2020 Frog Smacking Booyah Bucketmouths! Pics

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Wow what a new years week it's been for me, contractors, appointments and real crappy weather.
I was jonesing to hit the ponds yesterday but wasn't able to get out till almost 1:30 and by that time it was sustained 25 mph winds and a major rain and cold front could drop anytime.
I am so tired having to fish in nasty windy weather this past year and I told my wife I think I will wait till sunset to see if the wind dies down.
Well my Gemini side came out and I said F it and i decided to head out now i must b crazy it will b definitely challenging.
Loaded my escoot and hit a small pond just a few hundred feet from my house as the skies got darker.
The wind was whipping the top surface of the water like crazy and I could see the storm moving in. I stared out with my booyah frog to work the bank edge water reeds thinking with this nasty wind the lunkers should b posted up in the thick cover.
Only after a few cast I get a solid blow up on my frog and set the hooks hard and fast and ended up with a solid trophy pond Monster lunker.
Then I hooked a couple more small ones on the Sticko and then less then a hour of casting the rain started coming in and I just barely made back to the house on my Escoot before it dropped hard.
They always say the bite can b great before a cold front I can't argue with that plus the rain storm and nasty winds, just think I really wasn't planning on going out at all in that nast weather and look what I would of missed out on.
Or the my other theory is my new lucky Orange outfit help me hook one......lol
This is a great way to start out 2020 and hopefully this is the year I get The One on the bank in hand.
Thnx for following my post and get out and hook one today!....tra?
P.s. notice on my pole I have inch Mark's on it now for the bass length so from the butt of the pole up it measures up to 24 in. Pretty cool idea.
This bass was around 19 in.

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I remember a couple of "old timers" back in the 1960's saying the best fishing was while the atmospheric pressure was dropping; usually before a storm.
 

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Hooked my first bass on a poppin frog, I figured when it is real windy this frog will draw more attention.
Then sunday sunset I hooked a decent bass on the regular booyah frog.
This week temps in the high eighties might start triggering pre spawning bass.
Already found a couple of bass on beds early already.
Prime time will b around the 1st week of march and I am more then ready to gook the one....tra

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Heres my first popping frog bass, it was windy a tough bite day with high barometric pressure but got her done..tra

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The bite has been tough for the last 2 weeks with the barometric pressure staying high and steady at a average 30.20 every day but hooked another decent bass on the frog. Within the next 60 days it should b on fire for the pre spawn.......tra

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Heres a small frog Snatching sunset bass from yesterday with a incredible full sky reflection sunset off the water...tra

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Where did that one "minow" come from?! LOL I do miss those South FL. sunsets.
 

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It's been 2 weeks since I hooked my last pond Monster before the front. The barometric pressure has not buged below 30. Since the beginning of the month. I been hooking mostly small ones lately. Then another pre cold front was coming in last night. I went out for the sunset bite and a few cast at my first pond I get a Crushing slam on my frog and reel in a almost 23 " pond Monster.
It was a all head and shoulders pre spawner this fish had room for a few more pounds to pack. Released it back in so it can get back to fattening up. Things r looking up! I had to stretch both arms out all the way to get it in the pic.......tra

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More fish and another beaut of a sunset.......thanks for sharing!
 

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After having record temps in the 80's last week yesterday morning we woke up to 36 degrees with wind chill 31 degrees and then today back up towards 80 degrees.
I had to get out yesterday with the challenge to try and even get one bass to bite with the chilled air and chilly wind blowing on the water and the drastic temperature changes I didn't have much hope.
I figured that I would focus on casting through the thick water weeds along the banks and back pond pockets where they should be held up out of the currents and wind chill.
So now on windy water top days I use my Booyah Popping Frog and I have been getting blow ups like crazy.
So after 3 ponds with no action on my fourth pond I cast my frog out and reel it in towards the bank water grass and I get a blowup right in the thick of it.
I set the hooks good and horsed a nice 4 lbr out of the tall water weeds without getting hung up, I was so happy on the coldest day here in 2 years I hook a nice lunker.
Then I found out they closed the golf course because it was so cold and windy it was now around 4 pm so I zoomed to a course pond spot that I can't get to when in play and hit this nice back pocket and I ended up hooking 3 more very nice bass on a almost freezing Florida day all on the Booyhah Popping frog, a total of 4 in three hrs. I couldn't b happier.
So now I have caught trophy bass on the hottest days, on the coldest days, on nasty windy days, on the rainiest days and before many cold fronts.
The only thing left to do now is hook one in hurricane weather, maybe this year......lol.
Thnx for following my post and get out and hook one today!.....tra

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Watch out for the iguanas , I heard yesterday that the cold weather had them falling out of the trees down in your neck of the woods.
 

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Heres a nice Popping frog Smacking Largemouth hooked outside the weed line on tuesday. Almost lost this one when it got hung up in the tall water grass but worked it out....tra

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Another late Afternoon Popping frog Smacking pond Monster before a cold rainy front........tra

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I hooked it out by the cement pond culvert 8 ft. Out through 3 ft. Tall water reeds, this is why I have to use heavy gear to pull them through and out our I would loose them for sure....tra

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More nice fish......looks like the temps have warmed up again.
 

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Yeh the weather has been crazy the last few months, hot, cold, windy, rainy. Constant water level changes and barometric pressure changes.
Only about 5 weeks to primetime spawning begins and usually the weather and pond water levels would b stable by now with the bass moving up to the banks.
I been waiting for months for this time of year to kick in to full swing for pond Monsters but with this inconsistent weather the action is still very slow.
But getting out fishing almost every day I will b ready when the bite gets super hot and start hooking some real nice Bucketmouths.....tra
 

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Yesterday was another crazy day to fish, Friday night late storms till morning. I got out for the early morning bite it was still light rain which is great for the frog bite.
I went to this one pond where on Thanksgiving morning I hooked a real monster bass on the frog and lost it. Now for the the last 8 weeks I hit up this corner pond spot usually once a week to try and hook this bass I nicknamed BUTTERBALL.
Including yesterday morning I have hooked this bass 5 times over the past 8 weeks and lost it everytime. Its evident it resides there and today sometime I am going to give it another shot for BUTTERBALL.. even with my drag tight it still takes line.
This fish could b the one and hopefully I get it in hand soon before it decides to move to a new location.
Then after 11 am most of the day was heavy rain so I waited till sunset to get back out just after the rain to do some frog action. 6 ponds later around 6:10 pm I finally get a frog blow up but missed the hook set but it was a hungry bass so on the second pass I get the blow up again and this time I get a great hook set and land a nice chunker lunker, great way to end the day!
That Popping frog is getting it done! ...
Getting back out this morning for some urban fishing I will report later then and finish the day here back on the property. Thnx 4 following my post and get out and hook one today!....tra

P s. In the last pic you can see a 4 ft. Gator laying still on the pond bottom of the green trying to b stealthily close to the bank

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Yesterday was a tuff day for bass fishing but after a morning and Afternoon session was a bust I went back out a third time for the sunset bite and finally I hooked a couple of nice Largemouths on the poppin frog, the second bass was definitely undernourished.......tra

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