Sunday, April 1, 2012

Spro: King Daddy Frog Review

                        King Daddy:     Colors: 6     Weight1oz    Size: 90mm"   Pack Count: 1


"King Daddy" is a fitting name for the largest frog in the Spro family. It was not to far in the distant past that Spro was the King of the frog world, the Dean Rojas series, really turned the frog fishing world in it's head, and it is still selling strong today. The King Daddy is a new edition to the Spro line-up,  launched back at ICAST 2010, this frog is hard to miss

Overall Rating:  7.1/10
Each frog is rated on the following criteria: Quality, Castability, Presentation, Hook-up Ratio Available Options, Product Availability & Price

Quality: 4.5/5

If there is one thing you never have to worry about with a Spro product it is the quality, from the body material down to the hooks, they make a quality long lasting product.  
The King daddy is equipped with strong, sharp 4/0 hooks and a softer more pliable, yet still dependable body then the standard Spro series (or at least it feels that way) 
Castability: 3.5/5

This beast of a bait weighs in at 1oz and casts fairly well. The big wide body will give more resistance in the wind then the smaller more slender frogs, but the weight helps compensate for this.

Presentation: 3.5/5

There are some pros and cons to this big bodied frog. The wide profile and long body kinda sits like a log in the water,  if you ask me, and it's "frog like" profile is somewhat lost in that bulky frame.

But on the other hand, the long body makes walking the frog a breeze and the bright colors and long legs will draw fish in. For it's size I will admit this frog moves pretty well, and no matter what the wife tells you, size does matter, no fish will miss the sound of this giant banging off the pads over it's head.

Hook-Up Ratio: 3.5/5

This is another area in which I went back and forth on. I have had issues in the past with my hook-p ratio when using Spro Frogs, the body although durable is firmer then most other frogs, making it harder for the fish to compress and get to the hooks. The King Daddy does not suffer from this, either it is made up of a softer material, or the larger body frame allows the standard material more room to move and compress

Size can also be a factor here, yes we all know that even small fish can get some pretty large baits into their mouths, but that being said larger baits can effect your hook-up ratio.. less chance of a fish missing, but higher chance of getting the wrong part of the frog in it's mouth

Availability: 3/5

As discussed above, Spro products are highly available, and you should not have a hard time finding the King Daddy at an on-line retailer. Locally (Canada or Ontario specifically) you will have less chance coming across this bait in the smaller to medium size tackle shops. It is more expensive then the traditional Spro Frogs and the size makes many anglers back away (what they dont know, wont hurt us)

Options & Price: 3.5/5

Not too many color options available, and of course only one size. Currently the King Daddy is available in 6 color choices, all of which have that "serious" spro look to them (thats a good thing). Pricing seems pretty competitive and as stated previously you can expect to pay between $10-$12 for a quality hollow body frog, anything below is a steal, anything above, you really need to start looking for a new dealer

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

SPRO ($13.59)

Tackle Warehouse ($11.49)

Land Big Fish  ($11.99)

The Hook Up ($11.99)

With only 6 color choices every retailer I have found carries the full line, so what you are looking for next is price.. as you can see from above the price is pretty standard (unless you are buying direct from Spro), and you can expect to spend close to $12 on this frog.

Locally this is a harder frog to find, Spro products are popular so most retailers carry some Spro products, but my local shops seem to be avoiding this beast of a Frog.


A new category to this every changing blog is this video portion. Why not share with you guys a little frog porn so you can see the frogs in action. I plan to film some personally this summer, but for now I will dig in the depths of You tube and share with you some great videos from other sources
Dean Rojas (informational)

Go big or go home, there is no way Im throwing this frog using anything less then a Dobyns 736c, and I may even jump up to a flipping stick, like the DX795. Rod back bone is more important then tip when throwing large frogs like this... dont get me wrong, you still need to be able to walk that frog, so dont go looking for a pool cue.
I use 60lb braid or higher when fishing with this frog, and usually throw it with my Diawa Advantage reel. Again it has a slightly larger profile and helps boost my confidence.

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