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Frog Gigging

Every year, from early June to late July, hundreds of West Virginians may be found stalking the shorelines of farm ponds, recreational lakes, and warmer streams, armed with five- to ten-foot poles tipped with two or three metal spikes. Depending on how the trident-like poles, known as gigs, are rigged, they can either impale targeted bullfrogs, or pin them to the ground. Frog giggers pursue their sport mainly at night, using flashlights to spot their prey. The sudden glare of light temporarily immobilizes the frogs, making them easier targets for gigging.

In West Virginia, frog-giggers can legally take 10 bullfrogs a day during the brief annual season. A fishing license is required. Frogs can also be taken using fishing rods and fly lures. The rear legs of bullfrogs are considered a delicacy.

Written by Rick Steelhammer