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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 08:54 AM 10/18/10 (CST)
If you get the BassMaster mag, you probably noticed this lil' guy on the cover of the most recent issue:



I've talked to "Capt Ken" a few times and he seems pretty sincere about his bait. I'm on the list for a couple of the first "Clone" series frogs once they hit the distributor in WI. The last time I checked with him they were sitting on a freighter in NY awaiting Customs. Anyhow, it seems like something new at least. What do you guys think? A little Banjo Minnow, I know. But it's got me interested.

Here's a vid of the frog in action. I like this not so much for the bait, but how this dude's heart probably stopped for a few seconds when this fish explodes on the thing at just about a rod length away. BAM! There’s nothing more thrilling in bass fishing than a hit like this.

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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 10:22 AM 10/28/10 (CST)
Not that anyone seems too interested, but I got the frogs in the mail yesterday. They’re a solid foam body with soft foam legs; like the stuff kids make arts & craft projects with. The eyes protrude way out and a kitchen sink test shows they ride high above the water line; a whole lot like a real amphibian. Each frog comes with a replacement pair of legs too. Unlike the pretty colorful body, the legs are a solid color so they need to be jazzed up with a Sharpie. No biggie though. I did this one in about 10 minutes. It sounds like the marker will need to be reapplied after some time in the water. I’m thinking days, not hours though. These are definitely not the same frogs as the pic above. But I am definitely not paying $40 for a bait like the one above! These seem to be good quality nonetheless. I’m looking forward to asking the bass what they think!

Sadly, I think froggin’ is over for the year. I’m tempted to test it out, but I’d be ticked if a toothy critter chomped on it. What do you guys think?

Here are some before and after pics.











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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 11:59 AM 10/29/10 (CST)
So... do those things work? Believe it or not, I've never used an artifical frog before.



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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 10:02 PM 10/29/10 (CST)
You didn't watch the video I linked to above, did you WB? wink smiley

Do these particular frogs work? I don't know yet. They are new to me and untested. It's a fresh take on artificial frogs though. I'm interested but, to be honest, skeptical. I will report back next season.

If you're asking, in general, if frogs catch bass, I'd have to say HECK YES! Bass, and a few other species, LOVE frogs. I have a frog tied on just about... always. They are one of my mainstays. Frogs fall into two categories though. One is the big hollow body frog and they are are killer in trees, weeds & slop. Virtually weedless, you can throw them into anything. These float. Then there are the solid, soft plastic, frogs. Those are a cross between a buzzbait and a swimbait. They sink. You Texas rig and pull them fast, or just fast enough, to make their paddle tail feel cause a ruckus on the surface. This is why I'm interested in this particular bait. It doesn't exactly fall into either of these categories.




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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 11:47 AM 10/31/10 (CST)
I'll be interested in hearing your review next year. I tend to agree that artificial frogs trigger many, many strikes but I have always had a tough time setting the hook.

By looking at this frog I feel like you'll need to pause for just the right amount of time before setting the hook after a strike or risk pulling it straight out the mouth. I don't know, it's that weirdly positioned hook at the front that has me wondering.



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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 08:39 AM 11/01/10 (CST)
The trick, Logan, is to not set the hook. It's hard to resist, especially when you see that topwater explosion, but you absolutely have to wait until you feel the fish pull on your line before you set it. I get so ticked at myself when I lose a fish and I know it's because I pulled the frog away too soon. But you're right, this one, with the fully exposed hook in front, will definitely take some getting used to. But, like any new bait, you just need to learn how to fish it right.

Bass seem to engulf frogs when they eat one though. The legs on this bait are really soft, so they aren't going to take up any space in the fish's mouth. The main body is fat, but still smaller than, say, a Bronzeye or Mad Maxx. However, it is a dense foam, so it won't collapse like a hollow body frog. Who knows, this might be a toal bust. I guess I just have to see what it does and report back here next year.




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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 09:30 AM 11/10/10 (CST)
Koppers also has a new Live Target frog coming out in 2011. A traditional hollow body frog, but more detailed than anything I've ever seen. It won the "Best Soft Bait" title at this year's ICAST show. I'll be keeping an eye out for some real-world reviews next Spring.






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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 09:10 PM 11/10/10 (CST)
Certainly an impressive looking frog. They also have a hard bodied frog that is really cool looking. I have no idea if a fish cares about the detail but I would really like to try one either way. I've had some of my best fishing experiences with top water hard baits especially the Chug Bug which I own about five or six of.

Thanks for sharing!



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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 09:27 PM 11/10/10 (CST)
I figured I would toss some pictures on here of the hardwater frog which is the one I am really excited about. This bait incorporates a great feature that can also be found inside My favorite lure, the chug bug. There is a small round wight like a bearing inside that is free to roll. When you stop the bait for a moment that ball rolls back against the plastic and makes noise. I am convinced this triggers strikes, atleast with the chug bug.

Any ways, here are some pics.
It is pretty detailed just like the soft body that FishCat posted. I think it sells for near $20 though. frown smiley










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Daily Subscription Msg 10 Posted: 09:18 AM 11/12/10 (CST)
What the heck is that!? It's no popper Chug Bug. It must float, it's got a keel and it ain't weedless. An open water frog? Can't say I have ever seen anything like that. Heading over to the Koppers web site now.

EDIT: I totally missed that thing. But I don't throw too many hard baits. It's smaller than I expected. I'm interested! Bonus: $9 not $20.

Here's a little vid on both




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