How to Make the Ultimate Frog Gig

Feast on frog legs with help from this wicked spear

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Bull’s-Eye: Aim for the back of the head to preserve the delicious (and delicate) leg meat. Travis Rathbone

Frog gigging feeds the stomach and the soul, because there’s something downright spiritual about a lily-fringed frog pond on a new-moon night. You can use a retro cane pole—or you can get fancy with this telescoping gig fashioned from a 16-foot bream pole. It’s perfect for any small-boat frogman or somebody who needs a pole that will fit in a car.

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One wicked spear. Travis Rathbone

Instructions > Frog Fork

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STEP 1. Robert L. Prince

Remove the butt cap, then slide out the rod-tip end of the nested sections. Replace the cap. Saw off the front end of the pole at the point where it snugly fits inside the gig head ($16; sbtoutdoors.com).

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STEP 2. Robert L. Prince

Drill a 1⁄8-inch hole through the gig shaft and pole. Re­move the gig head and coat the inside with epoxy, then affix the gig head using a 6-32 stainless-steel bolt, washer, and locking nut. Let the glue set, and you’re done.

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STEP 3. Robert L. Prince

To clean your frogs, remove the legs above the hips. A perfect cut keeps the legs attached. Pull the skin down to the ankle and cut off the feet. Dredge legs through a milk-and-egg bath, then batter. Fry in peanut oil.

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