It’s a double shot of adrenaline that widens the eyes, flares the jaws, red-lines the heart rate and elicits a broad spectrum of amazed responses; not all of which may be suitable for a family audience. Unquestionably, frog fishing over weed mats can deliver some of the most aggressively exaggerated strikes you’ll ever see — but it’s not as simple as throw-frog-onto-mat-and-pull.
Indeed, while every inch of a mat could potentially hold a bass, it’s more common for fish to cluster near certain sweet spots or favorable areas. Remember, bass inhabit mats for shelter and feeding; with the latter being more specific in nature. With that in mind, let’s look at a round up of considerations that’ll help dial in your efforts.
Target your casts
First, get to know the mat’s features; treat it like a hard shoreline and realize that straight edges are not only boring, but they’re usually less productive. Bassmaster Elite Series pro Ott DeFoe knows that changing contour means redirected baitfish and ambush potential for savvy bass. That’s why he’s constantly scanning a mat’s perimeter as he advances.
“Anytime you can find a point or a dip, that means there’s a grass change, maybe a subtle depth change,” DeFoe said. “You want to make sure you focus on those places. I’ll make a cast across those points with my Terminator frog and also hit the back side of those dips. Be sure to work both sides of a dip; even the open water in the middle.”
In addition to hitting both corners of the opening and bisecting the interior, you’ll also want to cast into the mat and work your frog across the cut’s boundaries for bass watching from the edges.
Here are a handful of additional items to consider for maximized mat