Follow That Frog With A Fluke!

This time of the year, there are generally two main ways to catch bass.

  1. Fishing structure out deep for schooling fish.
  2. Fishing shallow cover such as docks or vegetation to catch bass looking for shady ambush points.

When it comes to the latter option, I can’t say that I have met a bass fisherman who doesn’t like pulling bass out of vegetation. This is for good reason – heavy equipment, hard hooksets, and big bass….

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On top of this, when most bass fishermen see matted grass on the surface of the water, they immediately think “frog fishing”. I will admit that I do too. In fact, I took my kayak to a smaller lake just the other day and threw my frog over the thickest grass I could find. After a couple of consecutive bites, I realized they were willing to hit on top and likely catch-able. That is when I did something unconventional – instead of pursuing my next exciting frog bite, I put down my rod and retied a new bait on another setup. Why not keep throwing the frog? I just got bit, I knew I could catch bass on it, and it would be a great day, right?

Here is my reason why… While these bass came up and busted on my frog, they did not fully eat it. The water was clear, the fish were active, and there were several open alleys/holes of water where fish could ambush prey. I knew that if I kept casting my frog, I may get attention, but I decided that it would be a good idea to tie on something that is a little more natural while keeping the weedless approach – a weightless fluke.

Initially, I intended for this bait to be a follow up on any missed frog bites. However, one cast and one bass later, I determined that maybe I should continue throwing it. More casts led to more fish – all coming from thick, matted vegetation. Might I point out that the friend who was fishing with me was having minimal attention on his topwater frog. This is when I realized something which opened up my perspective on fishing matted grass… How many times have I fished matted grass with only a frog before leaving due to lack of bites? The answer, unfortunately, is too many to count.

So why am I writing about this on here? Simply because this learning applies fully to Co-Anglers and the challenge they face every time they are on the water – “what do I follow my boater up with?” Well, in situations where your boater is working a frog over grass, I can tell you that you are not limited to just a frog or attempting to punch. Your instincts scream “throw a frog and cover water with your boater” but guess what, a fluke or even a senko rigged weedless could be a great option for getting non-committing bass to bite. The great thing about a fluke is that you can still use braid and a casting reel, while maintaining both top and subsurface presentations. This gives you more options with one rod, a resource of utmost value to all Co-Anglers.

What I want you to take from this article:

  • Don’t limit yourself to your first thought (or what your boater is having luck on)
  • Just because you are getting bit on something doesn’t mean it is the best bait for the job
  • In matted grass situations, a Fluke (or a Senko) is a great follow up bait for a frog

What I DON’T want you to take from this article:

  • I never need to throw a frog
  • Don’t go with my first instinct
  • A Fluke will always work behind a frog

Enjoy the rest of your summer and good luck in your next fishing trip! Thanks for reading 🙂