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  • How to increase hook up ratio for bass

     john updated 11 months, 3 weeks ago 2 Members · 11 Posts
  • john

    Member
    June 11, 2021 at 7:57 pm

    Sometimes bass attack my frog but never hook up and its quite annoying

  • x321death000

    Guest
    June 11, 2021 at 7:57 pm

    If your using braided line it doesn’t have any stretch to the line I would recommend using mono

  • Slothy_Seconds

    Guest
    June 11, 2021 at 7:57 pm

    You can use a needle nose to bend your hooks out and up a little, this slightly defeats the weedless nature of the bait but will immediately increase your hook up ratio.

    Second sometimes when they take the frog you have to let them have it for just a second before you set on them. Let them get a good bite of it and then let them have it.

  • _fuckernaut_

    Guest
    June 11, 2021 at 7:57 pm

    It happens a lot. Sometimes they never even get the frog in their mouth they just blow up next to it or just get the legs or knock it in the air. Best thing to do is don’t react right away, wait a few seconds to determine if the fish actually has the frog in its mouth. If it doesn’t they will often come back for it if you leave the frog there and maybe twitch it in place. Once you think the fish has the frog reel up all the slack in your line so you can feel the weight of the fish and set the hook hard. 50lb+ braid is a must.

    Oh and smaller frogs help too, like I suggested in your other thread. Easier for the bass to engulf.

  • Skweazle

    Guest
    June 11, 2021 at 7:57 pm

    Are you using a medium heavy/ heavy action rod? If not, that’s gonna be an issue. You need power to get a frog to stick

  • Big_Daddy_DD

    Guest
    June 11, 2021 at 7:57 pm

    I’m with you brother. No matter what I try, I never seem to set the hook

  • bassergolfer

    Guest
    June 11, 2021 at 7:57 pm

    try the lunker hunt pop frog, comes with a trailer hook. not as weedless, but when they hit it is much easier to set the hook and they stay on. the other frogs I like are the Z man frogs. the small finesse frog, it is small and light weight, rig with a 2/0 hook. very weedless, but when the hit it is easy to set the hook. I fished in the slop last spring and caught a number of good bass. the other zman frog is the the POP Frogz, it is bit bigger and will cast further. I gave up on the hollow body frogs. for me its the Zman finesse frog or the lunker hunt. good luck.

  • CaskJeeves

    Guest
    June 11, 2021 at 7:57 pm

    Like someone else you can (gently) bend the frog hooks away from the body to be a bit more exposed.

    There are also such things as trailer hooks designed specifically for frogs, they aren’t cheap and make the frog a lot less weedless but I’m sure would also make a huge difference in hookup ratio.

    That’s the tradeoff ultimately, the increase weedless = harder to get a good hookset, and exposed hooks = less missed hooksets but more weeds. And hollow-body frogs just happen to be at the extreme weedless end of that spectrum

  • Invisible00101001

    Guest
    June 11, 2021 at 7:57 pm

    For me, the biggest problem was waiting to set the hook. The difference with topwater is that you see that strike and immediately react by trying to set. With underwater baits you rarely see the strike, you only notice the tension when the fish has the bait and by then, you’re good to set the hook. It was hard for me to learn to react to the tension on the line/pole rather than the strike, but if you can remember to do that, then your hookup ratio will increase. I promise.

  • punkindrublic619

    Guest
    June 11, 2021 at 7:57 pm

    Here’s a few options:

    – bend hooks on frog slightly up and outward, this will lead to more weeds or whatever else might be on top if you’re throwing on thick mats of hydrilla or cover

    – purchase frogs with single offset hook

    Personal choice:

    Buy screw in Owner Beast hooks and soft plastic frogs separately (like wade froggs from Toxic Bait Co for example) and throw them that way. You’ll never go back

  • AVeryMadFish

    Guest
    June 11, 2021 at 7:57 pm

    Trailer hooks maybe!

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