Any bass fishing fanatics out there? Any of you love fishing frog baits?
If so this is a great read for you about why fish actually do see more of a frog than just it’s belly as most people might think.
There is a lot of information out there about frog bait color selection and most commonly you will see information about how a white belly on a bait is most important. There are a lot of variables and opinions on this topic which is why I always turn to nature first as it tells it like it is!
As you can see in the three images(images are not my images and are being used as reference only) I have in this post, when frogs are moving around they sit in various angles, giving any fish different vantage points of seeing the frog.
When frogs are swimming around and take a pause to rest, they actually tilt with their legs sitting well below the surface of the water as you can see in one of the images. When a frog sits like this the fish will see far more of the frog, everything from dangling legs twitching around, to the top coloring of their legs and back then even the inner thighs and belly color.
What this confirms is that using frog baits that actually tilt back like this makes total sense. Some frogs have a weight on the tail end of the body, which will make the bait sit like this on the pause. The skirted legs on the frog will submerge almost perfectly resembling a frog that stopped swimming.
I have and still am a big fan of using a white belly frog and rely heavily on it during bright sunny days, where I am aggressively working the frog around in a continuous swimming motion, to catch any active fish that are feeding on the surface. A white belly is all I need under these conditions as the bites are more of a feeding reaction attack, so as long as the fish see the bottom of the bait there is a pretty good chance with that simple view they will react.
Now on darker low light overcast condition days, this same white belly frog will easily be drowned out by the dark sky and low light, instantly not making it a good choice color wise. On these darker day low light conditions you will want a bait profile that is much darker, sometimes even going as dark as a black. Under these low light conditions darker colors will stand out far more than a light color and will be the best choice to allow fish to see the bait that much better.
In light of fish seeing more of the body than many might think, it no wonder why there is so much focus these days on very realistic looking frog patterns, which is called matching the hatch. Giving the fish a frog that looks very similar to the real frogs they feed on can’t do anything else but makes sense to us anglers.
There are a few things to always do when frog fishing with the first one being observing what color frogs are in the lakes you fish. Once you see what color those frogs are you can match then accordingly with frog baits that are on the market. What this will do is increase your chances of hooking into more fish and there is no arguing with that!
As you can see there is a lot more to consider outside a white belly frog, so keep some of these things in mind and you will be sure to increase your top water fish catch ratio!
Hope you found this post helpful…tight lines!
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