Monday, December 3, 2012

Top Frog Awards 2012: Best Hollow Body Frogs


Alright, another Bass season has come and gone, and during that time I had the pleasure to review 41 different frog baits. Each frog was rated on Quality, Castability, Presentation, Hook-Up, Availability, Options & Price. Below is a list of the best of the best  for each category and of course the overall Highest rated frog (reviewed this year)..  This is kinda like the Oscars, you may not win best picture, but you still have the chance to win for cinematography.. so here we go

Quality: Booyah Pad Crasher

The Booyah Pad Crasher has quite a few things going for it, and was in the running for Top rated frog of 2012. But the team at Booyah will have to console themselves with the award for 'Quality" as the PadCrasher frog is as good as it gets when it comes to the durability of the body, hooks and overall package.

For the Full Review click HERE

Castability: Ish Phat Frog 

For me, the Ish Phat frog redeemed Snag Proof's entire family of frogs. I had long since moved on from the Pro series or Bobby's perfect, finding them behind the times and not able to keep up with all the advancements made by other companies. Then came the Ish Phat Frog, and everything changed, yes it still looks kinda ugly, but hey, it fishes with the best of them and casts like a dream. This year the IPF takes top prize when it comes to "cast ability" of a hollow body frog. Its hefty body gives you the perfect weight for casting for distance in any weather and it's flat bottom makes it one of the best "skipping" frog on the market today.  If you are like me and wrote this guy off as "just another snag proof" frog, then you need to take the time to see what your missing.

For the Full Review click HERE

Presentation: Deps Slither K

The Deps Slither K has to be the best frog I fished with this season and if it was not for my passion to test and review baits I probably would not have thrown any other frogs.

Yes, it is designed well, yes it has a great hook-up ration, but all in all, the best thing about the Slither K is how it moves in the water.. it slithers, crawls and skates across any form of structure or open water. This thing was build to move, and move it does

For the Full Review click HERE

Hook-Up Ratio: Deps Slither K

Between the test drive, the original review, and the above statement, there is not much more I can say about the Deps Slither K. It has been awarded top prize for "Hook-Up ratio" based on the fact that no frog I have ever purchased produced right out of the gate as well as the Slither K. Blow-up after Blow-up the hooks of the Slither K constantly found their home and fish were boated.. nuff said

For the Full Review click HERE

Availability: Live Target 

The saying goes "they multiply like Rabbits" but whoever coined the phrased obviously did not know about Live Target frogs, because if they did the term would now be "multiply like frogs"

These things are everywhere. I cant remember the last time I walked into a Tackle shop that did not carry Live Target products, and even more specifically frogs.

For the Full Review click HERE

 Options & Price: Scum Frog (Original)

One of the frogs that got me hooked on frog fishing is still one of the best products on the market today. These lightweight beauties cast well and their hooks always find a home. But where they truly excel is in the sheer range of selection available. The below 8 are colors I carry and are by no means the entire list of options. When it comes to price, the Scum Frog is also hard to top and often can be found in around the $3 mark.. Try one, they are worth 10x's what you pay for 'em

For the Full Review click HERE

Highest Overall Rating:  Live Target Hollow Belly

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

It should come to no surprise that this years top overall rating was awarded to Koppers Live Target. This frog set the gold standard in quality, presentation, hook-up ratio, and availability. The Live Target Hollow belly really blew the competition out of the water ( 2 years ago) and started what has now become the evolution of the frog market.. they set the bar, and it will only get better from here

congrats for banging out a great frog

Best Places to Frog Shop:

When if comes to service, price, shipping and availability, here are the 3 best places to build your frog arsenal

The Hook-Up

* For you Canadian shoppers, LBF is your best bet, they ship USPS and you will avoid all those messy brokerage fees that UPS charges. Tackle Warehouse is quick, but since they Ship UPS, you can expect a minimum $20 plus duty and taxes on any order over $19.99

Frog Equipment:

When it comes to hollow belly frog fishing there is no better rod on the market then the Dobyns 736c. On my boat it is used exclusively for hollow belly fishing and always has a frog tied on and ready to go.

When it comes to line choice, Sunline FX2 is really up for the challenge that is frog fishing. It's tuff, yet smooth, and holds up well under the stress a frog line can be put under. This was my first season using it, and I could not be happier.

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