Uncle Josh is one of the original manufacturers of lures. The company was started by a man named Alan P. Jones who loved to fish and also owned a dairy farm. While Jones was fishing for bass he noticed that live frogs worked great as bait but they were scarce and hard to find. So Jones set out to create an artificial lure that resembled a frog and discovered that a pork rind did the trick. Thus the "pork frog" was born.
The original Uncle Josh pork frog trailers came in three brine flavors: garlic, salty crawfish and original. Soaking the pork frogs kept them pliable and more tempting to bass. In 2016, Uncle Josh stopped production of their natural pork rind lures.
Alternatives to Pork Frog Lures
Uncle Josh ceased production of pork rind lures because the company could not get enough pork rind from 2-to-3-year-old pigs, which have skin thick enough to make a durable pork rind. In the years since production was halted, some alternatives have come onto the market.
Otter tails are touted as nearly indestructible and irresistible to fish. They come in nine sizes and 11 colors, are great at holding the scent they are soaked in and resemble frog legs.
Fat cow jig strips are another type of durable fishing bait that works as a good alternative to pork frogs. They are made from a synthetic material and were designed as an alternative to pork rind fishing baits.
The Bass Coach Roger Lee Brown calls the jig and pig combo a "million dollar bait" because professional anglers have won millions of dollars in competitive fishing tournaments using it. They are most effective used in cold water but they fish slowly, so you won't be able to cover a lot of water while using them.
Jig and pigs are usually fished by flipping and pitching but they can also be jigged or cast. Anglers typically use a stiff fishing rod and a thick line because large mouth bass are big and strong fish. The jig used should sink slowly to the bottom of the water, giving the bass enough time to strike the jig as it sinks. When the jig hits the bottom of the water, allow it enough time to sit, then use your rod to hop it across the bottom of the water like a frog.