Skipping docks with frogs can be a very fun way of fishing lakes loaded with docks. While a lot of anglers use wacky worms and ned rigs, skipping frog patterns can be an effective and exciting alternative to catching big bass. I use the Tactical Elite Bass 6’10 Medium Casting rod (TLE LW 610TW-1). I like it because it is a little shorter rod and it makes more accurate cast under the docks and still has great back bone to pull the fish from. e to pull the fish from under the docks.
I pair my rod with a Lews Hypermag reel 8.3.1 ratio to catch up with the fish and get them out fast so they don’t get wrapped around the dock poles. My line I use is FINS Windtamer 30lb pink braid. . My lure of choice is the Strike King Popping Perch.
Pro Tip – When skipping around docks, be cautious as many dock owners add chicken wire under the docks. This wire can snag your line and lure and straight braid can make it hard to break your line. If you can’t retrieve the lure, unfortunately, sometimes you have to just cut the line. When I do find a good dock I try to skip all the way to the back and pop the bait on the way out.
For the Beginner trying this I would recommend this with a spinning rod and Reel. TFO Tactical Elite 7’3″ Medium Spinning Rod (TLE MBR S 734-1) or the TFO Tactical Elite 7’3″ Medium Heavy Spinning Rod (TLE MBR S 735-1) is what I would recommend paired up with braid on the reel.
Get out there and give it a try this spring and summer. Be warned, when a fish does crush the bait under the docks, it sounds amazing and is very addictive! Good luck!
Blog written by TFO Ambassador Jim Miller.