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Frog Gigging - A Seasonal Experience

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Some Of The Best Frog Gigging In N. Florida

There is nothing like going out into the backwoods and catching your dinner. For thousands of years, people have banded together, geared up, and gotten out there in search of food and fellowship. 


Here at 5Rivers Adventures, we offer a 3-hour experience that allows you to tap into what hunting for food once was—we just happen to use motors to get out there. 


Your captain will escort your party out into the beautiful, natural spring-fed Wacissa River, where you’ll enjoy a quick sunset before getting to the good stuff. Once the sun has set, he’ll take you to his best-kept secret for the best frog gigging in North Florida.


If you are a beginner, you’ll have an experienced guide to help you learn your new skill. If you are more experienced, you’ll have someone to take care of all the tedious tasks for you and get you a great spot.

With An Expert At The Helm

Let us introduce you to Captain “Swamp” Cooley, a native Floridian with a deep love for these waters.

Following in his father’s footsteps, Captain Cooley has been sharing the beauty, history, and bounty of the Wacissa River (and its first residents) for a long time. He tells these stories on other tours, which you can find above and through his art. 


Not only will this captain get you to the good spots, but he also takes care of cleaning and bagging your catch for you to enjoy with your group how you see fit.

Frog Gigging in Jefferson County

Frog gigging is a hunting tradition enjoyed on almost every continent. The ancient Chinese raised frogs as livestock, the Aztecs left hieroglyphics depicting their hunts, and monks even claimed that they were fish so that they could partake. 


Today, throughout the States, you can find frog gigging events, parties, and tours around the peak season. 


Here in Jefferson County, we can’t claim that we have the best frog gigging in Florida in good faith, but we can say that 5Rivers Adventures offers the best frog gigging experience in North Florida. 


And we are happy to share because these waters, thankfully, look a lot like they did before Florida was ever a settled place. That means you’ll be able to enjoy both an age-old tradition and a beautiful setting—at least until the headlamps turn on.

Try Your Hand At Frog Gigging This Season

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Frog Gigging Season, August - November

The Florida frog gigging season goes from August to November. If you are in northern states, that timeframe will look much different. 


And because frogs are best identified by the reflection in their eyes, we head out just before sunset and gig for roughly 3 hours. 


Your captain will perform some recon before the actual session to ensure the spots you visit are in the best state for frogs and frog gigging. 


How This Works...

Once everyone is safely loaded into the vessel, you’ll take a nice airboat ride out to watch a beautiful sunset. As the sun sets, you’ll head out to the spot your captain has chosen and get to gigging. 


While we always provide hearing protection, you are more than welcome to bring your own. 


We also provide a cooler (filled with ice) for any drinks that you may want to bring along the way. You bring it, we’ll cool it. 


Additionally, please feel free to bring any snacks for your party.

Quick Facts on Frog Gigging

How long does a frog gigging session last?

Including the airboat ride, the sunset, and the frog gigging, you can expect to be out there for at least 3 hours. 

How far do we travel to go frog gigging?

Just like hunting, it completely depends on the animals. We will go to them.

How much does frog gigging cost?

Here at 5Rivers Adventures, we offer our frog gigging experience for $450 USD, which includes getting out there, the gigging, and your captain preparing your catch for you to cook. 

What is included in Frog Gigging?

While all equipment is provided, we also clean and bag your catch, so all you have to do is cook it!

How many people can we bring frog gigging?

We can bring up to 5 people in one frog gigging party. 

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