Catching Bass on Frogs & Spinnerbaits – Fishing Log: 14th Fishing Trip, June 20, 2016

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Catching Bass on Frogs & Spinnerbaits – Fishing Log: 14th Fishing Trip, June 20, 2016
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Bass at Last!

Catching Bass on Frogs & Spinnerbaits

I finally broke my “skunk streak”! And I had fun by catching bass on frogs and spinnerbaits at one of my favorite fishing locations.

Here’s where I love to go, why, and what worked.

Where: Hawkins Pond, Center Harbor, NH

Back to Hawkins Pond in Center Harbor, NH.

  • Acres: 91
  • Depth: Average: 11′; Maximum: 33′

Catching Bass on Frogs & Spinnerbaits

Why do I love Hawkins so much? Simple. It’s small. SO, even with a BassHole powered Hobie Float Cat 75 (propelled by my own brawn with oars, flippers, or both), I can cover a lot of water in the lake.

More reasons to love Hawkins!

There are other reasons I love Hawkins, too:

  • Bass Log

    Here’s one spot where I sometimes find bass lurking

    Fish Location.  I know where to find fish. If you look at the map above, and see the little black box with the 2 people in a canoe (Hawkins is a restricted water allowing only motors 8 hp or less), then draw a line past the number “10” and straight to the other edge, THAT’s where I find the most bass. Now, they may be in other areas as well, but that I’m just not finding them yet.

FishHunter Map

Map created with my FishHunter

I used my new FishHunter to map the bottom as I rowed my way to the other side, and got the attached image, as well as plenty of signals that there were fish holding in that water. However, I wasn’t able to entice them to bite. Perhaps I can’t get down deep enough, the fish may not be feeding, I’m using the wrong lure, the fish are too small for the lures I’m throwing, or all of the above!

I’ll keep using the FishHunter and try to hone my skills.

  • Weed Cover at Hawkins

    Hawkins weeds: lily pads and tules

    Good Weed Cover. One of my favorite ways to catch bass is with topwater. And the weed cover at Hawkins is terrific for these techniques.

During earlier trips, the vegetation was all still dead, and so not producing any oxygen in the water, or cover from the sun. But now the vegetation is back in bloom! And beneath the surface of all this mess, bass lurk to strike their prey.

  • Solitude. As I said, Hawkins is a restricted pond, so there aren’t a bunch of guys fishing in their high powered boats. My buddy used to bring his boat here (it’s how I learned about the place), but only used his trolling motor. However, the locals finally reported him, and he’s not able to return with his bass boat. So even with a boat that can over a lot of water on a lake, Hawkins is a popular place to go.

Often, it’s just me and the critters, like the Canadian geese.

But on this day, I did meet another fisherman. He had a square back canoe with a trolling motor attached, and he was really buzzing along! Makes me realize how much faster, easier, and more fun having a trolling motor would be!

Success & What worked!

My first bass was in that vegetation in the photo.

Booyah Pad CrasherBooyah Pad Crasher

Those of you who have read my post on my favorite topwater already know I love frogs!

The Booyah frog was one of the free lures I received as a premium when I joined BassMaster last year while I was injured.

Details:

  • Hollow body protects hooks viagra ohne rezept in holland.
  • Sturdy double hook at rear of bait.
  • Aerodynamic shape eases movement through pads and weeds.
  • Virtually 100% weedless!
  • Spinnerbait style legs.

I threw this bait right into the thick weeds, and was able to pull it back without any hangups.

I let it rest, then pull – pull – pull, rest, etc. And finally, CRASH! A bass broke up onto the lure and got himself caught!

Dive! Dive!

As bass are liable to do, he went right for the bottom. He managed to wrap my line around a submerged twig, so I had to move over to where he was, carefully pull the line away, and then I had him at last.

I failed to notice that the struggle resulted in the body of the frog turning 180 degrees, so the double hook was totally exposed. I learned that fast enough when on the next cast I hauled in a softball size clump of pads and weeds!

Overall Ranking: 9 out of 10 – Get one!

This was the first time I fished this lure. It won’t be the last! And I’ll be sure and get more, because it slips perfectly through the weeds, right where the bass like to lurk.

 ==> Click here to get your own Booyah Pad Crasher <==

Of course there are many other types of frog lures, too, many that I love as well.

In case you are interested in the other models, I’ve provided a link below.

==> Click here to see a variety of frog lures on Amazon <==

But wait, there’s more!

I also caught bass with another one of my favorite baits, the spinnerbait.

Boohah Tandem Willow Blade Spinnerbait

Willow Blade Spinnerbait

The tandem willow blades add lift to keep your spinnerbait weed free

There are a lot of different spinnerbaits, and each is designed to handle different conditions.

Since I was fishing a spinnerbait by casting it deep into cover, and then reeling it back to me, I wanted a spinnerbait that could move through very weedy areas. Many fishermen wrongly believe that a spinnerbait will always hang up in weeds, but that is not the case. For all the wire, blades, hook, and hardware on these babies, they can be remarkably weedless.

Weeds with bass

Weeds in front of a house held spinnerbait bass!

Details:

  • The tandem (2) willow leaf shaped blades on this spinnerbait help provide lift and make it easy to drag it over weeds.
  • Uses flex wire alloy frames to maximize vibration.
  • Blades are jeweler’s grade plated.

I’ve always thought there should be bass right in that area, but never managed to catch one, until this trip!

While I was fishing, the other gentleman in the canoe went past, and I asked how he was doing. He told me he had caught 3 (so he beat me by 1!). I asked what he was using, and he pointed at my lure, and said, “I only use spinnerbaits. There’s no trick to fishing them, and there are plenty of bass here willing to eat them.”

Overall ranking: 7.5 out of 10 Try ’em!

I only ranked these 7.5, not because of the spinnerbait itself, but because I disagree with my canoe fishing friend.

==> Click here to get your own Booyah Willow Blade Spinnerbait <==

There are a lot of ways to maximize your use of spinnerbaits, depending on a myriad of factors.

The types of blades:

  • Colorado.
  • Willow.
  • Indiana (sort of between the first 2).

Blades’ finish:

  • Gold.
  • Silver.
  • Bronze.
  • Any of a million colors!

Weight:

  • 1/4 ounce.
  • 1/2 ounce.
  • 3/4 ounce.
  • As well as lighter and heavier ones!

Wire:

  • Thick.
  • Thin.
  • Material made of.
  • Weight

Retrieve:

  • Fast – on top.
  • Fast – under water.
  • Slow roll.
  • Helicoptering.
  • Jigging.

Way to much to cover in this post! I’m working on another post describing the breadth of use for spinnerbaits, so keep watching!

Meanwhile, I wanted to provide you with access to a variety of spinnerbaits.

==> Click here to see tons of spinnerbaits offered through Amazon <==

The floating dock middle view

There MUST be bass under this floating dock!

Spinnerbait Follies

Just be careful when you toss your spinnerbaits!

I almost always end up coming close to this floating dock, and so of course want to throw a bait to attract any bass nearby (or underneath).

In the past, I’ve hung up on the chains that hold the doc in place, but I’ve always managed to get unhung and keep fishing. Though I doubt any bass would be interested after I’ve hauled myself up to the dock to retrieve my bait.

This time I threw my spinnerbait right on top of the dock, so I could pull it down and let it fall into the water.

I caught me a dock!

The floating dock close up view

My spinnerbait slipped between the cracks!

But my spinnerbait disappeared! I realized I was hung up on something, but I didn’t know what or how until I got closer and had a better look at the top of that dock.

My spinnerbait had landed and gone right between the gaps in the wooden boards making the dock!

Now I was afraid a bass might grab the spinnerbait, since there would be no way that I could think of to get the fish!

But that did not happen. I was amazed I was able to get the spinnerbait back up out through the same slots, and then keep fishing.

 

That was one of the few times I’ve felt lucky NOT to get a bite!

Farewell for now!

Geese at Hawkins Pond

I look forward to my next Hawkins Pond goose sighting!

I will definitely be going back to Hawkins Pond, now that I’ve located some bass hiding beneath the weeds.

I’ll use my frog(s), and fish much more thoroughly, and a lot slower. I’ll share those tips when I’ve landed the proof that there are a lot more than just 2 bass waiting to be caught in the weeds of Hawkins Pond!

Meanwhile, I hope you have pleasant fishing adventures of your own, and that when you do, you share your triumphs AND your follies here so they can be enjoyed by and instructive to your fellow BassHoles.

Tight lines!

Roger, The Smiling BassHole

28 thoughts on “Catching Bass on Frogs & Spinnerbaits – Fishing Log: 14th Fishing Trip, June 20, 2016

  1. Pete

    I love fishing. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to go out in years. Great information about the types of lures you used. I may just have to try them out on my next fishing expedition (whenever that may be). I live out in North Carolina. Do you have any suggestions for good fishing spots around here?

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  2. Mohammad Makki

    Another excellent article Roger. Your posts are always fun to read.

    I have to say, I’m getting more and more into fishing ’cause of this here website. You make it sound like a blast! And your video is on point. Even before this site, I liked to see fishing lures. That frog one looks great fro me. When I finally take the plunge and buy a rod, I’m try to get that one.

    I have to ask, why only bass? I’m sure you catch all kinds of fish. Are bass just so nuanced they need their own site?

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    1. Roger Ford Post author

      Thanks Mohammad Makki!

      Why bass? There are certainly many types of fish out there. But you can’t just fish for “anything.” You need to fish for a specific type of fish. Now, that doesn’t mean you can’t, or won’t, catch other fish, but if you want to catch trout, you use different lures and techniques than if fishing for bass, or salmon, or shad, or catfish, or carp.

      Now why do I love fishing for bass?

      * They are great scrappers and fighters.
      * They are readily available and numerous in my area.
      * They are strong.
      * They are a ton of fun to catch!

      Glad you enjoyed the post and the video. I’m trying to do more videos in the future!

      Tight lines!

      Roger, The Smiling BassHole

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      1. Mohammad Makki

        All very good reasons. Maybe I’ll try bass when I start fishing. Well, I’ll have to, considering I read your site. Thanks for the detailed explanation!

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        1. Roger Ford Post author

          Thanks Mohammad Makki!

          There’s always room in the bass boat for one more BassHole, so welcome aboard!

          I hope you enjoy fishing for whatever you may choose to target.

          And then come back and let us know how you fared!

          Tight lines!

          Roger, The Smiling BassHole

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  3. Sam

    Once again, I am very impressed with your knowledge for fishing, I never knew Bass loves frogs, I got to try that out, I am definitely going to go with your recommendations.

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    1. Roger Ford Post author

      Thanks Sam!

      The beauty of the frog is that the bass doesn’t just think of it as an actual frog, but it mimics so many baits and movements of bait that the bass figure it’s SOMETHING!

      And there are LOTS of different frog lures to choose from.

      So give frogs a try! And let us know how you do!

      Tight lines!

      Roger, The Smiling BassHole

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  4. Cheryl Nay

    Roger, I really enjoyed reading about your fishing experience. I must admit I’m not a fan of fishing. But I did go on quite a few fishing trips with my dad and brother. Being with them was fun, but waiting for that fish to bite…..not so fun. It was quite a few years ago and maybe if I had one of your “frogs” I would have caught a lot more fish. Great site. Took me down memory lane…..so thanks.

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    1. Roger Ford Post author

      Thanks Cheryl!

      Well, waiting for the fish to bite is not so much fun. And, understand, I’m more of an ACTION fisherman. I’m not just throwing out the line then waiting. That WOULD be a bit boring! Unless the fish were biting like crazy!

      I like casting (target hitting), reeling (using different retrieves), and moving the bait into the strike zone. More action.

      So next time someone wants to take you fishing, tell them you would like to do “power fishing.”

      Glad you enjoyed the trip down memory lane!

      Tight lines!

      Roger, The Smiling BassHole

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  5. Andy

    Looks like you had another great trip! Didn’t know there were so many different factors to spinner baits. I guess with all the millions of different customizations you’ll just have to try them to see what works. OR save the money and trouble by just reading blogs like yours to see what works/doesn’t work!

    Would love to see pictures of your bass in your next post so you can share the joy of catching them. I guess it’s kinda hard doing it since you’re going to be juggling everything around and you only have 2 hands.
    Keep up the good work and I look forward to your next trip!

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    1. Roger Ford Post author

      Thanks Andy!

      Well, a bit embarrassing about the photos!

      I was trying to do just that. First, I had to turn my phone on – I’d turned it off because I had a very low battery. That took a few minutes, then I tried to take a selfie with the fish. BUT the lanyard around my neck was in the way. So I kept trying, but then the camera mode was all weird. By now I was worried about the poor bass! I’d once heard you should hold your breath while holding the fish out of the water, so I decided I valued the bass’s life over still another fish photo, and let it go.

      But I plan to get some photos on my next trip!

      Tight lines!

      Roger, The Smiling BassHole

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  6. Austin

    Hi Roger, I like the nickname that you have made for yourself lol. What would your suggestions be for someone who is interested in going fishing but has never gone before?

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    1. Roger Ford Post author

      Thanks Austin!

      Here’s what I suggest for finding out if fishing is something you would like to try:

      1. Try to find someone who HAS been fishing. That way you can borrow some gear and have someone to teach you the basics.

      2. Tell your friend you want to experience ACTION. So better to catch a bunch of fish, rather than target that trophy of a lifetime.

      3. Ask about ponds or small lakes with bluegill, pumpkin seed, panfish, etc. These are very aggressive fish. They are small, but scrappy. I still enjoy catching them!

      4. Check your local Fish and Game Department. They probably offer suggestions of where to go.

      5. Have fun! Remember the point of all this is to have a good time!

      If you can’t find a friend who fishes or who can loan you some gear, you may want to purchase something economical to get started. Check out my post on Spincast rods, and find yourself something low cost to try it out.

      I hope this helps!

      Tight lines!

      Roger, The Smiling BassHole

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  7. Andrew

    Great post as always Roger

    Seems like a great spot to get yourself some bass. You also seem to have a lot of success with frogs. Would it be fair to say they’re one of your favourite Lures at the moment?

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    1. Roger Ford Post author

      Thanks Andrew!

      Yes! Frogs have been a favorite of mine for a couple of years now. I love fishing topwater. Seeing those fish come up to slap and eat the bait is so cool.

      The first time I caught a bass on a topwater frog was right there in the weeds of Hawkins Pond. I was fishing the topwater, and not getting much action. I kept trying, not really expecting much. Then: BAM! And it was the biggest bass I caught that year!

      Now I have a lot of frogs in my tackle box!

      Tight lines!

      Roger, The Smiling BassHole

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  8. Darrin

    Hahaha, losing lures, espeically spinner baits on docks, is never a fun way to go. About a week ago a buddy and I were paddling on Toledo Bend during a windy choppy water day and I snagged my texas rig worm on a dock. Padding to the dock to get the worm was a bit daunting.

    Glad you caught some summer bass! They’re always a ton of fun to catch! Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Roger Ford Post author

      Thanks Darrin!

      Oooooh, I’ve learned that fighting the wind can be a real problem! When you say, “paddling,” do you mean fishing from a canoe? That’s sure a fun way to fish (well, I’ve heard, never fished from one!)!

      Glad to hear you believe in retrieving your lures snagged on docks as well! You KNOW it’s worth the effort!

      Hope to entice a few more summer bass in a couple more days!

      Tight lines!

      Roger, The Smiling BassHole

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  9. Ryan

    Really cool Roger! I’m honestly extremely unfamiliar with what to look for when it comes to fishing spots (I have only been a couple of times) but I’m trying to find a good spot to go with my dad and uncle on a nice couple of day fishing trip.

    Any suggestions in the Kentucky area?

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    1. Roger Ford Post author

      Ryan,

      I’ve never fished in Kentucky. Not even sure I’ve been IN Kentucky. Though I believe I drove through it at least twice, once to get to Texas, and then to get out of Texas.

      However, I was able to find a couple of suggestions for bass fishing in ole’ Cantuck (I believe I saw it referred to this way in stories about Dan’l Boone):

      Kentucky’s Best Big-Bass Waters: A list of places to seek and Catch Big Bass!

      Bass fishing spots in Kentucky: Here’s some more info about bass fishing in Kentucky!

      So let me know if you do go, where you went, what you caught, and how much fun you had!

      Tight lines!

      Roger, The Smiling BassHole

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  10. Clue

    Hi Roger

    This is some very interesting and valuable information. I am going to have to follow this information when I travel. I live in South Africa and I am not familiar with bass. I live about 2km from the ocean and that is where I normally fish. Shad is my favorite fish I don’t know if you are familiar with it.

    Your post is very interesting and it is definitely something to review when vising other countries to fish.

    Thanks for this information
    Clue

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    1. Roger Ford Post author

      Thanks Clue!

      I’m certainly “familiar” with shad, though not while in the ocean, but when they come into fresh water to spawn. And then, they are a gas to catch! I fished them on the American River in Sacramento, California. My best day was catching 19 shad. That was a very special day!

      Of course there are certainly many types of fish in the ocean!

      And if you decide to do some fresh water fishing, I can tell you bass are a ton of fun! IF you can find and catch them!

      Tight lines!

      Roger, The Smiling BassHole

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  11. Stephanie

    Hi Roger! I used to go fishing with my dad all the time when I was growing up. I haven’t been in I can’t tell you how many years. But reading this really makes me want to call my dad to get a good fishing trip together! Thank you sharing your adventures and knowledge!

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    1. Roger Ford Post author

      Thanks Stephanie!

      I’m sure your dad would love to share a fishing trip with him! What a great gift to share with him!

      And I hope you have a great time, whether you catch fish or not. At least you will be outside, enjoying nature, and of course bonding with your father!

      Tight lines!

      Roger, The Smiling BassHole

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  12. Ian

    I used to go fishing with my dad, but that was years ago. Reading this post brought back the great feeling of catching fish. Now it sounds like a blast to go fishing once again!

    I regularly ride my bike along a nearby creek, and have caught glimpses of bass. Perhaps I’ll start by fishing in that creek. 🙂

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    1. Roger Ford Post author

      Thanks Ian!

      Yes! Get a rod you can carry on your bike! Maybe a collapsable rod, or one that packs up. I’ve got such a rod that I never use, so if you swing by here I can give it to you!

      Anyway, get SOME rod and reel and try a few casts. You may very well find you still love to fish!

      Do be sure and get the proper fishing license, though!

      Tight lines!

      Roger, The Smiling BassHole

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    1. Roger Ford Post author

      Thanks, Lashawn!

      I hope it inspires you to catch some bass on frogs.

      Tight lines!

      Roger, The Smiling BassHole

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