Fishing Tips: Fish a Frog for Late-Summer Bass

It usually happens in an explosive, splashy flash, one that heightens your senses and fires every neuron from head to toe with a dose of jet fuel. The impulse to set the hook is overwhelming. You’re dying to do it, to turn the reel handle about three quarters to tighten the line and drive a hook into the bass’ mouth.

But you can’t. For at least a second, maybe two, you have to wait. Only after pausing can you bow up and see the rod double over. Then you can start fighting the bass that wanted that frog.

Although frogs work for virtually the entire fishing season, late summer is when they truly shine. Vegetation is thick in lakes, bass are hungry, and real frogs are out along the bank. Rats and mice are out, too, sometimes skittering over shoreline vegetation, trying to find their way back to terra firma. Often, they don’t. Like your hollow rubber frog with twin hooks and skirted legs, they disappear in a lightning-strike explosion.

Professional angler Ish Monroe of California is a diehard frogger. From spring through autumn, at least one or two of his Daiwa Steeze rods is rigged with a Snag Proof frog. He’s thrown frogs on top of vegetation and in open water from California to Connecticut. Full Story Outdoorlife


Eliminating Distractions Has Been Key For Monroe

Considering how bad Ish Monroe's two-tour campaign in 2014 turned out, it might've been logical for him to concentrate his efforts on one major circuit this year and find out whether a narrowed focus might produce better results.

Nothing doing. Despite schedules that packed the 14 combined regular-season tournaments into an even tighter timeframe, he never wavered in his determination to again compete on both the Bassmaster Elite Series and FLW Tour. The outcome has been the polar opposite of a year ago, as he's excelled on both trails.

He's already wrapped up a Forrest Wood Cup berth with a 7th-place finish on the FLW points list. At 19th in the Elite Series points with three regular-season derbies and the AOY Championship remaining, he's well inside the 2016 Bassmaster Classic cutoff, as well. Read Full Story


4th: Lost Fish Haunt Monroe

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Photo BASS - Garrick Dixon > Day 4: 5, 13-05 (20, 72-09) Despite losing the fish he thinks would’ve probably won him the tournament, Monroe heads to Arizona happy with his effort and finish, his best since taking 4th at the Sabine River in 2013.

“I’m in the top 15 in FLW points and in the top 10 for the Elites,” he said. “I’ve cashed a check in every major event I’ve fished and I’ve mixed in several Top 20s which is something you always want to do. I’m feeling good about the next couple events.”

Late in the day today, he had about 8 1/2 pounds and was set to go fish for 2-pounders to get over the 10-pound mark, but he talked himself out of it.

“I thought, ‘I’m here to win,’” he said. “I went back through my big fish area and caught a 3 1/2 and another 3 and then I saw the big one. I flipped up to her and she ate it and just came off. It was around 7 or 8 pounds. I saw her good. She came up and shook her head and just came off.

“The two fish I lost the first day cost me the tournament,” he said. “Throw this on top and it hurts. I put myself in position to win and I can’t ask for anything more than that. If I’d executed flawlessly, I would’ve won. Instead, I did pretty good and got 4th.” Read more