gigging (See gig)
1 long and light rowing boat; especially for racing
2 an implement with a shaft and barbed point used for catching fish [syn: spear, fizgig, fishgig, lance]
3 a cluster of hooks (without barbs) that is drawn through a school of fish to hook their bodies; used when fish are not biting
4 tender that is a light ship's boat; often for personal use of captain
5 small two-wheeled horse-drawn carriage; with two seats and no hood
- present participle of gig
Frog gigging (commonly " frog giggin' ") in North America is the practice of hunting frogs with a spear.http://www.dartreview.com/issues/11.12.01/gigging.html The gig is comprised of a long (often 8'-14' pole) which has been tipped with a spear, usually with three barbed tines, like a trident Though four-tined spears are most often sold as fish spears, they are quite good for frog gigging, as they are normally of heavier construction, and therefore less likely to break, and are also wider, giving the frog hunter more room for slight errors in aiming when thrusting the spear-tipped gig through the frog.
Flashlights are almost always used to locate the frogs by the bright the reflection of light from their eyes. This technique seems to stun or daze the frogs, and it definitely makes it less likely for the frog to see an approaching hunter, or the incoming gig itself. A fishing license is required in some jurisdictions.http://newton.nap.edu/html/amphibian/appb.html and frog gigging regulations are usually found in each state's hunting and fishing regulations.
The frog’s legs are often cooked deep fried or sautéed.http://www.cdkitchen.com/recipes/cat/650/0.shtml , and the hind legs can contain as much meat as the legs of a medium-sized chicken. Traditionally they are breaded with a mixture of egg and bread or cracker crumbs. Frog legs, often imported from the Orient, are available at many restaurants or stores, particularly in the Southern United States.
Although capturing frogs with a net or clasp pole may be referred to as frog gigging by some, this is incorrect, as a gig is not being used. Handling frogs with the objective of releasing them may harm the creature because chemicals can easily be absorbed through their skin.
The country music duo Big & Rich mentioned frog gigging in their song "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)". The band Alabama sang about it in Red River.