Accidental Bull Frog Hunting
Misc Frogs II
Misc Frogs III
Misc Frogs IV
Misc Frogs V
Pet World Visit
Bull Frog Fishing? Well, we didn't start out to catch a herd of bull frogs. We were actually fishing for carp (which are much better fighters than bull frogs). But it was such a nice day that the carp evidently decided to take the day off -- happens every time we bring the landing net. Even though the carp were quiescent, it was too nice a day to head home. So we decided to add to our pictures of sunfish.
Very Civilized Pond: We moved out of the sun and into the shade on the other side of the pond. Rather than fishing over the cattails lining most of Wittmer pond, we took the next to no work route to the water. Also there was much less algae covered hornwort right here.
Lotsa small Sunfish: As you look into the shallows, you can see the swarms of little bait-stealing sunfish. They were hitting on bread, but hitting harder and faster on one-inch pieces of night crawlers. However, that's another story.
Bull Frog Central: We expected to see one of these big bull frogs (or at least hear him plonk into the water). Imagine our surprise when when we saw several smaller bull frogs just lazing in the shade. We heard several plonk into the water as we approached -- very typical frog behavior. So we were surprised to find several bull frogs strewn around the edge of the water.
Serious Frog Hunters: If you're harvesting frogs, you rarely work the day shift. You get your best numbers at night. You approach from the water side and work along the shore with a Magnum light (their eyes shine at night) and a frog gig (a trident usually mounted on a cane pole). You need a fishing license but I can't remember the daily limit. (I checked. No limit.) Bull frogs were so scarce for awhile that most frog hunters no longer bothered with them.
Fun Froggers: If you just like to catch a frog or two, you can catch them on a hook and line. Choice of bait machts nichts. Some froggers use a piece of red cloth. Some use a worm or fake plastic bait. We used bread. It's the movement that triggers their bite response.
Science Note: In the movie Jurassic Park, Jeff Goldblum warns the others "Don't move. They can't see you if you don't move." That's because most of the bigger lizards had frog DNA built into their genetics.
Frogging Technique: You don't "frog" like you fish. If you wait for him to "take the bait," you'll net very few frogs. When your frog grabs the lure, you set the hook. Much higher success rate. Still no luck? Maneuver the hook under his chin and lift it suddenly. It's called "snagging." Not very sportsman-like but effective.
Almost Forgot: Be sure to use pliers to flatten the barb on your hook. Otherwise you'll find it difficult to remove the hook. Hooks without barbs slip out easily. Camouflage pants and dirt under the finger nails are optional. If I'd stuck with bread instead of harvesting sunfish with bits of worms, there'd have been no dirt. Remember to flatten that barb.
Sexing Bull Frogs: Theoretically, the tympanic membrane of males measures larger than his eye. Get out your micrometer, then flip a coin when the eye and ear are the same size. I'm going to venture a guess at this point. Since these frogs were congregating with other frogs and not arguing or trying to eat each other, I'm guessing that they're all females trying to find that sexy male we heard earlier.
Last Words: All these frogs were caught or photographed or both within 30 feet of shore line at the bottom of these steps. This is a high traffic area. Lots of kids with varying frog collecting skills visit -- not your typical frog biotope. It was very surprising to see so many bull frogs occupying such easily accessible neutral territory. LA
Menu Note: No frogs were eaten in the making of this page.
3600 Sixth Avenue
Corner of Sixth & Euclid Avenues
Des Moines, IA 50313
Betta Breed 1
Betta Breed II
Betta Pla Kat
Pleco Costly I
Pleco Costly II
Pleco Costly III
Pleco Costly IV
Pleco Costly V
Pleco Costly VI
Pleco Costly VII
USD Gold Flake
Misc Catfish II
Misc Catfish III
Misc Catfish IV
Misc Catfish V
Jack Dempsey Spawn
Jaguar Spawning II
Rainbowfish, Dwarf Neon