Monroe bass pro sticks with frogs in June

(Photo courtesy Brett Preset)

Fishermen addicted to the thrill of a topwater bite — everything from a blasting blowup or a subtle “suck it under” bite — will absolutely love what bass pro Brett Preuett of Monroe ties on in June.

“If you only gave me one bait, it’d probably have to be a frog, I’ve had a lot of success with it all day, daylight to dark. I’m a topwater guy,” said Brett Preuett, a former Louisiana-Monroe college fishing star now in his fourth year as a Bassmaster Elite Series pro.

SPRO Poppin’ Bronzeye Frog

Preuett relies on a frog, for sure, and more than one: a Creme Du-Dad or a SPRO Poppin’ Bronzeye Frog.

SPRO Poppin’ Bronzeye Frog (Photo courtesy tacklewarehouse.com)

“There are a lot of good frogs out there. Those are my two favorites,” said Preuett, who was a boy when he got hooked on hooking bass on plastic frogs.

“I started liking frog when I grew up fishing a cypress tree lake. When I was 10 years old I caught my first one. I haven’t put it down since … as soon as the water gets 58 degrees,” he said.

Creme Du-Dad

Preuett throws the Du-Dad where vegetation — grass, lily pads, coontail and such — is sparse, with plenty of holes. The bait, with a typical frog-shaped design, a baitfish paint job and paddletail feet, is murder during the shad spawn, he said, and his go-to choice when he needs to cover water. He uses a steady retrieve across the surface, like a buzzbait, and waits for the strike.

Creme Du-Dad (Photo courtesy cremelure.com)

When he’s targeting heavier cover and cypress trees, he goes for the SPRO frog; he likes to skip the bogus amphibian. He leaves slack in the line while he uses a “walk-the-dog” retrieve with the SPRO bait, which has a cupped-mouth, designed by bass pro Dean Rojas.

Preuett has the two frogs tied on different rods, but he fishes the same line and reel: 60-pound Sunline Fx2 braid on a Shimano Mitanium DC with an 8:1 retrieve.

For the Du-Dad, he prefers a 7-foot-5 Shimano Zodias EH baitcasting rod. His choice for the Poppin’ Frog is a 7-foot-2, heavy action Shimano rod.

He uses a 1/8-ounce Gamakatsu Superline Offset extra wide gap hook on the Du-Dad.

When bass hit either plastic frog, he’s learned over the years to be disciplined on the hookset. 

“I try to do ‘Two-Mississippi’ and let that fish have it,” he said, noting he likes to bend the twin-hook setup up slightly on the SPRO Bronzeye Poppin’ Frog.

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Don Shoopman
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Don Shoopman fishes for freshwater and saltwater species mostly in and around the Atchafalaya Basin and Vermilion Bay. He moved to the Sportsman’s Paradise in 1976, and he and his wife June live in New Iberia. They have two grown sons.

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