Thursday, June 22, 2017

Strike King KVD Popping Perch Review


Popping Perch:   Colors: 10     Length: 5.5    Weight: 1/2oz   Pack Count: 1


Intro:
Its been a few years since we have seen a frog introduced by Strike King, and although this version of the KVD frog has had a serious make-over (shhh... it thinks its a perch) it still has the one flaw that plagued its predecessor... it sinks.


Overall Rating: 7.3/10
Each frog is rated on the following criteria: Quality, Castability, Presentation, Hook-up Ratio Available Options, Product Availability & Price

Quality & Durability: 3.5/5

The KVD Perch has a tough rubbery body and tail that so far has held up well. The body material collapses easily without being weak and the 4/0 hooks are strong and sharp, not to mention well placed.

The main area of concern for me was that after a few casts I noticed the frog began to sink. Further testing on longer retrieves with aggressive popping I found that the KVD Perch wouldn't make it all the way back to the boat without sinking on the final few pauses. This is obviously an issue, and as mentioned above those that fished the original KVD Frog will be very familiar with this issue.
An interesting feature on this bait is the small hole below the eye (see above) Strike King says that this is an air vent helping the air escape the body during a strike, I got more use out of it a a blow hole helping remove the water that built up during the retrieve. To each his own. 


Castability: 3.5/5

Pleasantly surprised with how well this frog casts. You can easily get the distance you are looking for, and the bait gives up a nice slap when it lands (just right). It can also be skipped and or pitched, but if you plan on keeping this bait above water, keep it close.



Presentation: 3.5/5

Sinking aside I really loved how this bait performed on the water. Its a combination walking and popping that offers up the first (IMHO) truly wounded bait fish look when paused.

The popping action is loud and erratic, even on long casts I felt I could hear the bait pop followed by the splash made by the spit. Not interested in a popping frog? that's OK, this perch/frog can be walked well at medium to slow speeds or twitched in one spot (try this, you'll love it)

Finally the pause.. that weird looking tail that you have been staring at really does give the fish a different look. instead of spreading out like a traditional tail the Popping Perch's tail wavers while paused looking like a bait fish about to take its final breath.. Fair warning here, this look is performed better on the White Shadow or Shad Spawn version of the KVD Perch, so if you want to take full advantage of what this bait has to offer, go with one of those two models.

You are probably wondering why after spending all this time raving about the baits performance I only gave it a 3.5 on presentation.. did I mention it sinks? 


Hook-Up Ratio: 3.5/5

The KVD Perch offers up an average hook-set ratio, the reason for this is that that long flat tail can act like a matting over the hooks which can and will reduce your ability to get a solid hook-set. Further more a bait full of water is harder to compress again reducing your ability to drive the hooks home.


Innovation & Design: 4.0/5

I really like what Strike King was trying to do here, they changed up the traditional frog profile, its tail design and moved away from traditional tail/leg material. Imagine that a company trying to create something new frog the industry..huh, what a novel idea.

I really hope they are not done tweaking this bait, it seems the norm now a days for a company to release a standard frog only to follow it up a year later with a popping version.. lets hope Strike King bucks tradition and offers us a standard versions of this bait with the same tail but no popping mouth.


Availability, Options & Price: 4.0/5

Available in 10 Colors and 1 size the Popping Perch offers a little something for everyone. In hindsight I would have chosen a different color and still may pick up one of the white version to play around with the pause a bit more.

Watch your pricing, Land Big Fish offers this bait at $7.99 but it can be found as high as $9.99 at the Bass Pro Shop. Im guessing smaller retailers may also boost the price by a dollar or two once its on the shelves.


Situations for Success:

The key to being successful when fishing the KVD Popping Perch is to use a sporadic popping action with a prolonged pause. Move the bait around like a dying bait fish then pause to mimic those moments when an injured bait fish  is catching it breath. Sparse to medium cover is key, you can fish it in heavier situations but all this baits features are designed to be seen (and heard) so let it.



Where to Find:
In case you are having a hard time finding these locally, here are some reliable options for you.


Bass Pro Shop ($9.99)

Cabela's ($8.79)



Equipment:

I tend to downsize my rod when using popping frogs and or perch. So in this instance I tested the Popping Perch on a Dobyns Sierra 735c with a Daiwa HD Tatula.

As with any hollow-body bait, this frog should be worked on 40lb-60lb braid line. 


Field Test Report Card:


Open Water (Sparse Pads): B+
Pads (Medium Cover): B+
Slop & Grass (Heavy Cover): C

Walk the Dog: B
Popping Action: A-
Sit/Pause: B-




Thursday, June 1, 2017

Castaic Boyd Duckett BD Frog Review


BD Frog:   Colors: 8     Length: 2.5"   Weight: 5/8oz   Pack Count: 1
BD Frog:   Colors: 8     Length: 3.0  Weight: 5/8oz   Pack Count: 1
Intro:
I do my very best to be as unbiased as possible while reviewing each frog that I test, but when it comes to Castaic and Boyd Duckett, they are making it hard for me to be impartial.

It's one thing to flat out rip off your frogs design from another company (Tru Tungsten Mad Maxx) but its a whole other thing to go to great lengths to lie about the work and effort you put into designing the bait (see HERE). Make no mistake about it, Castaic purchased/stole/borrowed the mold used to make the Mad Maxx and Boyd Duckett put his name on it.. shame, shame.. Ok, lets review this thing

Overall Rating: 5.2/10
Each frog is rated on the following criteria: Quality, Castability, Presentation, Hook-up Ratio Available Options, Product Availability & Price

Quality & Durability: 2.0/5

There was a lot of short cuts made in the build of this frog, the first is the skin/body material. It is crazy thin, which is usually a good thing, but the issue they ran into is that the material is so thin you can easily bury the hooks into the frog just by handling it.

The Rear weight system that also acts as a cap for the internal ball-bearing weights is poorly secured and fell off  both BD frogs that I purchased, (as you can see in my images). This leaves a gaping hole in the ass-end of the frog allowing the internal weights to spill out and allowing water to flow in. It's harder to walk a sinking frog,


Castability: 3.0/5

This is a pretty light frog, even lighter still when the external and internal weights come loose. It's nice and aerodynamic, so it has that going for it, but if you plan on using this as your everyday frog, its faults in quality will spill over into your ability to cast for distance consistently 


Presentation: 3.0/5

This frog walks well, you can thank Tru Tungsten (RIP) for designing a nicely shaped frog that walks and sits well in the water. Out of the package you will be happy with the ease of use and the BD frogs ability to walk. ( I knew I could find something positive to say)

   



Hook-Up Ratio: 4.0/5

The one and only redeeming quality on this frog is its impressive hook-up ratio. The nearly paper like skin collapses if you breath on it, and the hooks are well placed and sharp. If a fish gets this frog in it's mouth it will be hooked.

The concern I have here, is with the hooks burrowing themselves in the body of the frog, essentially making it a Nerf bait.. once this happens good luck landing a fish, and if you do it will be because the frog became ripped up and is now useless. Check your hooks between casts and after blow-ups or any time you bounce it off structure.


Innovation & Design: 0.0/5

If I'm at all going to try to put a positive spin on this frog, it is that when I first heard of its release I thought.."thank you!, some one is bringing back the Mad Maxx frog" Of course this took a dark turn when Castaic and Boyd decided to not save the Mad Maxx but in turn claim they have this all new frog that they designed. (poorly at that)

If I was being fully honest here, I might have given the BD frog negative marks in Innovation and Design as they actually removed features that made the Mad Maxx what it was. They reduced the body material quality, used cheaper more breakable components as well as removed the venting system that helped drain the Mad Maxx frog if and when it took on water..You can actually see the place where the vent hole should be, Castaic just didnt take the time to punch after the frog came out of the mold.. good job Castaic, you brought a frog back from the dead and proceeded to kill it again.

Availability, Options & Price: 3.5/5

For a hollow body frog this bait is priced well, this is the one area its not trying to be something its not. Combine this with 8 color options and 2 sizes, Castaic has a nice offering on a frog that could have been very good.



Situations for Success:

This is a tough one, in order to be successful with this bait your going to need to do a little prep work prior to hitting the water. First add some super glue to the external weight to ensure it stays put all day long. When on the water take extra time to inspect your frog after each cast, bump and blow-up to ensure the hooks are not embedded in the body.

This is an all around frog, so plan on fishing it in medium to medium/heavy cover. Its a bit to light for the heavy stuff and will spend more time in the air being bumped off the pads then it will in the fished mouth.

The BD frog is a walking frog and when not sinking it does walk well, so work in over areas in which the fish can get a good look at its erratic walking motion.



Where to Find:
In case you are having a hard time finding these locally, here are some reliable options for you.


Castaic ($7.99)



Equipment:

Being a lighter weight frog I opted to fish the BD frog on my Dobyns Champion 735c, with a little more tip then the 736 series you will have greater control to place this bait exactly where you want it. As for reels I like the Daiwa Tatula HD for most frog fishing situations.

As with any hollow-body bait, this frog should be worked on 40lb-60lb braid line. 


Field Test Report Card:

Open Water (Sparse Pads): B+
Pads (Medium Cover): B+
Slop & Grass (Heavy Cover): C

Walk the Dog: B+
Popping Action: N/A
Sit/Pause: B


For those interested, check out this video in which Boyd Duckett embarrasses himself by cover all the amazing things he and Castaic did while designing this frog.. you know the frog that was designed years earlier by Tru Tungsten










Monday, May 22, 2017

Teckel Lures - Sprinkler Frog Review - Pre Release Sneak Peek!


Revolution Frog:   Colors: 8*     Length: 4.25" **    Weight: 5/8oz   Pack Count: 1

Intro:

This is an early season (or should I say pre-season), pre-lease review of the all new Sprinkler frog from Teckel Lures. The Sprinkler frog should be hitting the shelves sometime this June, here is your first look sneak peek!


Overall Rating: 8.3/10
Each frog is rated on the following criteria: Quality, Castability, Presentation, Hook-up Ratio Available Options, Product Availability & Price


Quality & Durability: 4.0/5


Like its older brothers the Choker,  the Honker and the Whacker the Teckel Sprinkler is a high quality bait.  Its made with the same body material as the rest of the Teckel frog family, its a nice, soft, pliable plastic that should hold up well fish after fish. The hooks are strong, sharp and well positioned to ensure the only thing they hook is a fish.

At this point in time I have deduced 0.5 marks for the new soft plastic tail. Anytime you add an element that can easily be chewed up or  ripped up, it will effect the longevity of the baits lifespan. At this time I can't confirm if Teckel will be offering replacement Sprinkler tails but this angler believes they should. 


Castability: 4.5/5

All Teckel frogs are designed with slim aerodynamic bodies that cast extremely well. The Sprinkler may not skip as well as the other frogs in their line-up as it tends to trip over its own foot.

This frog excels in long cast scenarios in which a lengthy retrieve ensures the fish get a nice look at the Sprinkler tail in action.   


Presentation: 5.0/5

When I first saw the Sprinkler Frog I will admit that the word "gimmick" crossed my mind. But After one single cast I was sold. This bait kicks up some serious water and I often wonder why Teckel didn't call it the "fire hose" instead of the "sprinkler". Even on a moderate retrieve this frog moves more like a buzz bait then a frog, but its soft plastic foot bounces off the water and the weeds unlike any buzz bait Ive thrown. It has some similarities to the way a River2Sea Whopper Plopper moves, but without the messy treble hooks that get caught up in floating debris.

With all this in mind you don't get the full satisfaction of watching this frog swim when fishing it in heavy cover, so as the going gets tough, pick up the Choker and leave the Sprinkler for less congested situations.   



Hook-Up Ratio: 3.5/5

You know my rule, anytime a frog comes equipped with an appendage that can and or will get caught up on the hooks they are going to loose a few marks on the hook-up ratio.. I think you would agree that a large soft plastic foot counts as an appendage that may effect your hook-up ratio.. keep in mind fishing this frog is well worth occasional foul up.


Innovation & Design: 4.5/5

Close to perfect marks here, this all new frog offers a completely different look to both anglers and fish alike. As mentioned above I really thought it looked gimmicky but the minute  I saw it move on the water I was hooked.. i cast it with a smile all day long.

Obviously I couldn't give perfect marks here, as there is the age old question, what came first the Swamp Donkey or the Whacker, until I know the answer,they both only get part marks for innovation.. even if one has a super cool buzz-foot.

Availability, Options & Price: 3.5/5

I can't really speak to this one yet, I expect you will easily find this frog on Tackle Warehouse and a few other sites, but until I see them listed I can't give a true score in this situation.  I can tell you that the only site currently listing them is BamaFrogs, they are offering a pre-order (see below). In the Pre-Order they list 8 colors, and have it priced at $13.99


Situations for Success:

You know those times when you hit the lake and the conditions are just perfect for top water, but you're just not sure if you should throw a frog, a buzz bait or maybe even a whopper plopper? That's the exact time you should pick up a Sprinkler frog.

It has the best characteristics of each of these baits and fish in many situations that they can't. Id look for sparse to medium cover, you want to work a Sprinkler frog between various points of structure and targets. its best to keep this frog moving, even if your working it slow.. its not the prettiest on the pause, so move it as much as you can.



Where to Find:
In case you are having a hard time finding these locally, here are some reliable options for you.

Tackle Warehouse (Coming Soon!)

Bama Frog ($13.99)



Equipment:

The Sprinkler frog pairs well with a Dobyns Sierra Series 735 which provides enough tip to make accurate casts all while still having the backbone needed to haul fish out of the nastiest of cover. As always I paired it with a Daiwa Tatula, this time a CT model.

As with any hollow-body bait, this frog should be worked on 40lb-60lb braid line. 


Field Test Report Card:

Open Water (Sparse Pads): A+
Pads (Medium Cover): B+
Slop & Grass (Heavy Cover): C

Walk the Dog: C
Popping Action: N/A
Sit/Pause: B





* Color Options are listed as per what is currently available on the Bama Frog pre-order form
** Length included the entire frog, not just the body. 



Sunday, May 7, 2017

Uncle Josh Sizmic Toad Review

Sizmic Toad:      Colours: 6   Size: 4.25"     Pack Count: 6    
             Leg Style: Buzz               Weight: N/A


Intro:

Going through my back log of frog reviews, I couldn't believe I hadn't posted this one on the Sizmic Toad. A frog that is considered a classic in many regions. Unlike other Uncle Josh products, this bait doesn't come in a jar and wont leave you with stinky fingers. 


Overall Rating: 7.5/10
Each frog is rated on the following criteria: Quality, Castability, Presentation, Hook-up Ratio Available Options, Product Availability & Price


Quality & Durability: 4.0/5


Built tough the Sizmic toad can stand up to non-toothy fish cast after cast. It has a dense body and head that's only real weakness is in its leg joints. Even there it has a bit of stretch and give meaning you may might be able to make a pack(6) last all day long.

Castability: 4.05


With a heavier body  the Sizmic toad casts for miles (even more if using a Diawa Tatula) and its nice flat belly allows it to be skipped with ease.

Presentation: 3.5/5


One of the perks to throwing a Sizmic Toad is that is has a beefy round head perfect for screw in frog or swim bait hooks. Unlike most narrowed headed frogs (can't believe I just typed that) the Sizmic Toad holds the hook well and wont tear up.

If I had to classify the type of action the Sizmic toad produces I would have to say its a cross between a buzz and swim, but due to the style of foot it leans more towards a buzz style swim.

Its thinner profile may be great for its hook-up ratio, but I like my frogs with a bit more meat on their bones, the amount of water displacement and the Sizmic Toads profile don't do it for me, hence the 3.5 rating. Its not a performance thing, its a profile thing.


Hook-Up Ratio: 3.5/5


I think I may be underselling the Sizmic Toads hook-up ratio here, as the combination of its thin body, a deep hook slot as well as thinner legs mean there is a lot less to get in the way of your hook point thus increasing your chances of landing a fish.



Innovation and Design : 4.0/5


Bonus points added here for sure. The Sizmic toad has been available for years and there still isn't a bait quite like it. I'm not sure I can describe it with out getting pornographic but its long slender design and thick head were made for distance fishing. It really feels to me that the company saw what was available at the time and said, "we have an idea".

Availability, Options & Price: 3.5/5


For such a classic frog this bait is not easily found. Tackle Warehouse has you covered, but you can also purchase it direct from Kailins. Available in 6 pretty standard color options and 1 size, this bait wont exactly turn heads, but its price point of nearly $0.65 a frog is a huge win.


Situations for Success:


The Sizmic toad is on the smaller side and performs best in calmer conditions and in medium to sparse cover. This is a great search bait and will allow you to cover water at both medium and high speed retrieves. If your fishing in close quarters and skipping is required, don't hesitate to tie on a Sizmic toad.


Where to Find:
In case you are having a hard time finding these locally, here are some reliable options for you.

Tackle Warehouse ($3.99)

Kalin's ($4.49)



Equipment:

I completed all my testing with a Dobyns 735c paired with a Daiwa Tatula CT.  This frog is fairly light weight and likes a little extra tip to help impart action around and under cover. The CT is a light weigh reel that skips well and casts lighter baits with ease.



Thursday, April 20, 2017

Reaction Strike Revolution Frog Review


Revolution Frog:   Colors: 9     Length: 1.77    Weight: 3/8oz   Pack Count: 1
Revolution Frog:   Colors: 9     Length: 2.17    Weight: 3/8oz   Pack Count: 1
Revolution Frog:   Colors: 9     Length: 2.55    Weight: 3/8oz   Pack Count: 1

Intro:

I kinda feel dirty giving the Revolution Frog a 5.6 out 10, the team at reaction strike didn't work hard enough or attempt to bring us something unique in any way, and the product they did bring us is over priced. But even I could find something to like in a very un-likeable frog


Overall Rating: 5.6/10
Each frog is rated on the following criteria: Quality, Castability, Presentation, Hook-up Ratio Available Options, Product Availability & Price


Quality & Durability: 2.5/5


I don't think I'm being overly harsh when I say that not much thought and effort went into the quality or durability of the Revolution frog. The hooks are crookeder than a politician and my frog started taking on water on the first cast. The areas they did try to spend time and money on are both plagued with issues. The hooks are strong, yet crooked, and the legs are active yet the bait walks poorly. 




Castability: 3.5/5

You know you're in trouble when the highest score you get is for cast-ability, sure its an important part of fishing, but if it cant swim I'm not too worried about how far it casts.  

Presentation: 3.0/5

The Revolution frog is what I would call a "chunky walker" meaning that it can be walked but it sorta stumbles it's way through it. You're best to throw this frog in heavier cover so the fish only get to see it on the pause.. then again it they do see it walk they may think that its injured or dying.. hmm I may need to re-think this one. (OK an extra .5 added to the score)

If you are fishing this frog take your time and learn the right cadence, it can be walked and actually looks pretty good on the pause. The Silicone legs feel like they are made of a softer lighter material and they float and spread out well. 


Hook-Up Ratio: 2.0/5

Crooked ass hooks, that's the best way to describe what ails the Reaction frog's hook-up ratio. Sure we've all often heard companies boast about turning their hooks up, but Reaction Strike has taken this to the extreme and it hurts the frogs performance.

On a side note, your hooks will stay clean, this is one of (if the not the only) perk to these nearly sideways hooks (slight exaggerating)


Innovation & Design: 2.0/5

We've all seen this mold before, the Revolution frog is yet again a frog that is made by a few different companies that all bought the same mold. It's an early 'Spro-style" knock off that missed the mark. The only points I could give them here was for the skirt, it really is nice and light and on a better frog would be an incredible feature. 

Availability, Options & Price: 4.0/5

The Reaction Frog got a nice little score boost here due to 2 things.. first off they offer the frog in 3 sizes and 9 color choices. This kind of selection is getting rare and its unfortunate that it's wasted here. As for pricing if you buy direct your going to pay nearly double what Tackle Warehouse retails them for, so do your homework and don't waste more money then you have to. 

Situations for Success:

The Revolution frog was designed for all around use, but it's poor walking action makes it better "heard not seen". If you plan to fish this frog I recommend adding a rattle and using it in this medium to medium/heavy cover situations. The rattle will provide added noise and weight to ensure it stays seated and that the fish know its coming.

Be sure to work it over open areas between the pads taking time to pause, as mentioned above this frog looks best when doing nothing at all.


Where to Find:
In case you are having a hard time finding these locally, here are some reliable options for you.


Reaction Strike ($9.99)


Equipment:

The Reaction frog fishes well on the Dobyns 735c or 736c which provides enough tip to make accurate casts all while still having the backbone needed to haul fish out of the nastiest of cover.

As with any hollow-body bait, this frog should be worked on 40lb-60lb braid line. 


Field Test Report Card:

Open Water (Sparse Pads): D+
Pads (Medium Cover): C-
Slop & Grass (Heavy Cover): C+

Walk the Dog: D+
Popping Action: N/A
Sit/Pause: B+







Tuesday, April 11, 2017

What's in the box! Confessions of a Frog Fishing Junkie




From time to time I get asked the the question made famous by Brad Pitt in the movie Seven.. "What's in the Box!" so before we officially kick off the 2017 review year, I though I would give you a peak into my standard everyday frog box, and maybe, just maybe a little insight into why each frog made the cut.




Gene Larew 3-Legged Toad

The the 3-Legged toad is the only soft plastic toad to make the final frog box cut. Its the ultimate "all situations" frog  that offers up a soft churn perfect for early morning and the evening bite. 

The body of the frog is made of a nearly marshmallow like foam that floats, and hold up fairly well fish after fish. The third leg works to add to the frogs wake, but also prolongs the frogs life, as even when the bait looses that one inevitable limb, it still has two more to fish with.

This is one of the first frogs I reviewed on the Frog Pond back in 2012 and it is still in my box today.

When to Use: Medium to Sparse cover when trying to cover water quickly. Great to bounce over cover and fish around submerged timber.








Teckel USA - Choker

The Gene Larew 3-Legged Toad may be the longest standing member of my Frog Box, but on the other end of the spectrum the Teckel USA Choker is one of if not thee newest!

The Choker saw some serious time on the water last season and even went a 3 week period as the only frog I tied on. The Choker offers up the classic profile made famous by the Reaction Innovation Swamp Donkey with one major improvement.. flashing for legs. This common fly tying material works incredibly well on the back of a frog, they fan out easily and offer up some crazy flash and shine as they spread out on the pause.

The body of the frog is soft yet durable and it moves well on or around pads and other structure. This is my everyday frog and is a good bet to the my opening day starter.

When to Use: This is an all around frog that can be used in heavy cover to open water. I vary the retrieve to help identify what the fish are looking for on any given day. 






SnagProof - GuntersVille Frog

Sometimes less is more, and when I'm reaching for a frog to crash the pads, the Guntersville frog from Snag Proof is at the top of the list. This compact yet beefy frog has rattles for legs and was built to "sit"more then it was built to "swim". So if you are planing to fish medium to sparse cover this may not be the frog to you, but, when fishing a thick mess of pads or slop this frog will call the fish in and make sure it  gets noticed and more importantly EATEN!.

Best fished slowly with slight pulls or an intermittent retrieve the Guntersville frog fills a void that not many other frogs can. The only real downfall to this bait is that its easy to loose a rattle. Even more so if you are prone to bouncing it over the various structures you can run into in shallow pad filled water... This reminds me, I need to buy another one. 

When to Use: Heavy Cover Period! slow pulls over and around pads.






SPRO - Bronzeye Shad

You can't call it a Frog Box if it doesn't have at least one SPRO frog inside (google it if your dont believe me)... or in this case a SPRO Shad? The Bronzeye Shad offers a great profile, with even better dance moves. Its horse like tails give some sway to the back end and helps this frog/shad walk in and out of tight situations. For a longer bait it really does have some great moves and I often tie one on when fishing sparser cover or even open water (though I tend to throw a popping frog in open water situations)

When the pads start to choke out the water I usually put this guy away. It does not sit well on pads and kinda flops from side to side. 

When to Use: Sparse cover to Open Water, when a stealth presentation is called for. Can be used to cover water quickly or times when cover is spread out and your working long distances between. 





SnagProof - Popping Phattie

I've fished this frog so long it use to have another name! Remember when these were the Ish Poppin Phatties? well sometimes sponsorships change but one thing is for certain, if Ish still isn't fishing this frog he is seriously missing out! 

I actually carry the classic Phat Frog (see below) as well as the Popping Phattie in the #1 Frog box, but of the two the popping phattie sees way more time on the water. It is a great all around frog that fishes best in open water to sparse cover conditions where I can fully take advantage of its popping ability. Not a proper fan? thats ok, slow down and the popping Phattie can also be walked, which is a big plus as it avoids switching back and forth as the conditions and structure changes. 

I don't throw a lot of popping frogs, but its important to carry at least one in your box for the times when you really need to let the fish know your there... ring that dinner bell.

When to Use: Sparse cover to Open Water, when a louder presentation is called for. This could also be considered a crossover frog, ease up on the retrieve to walk and no pop this popping frog. Saves your time and line when not having to retie. 



SnagProof - Phat Frog

The Phat Frog is definitely a special teams player, and usually only gets the nod to play when the area I'm fishing is loaded with slop!. Its unique body design moves well over the nastiest of slop and rarely if ever comes back with salad. Unlike some of the other "all around" frogs in my box, this one was really designed to fish any situation. It just so happens that it ain't pretty, so it often get the dirty jobs, but hey someone has to do it! This frog has all the same perks as the above Popping Phattie so i won't go into great detail here, just use it!

Slop calls for a nice flat bottomed bait that won't catch or roll as it moves, this is that frog!

When to Use: Heavy to Medium cover and slop! 







Deps - Slither K

Although some situations call for noise, other call for stealth, that's where the Deps Slither K comes into the mix. This frog is a high end low profile version of a scum frog, it can be cast (quietly) into any hole or target, and its fur tail will drive the fish crazy even on a prolonged pause. 

Don't get me wrong, this bait looks sexy when killed, but moves even better when twitched. I work the Slither K one of two ways depending on the bite. First is a fast erratic walk, with the bait coming slowly to the boat but moving rapidly back and forth. The second is slow twitches, walking the frog home an inch at a time. The fur tail does a lot of the work for you here, so let it!

The Slither K is one of two bite size frogs I carry at all times. I find them best utilized in medium sparse cover or when working the edges. Cast them 1-2 feet in and work it along the edge, I guarantee there will be a bass following. 

When to Use: Medium to Sparse Cover and Edges, slower presentation. The ultimate pocket jumper, be sure to let this frog sit in every pocket and let the fish get a look at it.





EverGreen - Kicker Frog

This little guy often finds himself playing second fiddle to the Deps Slither K, they both get used in similar situations but the Slither K takes more patience then I have on some days, so enter the Kicker frog. 

EverGreen makes a nice bite sized frog with a seriously sharp single hook. This frog is always swallowed whole and that hook never seems to miss on the hookset. You don't need to work the Kicker frog as much or as slowly,as the Slither K but I often use it to fish the edges of the pads or sparser pockets. This frog is well built and has a very soft flexible body and has held up season after season and fish after fish. 

I have a feeling this frog may get bumped from the front lines in the coming seasons, but for now I like to have a variety of sizes available and the Kicker frog suits me just fine. Also being that its an import and $$$$ I like to get my moneys worth. 

When to Use: Medium to Sparse Cover and Edges, faster presentation. I use this frog when smaller profiles are needed but also when speed is my friend.




Tru Tungsten - Mad Maxx

Some will consider this a cheat, as the True Tungsten Mad Maxx frog has been discontinued for years . But I loaded up on them prior to TT going under and I'm glad I did. The Mad Maxx frog takes what SPRO started and ups the game, if has a similar body profile and angry look, but the body material is lighter and collapses as quickly and easily as a scum frog.

I call this my "confidence frog" if I'm going through a stretch with limited to no blow-ups or worse if Ive missed repeated fish I will often tie the Mad Maxx on to boost my confidence. 

I don't often push replicas but since TruTungsten is no more, I don't feel as bad sending you to the Castaic Boyd Bucket frog or the Blitz Frog both of these frogs use the same mold and if not the same, a nearly identical body material. I own one of each and I just close my eyes and pretend they are Mad Maxx's.

When to Use: This is an All Situations frog that can be used in medium/heavy to sparse cover. It will not see much time in heavy cover or open water due to is light weight frame. These frogs work well when walked and paused in a more continuous retrieve. 

Frog Pond Review: 7.4



Terminator - Walking Frog 

With one season under its belt the Terminator Walking frog will start 2017 in the main frog box, but it may see some time in triple-A as some of the newer frogs start to make an appearance. The Terminator Walking frog has a unique body that is built to fish and be seen in any type of situation. It's larger bulkier frame makes it sit well on pads, while its narrower ass-end gives it a nice look when paused over pockets. It also lives up to its name, and walks like a champ over and around cover and even in open water.

I wish I was able to give the Walking frog more time on the water, its nothing personal against the frog as it has been one of my favourite newcomers these past few years, it all comes down to  preference and for me the bulkier body and size are not what I'm normally looking for in a frog and I often reach for less hearty frogs.

When to Use: This is an all situations frog that does its best work in heavy to sparse cover. Like the Slither K this is a "pocket-jumper" a frog that I try to place and pause in each and every pocket in a given pad section.

Frog Pond Review: 9.2



There you have it, the secret is out, as an angler that has tried and tested nearly 130 frogs over the past 5 seasons, these 10 are the ones I trust day in and day out when I'm on the water. So, whats in your box!