With the topwater bite going off all around, I was curious to see whether the fish would be willing to come up to the surface and eat if it wasn’t a SPRO BBZ-1 Rat. To conduct this experiment, I put down the rat and decided to throw the SPRO King Daddy Frog.
The water is now upward of 73 degrees in essentially all of the local lakes and ponds. Some lakes are in the high 70’s, and even starting to creep into the lower 80’s. Typically, what this means for me is that its time to throw the rat or frog. The other night, I went down to fish a part of the San Diego River with Michael Tran and James Neal. As we usually do, we started off throwing the topwater. Michael was throwing the SPRO Bronzeye Spit Shad frog; James had a SPRO BBZ-1 Rat 50 tied on, and I had a SPRO King Daddy frog.
We had a good time with decent numbers and solid size. James had a couple crazy blow-ups right at the shore, and caught this big girl on the brown SPRO BBZ-1 Rat 50.
The coolest thing for me that night was my big fish. It wasn’t the size of the fish that really had me going, but rather how I caught in on the frog. We continuously heard fish breaking the surface on the opposite side of the cove. Unfortunately, there is no shore access in that area, and casting into the spot is not easy due to its distance, as well as the cover around it. After hearing what sounded like a baby whale breaching the water, I tried to hit the area of chaos with a long cast. Somehow, I got it right in the zone, under a large fallen tree that was halfway sticking out of the water. It was met by this angry girl just several twitches into my retrieve. I wasn’t even close to being able to see the frog, but I heard the explosion loud and clear. She inhaled the SPRO King Daddy frog, and put up an awesome fight.
My setup for the frog was my Cousins RSW 798 HPT, paired with an Abu Garcia Revo Winch, spooled with 65lb P-Line TCB. The lure of choice was the SPRO King Daddy frog.
Also, if anybody is looking into getting some really cool and high quality fishing apparel, check out Twisted Fisher. You can check out their whole line of clothing at www.twistedfisher.com. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me and I can connect you with James Neal, one of the owners. James is the same guy who is sporting his Twisted Fisher hat, while holding up a toad of a largemouth on the BBZ-1 Rat in the first photo!
Stay tuned for the next report! -Stan Kaplun-