Hitherto we have considered frogs only as bait. Let my revered and oft-quoted mentor "Nessmuk" tell how to get them for the pan. A man without equipment can easily extemporize all that is needed.
"And when fishing is very poor, try frogging. It is not sport of a high order, though it may be called angling—and it can be made amusing, with hook and line, . . . There are several modes of.taking the festive batrachian. He is speared with a frog-spear; caught under the chin with snatch-hooks; taken with hook and line; or picked up from a canoe [or ashore] with the aid of a headlight, or jack-lamp. The two latter modes are best.
To take him with hook and line: a light rod, six to eight feet of line, a snell of single gut with a 1-0 Sproat or O'Shaughnessy hook, and a bit of bright scarlet flannel for bait; this is the rig. To use it, paddle up behind him silently, and drop the rag just in front of his nose. He is pretty certain to take it on the instant. Knock him on the head before cutting off his legs. . . .
"By far the most effective manner of frogging is by the headlight on dark nights. To do this most successfully, one man in a light canoe, a good headlight, and a light, one-handed paddle, are the requirements. The frog is easily located, either by his croaking or by his peculiar shape. Paddle up to him silently and throw the light in his eyes; you may then pick him up as you would a potato. I have known a North Woods guide to pick up a five-quart pail of frogs in an hour, on a dark evening. On the table, frogs' legs are usually conceded first place for delicacy and flavor. . . . And, not many years ago, an old pork-gobbling backwoodsman threw his frying-pan into the river because I had cooked frogs' legs in it. While another, equally intelligent, refused to use my frying-pan because I had cooked eels in it; remarking sententiously, 'Eels is snakes, an' I know it.'"