Keeping Frogs Alive????

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Keeping Frogs Alive????

Has anyone tried to keep frogs alive through the summer??  I've read plenty of threads on here about how great they are for cats and fall walleyes and might try to catch a bunch.  Every time I mow the lawn I see at least a dozen so I have plenty.  I was thinking about a tub with wet sand in it as water tends to stagnate and stink.  If I can't figure out an easy and cheap storage method, I think I'll just freeze a bunch.  I have a fall trip scheduled with Jig'em'up and want to be as ready as I can.

For you frog fishermen:  Is there a perfect size frog to use or does it even matter??

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 What Ive done in the past is I made a box frame out of 2x2's that i had laying around and then wrapped the frame with screen material that you use to replace window screens on the house. the heavy duty stuff. place a few rocks and sticks in there and then i had a tub that the screen box would fit in so every few days i could just lift the box out and dump the old water and put in new. 

If you plan on keeping them all summer your gonna have to feed them. Live crickets from a petco etc will do. I would just start collecting them a couple weeks prior to the trip and then not worry about the food just replace the water regularly. All Sizes will work but Ive had the most consistant bite on medium size 3-4' frogs.

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I keep them in a frabil minnow bucket that has the liner bucket. Makes it easy to change water without em escaping. Ive got no advice for long term. Maybe an aquariust site would be your huckleberry. As far as size i say the bigger the better. I try to cut the "hands" off before i hook em so they dont pry themselves off the hook.

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If you can refrigerate a medium sized Rubermaid tote, you can pretty much cover the bottom with frogs and water for at least 5 weeks.  Just keep them pert near beer cold.

"Diligence is the mother of good luck."

"The constitution only gives people the right to pursue hapiness.  You have to catch it yourself."

"Well done is better than well said."

"Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy."

All by:  Benjamin Franklin.

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Captain Ahab Said:
If you can refrigerate a medium sized Rubermaid tote, you can pretty much cover the bottom with frogs and water for at least 5 weeks.  Just keep them pert near beer cold.

Yep,used to keep them in my crisper with a little water.-Till I got married.

 

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Give em place with water, space to crawl out of water, cool, shade, flies. Grassy "pens" work best. Frozen frogs suck IMO. Small-to-medium size for me. Those "big mongos" never catch a thing for me (everything tears them up, but never hook up).

 

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Thanks guys!!  I think I'll have to go with the mesh cage and for feeding them, I think I'll put my fish carcasses on top to attract flies and the maggots will fall into the cage as well.  I'll just have to keep the cage away from the house.....

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kdm Said:
Thanks guys!!  I think I'll have to go with the mesh cage and for feeding them, I think I'll put my fish carcasses on top to attract flies and the maggots will fall into the cage as well.  I'll just have to keep the cage away from the house.....

perfect plan. I've had success with the "fish into flies" thing. Resulted in FAT frogs. Starving/skinny frogs make you feel like even more of  a monster than you already do putting them on the hook.

Lately I'm forced to KO them before putting them on the hook. I can't stand their little hands working away at the hook. Yeesh. Must be getting old/soft?

 

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Just cut their cute little hands off, haha, like a SAW movie with frogs...

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kdm Said:
Thanks guys!!  I think I'll have to go with the mesh cage and for feeding them, I think I'll put my fish carcasses on top to attract flies and the maggots will fall into the cage as well.  I'll just have to keep the cage away from the house.....

perfect plan. I've had success with the "fish into flies" thing. Resulted in FAT frogs. Starving/skinny frogs make you feel like even more of  a monster than you already do putting them on the hook.

Lately I'm forced to KO them before putting them on the hook. I can't stand their little hands working away at the hook. Yeesh. Must be getting old/soft?

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Make sure you keep em away from the boys on Duck Dynasty.

I joined the military not only to fight for my country but to fight for those that can't fight for themselves. Thats why I'm here.

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guywhofishes Said:

kdm Said:
Thanks guys!!  I think I'll have to go with the mesh cage and for feeding them, I think I'll put my fish carcasses on top to attract flies and the maggots will fall into the cage as well.  I'll just have to keep the cage away from the house.....

perfect plan. I've had success with the "fish into flies" thing. Resulted in FAT frogs. Starving/skinny frogs make you feel like even more of  a monster than you already do putting them on the hook.

Lately I'm forced to KO them before putting them on the hook. I can't stand their little hands working away at the hook. Yeesh. Must be getting old/soft?

I like a good, lively frog to attract attention.  The most hits I have had is when you can see the line "bounce" with every kick.  That outweighs any mercy I have towards the hole in their snout.

"Diligence is the mother of good luck."

"The constitution only gives people the right to pursue hapiness.  You have to catch it yourself."

"Well done is better than well said."

"Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy."

All by:  Benjamin Franklin.

"The solution to any problem - work, love, money, whatever - is to go fishing, and the bigger the problem, the longer the trip should be."

Author: John Gierach