Monday, April 29, 2013

Ultimate Bucketmouth - Lunker Ugler Frog Review

Ugly Frog:      Colours: 5   Size: 5"     Pack Count: 4     
                            Leg Style: Swim            Scent: None


I know you have all been awaiting this review since I teased it way back in August of 2011 (HERE)
I personally was not sure if I would post a full on review of this frog, but I thought "what the hell" give the people what they want...

Overall Rating: 4.5/10
Each frog is rated on the following criteria: Quality, Castability, Presentation, Hook-up Ratio Available Options, Product Availability & Price

Quality: 2.5/5

If the quality rating of this product was based solely on the fact that this frog is made out of a tuff dense tire like material, then full marks would be given. And if I was to grade it's "life-like" appearance solely on the fact that it looks like a real frog that has been run over by a MackTruck and left to bake in the hot sun for a couple days, full marks would be given... but Im not grading this frog on those characteristics and its a shame really, as this is the only way the Ugly Frog can truly be graded to it's strengths

In truth, it looks and fishes like something that was made out of play-doh and then run over by a truck. The hook keeper or guard feature (now and forever know as it's penis) I believe was born out pure laziness,  it looks like some plastic was left over from the mould and they just decided "oh well" lets just leave, and call it a weed guard" 

Castability: 3.5/5

It's hard to give the Lunker Ugly Frog anything less then a 3.5 when it comes to cast ability, mainly due to the fact that it is a damn heavy bait that can be launched a mile.

Without the hook the Ugly Frog has a perfectly flat belly, and would be great for skipping. I would recommend not actually fishing with this frog but in turn using it to have a skipping contest with you kids in the pool (you may want to cut off it's penis/weed guard first or giggles will ensue )

Presentation: 1.0/5

On their website Ultimate Bucketmouth makes claims like "most life like presentation" and "the most realistic soft plastic frog available", and claims like that are the reason we have laws around "truth in advertising".

Saying that this frog is the most realistic or life-like is the same as buying a blow-up doll from your local adult store and swearing off women. When in the water, yes this frogs legs hang down like a real frogs but thats where the comparison ends, my 5 year old nephew draws more realistic frogs

Hook-Up Ratio: 2.5/5

This beast of a frog is big, bulky and made out of a firmer plastic then many frogs currently available. In order to use it weedless you need to insert your hook point into the frog penis weed guard, this is no simply skin hook, you are actually burying the hook. In turn the size of this bait and its construction make it not as pliable when the fish hits it.. in other words, it gets in it's own way, and the fish in turn feels like it is chewing on tire

Availability: 2.0/5

I think Im being gracious here by giving this frog a 2 for Availability, currently you can find it at 2 on-line retailers, none of which I have ever shopped with (it was dropped by many others like Tackle Warehouse) and I have never run across it in person.

Options & Price: 2.0/5

A 4 count pack of these rubber frisbees will run you on average $6.80 a pack or $1.70 a frog. I lucked out and bought mine when they were being cleared from TW for $0.99 a pack.. and I still feel kinda ripped off

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


The Lunker Ugly Frog is big and it is heavy, you will want to upsize your gear and fish it on your hollow body rod instead of your soft plastic frog/toad rod. Me I used by Dobyns 736c for testing and paired it with one of my heavier reels (Daiwa Advantage).

Fair warning, if you plan on testing one out it requires an 11/0 hook to be rigged properly. I got away with using a 7/0 oversized (Owner) but my other 7/0's were to small

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