Glenn: Really. Some bushes right here on the end of a flatthat drop right off. Really, this is like a prime spot, and itwas!Yes!There we go. Big old fish on a toad, on a toad!There we go. There we go. Come here. Right there. There we go. Oh, I think he wanted that. Look at that boys. Took that right down. That’s what toad fishing can do for you rightthere. All right, buddy. Hey folks. Glenn May here, with BassResource. com, andtoday I want to talk to you about toad fishing. Yeah, fishing solid body, soft plastic toads. These things are a blast to fish, especiallyin the warmer months. I love doing this. So today I want to talk to you a little bitabout how to rig them up, what kind of gearyou should be using, and then how to fishit. Let’s first start off with equipment. With toad fishing, you’re going to be throwingin a lot of cover, a lot of places where thefish can wrap you up or around objects, beit bushes, trees, dock pilings, things likethat, so you need some heavy duty gear. I’m using a heavy power, fast action rod. It’s a seven foot three rod. You can use anywhere from say a 7. 1 to a 7. 8rod, up to personal preference. I like rods a little bit on the shorter sideof things, so I’m going with a 7. 3. You need that heavy power and that backboneto set the hook and get that fish going towardsyou. There’s a huge hook you’re going to be using. I’m going to show you. This is a thick 5/0 hook. I’ll show you that in a second, and that’sone of the reasons why you need a stout rodto set that hook. I’m using 50 pounds Kanzen braid line fromSeagaur. The reason why I’m using that is, first ofall, you’re making long casts with toads. You’re throwing it over big flats, areas ofvegetation that may be just under the surface,and you’re fan casting to it. And what I mean by fan casting, is basicallyyou start casting say about the 10:00 position,make your retrieve, the next cast is goingto be about the 11:00 position, the next oneat 12, 1, so on and so forth, okay?You’re just covering, a very methodical wayof covering a large expanse of water, butyou’re also making long casts to cover asmuch as you can. So when you’re using braided line, when youget above that 50 pound mark, it’s kind ofhard to cast long distances. It kind of inhibits your distance, so that’swhy I stick with 50 pound. I don’t get any bigger than that. I specifically use Kanzen line, because toads,you know, they’re very buoyant, they stayon the surface, but they do sink. The braided line helps. It’s a little buoyant, and it helps them stayon the surface, rather than using say fluorocarbon,which can actually bring the bait down. Fluorocarbon is a little bit more dense andhas a little more weight to it, so, you know,it doesn’t float as much as braid, so that’swhy I’m using 50 pound Kanzen braided line. On it, I’m using a reel that. . . the most importantthing about the reel is not so much the reelspeed, because you’re not bringing the toadback at, you know, a mach 50 like you wouldcrank baiting. What you want to focus on is the drag, andthis is a Kastking Assassin Reel. It’s got 16 and a half pounds of drag. That’s pretty stout. Most production reels these days, when theycome out, they usually have 11, 12 poundsof drag. This is 16 and a half, so you’re getting upin that area where you have a really strongdrag system. There are other reels that have that dragthat strong, even some that have strongerdrag than that. I’m not saying this is the only reel, butthat’s the choice you want to look at whenyou’re looking for frog fishing, or toad fishing,what kind of drag that the reel has. So let’s talk about rigging here. Like I said, you’re using a really stout hook. This is a 5/0, real thick wire hook, and it’skeel weighted and also has a screw lock onit, all right?The key thing about the weight, see how fardown the shank it is?That’s what you want. You don’t want it. . . there’s some keel weightedhooks where I see the weight right up here. All’s that’s going to do is make your toadpoint downward, nose down. It’s going to dig it into the water, and makeit dive, so you want the weight further backhere to where the hook starts the bend. This hook is by Moaner Hooks, but there’sa lot of other hooks out there that have thatkind of weight to it as well, weight placement,and then, of course, you got the screw locks. So let me show you how you rig this. First of all, just with the screw lock, youput it right dead center, right in the noseof the frog or the toad here, and you justscrew it on. I mean it’s that straightforward. Just screw that on just like that. All right. Now it’s on. Now, just like that, the key with fishingtoads, you want that back to be straight oreven have a little bit of a bow to it. That allows it to run true. If you’ve got it bowed like this, what’s goingto happen is that toad’s going to want toflip over and run upside down, even thoughyou’ve got this weight here, it’s going towant to do that. This is a quarter ounce weight. You can go lighter than that. If you don’t use a weight, the most. . . you’reactually going to have problems with the toadspinning, especially if you bow it up likethat. You’ve got to have a little bit of a bow downor perfectly flat. So I just rig it in like you would Texas style. You can see where the hook’s supposed to comein. It’s right in the very, very back, so I justpush it up like that, put that hook rightin the very back part of it, and there yougo. Now I just skin hook it just barely, justlike so. Nice and straight, see?All right. So that’s how you rig it. Toads don’t come with their own hook, so you’vegot to learn how to rig it right, but that’sexactly what you want, nice, straight. See that, night and straight. Perfect, now we’re ready to go toad fishing. There. I had to wait until I felt em. There we go. There we go. There we go. Come here you. Look at that. Not a big guy, but he took it. See, the key with fishing these toads is whenthe fish blows up on it, your natural reactionis to set the hook right away. Instead, you gotta drop the rod, rod tip,and feed them slack, and feed it to them,and wait. Reel up some of that slack, wait until youfeel the weight of the fish, and then popem, you know. Drop the rod tip just a little bit, throwsome slack along if you need to. Boom, and pop them in. Look, the hook went all the way through hischeek. That’s how you do it guys. The places where I like to fish it. I like to fish it in the areas where the weedsare just under the surface, from a few inchesto maybe two feet or so under the surface. That’s the perfect place to be throwing atoad. These little legs here they create some disturbanceon the water, and a straight cast and retrieveworks really, really well on a lot of toads. This is designed to be fished as slow as possiblewhile keeping it on the surface, so, likeI said, you don’t need a fast reel for that. You just need to be able to reel it fast enoughto keep it on the surface and create a littlebubbling, gurgling action on the water. Today, we don’t have a lot of disturbanceon the water. In other words, you don’t have a lot of wind,so the slower the better. If there’s a little more wind, you want tocreate a little more disturbance, so speedit up a little bit, and you create a littlebit more of a gurgling action. The unique characteristic about this RageToad, let me show you here, are its legs. You’ve got this little ridge right here, right,and that enables it, these legs, to move,and you’re barely moving it across the water,right?It just doesn’t take a whole lot of movement,so you can move it very, very slow and geta disturbance. But if the water is slick calm, and you’renot, and it’s just glass smooth, that’s probably,even then, too much disturbance. So what you can do, is just take yourself,take a pair of scissors, and cut off the insidesof this, right on the inside here, right here,just cut off a little bit of that meat rightthere, and make this leg, this part, thinner,and that will create less disturbance on thewater. Real subtle action, especially when on thoseslick, calm mornings, just a little bit ofgurgling, just keep shaving off a little bitof that, and you’ll find you’ll catch a lot,get a lot more bites. Keri: There you go. Good one honey, good one, good one, good one,good one, good one. Glenn: Here we go. Keri: Nice fish. Glenn: Here we go. Keri: Nice one. Toad fishing at its finest. Glenn: Come here. There we are. Keri: Nice fish. Glenn: So, the key, remember when you’re fishingthese toads, is to keep the rod tip up. Keep that rod tip up so you keep that toadtoward the surface, and that what he did. He hit it right on the top. Another thing to keep in mind is color. A lot of times what I like to do fish a baitthat’s got a little bit of green pumpkin init and has a white belly. I think that looks the most natural and whatmost frogs look like, so I start with that. But if I’m not getting bites, or just gettingblow-ups or follows, then I’ll switch to adarker color, say a black, or I may go witha, like a camo type color, something that’sgot variations of different color, maybe aJune Bug even, some kind of a darker color. And if all else fails, I’ll try to find somethingreally bright and obnoxious, like a chartreusecolored frog. You’d be surprised just by changing up color,how many more bites you’ll get if your justgetting follows or blow-ups. A nice little hole right in there isn’t it?Keri: Oh. Nope. Glenn: You’ve got to be kidding me. Keri: I got a weed, but he blew-up on it. Throw in there. He didn’t get it. Glenn: Nope, doesn’t want it. Keri: YUM Dinger time. He wanted it and look at that. If they don’t hit the toad the first time,follow it up with a YUM Dinger. Glenn: The thing with toads though is theydon’t work just in the spring. I’m sure you’ve been doing a lot a bit ofresearch on this, and a lot of them say fishit in the spring, and then put them away. I don’t know, I’ve been fishing toads. My wife and I have been fishing toads fordecades now, and we didn’t read any bookson it. There wasn’t YouTube out to learn how to fishit, so we just went out and started fishingthem, and it turns out, we can be pretty successfulwith them any time the water is say about55, 56 degrees, from the spring all the wayto the fall, when it starts to cool down andpass that mark again, you can catch fish ona toad. So don’t put it away in the spring. That’d be a mistake. Throw it out in those flats where you see,you know, Milfoil, Hydrilla, Coontail, anythingwhere it’s just under the surface. Throw it out there, and make a nice, you know,easy cast, nice slow retrieve. Sometimes what we like to do is give it alittle yank with a rod tip, and give it alittle gurgle, and then slow it back downagain, and don’t be afraid to kill it. That little erratic action is often what triggersbites. So reel it, reel it, reel it, kill it, andthen especially if you get it next to a bush,next to a dock piling, next to some kind ofstructure, that’s a great place to kill it,and the fish will come up and smack it. One other thing you need to be real carefulabout is when you’re reeling these back into the boat, and you’re just about to pullit out of the water to make another cast,a lot of times that’s when the fish smackit. It scares the bejesus out of you. I mean it’s scared. . . they come up and just,you’re just ready to pull it out of the water,and they come out and bam, smack it. I don’t know why, but that’s happened quitea bit with us fishing these toads, so be readyat any time and have a good pacemaker if youhave those, because it can really stop yourheart there for a second, but it’s a realexciting way of fishing. Keri: Whoa. Dear Lord. Glenn: Whoa. Holy-Mollie. Keri: Dear Lord. Glenn: Wow. Keri: That was like an instant. Holy crap. Right at the boat. Glenn: Over on this side. Wow. Keri: Right at the boat. Here you go, folks. I hope that was on camera. Glenn: It was. Keri: Because that was right at the boat. He just came up and ate that. . . Glenn: Toad. Keri: Toad. It just came up and ate that toad. There you go folks, toad fishing. It scared the daylights out of me. Glenn: Anyway, that’s basically the way youfish a toad. There’s not a whole lot to it, other thanjust a nice steady retrieve, let it fall. If you’re throwing it over the matted weeds,and there’s like a pocket or something likethat. You see a hole, let it drop down and tumbledown in there and see if you can’t get a biteand a lot of times that works. Other than that, have a whole, heck of a lotof fun. I hope those tips help. For more tips and tricks, and for more answersto all your questions about bass fishing,visit BassResource. com.