Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Strike King Rage Tail Toad Review

                                 Rage Toad:   Colors: 8    Size: 4"    Pack Count: 5  
                               Leg Style: Buzz          Scent: Coffee Scent


It is hard for me to not let my emotions get in the way here, because if im being honest, I dont like this frog.. and I want to say "it's nothing personal" but It is personal.. personal preference. This is a quality bait, I just wish i liked to fish it                    

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: 4.5/5

This bait is quality made from top to bottom, the body of the bait is solid and holds up well to the abuse taken while battling fish. The legs are thick and chunky and are probably the strongest of any fish in this category for frog.. it is a Rage product. 

The Rage tail toad is also heavily scented with the "coffee" scent that Strike King has started to use across the board in their soft plastic lines. I find the scent fairly subtle, but it seems to work. (earlier generations of this frog were anise scented, I believe)

Castability: 4.0/5

The short compact body of the Rage tail toad makes it a breeze to cast. With shorter legs that hold tight to the body of the frog you get little to no resistance when in the air. The dense body has the right amount of weight and supports both long and short casts

The Rage tail frog lands nice, it hits the water with a nice slap and sits upright and ready for an initial strike

Presentation: 4.0/5

I dont know if there is a better buzzing churning frog on the market today, those rage tail legs kick up a rooster tail that would make some Ranger boat owners jealous.

I do find that this bait is most successful on a medium/fast to fast retrieve, much slower and you will not get the desired effect those legs were created for. Other then the initial landing this frog is not much of a "pause" frog, to be successful you need to keep this guy moving

Hook-Up Ratio: 4.0/5

For a frog known for the commotion it causes, these frogs are not exactly beast size, and actually have a fairly short and narrow body. The only part that is large are the paddle legs, and these are easily collapsible and get out of the way of your hook.

I think you will find that most fish that strike the Rage Tail Toad will get all of it, fish seem to really inhale this bait, so hook-up ratio is not exactly a common issue

Availability: 4.5/5

It's a Strike King product, lets leave it at that, like Berkley and Live Target (nowadays) it can be found almost anywhere you look. Rage products are a fairly popular brand and the Rage Toad is at the top of the list. If you have a hard time finding this one, you need to move.

Options & Price: 3.5/5

Coming in at an average of $5.19 per pack or a $1.03 per bait, this frog is hitting the top of what many anglers like to pay for a bag of plastics. The perk the Rage Tail Toad has going for it is that is it more durable then many other frogs available so your money will go a long way.

Depending on where you look this product is listed as having 7 or 8 color options. My personal favorite is the Okeechobee Craw and the green pumpkin with a chartreuse belly

Just some fun videos of the Rage tail toad in action
TackleWarehouse (ICAST 2009)

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

Cabela's ($5.99)

Land Big Fish ($4.99)

Bass Pro Shop ($4.79)

As mentioned above you will not have a hard time laying your hands on this frog, but If you like to buy on line, check out the above retailers. I would recommend LBF, as they have all 8 colors and a pretty decent price. Strike King does not sell direct to end used from their website


This is a heavy buzz/churn frog, so you need to pair it with a well matched rod. I previously talked about using the my Dobyns Dx744 with some of my soft plastic frogs this year...this is not one of those frogs, the Rage Tail Toad needs every bit of my Dobyns 735c to contain it's craziness, and I would not recommend going any lower.

When it comes to hooks, Strike King recommends either 4/0, 5/0 or 6/0. I tend to stay away from the 6/0 and mostly find myself use the 4/0 because it is my most common frog hook in my arsenal. I think the 5/0 hook may be the best fit of the 3, but if you don't own one, a 4/0 will do just fine.

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