– What’s up everybody?In this video I am breaking downmy entire frog fishing setup,I’m talking line, rod, reel,all the way down to the frog. You want to be a better frog fisherman?Stay tuned. This is the exact setup that I just usedin my latest twenty four seven videoat Mississippi River whereI caught I don’t knowhow many pounds worth of Bassto finish eighteenth placein pretty much like 98% of my catches,have all came off this setup. To me the most important thingwhen frog fishing is your rodand the reason for that is it dictateshow well you can cast,make an accurate cast,being able to set the hook,properly drive in thosehooks to catch those fish,getting better hook up ratios. All of that comes from your rodand I like to use the ABUGarcia Fantasista premiere rod,it’s a seven, three heavy,it has a fast tip to itbut it has a very, very stiff backbone. That tip allows me to make accurate castsand really put this bait where I need tobut having that backbone,that stiff backbone allows meto drive those heavy hooksets,you know, you got twoflipping hooks in that frogso basically getting thosehooks to penetrate that mouth,it takes a lot of pressure,it takes a lot of force so this rod,for me is my favorite frogging rodand I know everybody can’t affordthe high-end dollar pricepoints on some of these rods. For awhile, if you guys havewatched my older videos,I used to use the ABU Garcia Vendettawhich is like a $79 rodand I would use the same version,a seven foot three heavyrod and it worked great. Having a stiff enough rodis very, very critical. Finding a rod that has a softtip and a stiff backbone,those are hard to find. A seven three, the length for me,people is gonna vary on their heightso I may even go down to a 7 foot rodif I’m really roll castingunder a bunch of brushor trees, over hanginglimbs, I may go to a 7 footbut I like the seven three,that extra three inchesreally makes a difference,I feel like it’s what I’m comfortable withbut those attributes anda frog rod are a must. The second most importantthing with this setupis your line, I use braided line,Superline by Spiderwire, Stealth Smoothand the great thing about braided lineis it has zero stretch. When you pull on that fish,you are pulling in a direct lineand there is zero stretchequaling a lot better hookups. 50 pound test,about 90% of the time I’mgonna use 50 pound test,I feel like I don’t break 50 pound testand its got a small enough diameterthat I can make long castand it manages really well. The only time that I’llgo higher than that,if I’m fishing matted vegetation,I’ll switch to 65 poundSpiderwire Stealth Smooth,that way you set the hookand you’re not only draggingin a four or five pound fishbut 10 pounds worth of grass,I want to make sure thatlines not gonna break. I will never go under 50 poundbraid when throwing a frogand my reasoning for that is a lot of timewhen you’re setting the hook,there is so much forcegoing into that hookset,when you drop below that 50 pound mark,there is a chance of breaking your line,I’ve done it before with 40so I’ve always just gone to 50 pound. The knot that I tie with this braidis a double Palomar knot,the reason for that isso the knot doesn’t slip. A regular Palomar it may workbut I’ve always just got usedto tying it double Palomar,leaving a long tag end andthat’s gonna allow you,I mean I’ve caught 10fish on that knot before,if not more, its not gonnabreak, its a solid knotand it works every time. The great thing about thisline is it casts phenomenally,its a new braid that wasbrought out in the past yearand I really fell in lovewith using it on my topwatersbecause of its castability,being able to manage that line,its super easy and by far myfavorite braid by Spiderwire. The next important thingwith this setup is your reel. An eight zero to one,ABU Garcia Revo ALXwhich they’re introducingthe new ALF which will comeout in about a month and I’mgonna have my hands on it,it’ll be my new frogging reel. The bottom line is you need tohave a higher retrieve reel,I wouldn’t go anything less than a seven,the only time I would go less than a sevenis if you really wanted towalk your frog side to sideand not move it anywhere. That six four to one gearratio reel will allow youto really walk the dogand never move that bait. The amount of times thatI’ve used a six four to oneare like maybe one outof the past hundred timesand the reasoning for that,one, I’m able to catch up tothose fish when they blow upon it and I set the hook andjerk him out of the water,I’m able to pick up that slack. Two, an eight zero to one gear ratio reel,I feel like is almost theperfect frogging reel,it allows you to keep agood cadence with that frogbut also burn it back to the boatwhen you need to make another cast,picks up a lot of line,it’s just a great all aroundreel for this application. Now the next biggest thing with your reelis having a good drag system,the drag system on the ALX is awesome,there’s no slippage,it’s meant to catch bigfish, it’s what it’s for. I have my drag winched down super tightso when I set the hook,that line is going straight to that fishand them hooks are penetrating,there’s a lot of time that you mayhave 30, 40 yards of line outand one blows up on your frogand you gotta pick up all that line,with that braid there’s nostretch so you’re able to getthat hook penetrationand you want your reelto perform at that point,you can not have it fail you,so make sure your reel hasa great drag system in it. And now I know what you guys are thinking,he hasn’t mentioned a frog yetand I’m gonna tell you why,it’s because I don’t really thinkthe frog makes that big of a difference. I use all kinds of differenthallowed body frogsfrom different manufacturersand really when it all comes down to it,they all work pretty well. I have my favoritesand I’m gonna tell you guys my favoritesbut more importantly than the frogis the hooks that’s in the frog. Everything that I’m talkingabout is getting the bites,getting the fish in the boatfrom the time that fish blows up on it,getting it in the boat, that’sso important in frog fishing. There’s not too many times that you go outand you’re 10 for 10 on catching frog fishbut making your setup properlysound for these conditionsis what makes you a good frog fisherman,it’s not always the frog that your usingso that’s why the hooks are so important,you don’t want a hook that is a thin wire,that’s gonna flex out on you. When you’re using aheavy rod, braided lineand a reel with no dragsomethings gotta give, right. Well you don’t want the hooks to give,the first thing I do when I get a frogis I change the hooks out,I put on Gamakatsu hook,they’re just after market hooksthat I have a lot of faithin and they’re extremelywell at not bending out,staying sharp,getting those fish into theboat which is what we need. And last but not least is the actual frog,like I said I use all kinds ofdifferent frogs fromdifferent manufacturers,I’m not sponsored by any of them,these are just frogs that I have faith inand they’re no differentthan what everybody buysoff the shelf,typical frog but thereare some modificationsyou can make to them to trigger more bitesand help work the frog better. The first thing I liketo do to these frogsis I like to trim the legs up. If I’m fishing open wateraround trees’ cover,I’m gonna trim these frog legs from theoutside working inwards towards its butt,this allows the frog to walk easierwhen you’re using it across the water,gives it that walk the dogaction with very minimal efforton your end so you don’t have to beon point all the time forthat frog to be doing its joband really that’s what triggersbites when you’re using it. The second thing I like to dois I like to bend the hooksout just a little bitso when that frog comesout of its mouth,those hooks are grabbingsomething at all times. That frog body has got to collapse,there’s a lot of plastic thereso you want to make surethose hook points grabbingon to that fishes mouth. I hope you guys can use it, like I said,I know you don’t use allthe same products as me,finding these attributes in your setupsis what’s gonna make yoube a better frog fisherman. I hope you guys enjoyed this video,if you like it, commentbelow, like, subscribe,I appreciate it. We’re trying to keepbuilding this channel upso I can keep providingcontent so I thank youand I’ll see you next time.