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First Couple Fish on the Hollow Body Details
Name:First Couple Fish on the Hollow Body
Created By:baystateangler
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Details:The place where we stayed up in Tamworth had a nice pond on it called Moore's Pond. The pond isn't to big, but gets up to forty feet deep. I was excited to fish here when we arrived. Camp rules made the boat rentals difficult at first, which was pretty annoying, but I eventually got to spend a morning out on a row boat. My brother and I first tried out going deep for smallmouth with a drop shot rig and deep divers. This yielded nothing, so I tied on a swim jig and started to work a huge area of pads. This pads were only in about 1-3 feet of water, and looked like killer largemouth territory. After the swim jig didn't really work out, I threw on a Scum Frog hollow body. I hadn't ever caught a fish on a hollow body before, and I was ready for my first. On the very first cast, a fish explodes on it twice, missing both times. I cast and work the frog into the same spot and the fish explodes on it. I set the hook as hard as I can on my medium power rod, and fight the beast for a solid minute. When he gets close, he looks like a hefty four pounder and I get pretty excited. He then gets caught up in a bunch of pads and gets unhooked. Oh well, back to fishing! Through the course of the morning, I get between 10 and 15 its on the frog, some of the fish hooked, but none of them landed. (It got to the point that every time I hooked up with a fish and lost him, I belted out some very salty language and hoped I hadn't drifted too close to the camp site for any children to hear.) After repeating this over and over, a bass finally slams me in some thick pads and I land him. The fish is only two pounds, but I am as excited as when I caught my 4.5 earlier this year. I had finally caught one on the hollow body. The next day, I fished the same pads again, but only had a small slime dart and a couple other hits to show for it. Determined to end with a bang, I grabbed my rod and a frog and headed out to bank fish the pads for some more bass this morning, the last day of the trip. Early on, I was bringing the frog through some padless water and I suddenly saw a swirl to the right, giving me an exhilarating feeling that only topwater bass guys know. I let the frog sit for about five seconds without moving it, knowing I was about to set the hook. I got ready, and began to work the frog again. The bass attacked the frog and I set the hook, yanking the lure right out of his mouth. DAMMIT! I quickly recasted and the repeated my encounter with the fish, again missing the hookset. I started talking out loud to this punk-a** bass who thought he could out fox me and declared war. For another fifteen or so minutes, I kept working the frog in until I saw the swirl again. I let the frog sit, waiting. I once again started to twitch my rod and WHAM!! He exploded and I set the hook. With my rod tip high, I felt him fighting as I worked to keep tension on the line. I was NOT letting this one off. He jumped and thrashed in the air and I gasped, expecting him to throw the frog. but he didn't. I brought him to shore ad held the fish up. It was a beauty, easily over three pounds. No world class fish, but a bass anyone would be happy to catch. I looked in his mouth in excitement and saw the frog way in the back of his mouth. WOOHOO! I snapped some pics, unhooked him, and released him. I also had the pleasure of removing a worm hook from a rather undesirable spot on the fish. Not his mouth, but just the opposite. EW! After that, no more fish, but I left happy, feeling I had won. Now that I've gotten better at frog fishing, you're next ponkapoag!
Location:Moore's Pond, Tamworth, NH
Trip Date:8/24/2015 - 8/28/2015
# of Hotspots:5
Hotspot Details: 1. Big 'seeds at Moore's Details: Hide
# of Fish Caught:3
Water Type:freshwater
Type of Fish:Pumpkinseed
Fish Length (Avg):0 inches
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Bait Type:Nightcrawler
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Location Details:from shore
2. my first fallfish Details: Hide
# of Fish Caught:1
Water Type:freshwater
Type of Fish:Fallfish
Fish Length (Avg):0 inches
Fish Length (Max):0 inches
Fish Weight (Avg):0 lbs. 0 oz.
Fish Weight (Max):0 lbs. 0 oz.
Bait Type:In-Line Spinner
Bait Details:Joe's Flies spinner
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3. perch at moore's Details: Hide
# of Fish Caught:2
Water Type:freshwater
Type of Fish:Yellow Perch
Fish Length (Avg):0 inches
Fish Length (Max):0 inches
Fish Weight (Avg):0 lbs. 0 oz.
Fish Weight (Max):0 lbs. 0 oz.
Bait Type:In-Line Spinner
Bait Details:Joe's Flies spinner
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4. My first couple of bass on a hollow body Details: Hide
# of Fish Caught:2
Water Type:freshwater
Type of Fish:Largemouth Bass
Fish Length (Avg):0 inches
Fish Length (Max):0 inches
Fish Weight (Avg):0 lbs. 0 oz.
Fish Weight (Max):3 lbs. 0 oz.
Bait Type:Topwater Bait
Bait Details:Scum Frog black hollow body
Location Details:off shore and from a boat
5. Moore's Pond Slime Dart Details: Hide
# of Fish Caught:1
Water Type:freshwater
Type of Fish:Chain Pickerel
Fish Length (Avg):0 inches
Fish Length (Max):0 inches
Fish Weight (Avg):0 lbs. 0 oz.
Fish Weight (Max):0 lbs. 0 oz.
Bait Type:Topwater Bait
Bait Details:hollow body
Location Details:my only frog catch of the day deserved some love. Mini slime dart versus nothing i'll take slimy d. Also this one behaved for me anyways.
# of Photos:3
# of Fish Caught:9
Trip Views:This trip has been viewed 4649 times.
User Discussion:
samf
you only need to wait until you feel the fish pulling, then drop the hammer as hard as you can.
08/30/15 05:59 PM

shawneramone
See the swirl. Drop the hammer
08/30/15 05:44 PM

baystateangler
agreed. I tend to wait until I see what I can make out as the head of the bass go completely underwater. At this point the fish either has it or doesn't. Topwater's too exciting to be counting fingers before a hook set!
08/29/15 10:59 PM

dang
WAiting 5 seconds to set the hook on a frog won't catch u many fish if any . Seriously 5 seconds lol!!
08/29/15 10:19 PM

baystateangler
I only have a medium power. I wanna get a frog rod in the future but the cash isn't there right now.
08/29/15 06:38 PM

shawneramone
What are you using for line rod and reel with the frog? You need heavy gear. The frogs have heavy hooks that you really need to drive into the fishes mouth.
08/29/15 03:35 PM

bassturds
I LOVE NEW HAMPSHIRE!!!!!!

tip of advice for using frogs! wait 3-5 seconds . wait till you feel the weight of the fish! THEN SET THE HOOK!!!!!
08/28/15 08:28 PM

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