There aren't many ways to have more fun this time of year than to gear up and head out for a family frog-gigging trip. Frog gigging for the whole family? You bet. It's great fun for everyone, it doesn't take a lot of gear, and the results can be cooked up in one of the finest meals around.
For gear, you will need a bright flashlight or two, a stringer or bag for your frogs, and a gig. I prefer a lightweight, telescoping aluminum handle with a needle-sharp, four- or five-pronged gig. Except for the gig, you probably have all of that already in your garage.
How to do it? Simply find a body of water that holds large bullfrogs, wait till it gets good and dark and the frogs start to call out, and go after them. The frogs should be tucked up near the bank, often under overhanging cover or in weeds or grass along the water's edge.
If the water is shallow enough, you can wade out and search back toward the bank for gigging-sized frogs. Water too deep to wade? Or critters living there you would rather not run into at night? Stay on the bank and move quietly to keep from spooking your quarry. Gigging from a small boat can also be an effective way to bag a limit.
When you see a large bullfrog, shine your light directly on it. Keeping a bright light in the frog's eyes will help keep it still until you can get into position. Move the gig to the frog and hover it until you are in position. Sharply jab the gig into the frog. If the water is shallow, pin the frog to the bottom and run your hand down the gig to grab it before lifting. If the water is deep, gig the frog and quickly lift it to the bank.
Transfer the frogs to a stringer or place them in a cloth bag or pillow case. Keep it closed tightly to prevent them from jumping out.