Monday, June 25, 2018

Stanford Baits Boom Boom Frog Review

Boom Boom Frog:   Colors: 10     Length: 2 1/2    Weight: 3/8oz   Pack Count: 1

Intro:

In a season loaded with new frog baits from some of the industries biggest names, its a smaller company that made the loudest noise.. or should I say BOOM. When Stanford baits team up with angler Fred Roumbanis they caught fire by teasing and then releasing the Boom Boom frog, a not so average hollow body walking frog that introduced us to Frog Fur. Does the Boom Boom frog make as much noise on the water as it did on the internet.. keep reading

Manufactures Description :

The one of a kind Boom Boom Frog with Frogfur™  Stanford Baits teamed up with  Elite Series Pro Fred Roumbanis to develop the ultimate Frog. A Frog that has all the innovative fish catching components. Frogfur™ is a patented pending innovation that greatly increases increases your fish hook up ratio!  The Frogfur™ snags the sand paper like rigidness of the Basses mouth. Making it harder for the fish to miss or throw the topwater Frog. The Diamond shaped belly weight was designed so that the weight doesn't interfere with the hook. Allowing the hook to pop further up on hooksets.  It also features a razor sharp Mustad Wide Gap Frog hook.  


Overall Rating: 8.5/10

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





Quality & Durability: 4.55

Don't let the packaging fool you, the Boom Boom frog is a quality made bait that is ready to fish right out of the package. It has a soft pliable body that so far has held up for multiple fish with no signs of wear. The hooks are stout and sharp, not to mention well angled requiring no tuning out of the package.

The Frog Fur is the portion of the bait  garnered most of the hype upon release, this feature is new and innovative but even without it, the Boom Boom frog is a quality frog that deserves your respect. The Fur itself is locked firmly in place like your Uncles Toupee and so far and held up well to multiple fish and being beaten off structure (more then once). I at this point can't say that it has helped me land a fish, but I'm a believer that it will come in handy down the road.

 For you non believes try loading the frog fur up with scent, the thick Fur should hold it well, and give the fish a nice taste when he locks on.

The only issue I came across pertaining to the frog fur was that when fishing thicker slop it would tend to cling to the rough frog fur, matting it down. This meant spending some time after my retrieve cleaning it off.

Another nice feature to this frog is the seeing eye that is placed on the belly of the bait, which gives it a dead bait fish look while paused, the eye appears to just be a stick on and not embedded in the bait, so I'm hoping it will last, but so far so good.

Internally Stanford really beefed up the frogs harness, making what on some frogs is a weak spot  nearly indestructible. I also love the flat line ties they moved to which (although it may be all in my head) really feel like they allow me to cinch down that knot even tighter.

One area I was really impressed with was how little water the frog takes on even on the hardest retrieves. I had read and watched some reviews that mentioned it took on some water, but this isn't the case in my experience.


Castability: 4.0/5

The Boom Boom frog casts well, but does feel lighter than its 3/8oz frame would suggest. I found I had to put a little extra mustard on some casts to get it where I wanted it to go and when I did  It often landed hooks down. With a flat top like the Boom Boom has, this is an issue as rolling it over is not as easy as with some of the other frogs on the market.

I had no issues target casting the Boom Boom frog for shorter distance or skipping it up under cover. it sits well when it lands belly down and its ready to fight when you are.





Presentation: 4.5/5

This is a tried and true walking frog design. Its narrow body with the legs set between the hooks makes walking the Boom Boom frog a breeze. You can easily control the walk, working the frog in a pocket for extended periods of time or speed walking it back to the boat while covering water.

I found I got most of my blow-ups while working it slow, with longer glides and pauses. it is possible to work it tighter or more erratic, but the fish really seemed to respond to the glide and pause combination.

When fishing heavier vegetation like slop or duckweed the thinner body pulled well over the cover. I would like to see this frog available in a heavier model to give it a bit better of a sit (or pad cling), but all in all I was impressed with its performance in every situation i could put it through.

One area some anglers may want to see improvement on is the baits sit, the Boom Boom frog sits  completely flat on the water when paused.  This may have been intentional, as it is a great way to keep your hooks clean, but it is becoming more and more unusual with most companies giving their frog a pronounced ass down sit, providing the fish a target that just so happens to be loaded with hooks. I myself am a medium ass guy, meaning baits that sit to far down annoy me, but I do like to see the nose of the bait up and the hooks down.


Hook-Up Ratio: 4.5/5

The Boom Boom frog comes equipped with a pair of razor sharp (and strong) Mustad hooks, they are positioned well right out of the package, up off the body of the frog and tuned slightly up. Combine this with it's soft pliable body material and your hook-up ratio worries will be a thing of the past.

One reason this score is not a perfect 5, is that as mentioned above the Boom Boom frog sits flat when paused. This makes it less likely that non committed fish  just swiping at the bait or  sucking down the legs will also get the hooks. For aggressive fish this is non an issue, but on those days they don't seem to be eating it, an ass down sit really helps with commitment issues.




Innovation & Design: 4.5/5

I love when companies put it all on the table to bring us something new, and this is where the Boom Boom frog really shines. Lets start off the with obvious and that is the Frog Fur, and new approach at trying to keep a frog in the fishes month buying you extra time to plant that hook-set, does it work?, they have a few convincing videos on their FB page that sure makes it look like it does. I personally didn't land any fish with the the frog fur placed at the top of the mouth so I cant say for sure it works, but I can say it sure doesn't hurt.

Stanford could have stopped here but instead they made a few more changes, including a well placed eye on the bottom of the frog giving the bait a wounded bait fish look when paused in open water. What a great quick add on, that must make other companies shake their head and say "why didn't we think of that"

Bonus points here for the finishing touches, aka the mean mug they added to their baits. This will not help you catch more fish, but it sure as hell looks cool and gives the bait some character.

Availability, Options & Price: 4.0/5

The Boom Boom frog has 10 color options available right out of the gate, these include a mix of classics as well as some unique takes. The Fred's Frog color was the frog i gravitated towards with its white belly and legs and traditional dark drown and  frog green top i was sold immediately.

It's currently only available in one size (3/8) I would love to see a heftier version and maybe a smaller profile for a better sit on the pads.





Situations for Success:

The Boom Boom frog is a traditional walking frog that excels in most situations. Its size and weight makes it easy to cast for distance and work fast while covering water, all while offering a nice  profile on the pause. As mentioned above the Frog Fur can get matted down with duck weed and slime rendering it useless, so it you plan to take advantage of this perk you will want to stick to pads and grass. with that said, this frog fishes well in the slop so don't let a little matted Frog Fur deter you from throwing it in the thick stuff, I know i didn't.

My success came mostly in medium to sparse cover fishing it at a medium to slow speed using longer glides and pauses. The fish often struck on the pause or the start of a glide.


Looking Back:

Back in April, 2018 we filmed an unboxing of the Boom Boom Frog and gave a short review of our first impressions. If you havent already give the video a watch and see how many of those initial thoughts still ring true  HERE



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


Tackle Direct ($10.89)



Equipment:

I fished the Stanford Baits Boom Boom Frog on a Dobyns 736c which is my go to power rod when frog fishing heavy cover. I Paired it with a Daiwa Tatula 150 reel with a 7.3:1 gear ratio, these new reels are powerful, lightweight and look awesome. (like the Boom Boom frog)


Thursday, June 21, 2018

Frog Fishing Quick Tips Vol4 - Christian Gervais


Frog Fishing Quick Tips is a Instagram tie in feature in which we personally reach out to respected anglers at all  levels and ask them 7 quick frog fishing related questions. It's time to get personal


This weeks Angler is..... 


Christian Gervais Fishing

Christian is a passionate angler that spends over 100 days a year on the water, 
Sponsored by: Ranger Boats, Evinrude Outboards, Monde du Bateau, Spro U.S.A., Navionics, Dobyns Rods, The Rod Glove, VRX Fishing products, Sundog Eyewear, XZone Lures, Kamooki Lures, Lew's reels, Ego and Devcore.

His favourite Frog Rod is his Dobyns DX746C 

Want to learn more...




Facebook: Christian Gervais





Monday, June 18, 2018

Lunker Hunt Popping Frog Review


 Popping Frog:   Colors: 8     Length: 2 1/8    Weight: 1/2oz   Pack Count: 1
 Popping Frog:   Colors: 8     Length: 1 3/4    Weight: 1/4oz   Pack Count: 1

Intro:

Here we go, another "real leg" frog from LunkerHunt, this time we are taking a look at the Popping version of their popular LunkerFrog. I don't know about you, but I was sure glad to see they released a standard frog this season, here's hoping this is the last of the real leg fad.

Manufactures Description :

The Lunkerhunt Popping Frog™ calls fish in by creating a surface disturbance. Its concave face catches water, causing popping and spitting noises. 

The swimming legs of the Popping Frog create explosive strikes! 

Popping Frogs feature a weedless design and hollow body construction. The Popping Frog’s supersoft hollow body compresses quickly under the slightest amount of pressure. When it does, sharp high quality upturned hooks are ready for the hookset. 

The Popping Frogs generate tons of action with minimal movement. They can be worked along edges, through grass, in pockets and on open water.

Overall Rating: 5.8/10

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


Quality & Durability: 3.05

Ok, lets get this out of the way, the legs on this frog (like with every other LunkerHunt frog) continue to be an issue. They fish clumsy, and can and will get in the way when you attempt to set the hook on a fish that actually falls for your bait. They don't last and are often ripped off after the first or second fish.

I recently watched a video in which an angler actually cut of the legs and replaced with with silicone, good idea, and LunkerHunt must have agreed as their new from this year has silicone legs



Castability: 3.0/5

The casting distance has never really been an issue with LunkerHunt frogs, but the landing is, as with the swim it lands clumsily and not often enough in a fighting position. The legs make it an awkward bait to skip so for accuracy sake stick to shorter target casts.





Presentation: 2.0/5

I feel like I'm getting a little repetitive here, but this version of the LunkerHunt series of frogs seems to fish even worse then the others. Its cupped mouth does push water well enough, but the body jerks oddly when doing so and as mentioned above (repeatedly) its clumsy legs flail about with no real purpose. Even the pause isn't realistic on this frog leaving me pretty much nothing positive to say about it. 


Hook-Up Ratio: 3.0/5

The one perk that all LunkerHunt frogs have going for them is their body material. its soft, pliable, durable and mashed down well to expose the hooks. The hooks are sharp and come out at a decent angle. Like with the other real leg frogs your concern will also be the legs getting int he way, they can and will ball up on hook sets and at time will catch the hook covering the point.

Innovation & Design: 3.0/5

If I included this section in the first LunkerHunt LunkerFrog review I wrote back in 2012 I would have given them full proper here, the idea when first launched was a new one and offered anglers and whole new look. I didn't work, but I love that they had the balls to try it.

Now 5+ years later I wish they would move on, this type of frog is stale, and although they still seem to sell I don't know any anglers who would throw it in public.

Availability, Options & Price: 3.5/5

I think I'm being generous here as I'm having a hard time finding this frog online other then on the Storm Website (and you cant buy it there) and on Ebay (for outrageous prices). I'm not sure if this frog has been sent into retirement but what I can say is it is getting harder and harder to find.



Situations for Success:

I'm going to say your best bet to be successful with this frog is to ignore the legs and fish it where the bass cant see it. Fish it in heavy cover and slop using its weight to your advantage. The legs may cause it to roll a bit but it should sit well when paused.

I'm also seen all LunkerHunt frogs fished using the limb dangling method, this may be one area the legs actually come in handy. So if you regularly fish overhangs see if you can get a fish air born.


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



Equipment:

I fished the LunkerHunt Popping frog on a Dobyns 735c which provides enough tip to walk and pop along with the backbone needed to yank fish from cover. Pair it with a Daiwa Tatula reel with a 7.3:1 gear ratio







Friday, June 15, 2018

Frog Addicts Unboxing Video - The Teckel Maracker


Welcome to Frog Addicts Unboxing reviews.  Here you will get an up close and personal  look at at BassJunkies initial thoughts on each new frog fresh out of the package and long befor it hits the water. You cant always judge a book by its cover, or a frog from its packaging.

No rehearsals, no scripts,  but maybe a few edits. 


This week we take a look at the Teckel Maracker a unique frog that was designed to fish like a wake bait providing a crazy amount of flash and noise. This isnt your standard walking frog bait, and although weedless it will excel in sparser cover and mats.

Product Description

n 2017 the Sprinker Frog by Teckel took the world by storm and gave topwater and frogging anglers a new weapon of choice. Now Teckel has brought something new to the game with the Maracker. It's not a magic bait, but it surely will get attention from those bucket mouth Bass. Featuring the same proven body design of the Teckel Frog series but now matched with a rattle blade type tail which makes it like a super loud weedless wakebait. Twitch it, rip it, walk it; the Maracker loudly rattles and flashes drawing attention from near and far. This is truly something new

Product Specs

Weight: 22 g (3/4 oz)

Rattle Tale











Watch for a full on the water review coming this summer!

Monday, June 11, 2018

Storm XS-Soft Bloop Frog Review

 XS-Soft Bloop Frog:   Colors: 8     Length: 2.75    Weight: 7/10oz   Pack Count: 1


Intro:
If this frog looks familiar thats because it is.. Storm a sister company to Rapala makes the XS-Soft Bloop frog using the same body mold as the Terminator frog. it's not stealing when you designed the the original is it?

Like most Storm lures the XS-Soft Bloop frog is a small step down in quality from the Terminator frog but unlike other storm products I didn't notice a price drop? Interesting.

Manufactures Description :

Built specifically to fish the toughest cover, Storm's SX-Soft Bloop Frog soars into snaggy spots and pops its way into the mouth of a big, hungry fish. It can be fished straight like a frog crossing a lake; walked side-to-side; or blooped agressively for maximum splash.

Trailing legs add additional attraction.

Comes rigged with VMC double hook

Overall Rating: 7.0/10

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


Quality & Durability: 3.05

The name "Storm" never really strikes fear in the hearts of fish, but it has often been a fisherman favorite often due to the lower retail value on many of their products.

Don't get me wrong, there are many areas you can get away with spending a little less, but when it comes to frog fishing few companies can pull off the low cost to quality ratio.. with that in mind The Storm XS-Soft Bloop Frog did experience some noticeable cut backs, the XS body for one is very thin and can be torn up easily. The VMC hooks though quality are not are stout as the heavy duty hooks found on the Terminator frog a frog as mentioned above sold by their sister/parent company Rapala at pretty much the same price.

A quality complaint I do have is that I bought the clear (ghost frog) and after a few trips is was starting to yellow. Now it's more of a piss frog then a ghost frog.





Castability: 3.5/5

No real concerns here, the light weight crazy soft body still casts well due to its well placed rear weight that not only propels the frog forward but also ensures its lands ass/hooks down.


Presentation: 4.0/5

Like with the Terminator Popping frog the Bloop frog is a great walking bait and I usually only take advatage of the cupped popping mouth then I get it out in the open or fishing between pads. This Terminator/Storm family of frogs are known for their walking and sitting capabilities and there is no question this frog lives up to his big brothers reputation. 


Hook-Up Ratio: 4.5/5

You may have expected to see a bit of the score jump here as the XS-Soft frog was designed for increased hook-up ratios. But with the down grade to the hooks, and the fact that the points have more then once buried themselves in the side of the bait, i couldn't really go any higher then the 4.5 I gave the Terminator frog.

Innovation & Design: 3.0/5

This is where things get weird. The Innovation and Design was done a couple years ago on the Terminator frog, all Storm did here was release a bait with a much softer body material than the original Terminator frog. With that said I do like the idea of companies releasing frog with thinner or thicker skin and offering that up as an option,  a frogs body material is just as if not more important than length, weight and color options.

Availability, Options & Price: 3.0/5

I think I'm being generous here as I'm having a hard time finding this frog online other then on the Storm Website (and you cant buy it there) and on Ebay (for outrageous prices). I'm not sure if this frog has been sent into retirement but what I can say is it is getting harder and harder to find.



Situations for Success:

Like with most popping frogs the XS-Soft Bloop frog excels in medium to sparse cover situations. Target cast the frog to open pockets or structure in which you would like your bait to spend more time in the attack zone.

The Soft skin is great for those days in which the fish are not fully committed but watch using this bait on lakes with toothy fish as it will shred under the teeth of a pike or musky


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



Equipment:

I fished the XS-Soft Bloop Frog  on a Dobyns 735c which provides enough tip to walk and pop along with the backbone needed to yank fish from cover. Pair it with a Daiwa Tatula reel with a 7.3:1 gear ratio




Monday, June 4, 2018

Frog Addicts Newsletter Vol 5 - May 2018


Welcome to the 4th edition of the Frog Addicts Newsletter. Each month we will be reviewing up to the minute frog and bass fishing related news plus recapping the previous months "Best Of" when it comes to social media, frog videos and more.. Here is what's happening in the world of frog fishing.

Frog NEWS and Baits Hitting the Shelves

Afer a couple of quiet months it was nice to have some new frog info land in our laps, now if only these baits had scheduled release dates!






WESTIN LURE - Letting the Frog out of the Bag


Fishing Tackle Retailer Magazine released an article (HERE) in early May giving European anglers a sneak peak at two new baits from Scandinavian lure maker Westin. Known here in north America mostly for their swim-baits Westin is breaking into the frog market via a hard bodies wake bait along side a hollow body bait


Freddy the Frog Wake Bait (seen above) is a hard bodied frog that comes in at 7.25" and weights 1 5/8's ounces. This is not your average wake bait. Sure many die hard frog fisherman will argue that this isn't a traditional frog bait, but if it looks like a frog and swims like a frog... I'll review it as a frog

For more details check out the whole FTRM article HERE









The Westin Swim Hollow body is another bait that wont fall squarely in the frog category because, well just look at it, its a fish. With that said many major manufactures are making hollow body shads, sunfish and much more, so who am I to judge.

the Swim Hollow body is designed to be walked like a traditional Hollow body frog, but if you want to be more aggressive you can get it to walk subsurface. It is a single silicone skirt and a double hook that sits back on the bait for increased hook-up ratios.

Cant wait to see these baits in person when they make their way to ICAST 2018.






TECKEL MARACKER

Teckel has been teasing the release of a new bait since late last month. Up until now there has been slim to no info being shared about the bait, so it was nice to finally put and name and face to this new frog - "The Maracker" - to see it in action scroll on down and check out the video section of the newsletter.

At this time no release date is available 




Top Posts from @FrogAddicts

To get your pics features on the @FrogAddicts Instagram page just tag #FrogAddict in your post or send them via personal message, Here are the top five trending images from April 2018

#1 - @lastcast_kline

@lastcast_kline with a nice grass bass landed on a @booyah_baits padcrasher. 





#2 - @jp_kimbrough

 @jp_kimbrough doing his best to choke this largemouth with his @rapalausa Terminator Frog



#3 - @pierre_bass_angler

@pierre_bass_angler with a CHUNKY walking largemouth caught on a "bluegill" color BOOYAH ToadRunner.



#4 - @indy.fishing

@indy.fishing really captured the features and benefits of the @stanfordbaits BOOM BOOM FROG 



#5 - @Bass_junky

If you look closely you can still see my NORIES NF60 frog hidden in this fishes mouth. Great frog that still sits in my primary frog box nearly 4 years later





Top 5 Frog Videos

Here they are, BassJunkies favourite frog videos from April 2018 (we may have cheated a bit here and there). As always be sure to check out our YouTube Channel for frog unboxing reviews, action on the water as well as a collection of our favourite frog fishing videos including the ones below. 


#1 - Major League Lesson - James Watson

MLF Pro James Watson tries not to piss off Dean Rojas or Ish Monroe while giving up some great frog fishing tips

Feature Frog: Spro Baby Popper
Channel: MajorLeagueFishing





#2 - Giant Bass Spring Break Fishing

This is a lengthy one, so you may want to skip ahead about 4 minutes or so to see the boys land a nice chunky frog fish on a Stanley Ribbit Top toad.

Feature Frog: Stanley Ribbit Top Toad
Channel: Finz Twinz TV







#3 - Bass Fishing for Beginners: Frog Modification Part 2

Another great video from Bama Bass, this video has that perfect mix of fish porn and tips and techniques. Give it a watch, you may just learn something.





Feature Frog :  Booyah Toad Runner
Channel: BamaBass





#4 - Major League Lessons: Alton Jones on Frog Fishing

This is one of those cheats, this video was not from last month, but since I shared it last month on the Frog Addicts Instagram and FB pages Im calling a audible and sneaking it in... just listen to what Alton has to say!

Feature Frog: Booyah Pad Crasher
Channel: MajorLeagueFishing







#5 -  Introducing the Teckel Maracker 

Here it is, our first look at the all new Teckel Maracker, what do you think?



Feature Frog: Teckel Maracker
Channel: Teckel Lures TV

1k GiveAway Winner

In the month of May we reached our first 1,000 followers on Instagram, what better way to celebrate than with a give-away. Congrats to our 1K giveaway winner @jaysink_fishing who is now the proud owner of a Savage Gear  Lily Ninja frog and a frog Addicts sticker!







Monday, May 28, 2018

Z Man Pop Frog Z Review


 Pop Frog Z:   Colors: 5     Length: 4    Weight: NAz   Pack Count: 4


Intro:
I've been sitting on this review for a couple seasons now, mostly because the influx of new frogs hitting the market each season make it hard to keep up, and secondly because Im not really a fan of Zman soft plastics and buy them only for the review process. With that said, lets take a look at the Zman Pop frog.


Manufactures Description :

Popping, gurgling, and pushing water with each rod twitch, Pop FrogZ float and maintain a horizontal profile - even when motionless on the water - thanks to their buoyant ElaZtech® construction. Their unique hybrid curly-paddle tail legs create incredible swimming leg making this one of the most versatile baits on the market for surface feeders. Take your topwater fishing to a whole new level!

Overall Rating: 6.6/10

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


Quality & Durability: 4.5/5

Zman is best known for the longevity of their Elaztech series of baits and the Zman Prop frog is no different. This frog can be fished all day long, for fish after fish, with almost no fear of loosing a leg or tearing up the bait.

The only real area of concern is if you accidentally place a Zman bait in with any of your other plasric baits, like a Japanese fishing fish, Zman baits eat the competition. 



Castability: 3.0/5

Like with the original Zman frog I find the Z Man Pop Frog to be awkwardly light weight which effects its castability by forcing  me to over power my cast in order to get the distance Im looking for. As we all know when trying to force distance into a cast we are sacrificing accuracy. With this in mind If I was to be fishing the Zman Pop frog I would focus on shorter targeted casts.

The long legs and body material can also decrease this baits effectiveness when skipping, I find the bait often trips over itself and doesn't  have the weight and density needed to get a nice skip.


Presentation: 3.0/5

I struggled with writing this portion of the review as the bait performs well on its own, but when compareid to other top water toads and popping toads it seems to be inferior. Like with the classic Zman frog I find that the use of the Elaztech material used to make the frog durable in turn hinders its performance on the water. The legs kick a little subtler then other frogs and the soft Elaztech month is not idea for popping and gives the water more of a push then a pop.

Perks to the Zman Pop?, like with other Zman products the Pop Frog Z floats when paused even when paired with larger hooks. Its long narrow body glides well when you give the rod tip a jerk and can be walked similar to a hollow body frog.



Hook-Up Ratio: 3.5/5

The Pop Frog Z  provides a decent hook-up ratio. The ultra soft and collapsible body will bend and squish in any direction, making it easy for the fish to get this whole frog in it's mouth.

The body material holds the hook well, and a back slot keeps your hook point hidden during the retrieve. If you like to rig it with a slight skin hook on the hook point be careful not to bury the hook to far in, as this material is so stretchy that it will hold the point and you wont be able to burry it home when the fish strikes

Innovation & Design: 3.0/5

Zman has always been a company at the for-front of innovation, you don't have to look to far to see that their 2 most recent innovations (the chatterbait and the Ned Rig) have taken the fishing word by storm the past few years. With that said when it comes to their frog baits the only real innovation they have is their Elaztech body material, and its place in fishing can be debated. I for one am not a fan.

Availability, Options & Price: 3.0/5

Since my last review of a Z-man product they have become much more readily available. They are easy to find at most online retailers and at local tackle shops even in the smaller markets. As for options the Pop Frog Z is only available in 4 colors and one size. The colors are pretty standard fair but most anglers should be able to find one that suits them.

As for pricing they are well priced at an average of $3.99 a pack. This sounds good off the hop but also remember that Zman ships these with only 4 frogs in a pack leaving your final price at approximately $1.00 a frog. (good thing they last)




Situations for Success:

When fishing the Zman pop frog I tend to focus on shorter targeted casts in medium to sparse cover. I feel I had the most success when fishing the Pop Frog Z at medium to high speed retrieves or when giving the bait sporadic twitches and pauses.

If you fish lakes loaded with toothy fish its also a nice bait to have in the boat to help stem the bleeding of going through pack after pack of your favorite soft plastic toad.


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:

I fished the Zman POP Frog Z on a Dobyns 734c or 735c which provides enough tip to easily cast this light weight bait as well as the power to pull fish out of cover. Try using a Diawa Tatula 150 with a 7.3:1 gear ratio and 40lb Daiwa x8 J-Braid.