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January 14, 2020

Glenn: Really. Some bushes right here on the end of a flat
that drop right off. Really, this is like a prime spot, and it
was! 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 right
there. All right, buddy. Hey folks. Glenn May here, with, and
today I want to talk to you about toad fishing. Yeah, fishing solid body, soft plastic toads. These things are a blast to fish, especially
in the warmer months. I love doing this. So today I want to talk to you a little bit
about how to rig them up, what kind of gear you should be using, and then how to fish
it. Let’s first start off with equipment. With toad fishing, you’re going to be throwing
in a lot of cover, a lot of places where the fish can wrap you up or around objects, be
it bushes, trees, dock pilings, things like that, 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 7.8
rod, up to personal preference. I like rods a little bit on the shorter side
of things, so I’m going with a 7.3. You need that heavy power and that backbone
to set the hook and get that fish going towards you. 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’s
one of the reasons why you need a stout rod to set that hook. I’m using 50 pounds Kanzen braid line from
Seagaur. The reason why I’m using that is, first of
all, you’re making long casts with toads. You’re throwing it over big flats, areas of
vegetation that may be just under the surface, and you’re fan casting to it. And what I mean by fan casting, is basically
you start casting say about the 10:00 position, make your retrieve, the next cast is going
to be about the 11:00 position, the next one at 12, 1, so on and so forth, okay? You’re just covering, a very methodical way
of covering a large expanse of water, but you’re also making long casts to cover as
much as you can. So when you’re using braided line, when you
get above that 50 pound mark, it’s kind of hard to cast long distances. It kind of inhibits your distance, so that’s
why 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 stay on the surface, but they do sink. The braided line helps. It’s a little buoyant, and it helps them stay
on the surface, rather than using say fluorocarbon, which can actually bring the bait down. Fluorocarbon is a little bit more dense and
has a little more weight to it, so, you know, it doesn’t float as much as braid, so that’s
why I’m using 50 pound Kanzen braided line. On it, I’m using a reel that…the most important
thing about the reel is not so much the reel speed, because you’re not bringing the toad
back at, you know, a mach 50 like you would crank baiting. What you want to focus on is the drag, and
this 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 they
come out, they usually have 11, 12 pounds of drag. This is 16 and a half, so you’re getting up
in that area where you have a really strong drag system. There are other reels that have that drag
that strong, even some that have stronger drag than that. I’m not saying this is the only reel, but
that’s the choice you want to look at when you’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’s
keel weighted and also has a screw lock on it, all right? The key thing about the weight, see how far
down the shank it is? That’s what you want. You don’t want it…there’s some keel weighted
hooks where I see the weight right up here. All’s that’s going to do is make your toad
point downward, nose down. It’s going to dig it into the water, and make
it dive, so you want the weight further back here to where the hook starts the bend. This hook is by Moaner Hooks, but there’s
a lot of other hooks out there that have that kind 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, you
put it right dead center, right in the nose of the frog or the toad here, and you just
screw 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 fishing
toads, you want that back to be straight or even 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 going
to happen is that toad’s going to want to flip over and run upside down, even though
you’ve got this weight here, it’s going to want 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’re
actually going to have problems with the toad spinning, especially if you bow it up like
that. You’ve got to have a little bit of a bow down
or perfectly flat. So I just rig it in like you would Texas style. You can see where the hook’s supposed to come
in. It’s right in the very, very back, so I just
push it up like that, put that hook right in the very back part of it, and there you
go. Now I just skin hook it just barely, just
like so. Nice and straight, see? All right. So that’s how you rig it. Toads don’t come with their own hook, so you’ve
got to learn how to rig it right, but that’s exactly 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 when
the fish blows up on it, your natural reaction is 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 you
feel the weight of the fish, and then pop em, you know. Drop the rod tip just a little bit, throw
some slack along if you need to. Boom, and pop them in. Look, the hook went all the way through his
cheek. 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 weeds
are just under the surface, from a few inches to maybe two feet or so under the surface. That’s the perfect place to be throwing a
toad. These little legs here they create some disturbance
on the water, and a straight cast and retrieve works really, really well on a lot of toads. This is designed to be fished as slow as possible
while keeping it on the surface, so, like I said, you don’t need a fast reel for that. You just need to be able to reel it fast enough
to keep it on the surface and create a little bubbling, gurgling action on the water. Today, we don’t have a lot of disturbance
on 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 to
create a little more disturbance, so speed it up a little bit, and you create a little
bit more of a gurgling action. The unique characteristic about this Rage
Toad, 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 get a disturbance. But if the water is slick calm, and you’re
not, 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 insides of this, right on the inside here, right here,
just cut off a little bit of that meat right there, and make this leg, this part, thinner,
and that will create less disturbance on the water. Real subtle action, especially when on those
slick, calm mornings, just a little bit of gurgling, just keep shaving off a little bit
of 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 fishing
these toads, is to keep the rod tip up. Keep that rod tip up so you keep that toad
toward 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 bait
that’s got a little bit of green pumpkin in it and has a white belly. I think that looks the most natural and what
most frogs look like, so I start with that. But if I’m not getting bites, or just getting
blow-ups or follows, then I’ll switch to a darker color, say a black, or I may go with
a, like a camo type color, something that’s got variations of different color, maybe a
June Bug even, some kind of a darker color. And if all else fails, I’ll try to find something
really bright and obnoxious, like a chartreuse colored frog. You’d be surprised just by changing up color,
how many more bites you’ll get if your just getting 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. [00:11:43]
[silence] [00:12:14] 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 they
don’t work just in the spring. I’m sure you’ve been doing a lot a bit of
research on this, and a lot of them say fish it 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 for
decades now, and we didn’t read any books on it. There wasn’t YouTube out to learn how to fish
it, so we just went out and started fishing them, and it turns out, we can be pretty successful
with them any time the water is say about 55, 56 degrees, from the spring all the way
to the fall, when it starts to cool down and pass that mark again, you can catch fish on
a 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, anything where 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 a
little yank with a rod tip, and give it a little gurgle, and then slow it back down
again, and don’t be afraid to kill it. That little erratic action is often what triggers
bites. So reel it, reel it, reel it, kill it, and
then especially if you get it next to a bush, next to a dock piling, next to some kind of
structure, 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 careful
about is when you’re reeling these back in to the boat, and you’re just about to pull
it out of the water to make another cast, a lot of times that’s when the fish smack
it. 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 quite
a bit with us fishing these toads, so be ready at any time and have a good pacemaker if you
have those, because it can really stop your heart there for a second, but it’s a real
exciting 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 you
fish a toad. There’s not a whole lot to it, other than
just a nice steady retrieve, let it fall. If you’re throwing it over the matted weeds,
and there’s like a pocket or something like that. You see a hole, let it drop down and tumble
down in there and see if you can’t get a bite and a lot of times that works. Other than that, have a whole, heck of a lot
of fun. I hope those tips help. For more tips and tricks, and for more answers
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  • Reply Anthony Silacci August 6, 2017 at 8:18 am

    Just started fishing. I'm going to try this.

  • Reply Richard Priebe August 6, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    I've never tried this before, but I've always liked fishing top water, so it's something I'm going to have a go at, regardless of whether I win the giveaway or not. BR user Preeb.

  • Reply jason p August 6, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    Glenn keep up the great videos! I look forward to these every week

  • Reply Red Fish August 6, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    nice vid.

  • Reply Route262 August 6, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    Like tithe video. Never tried frog fishing.

  • Reply Jimmy Houston August 6, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    Are toads a brand name or just the classification of all frog still baits?

  • Reply Mike Hogg August 6, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    Would this work with a bullet weight as well?

  • Reply Michael Daley August 6, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    Can work like a buzz bait Great Video Drop the rod and pop is good advice

  • Reply Northeast Ohio Fishing August 7, 2017 at 12:21 am

    I love fishing toads now that I learned some new tips I'll try them out at my campground pond!!

  • Reply letun3481 August 7, 2017 at 2:53 am

    my favorite frog!

  • Reply Hunter Croak August 7, 2017 at 3:21 am

    The finesse buzzbait. Always love tossing them around submerged weeds

  • Reply Jason Beauvais August 7, 2017 at 4:26 am

    Great tips! Love buzzin toads!

  • Reply Kenneth Schmidgall August 7, 2017 at 5:59 am

    Great video, will definitely be adding this to my arsenal.

  • Reply Rollincoal420 August 7, 2017 at 9:50 am

    Toads FTW. I need to stock back up. Awesome videos Glenn

  • Reply SuperCorona August 7, 2017 at 10:54 am

    Great toad info, especially the center weighted hook stuff. I've been using the wrong hooks. I love those hook sets!

  • Reply Dustyh August 7, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    Great tips here! Might have to pick up some toads, looks like fun!

  • Reply Patrick Macnamara August 7, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    Never thought to try trimming the legs of the toad for a more finesse approach. As usual, great info, very detailed and very helpful, thanks and keep up the great work!

  • Reply CSI guy August 7, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    As always great video

  • Reply Allan Palmer August 7, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    I love plastics. As always, great video. Thanks for the tips.

  • Reply cody jones August 7, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    perfect timing for this i just picked up a couple packs of toads, and a live target top water frog as well last week

  • Reply William Hinnant August 7, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    Big bass great tips

  • Reply Brian Gilkey August 7, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    I wonder how well toads would work on my local honey hole with no vegetation for coverage…

  • Reply Dirt&Smiles August 7, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    Curious about the size. Why 7'1" instead of just 7' even?

  • Reply Bryan Waldron August 7, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    Love fishing frogs but haven't fished toads yet. Need to get a pack and try them out

  • Reply solesolace August 8, 2017 at 1:30 am

    Thanks for the tips! Still waiting to try out some toads I got in my last LTB.

  • Reply Porkrind ! August 8, 2017 at 3:07 am

    I've never fished the toads but just started fishing the rage shad. I love it and it's so fun, may have to try the toads next.

  • Reply Tim Ward August 8, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    Thanks for the video, are toads effective on Large mouth only or do they also work on Small mouth?

  • Reply Arnold Stein August 8, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    Fun video to watch, impressed on how easy you make it look

  • Reply Jorge Camacho September 1, 2018 at 3:13 am

    can you use a 5/0 EWG hook instead?

  • Reply The Lowmein April 9, 2019 at 3:22 am

    I dont understand how the bait is supposed to float with that keel weighted hook? Wont it sink?

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