EVERY LURE has its quirks and benefits, so you need to ask and research any that are unfamiliar…

If you saw the movie “Money Ball” maybe you remember the scene when after a business meeting with the Cleveland Indians player personnel staff,  Oakland’s General Manager Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) tracks down his future assistant Peter Brand (Jonah Hill), and asks him “Who are you?”

Surprised, Brand offers the cursory answer with his name and position, much to the aggravation of the Oakland GM  who was looking for more telling information.

Of course he is/was. But the miscommunication between the veteran player procurer and the recent Ivy League grad is mostly Beane’s problem. What he really wanted to know is what and how Brand (a fictitious character) did what he did?

And there’s a lesson in that. To add a weapon, method or approach, you can’t skim over the details. You have to go past the “instructions” on the back of the package to find out some key data–even if it takes more than one source.

For example, if you’ve not fished a hollow body frog, you may have a sense of where to use it, but what other factors come into play? You’ll need braided line, but what pound test, what color, what knot and what rod action?

What you may find is there are differing opinions. Do you trust the touring pro making big waves, or the club guy who wants to be contrary? It may also take more investigation on your part, finding how a certain a frog moves or walks, when’s the right time to set the hook, what difference or not does shortening the live rubber legs or how does the bait compare to conventional (exposed hook) topwaters away from the “cheese .”

Could it be a worthwhile substitute, a situational substitute (say in clear water) or will you want only to use it in the swamp? And when you think you’ve got it all, ask, “Is there anything I’m missing?”

When you make this type of investigation you can establish a baseline of lure performance or technique or situational use for any lure type, which then you can add to or subtract from as fits your style or water.

Because that’s how you learn stuff.

(Oh, and the real Billy Beane seems to have figured that out.)



6 Responses to “How you learn stuff: Ask and listen…”

I’m new to frog fishing as their isn’t a whole lot of places to toss it in the lakes I fish. However, I wanted to try so I set about looking at different rod manufacturers for just the right length and action to fit me. Once that was settled, I asked around, did some reading, watched some TV shows on frog fishing, and talked to a number of people before making the plunge and purchasing my set up. I ended up purchasing a Dobyn’s rod, a Lew’s reel, Daiwa Samurai braid, and Jackall frogs. I’m happy to say that although I didn’t actually land any fish, I did get three nice hits on top of the weeds and was very happy for my first time throwing a frog. Haven’t tried any popping frogs yet, but they’re on my shopping list!

by George Kramer

Sounds like you’re on your way, Darlene!

Why don’t thay put real frogs in lake elsinore.

by George Kramer

You mean besides the necessity of an Environmental Impact Study and report, Edward? Those may cost a $100,000 or more and then don’t ensure approval. Furthermore, there is limited availability. American bullfrogs are considered an invasive exotic. The California red legged frog is an Endangered Species. Commercial raising of frogs (mostly for frog legs) is generally considered both unsuccessful and unprofitable.

Ya I forgot about big brother looking out for us. So crawfish are definitely out as well.

by George Kramer

The issue is transporting of species. And remember, “big brother” is just following the wishes of the environmental movement. There are some crawfish in the basin, though, Edward. But just like turtles in the lake, crawfish are harvested by our neighbors to the point you rarely see either anymore.