I want to tell you about one of the most exciting ways to catch fish. That’s with a frog, or a mouse, or a rat. Throw it across matted cover—some of the thickest, mattiest, weediest cover you can find.
I’ll tell you another little secret: Some of the biggest Smallmouth we catch every year—we call them eutrophic Smallmouth—we catch on frogs in the very same areas. Now as good as this bait is “Plain Jane”, there are two things you can do to make it even better. One is taking a number of very small split shot and putting them inside so you weight it, tail down, a little bit. That way when you start to retrieve it, it keeps jumping up, coming across the mats.
Another thing I love to do is put a glass rattle inside. Then it calls the fish in. Walleye, Smallmouth, Largemouth, Northern Pike and muskies all fall for rats.
Happy Fish’n,Gord “The Doc” Pyzer