re gonna be fishing frogs inthick cover, around some heavy stuff thata fish can really hurt your feelings in. So you need that heavy power rod to beable to wish those fish out of thatcover and get it to the boat quickly. Asfar as reel goes, high speed reel 8 to 1gear ratio reel. Again we’re looking toget those fish in really quick. . . We’re notfighting fish with a frog rod, we aregetting those fish in the boat as quickas possible. As far as line goes, minimum50 pound braided line. As far as the frogselection goes and colors, I like to keepit simple I like a black frog when thewater is a little bit dirtier or a whitefrog when the water is a little bitclearer. If I’m fishing the Frog over topof vegetation, matted grass, I’ll stickwith the darker colors. Now frog fishingeven though it is probably the most funway to catch a fish, it can also be the mostfrustrating way to try to catch fish asa lot of the times you’ll have fish thatwill either miss your bait or just come un-pegged. A couple things that you can do toincrease your hookup ratio is first of all, and something thatI’m still guilty of and is a verydifficult thing to master is to wait oneto two seconds after that fish blows upon your frog before you set the hook. Giving that little bit of extra time forthat fish to eat the bait candramatically increase your hookup ratiothe other thing that you’re gonna wantto have is a good frog. There are tons offrogs on the market – some good, some bad. The big thing that you’re gonna want tomake sure you have with whatever frogyou choose is a nice flexible soft body. So when I pinch that frog down with easethose hooks are exposed and when I letgo and it recoils back to its originalshape. A frog that’s too stiff willdefinitely be harder to hook fish so asoft bellied frog is definitely key. Sonow that we’ve talked about the gearwhere do you fish a frog? Well in generalI like to stay shallow, we’re talkingfive foot or less. There’s two primarytargets that I like when throwing a frog. . . One is when you see overhanging treesand two is when you see mattedvegetation. Now sometimes you can have a ton of targets and it can beoverwhelming to pick where to throw yourfrog. The big thing with frog fishing ismaking observations. . . Find those subtledifferences in grass, whether it be achange in grass, whether it be grass withmore holes in it, maybe grass that formsa point, fallen branches trees that arearound Rock. Notice those subtledifferences when you do get a bite, makea mental note and try to repeat those inthose areas that have so much to throw at. It’s definitely a skill that developsover time but if you can start noticingthese small differences in cover you canbecome a lot more efficient with whereyou’re throwing a frog and ultimatelycatch more fish in a day. So frog fishing isdefinitely one of the most challengingways to fish and definitely take somepatience and some practice but it is, Ipromise you, the most exciting way tocatch bass and if you haven’t tried frogfishing you need to give it a shot so weget a frog tide up the summer and getready to have some fun. As always guys, stay safe out there tight lines.