Did you know fish see more of a frog than you might think?

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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This weeks AMFisH fishing vlog – Identifying good healthy weed areas for bass fishing.

Hi AMFisHers! This weeks AMFisH  fishing vlog is about how to identify a good weed fishing area.

 
I have been asked by fellow anglers on how to know if a weed area you are fishing is a good area to fish or not and the answer is quite simple. When it comes to weed areas being productive areas or not the key is observing how healthy the weed growth is in that specific spot.

Good lush healthy bright green weeds means there are very high levels of oxygen in that areas waters which is the biggest sign of a good spot. If you notice lots of bait fish and forage activity in an area like this it is also another clear sign that the area is an active area which makes it a good spot to fish.

As you can see in this video, the bright green weeds I am holding up were from a great spot that always flourishes and has become one of my honey hole fishing spots over the years! The dead weeds I had snatched up from a spot several yards away from my honey hole, that has always been a dead spot when it comes to fishing and that is the key to avoid fishing dead spots without even knowing they are dead spots.

On the other hand if you see nothing but dead dark brown weeds in an area, the quick answer to whether or not this is a good spot is no and the lack of activity in this same area will confirm this for you are well. Fish do rely heavily on high oxygen levels and will gravitate to those areas, in most cases actually seeking them out.

By using a good pair of polarized fishing sunglasses you will be able to observe the weed condition as you move into a spot and if visibility is not very good the next best thing to do is actually snag some weeds with your bait and bring them up for a look. If you are not observant you could end up fishing in a totally dead fishing spot that results in not catching fish the entire day, so it is critical to observe the weeds in every area you try to fish.

This is the first thing I check at every spot on new lakes and regular lakes I fish as weed lifespan transitions do occur throughout the season and are also impacted by currents/storm activity. In the later part of the year many of these same weed areas the growth starts to die off which is why fish will quickly move to other areas like rock drop offs and sandy bottoms, where they once again follow the freshest highest oxygen levels and their food sources.

There is nothing worse for an angler than not catching fish, which is why it is important for us to focus on our surroundings especially when it comes to fishing spots. If you dedicate some time to observing an areas you are fishing and I mean to continuously observe the area while you fish through it, your success on the water will drastically increase!

Taking those few minutes to snag some weeds and have a close look at them, maybe even a smell to see how fresh they actually are will go a long way when it comes to productive fishing days.

I hope you found some value in this post everyone…tight lines!

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