Summer and Frogs Equal Big Bass: Do-it’s Essential Series Frog Mold

As you scan your favorite lake, or a new one, the first thing that catches a bass fisherman’s eye is a batch of lily pads. Lily pads mean bass, even on the hottest days of summer. What do you think of tying on first when you see some lily pads? A frog. Going back to even my grandfather’s days, his old tackle boxes always contained a few variations of baits that were intended to look like a frog. From pork baits to wooden poppers, the theme was a frog. Baits have come a long way since my grandfather’s smelly tackle box. But bass fishermen are still turning to frogs to fool largemouths in summer and fall.

The weighted hook rigging with the screw lock is Marc Wisniewski’s favorite way to fish subsurface frogs.

Soft plastics have revolutionized the frog, as they now look, swim, and feel more real due to advances. And now you can make your own frogs with the help of some great soft plastic frog molds from the Do-it’s soft bait line of lure molds.

When some people think of frogs, their thoughts go to the hollow-body, blow-molded types. These are great lures, but they are strictly a topwater lure. Here in the Midwest, the topwater-lure window is very small. A frog that will swim subsurface is more effective for a longer period of the season, from May through late October. A surface frog is probably effective from mid-June through mid-September. Don’t get me wrong. I love the strike of a topwater frog, but if I want to hook fish, a swimming frog will get the call.

Do-it’s soft bait molds create two different frog styles and they come in sizes from 1 3/4 inches in the Croaker to the 4 1/2-inch Big Foot Toad Series. The Croaker Series has paddle-tail legs similar to a swimbait. This model will work subsurface, but if you are strictly a topwater frog guy, the Croaker may be the one for you. The paddle legs make quite the commotion on the surface when retrieved.

My personal favorite is the Swim Toad Series. These are available in mold sizes of 3 1/2 and 4 inches, and the larger, 4 1/2-inch Big Foot Frog mentioned. The unique action of these legs are somewhere between a swimbait and a twister tail. This makes it a perfect frog for either topwater action or subsurface swimming. The Swim Toad Series is not only available in the professional machine-tooled molds, but also in the new Essential Series mold.

The Essential Series are cast-aluminum molds similar to the process used to create the Do-it Lead Molds. The quality is still great, but the cost goes way down. The Essential Series is the most economical way to enter the hobby, and at the cost of soft plastic frogs, this one pays for itself. And for us who fish the Midwest and deal with the toothy critters, getting a leg snipped off a frog is no big deal. Save it and throw it back in the pot and melt it down for the next pour.

The Essential frog mold makes two frogs per injection too, so it is easy to make many quickly. I normally make single, solid-color frogs, but the mold allows you to make two color laminates or more. This can be done by hand-pouring the belly and injecting the rest of the frog in the conventional method. Or, Do-it now offers a dual injector that allows you to inject two colors at the same time. In the case of a traditional frog, the back could be a watermelon color and the belly could be a white or a pale yellow. If you just want a color that is easy to shoot and catches fish day in and day out, use the watermelon green with large black flake and a hint of very fine gold glitter. I don’t like my watermelon so opaque that you can’t see the flake, so I keep it to one drop of color to each ounce of plastic.

Other colors that are proven for frogs are black, smoke with black and red glitter, and the bass fisherman’s favorite, purple. But the beauty of making them yourself is you can make them any color you want to try.

Eyes can get as simple or as complicated as you want. For no frills, fish them just like they are, with no eyes at all. I’ve done this many times and the fish eat them just fine. But we tinkerers like to get creative, so you can add a 3-D molded eye. Use it like it is or give it that frog eyelid look by snipping off the top third of the molded eye. The eyes are attached with either super glue or by coating the head of the frog with clear plastic.

Rigging the frog is simple: The easiest method is to put the screw lock keeper in the nose and then place the hook through the body so it’s slightly exposed on the back. The ridges along the back will protect the tip of the exposed hook from weeds, yet it’s easy to set when a fish hits.

Use a hook with no weight for working on the surface and through lily pads. I really like using the Do-it Weighted Hook and fishing it subsurface. Cast this rig near the edges of weeds or near pads and swim it in short bursts of 1 to 2 feet. I do this with the reel and not the rod tip. Using the reel keeps your rod in position for a quick hook-set. When using them subsurface, you want to made contact with weeds. This bait will swim through so don’t try to keep it out of the weeds—contact is good.

Looking beyond a frog imitation, this bait can be used as a jig or spinnerbait trailer. This is where it becomes nice to be able to pour them in white, yellow or even hot orange to be used in other situations.

Frogs and summer go together like peanut butter and jelly. If you are a bass or pike fisherman, you rely heavily on frog baits and Do-it soft bait molds to get you the frogs you need and in the colors you want. Get creative and catch a bunch of fish in the process. And, it’s always more fun to catch a fish on a lure you made yourself.