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  • The Keys to Froggin Grass

    Guntersville has its ups and downs but one thing, one presentation that remains high on the list of fun for the fall fisherman is frog fishing. The key to frog fishing is finding productive grass mats, or to figure out what grass area are productive for the frog bite. Well I am not sure there is any great secret to it, but I have found that you can tell what grass mats can be productive with just a little drive by examination! That is correct you just need to ease by the area you intend to fish and make some observation of the mats; turn off your motor for a few seconds and look, listen and observe the surrounding.

    There are conditions that are common to me that becomes keys to holding bass that will strike a frog and they are simple. During your drive by the first thing you should look for is the condition of the mat, is it nasty, foamy, icky and will your frog make a trail, if so itís a good sign? The next thing I consider is bait fish; if there is bait fish moving about in and around the mat then you have another piece of the puzzle. Listen, active mats always have popping from bream going on in the mat; let your hearing steer your boat.

    Once you have determined the first few pieces of the puzzle then the next important consideration is the thickness of the grass; the question is, does the grass have holes in it and does it have space underneath for the fish to hide from the sun. Sometimes the mats are so thick that the grass has no space below it, when this occurs it is very hard to get a blow up. Grass mats block the sun and the water underneath is generally a little cooler by about 5 degrees and this also drives the bass to the grass mats in the hot sun!
    Lastly I believe especially early in the fall the smaller the area of matted grass the better chance you have of having fish underneath it that will strike. Large mats are just too hard to cover and the smaller areas become feeding targets for bass especially if they are near deeper water.