This weeks AMFisH fishing vlog – fishing leaders and when to use what size leader – fishing.

Hi fellow AMFisHers!  This weeks AMFisH(LEARN more here: fishing vlog is about leaders and what size you should use for what application:

Leaders come in various sizes ranging from 4″ all the way up to 24″ and longer, with fisherman also making their own leaders of up to several feet to fit their specific application.  Most commonly used sizes for everyday fishing for pike as an example would be 12″ to 18″, as you want as much main line coverage as possible. What I mean by this is if a huge pike attacks your bait with a lot of force, the fish might inhale most of the leader along with the bait, so you don’t want those sharp teeth anywhere near your main line.


So how do you know what size to use for what application?  Common rules of thumb are to use smaller length leaders for casting and longer for trolling.  A shorter leader is best for casting as it along with the length of your bait will still leave some safe/comfortable swinging room around you to cast.  As you will see I discuss this in detail in this vlog as using a longer leader while trying to cast a long bait will only cause you nothing but grief and possible injury along with broken gear.  Trying to cast a 12″ bait on a 24″ leader is 36 inches of line that you need to swing back then forward, not an easy or safe task with a heavy bait.

On the other hand when you are trolling a 12″ bait you do want that extra long leader in the range of 18″ to 24″ in length and sometimes even longer.  When a big fish zones in on your bait as you are trolling and moves in for the attack with speed, in most cases the attack is so violent/aggressive that the fish takes the entire bait into it’s mouth along with some of the leader, so if the fish has your 12″ in it’s mouth and you have a 12″ leader on it where the fish also has half of your leader in it’s mouth, there is a high possibility that if that fish thrashes or turns quickly it’s teeth can cut your main line.  In that same scenario if you have a 18″ to 24″ leader on the fish can have a foot of that leader in it’s mouth BUT there will be very little chance of it’s teeth cutting your main line as the main line will still be 12″ away from the fishes mouth.


When you get into those short leaders in the 4″ to 6″ range they are great choices for when you are catching toothy critters like pike in that smaller range, where you just need a few inches on line protection from the teeth.  Due to us not knowing what size fish will attack our bait, I always suggest using a minimum length of 8″ to 12″ for a leader, that leaves you some extra line coverage if you get into some bigger fish.

Hope you found this vlog helpful!

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This weeks AMFisH fishing vlog – Good areas to fish frog baits for bass – fishing.

Hi AMFisHers!   This weeks AMFisH(LEARN more here: fishing vlog is about good areas to fish frog baits for bass:

If you are a hardcore bass AMFisHer such as myself, you know how crazy frog fishing can be but if you haven’t fished frog baits much then you will want to continue reading!

Any top water fishing is exhilarating action BUT with frog bait fishing there are various key areas you will want to fish them.  For starters the number one spot you will want to fish frog baits is exactly where you see frogs swimming around.  If you see frogs in an area that is where you want to fish, as bass and various other species will be feeding on them as a regular food source.

Heavy matted weedy areas filled with tall reeds and lily pads similar to the area in this vlog, are very good spots to try casting out frog baits.  I can’t stress enough watch how real frogs are moving in those areas and try to mimic the exact same action with your frog bait.  If real frogs are scurrying along the surface quickly, you make your bait have the same action.  If you see frogs stopping and hopping up on lily pads to rest, do the same thing swim your frog bait up on a lily pad.

This is a bass I caught in a very similar area, tall weeds along with surface weeds, depth was about 1-2 feet and there were frogs living in this area.   Once you find these spots you can visit them time and time again on your outings with the expectations that largemouth bass will be attaching your frog baits!

Largemouth bass are looking up most of the time as they keep eyes on bait in the area, so even going as far as casting your frog up on to shore and twitching it back into the water is a great strategy to get strike!  Sunken trees, stumps, docks and various other forms of structure are also great areas to cast frog baits around, again if you see frogs somewhere try fishing a frog bait.

When fishing frog baits in these areas, don’t be afraid to cast them right into the thickest of weeds, WHY well that is where a lot of the bass hang out in the very thick stuff.   The trick is to work your frog delicately along the surface bumping into weeds, sticks, twigs, branches, as making contact with structure triggers fish strikes sometimes.   If you do get your frog hung up on weeds the worst thing you can do is tug on it really hard, as that will only dig the hooks deeper into the obstruction, best way to free a hung up frog is to twitch is softly a few times, as that should pop in free a few inches from the hang up.

You can also fish frogs around open water areas that are near thick weeds, as you will often see frogs swimming back to shore from deeper open water areas, just make sure to pause the frog a few times, especially if a fish misses it on a strike, twitch it quickly then dead stop it, usually brings that chasing fish back!

If you fish for largemouth bass then you definitely need to try some frog fishing!

Hope you found this post helpful.

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