A lot of people use minnows or shad when they go catfishing, but did you know that you can use frogs as bait, too?
Frogs are great bait for a few reasons. First, they're easy to keep alive in a bait bucket. Second, they're big enough to entice a decent-sized catfish. Third, they're readily available in many areas.
Here's how to use a frog as bait for catfish.
How to put a frog on a catfish
How to put a frog on a hook for catfish, will be useful to learn the basics of active fishing. Among her fans, catching catfish on a frog is not in vain in the first place. Despite a sedentary lifestyle, the catfish has fierce resistance when fighting and does not immediately surrender to the fisherman.
Therefore, the process of catching it is a fascinating sight, and a specimen weighing about two hundred kilograms can become the prey of the lucky one. Catfish live mainly in pits, feed on carrion, and in the warm season, frogs are added to their diet, most often used by fishermen as bait.
How to catch frogs
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You can find frogs in almost any freshwater body. It is better to catch them in the early morning or after sunset, as in the heat they hide in the grass or under stones. When fishing, you can use a net or a regular fishing rod. We put the bait on the hook and drive it in front of the frog, thereby attracting its attention.
Used as bait:
- flies, butterflies, dragonflies;
- small worms;
- fish fry;
- small algae.
To catch catfish, you will need small specimens; to hunt large fish, you need to stock up on medium-sized frogs.
You need to use the caught frogs on the same day, and it is best to store them in a plastic bucket with a little water. During the day, they need to be fed and periodically removed from the water so that the frogs do not lose their mobility.
Among catfish, there is no consensus on which frogs are better to use - live or dead. Some kill them, let them spoil a little, or roast them on fire, believing that such a bait can attract the attention of large catfish. However, a live frog can attract the attention of not only catfish but also other predatory fish.
How to bait a frog
Now let's figure out how to put a live frog on a catfish so that it can naturally move in the water.
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Experienced anglers plant frogs in two ways:
- Behind the back.
- For the back leg.
Few anglers resort to mounting behind the back, as careless movement can damage the spine of the frog, which will lead to a decrease in its activity and rapid death.
Setting the second method does not require special skills and allows the bait to actively move in the water.
Using one method or another, it must be remembered that the frog's movements in the water and the duration of the bait's survivability depend on the correct nozzle.
When using a dead frog as bait, it can be planted by passing the hook through the mouth.
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When catching catfish, fishermen use a vent or a bottom rod. The choice of specific gear depends on the place where the fishing takes place - on the shore or from a boat.
When fishing from the shore, a vent is more often used. It represents a slingshot with a wound-thick fishing line or nylon cord. Attach it to a stick stuck in the ground or a thick tree branch.
Many catfish hunters prefer to catch catfish from a boat. At the same time, they use a bottom rod up to two meters long. To attract catfish attention, a quok is additionally used. This is a special device with a so-called penny at the end. The angler lowers the quok into the water and pulls it out. When leaving the water, a splash occurs and a sound is made similar to the sound of an opening bottle cap and reminiscent of a frog croaking. It is not always possible to learn the correct quilling on your own right away. To quickly master it, you need to watch how experienced anglers fish with the help of a quok.
For rigging a vent or bottom fishing rod, the following are used:
- braided or monofilament fishing line with a thickness of at least 0.4 mm;
- steel leash 30-40 cm long;
- a lead weight of at least 100 grams;
- a hook with a long shank and a number from the eighth and above;
- reliable reel with friction brake (for bottom rods).
The leash to the main line is best secured with a spinning carabiner, this will avoid tangling the line during active movements of the frog in the water. In addition, you need to take a hook (when hunting for large catfish) and a large landing net with you for fishing.
Where and how to catch catfish
In the daytime, catfish hide in deep pits, and with the onset of evening twilight, they go to shallow water, where they begin to hunt. To catch catfish, tackle with bait should be thrown into places near the pits or closer to the snags.
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Put the bait on the hook in one of the considered ways and throw it into the place you like. If a live frog is used, it must be pulled out of the water every half hour to let it breathe. After 5 minutes, throw the tackle back into the water. When fishing from a boat, after casting a bottom rod, they begin to use the Kwok. At the first jerk, you do not need to immediately pull out the tackle, let the catfish take the bait deeper. Pull him out of the water, gradually winding up the line.
Large catfish are able to provide active resistance, so when fighting, observe the following safety measures:
do not wind the fishing line around your hand;
have a knife on hand to cut the fishing line when danger arises;
- do not try to take a large catfish into the boat on your own, it is better to stun it with an oar and drag it to the shore.
When fishing, you need to be prepared for all sorts of surprises, since it will not be difficult for a large catfish to drag a fisherman underwater. In order to get a sea of unforgettable emotions from catching catfish and become the owner of a decent trophy, you need to choose and use tackle correctly, without overestimating your capabilities at the same time.
Frogs are a common bait for catfish. Many people use live frogs, while others use dead ones. Some people prefer to use artificial frogs. Frogs are good bait for catfish because they are easy to catch and catfish like to eat them.