Saturday, February 17, 2018

Frog Fishing Quick Tips Vol1 with Brandon Palaniuk




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..... 


Brandon Palaniuk


Brandon grew up in Northern Idaho, and at the age of eight he was introduced to the world of Bass fishing and the addiction began. He immediately joined the local club scene only to further fuel the fire for tournament fishing. After fishing small tourneys around the house for eight years, he joined the B.A.S.S. Federation Nation at 16 where he then spent seven years fishing around the country.

Awards

• Classic Appearances 7
• Time in Money 49
• 1st Place Finishes 2
• 2nd Place Finishes 3
• 3rd Place Finishes 0
• Top 10 Finishes 11
• Top 20 Finishes 23
• Top 30 Finishes 29
• Total Weight 2591lb - 13oz
• Career Winnings $756,164 
• 1st Place Elite Series 2014 at St. Lawrence
• 2nd Place 2013 Bassmaster Classic
• 1st Place Elite Series 2013 on St. Lawrence
• 1st Place Elite Series 2012 on Bull Shoals
• 4th place finish in 2011 Bassmaster Classic
• 2010 Federation Nation Champion


Want to learn more...



Instagram: @brandonpalaniuk 

Facebook: Brandon Palaniuk

YouTube: BMPFishing






Sunday, February 11, 2018

What's Old is new again - Booyah Introduces the Toad Runner





Over the course of the past week Booyah Baits has been teasing their social media followers (myself included) by slowly leaking details and offering quick glimpses at a new frog that they would be showcasing on Friday Feb 9th that would then be released sometime this spring.  The excitement was noticeable since this was Booyah’s first completely new frog since the introduction of the Pad Crasher line back in 2012, so it goes without saying that Booyah Fans (myself included) had our credit cards ready. 

And then they showed it to us… and it looked kinda familiar, way too familiar actually. 

The reason it looks familiar is that Booyah is essentially re-releasing the Teckel Sprinker frog on a new and improved Pad Crasher frog body (I’ll get more into that in a minute)

I’m really struggling here as Booyah has been making new and unique quality baits for awhile now and unlike many other of the big boys they have also been keeping their pricing in check so that anglers like you and I could afford their product, but this stings a bit.





I’ve recently been critical of other Baits companies (cough… cough… Castasic.. cough… cough) for putting their name on product they clearly borrowed (way to nice of a word) from their competitors, so to stand here and not call out Booyah would feel wrong.

So here goes.. Shame on you for taking an innovation made by another and putting your name on it. Shame on you for not even trying to disguise what your were doing (I mean come’on it is an exact copy if the Sprinker foot!) and finally shame on you for actually promoting and making a bit deal of it.

Shame on us for pretending we didn’t notice or even worse didn’t care.

Ok, enough of that, lets talk about some of the interesting changes that Booyah made an didn’t just take. 

The Booyah Toad Runner has a slimmer sleeker profile then its older brother and the added side rails were designed to help it get up on plane more easily while ensuring it stays upright. 

Though the foot shape is nearly identical to the Sprinker  the Toad Runners foot is attached with a molded in wire which can be bent to change the action and sound of the tail . The Frogs silicone legs have been trimmed down into to keep clear of the paddle foot while still adding to the frogs overall presentation.

Pre-Sales are on now with the Toad Runner projected to hit the shelves in early spring. 

Don't be fooled this will be a popular frog as it builds on last years best seller/





Photos From: @Booyah_Baits instagram


A Frog Addicts Unboxing - The Jackall Kaera Frog






Over the past few review seasons I have received more and more requests for video reviews of the frogs I test and rate. This can often be a time consuming task and I don't know about you but in the summer months there is not place Id rather be then on the water so on water video reviews are still on hold (for now).

But with my readers in mind I have added a new feature for this year that is called "A Frog Addict Unboxing" in these short video clips you will get my first thoughts and opinions on new frogs as I take them out of the package for the very first time. 

Bare with me here as this is truly a work in progress.. but for now here is the first official Frog Addict Unboxing of the Jackall Kaera frog.








Watch for an on the water review coming later this season!






Thursday, February 1, 2018

Frog Addicts Newsletter - Volume 1






Welcome to the inaugural 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 and frog videos!

Here is what's happening in the frog world

Hitting the Shelves

It might by early in 2018 but there are many new frogs already on the shelves while others are not to far away.

I love seeing that Tackle Warehouse has 10 frogs listed in their "New" section, these include a 4 baits from the perennial knock off machine that is Castaic, as well as four from the Canadian Power House LunkerHunt. - Available Now!

After Making a splash (again) at ICAST expect the Prop series of frogs to be in and out of stock often in 2018. So if you have the chance you may want to take available of them being in stock now and grabbing your colour of choice.  - Available Now!

Another LunkerHunt release is currently playing second fiddle to the Jackall Kaera, the LH Compact frog is a nice tight little package that I expect to perform well in the coming season. - Available Now!

Next up is the River2Sea Ish Monroe Matt Phat Daddy (please someone stop letting Ish name frogs). At first glance this frog looks like a standard River2Sea BullyWa series frog, but if you take a peak between its legs you will find a nice surprise... a removable rattle - Available Now

The Livingston Freddy B is a frog in High Demand, and at time of writing it is in stock (most colors anyways) but most places were sold out during the majority of Jan 2018. If you have been hesitating on pulling the trigger, i wouldn't wait - Available Now

If you read out article about the Stanford Boom Boom frogs you will remember that it is one of the baits we are most excited to review in 2018. Not currently available in stores, you can pre-order yours directly from Stanford with a projected ship date of early March 2018 - PRE ORDER ON NOW




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 from trending images from January 2018

#1 - @fishslayersri 

using the garlic power d @lakeforktrophylures Fork Frog to land this beauty





#2 - @chrisgervaisfishing


@spro.u.s.a team member @chrisgervaisfishing chooses the @dobynsrods Savvy SS735C when frog fishing. Here’s why: “ I particularly like this rod because I usually fish very heavy cover, and rated with mag heavy power, it as tonnes of backbone, giving me the confidence that I will have all the strength I need to control and bring the largest of bass to the boat each and every time. I love the fact that this rod has an extra-fast tip and gives me a solid hookset. The key to having a high hookset ratio is to take your time before setting the hook. “






#3 -@theidleout

@theidleout putting his @dobynsrods 736 frog rod to good use.. and I think I spy a @_river2sea_ BulkyWa in that beasts mouth




#4 - @oliphantography

frogaddicts CAUTION - CHOKING HAZARD - @oliphantography doing damage with his @livetarget frog




#5 -@addiptedtofishing

@addiptedtofishing with 5lb frog fish he caught using _______?




Top 5 Frog Videos

Here they are, BassJunkies favourite frog videos from January 2018 (we may have cheated a bit here)


#1 - Brandon McMillan Goes All Out!

It doesn't get much better then this! FLW Pro Brandon McMillian goes all out for a big bass while fishing the FLW tournament on Lake Okeechobee Jan 2018.

You made us all proud!

Feature Frog: Unknown!





#2 - BamaBass rolls up his pants for some extreme frog fishing!

At over 200,000 views there is a pretty big chance you've already seen this video from BamaBass (posted back in June 2017). But if you haven't this is a must see frog video of a man who doesn't take no for an answer. Big Fish, Big Blow-Ups .

Feature Frog: Sprinker Frog 





#3 - Bobby Lane talks swim Toads

A quick video from Bobby Lane showing off how to fish is all new Rib Toad from Berkley. Watch for a review of the Rib toad coming this season!

Feature Frog : Berkley PowerBait Rib Toad




#4 - Dean Rojas offers up a couple tips to improve your success with a Spro Bronzeye

In this short video the Mayor of Frog Town Dean Rojas offers up a couple tips to improve your success when fishing around duck grass and milfoil. Listen when this man speaks to you!

Feature Frog: Spro Bronzeye






#5 - Lintner & Davis Frog Fishing on Guntersville Part 2

Although this is pretty much a promo video for the Jackall Kaera Frog and everything else in the Shimano family of products, it does give you a good first look at a pretty popular frog. Watch for our review of the Kaera from sometime during the 2018 season

Feature Frog: Jackall Kaera Frog














Thursday, January 25, 2018

FROG FISHING INNOVATION - THE STANFORD BAITS BOOM BOOM FROG and FROGFUR



It's rare that I write about a frog prior to fishing it, rarer still are the times I write about a frog prior to even holding it. But this my friends is one of those times.

The Stanford Baits Boom Boom Frog caught my attention while browsing  my favourite form of social media (instagram: @FrogAddicts) where I came across a post about a new frog being released in March 2018  designed by Stanford along with angler Fred Roumbanis.

It wasn't the brand name "Stanford" that caught my attention,  it wasn't angler  Fred Roumbanis, though his name has been attached to a few other baits Ive cast in the past (the IMA Roumba for example), and it wasn't even the awesome mean mug paint job (well maybe just a little)

 What caught my attention was the small little toupee that sits atop the Boom Boom frogs head.. "WTF" is the exact thought that crossed my mind and I had to learn more.








Each year an abundance of new frogs hit the market, some companies work under the "if it ain't broke don't fix it" mentality (every frog by Castaic)  and others offer up Frankenstein like creations that just fall flat under their craziness (like the Molix Beetle) . Then there are the Stanfords, the ones who have a pretty unique idea that actually attacks a problem frog anglers are faced with  each and every day on the water... "how do we make the fish hold on long enough for us to set the hook"

The answer to that question just might be Frogfur

Wether like me you look at the above image and  think "toupee", or maybe you envision some form of frog velcro?  The actual name of this patch of peach fuzz is "Frogfur, and it is a patent pending innovation that just might change the the frog game simply by buying you time.






Frogfur was designed to latch on to the rough portion of the bass's lip giving it a velcro like effect that will hold in in place once the fish takes the bait. The Frogfur makes it harder for the fish to spit the Boom Boom frog while your deciding on when to actually set the hook and as you know every  additional few seconds will add dozens of fish to your boat over the course fo the season. Why not take advantage? (lets also not ignore the obvious here, FrogFur would be the perfect spot to apply scent possibly adding even more time to your hook-set process). 

Don't take my word for it, to see FrogFur in action check out the Stanford Baits instagram page. There you will find a short video of the Boom Boom frog holding tight to a bass's upper lip. (Hey Stanford get that video up on your youtube page!). 


I'm pretty excited about this frog, and quickly jumped on board when they opened their pre-sale  earlier this month. The frogs are priced at a reasonable $9.99 USD and Orders are expected to ship on or around March 1st, 2018. Don't wait to find these sold out on Tackle Warehouse this spring, get your order in now.

Watch for a full review of the Stanford Boom Boom Frog coming this season! 






Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Jackall Gavacho Frog Review



Gavacho Frog:   Colors: 6     Length: 2.75    Weight: 2/3oz   Pack Count: 1


Intro:

Jackall fooled me once before with a frog bait, so I'm kind of hesitant to give another one of their frogs high marks out of the gate. We all remember when they launched the Iobee frog back in 2011/2012 and of course the industry went nuts for it. I myself enjoyed some success with the Iobee straight out of the package but it quickly worked its way back down to the minors with its incredible ability to sink.. how will the Gavacho frog hold up? 


Overall Rating: 8.1/10
Each frog is rated on the following criteria: Quality, Castability, Presentation, Hook-up Ratio Available Options, Product Availability & Price


Quality & Durability: 4.5/5


I like the feel of this bait, the body is soft yet durable and its held up well for multiple fish (though I am sad to say I have since lost it to a bowfin). The hooks are sharp and well placed.

The big question with any frog and even more so with a popper frog is does it sink? and unlike the Iobee this frog appears to be a champ when it comes to floating. I'm happy to report that even with aggressive popping I have been unable to sink this frog. 



Castability: 4.5/5

The Gavacho frog casts well and lands well. The 3-legged shirt gives off a nice profile and the frogs body is in fighting position right after hitting the water.  

Coming in at 2/3 of an oz, the Gavacho could be considered a hefty frog yet it still can be skipped, flipped, pitched or bombed.


Presentation: 4.5/5

Knowing full well that I'm not much of a popper guy I was quite happy with the Gavacho's ability to pop and walk. This is one loud bait that works well both aggressively popping, gently spitting or simply walked. Try mixing all three of these retrieves up and see what drives the first to attack.

I like the Gavacho's profile but will admit I had minimal success on the pause. This could have been situational but it also effected my confidence during the retrieve (or should I say pause) which is a big part of my frog fishing technique. Beacuse if this I often kept the bait moving in pockets, small twitches allowed me to walk the dog while still in one place. Not all frogs can pull this off and its a large perk to those that can.



Hook-Up Ratio: 3.5/5

The Gavacho is equipped with two well placed (turned up) hooks that are pretty much wrapped up in the frogs body. Jackall calls this its  3-dimensional contour a design that is great for keeping the bait snag free, unless you of course are trying to snag into a hungry basses mouth.

As you can see from the above image and even more so in the lead image, the hook points are well below the frogs back and still don't fully expose when pressure is placed on the bait. This can and has cost me a fish or two.

Innovation & Design: 4.0/5

2 thumbs up for innovation and trying something new. Jackall took what they learned from the Iobee and designed a popper that stays a float better then most frogs in this category. I also like that they took license with the body and leg shape as well as building a mouth that works great spitting or popping.

Being that it's Jackall we are talking about you know they also released this bait in some funky which also gives the Gavacho a unique look on the water... Now if we could only do something about that name

Availability, Options & Price: 3.5/5

Jackall baits are getting easier and easier to get your hands on, this once import only is now becoming the north American standard (much like their parent company Shimano). With that said the Gavacho is not are readily available as many other Jackall baits, I'm not sure if it was the poor sales of the Iobee (a quick to clearance frog) or if the strange look and still higher end price tag chased some would be buyers.

Options for the Gavacho are slim, one size and 6 color choices are all you get. But, as mentioned above this is Jackall so the 6 colors choices aren't your standard black, white and leopard. 
(the color I chose was a take on blue gill)

Situations for Success:

Like with most poppers the Gavacho is going to be at its best in medium to sparse cover, and even when there is no cover at all. It works great in stained water where its larger profile can still be seen.

I recommend using a more subtle spit in between bursts of walking. As mentioned above i had little success in the pockets when paused and would also attempt to keep the Gavacho moving whenever I could.


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 Gavacho fishes well on the Dobyns 735c or 736c which provides enough tip to make accurate casts and to induce a nice soft popping action.

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+






Saturday, August 26, 2017

Savage Gear 3D Floating Skirt Frog Review


3D Floating Skirt :   Colors: 4     Length: 2.25    Weight: 1/3oz   Pack Count: 1
3D Floating Skirt :   Colors: 4     Length: 2.75    Weight: 1/2oz   Pack Count: 1



Intro:

Savage Gear has been unsuccessfully making frogs for a few years now.. yes you read that right. 

It's hard to fault them as they came out of the gate swinging introducing two frogs each with a completely different take on classic frog legs, the "imitation" and the "action leg" series were both noble efforts that didn't work.. so in 2017 Savage Gear is back, this time with a more traditional approach


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: 4.5/5


The quality and durability of their baits continue to be Savage Gears best selling feature. They have built a frog body that toes the line on being tough enough to handle a beating, while still collapsing for a quality hook-set. 

Personally on the confidence side of things I find the body tougher then I would like, Im willing to replace a few more frogs in order to land a few more fish. 



Castability: 4.0/5

Just like the other models in the Savage Gear line-up the Floating Skirt frog is easy to cast for both distance and accuracy. It can be skipped well and its large profile offers up a nice target the instant it lands.


Presentation: 4.0/5

The Floating skirt really upped the presentation game, I hated both the Imitation and Action leg frogs, both were poor swimmers that didn't move well over any sort of cover, hell they were even sloppy in open water.

The SG floating skirt frog swims well and can be walked fairly easily. Its larger body can come across clumsy or drunken but I don't think that's a bad thing as what fish doest enjoy easy pray. 


Hook-Up Ratio: 3.5/5

Again the Floating Frog gets some leverage over its older brothers in this category. The Imitation and Action leg frogs where large and clunky and always got in the way. This more traditional approach is much easy to fish and to hook-up.

I still have concerns with the larger body shape and the material used. The Floating Skirt Frog can use a bit of a diet and some skin softener.



Innovation & Design: 3.0/5

It's hard for me to score SG in this category as they did what I wanted them to do.. get rid of the legs and go with a more traditional skirt. Their earlier unsuccessful frogs would and should rate higher on the innovation factor but the overall design was flawed.  I'm happy that SG listened to their fans and released this frog, I just wish they had made a few more changes/updates.


Availability, Options & Price: 3.5/5

With a $7.99 price tag this frog wont hurt your wallet compared to many of the frogs floating around. With that said the color options are kinda lacking with only 4 Colors to choose from. The option to go up and down in size in nice, but its not a real big swing in either direction. 



Situations for Success:

The SG Floating Skirt frog is an all-around frog that can be used in heavy to sparse cover. Its body does tend to roll a bit when in heavy pads so I tend to use it more in slop or medium to medium heavy cover. On the retrieve I like a medium speed walk with a number of pauses mixed in. Its a large profile bait and looks like an easy meal so don't hesitate to let them see it.


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 Floating Skirt 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. Paired with a Daiwa Tatula CT you will be able to cast this frog for miles or skip it up under 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): B
Pads (Medium Cover): B+
Slop & Grass (Heavy Cover): B-

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