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.
Instructions > Frog Fork
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).
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.
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.