Pro Angler Bryan Thrift
Catches Air with Damikiís New Frog (continued)
As we ate lunch
we got to know Bryan a little better. We have met with Bryan for years at
various ICAST shows but this was the first time we have ever fished with him. It
was clear that fishing is in his blood and when it isnít fishing season his
favorite thing to do is to go out and keep fishing. He grew up fishing with his
dad, and while his fatherís first love was saltwater he really took to fishing
for bass and competitive fishing early on.
The Air Frog is designed to be an
easy to fish topwater bait
absolutely loves fishing docks and skipping baits, but when it comes to his
strengths he consciously works on just about everything so that he can adapt to
any technique that a tournament situation might require. With the cake pops
polished off and the wind finally down we picked up our rods and got back to
Bryan fishes the Air frog over the
was an absolute clinic on frog fishing, Air Frog fishing to be accurate. Bryan
pulled fish out of fish out of the top of the weed mats. He had been here at
Clear Lake all week and the topwater fishing as finally heating up on the last
day. Isnít that always the case? But we were the beneficiary of some pretty
explosive topwater strikes courtesy of Bryan and the Air Frog.
Bryan sets into a Air Frog fish
fishes the Air Frog is to cast behind the weed mats and pause to allow the bait
to right itself just in case it landed upside down. He then retrieves the bait
over the weeds with violent and erratic pauses. Unlike a hollow body frog this
bait is not walked, instead it is popped and retrieved to create disturbance on
the waterís surface.
Call gets a good look as Bryan
Also unlike a
toad the Air Frog floats so it can be completely paused over holes and alongside
weedy ambush points, and sure enough the few seconds right after the pauses when
the Air Frog was positioned right in the thick of the weed mats was where the
bass would strike it aggressively.
Bryan runs a clinic on Air Frog
Because the Air
frog is rigged with a single 6/0 or 7/0 Owner beast hook the strike to hookup
ratio is quite good. Depending on just how much the fish are committing Bryan
either responds to splash strikes with instant sets or pauses to allow the fish
to start taking the frog down ensuring they are really eating before pinning
them. In most cases once the fish were stuck they were not coming off and Bryan
would boat flip everything under 5lbs. right onto the deck.
The Damiki team come in close to
get a look at the Air Frog action
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