THE ROD means now I need all the rest of the stuff...

I know. Wasn’t it just last week I was saying what you didn’t need to buy? But then, if you want to expand your range of methods, there may come a time when you need a specialty rod–and more than that–when you do, you’ll actually find lots more opportunities to use it, once it’s in the locker. Say for frogging.

And, of course, when you have the rod; you’re also purchasing the reel, the braided line and foot locker full of hollow and solid frogs and wide gap or weighted hooks–you’ve just taken three more people off the ranks of unemployed as they service your latest fetish.

Of course, some research is essential. Yes, I read the message boards, but it’s hard to get a concensus. Plus, what a 5-8 guy or the 6-3 guy thinks is best is not necessarily the best fit for the guy standing in my Dickies. I did have a conversation with Dean Rojas and input from Gary Dobyns regarding the tool for the job–not necessarily the brand.

What I discerned is, because the “walking” motion (seems more like twitching to me) comes from a quick tip, yet the hook driving is best suited by a heavy action mid and butt section, not a lot of rods will fit. My own experimentation was with an older, Bill Dance jig rod that I had been using for inshore fishing.  But all it proved was you can “get by”–if you maintain your forearm workouts.

So it truly is better to have a tool that was, at the very least, built with the idea that frog fishing would be part of its usefulness. In that sense, my new Lamiglas XL 735C is going to take the pressure off my wrist, let me scoot that you-pick-the-brand frog, and give me the “powah” to drive the hook. So there. I got me a frog rod.

Now somebody, school me so I don’t swing too soon.



One Response to “Never mind, it’s okay to buy that specialty rod”

George, the ‘don’t swing too soon’ has been thrown out the window nowadays (and maybe for a lot of pros in the know, never was a technique!). The theory is, as I heard from some of the pros I’ve fished with, or listened to at seminars (as in Bobby Barrack) is big girls will get buried into something that even your 50, 65 or 80# braid won’t pull her out of, lickety-split. Thus you get their heads turned around PRONTO!.

The smaller ones, yeah, a split second wait might of let them reposition it better for that hookset, but we don’t want to loose those bigger ones; missing a few dinks is not the end of the world, but a double digit due to the same ‘wait two second’ technique- unforgiveable.