Monday, May 13, 2013

Lunker City Salad Spoon Review

Salad Spoon:    Colours: 9   Size: 5"     Pack Count:  4     

                                    Leg Style: ?            Scent: N/A


It's time to look at a bait I consider to be a pretty underrated frog style bait,  yes I know it does not have the word "frog" in it's name , and it doesn't look like a frog (other then the fact that it comes in green), but don't be fooled, the Lunker City Salad Spoon is a frog bait, and a damn good one at that

Overall Rating: 7.3/10
Each frog is rated on the following criteria: Quality, Castability, Presentation, Hook-up Ratio Available Options, Product Availability & Price

Quality: 3.5/5

There is not much to the Lunker City Salad Spoon, there is no eyes, no spots, nothing really to hook the unsuspecting angler looking to purchase a new frog bait, and maybe thats why it is so underrated. What it does have is  a very soft plastic body and a wide ribbon tail that kicks up a storm when churned through the water (and slop).

The only real issue I have found with this bait is that because of how soft they are they can get pretty torn up when battling fish. Both the body and the tail are susceptible to damage (more so the tail) and you may find yourself replacing baits after each fish or two

Castability: 3.5/5

I would compare the Lunker City Salad Spoon to a Scum Frog on the cast, both baits are soft and light weight but cast surprisingly well. They also land fairly softly not spooking any near by lunkers.

Presentation: 4.0/5

Although no perfect, the Lunker City Salad spoon swims very well, and is often compared to a buzz bait due to the commotion it makes in the water. Unlike a traditional buzz bait the Salad Spoon can be fished in and over all types of cover. The soft body slides threw slop and keeps on buzzing, making it a fairly unique bait.

The issues I have with the salad spoon are minor. I find that in open water situations it swims true and it easy to keep upright, but, when over thicker slop sections or pads, it has a tendency to roll, and is hard to get upright until it hits water again. 

Hook-Up Ratio: 4.5/5

The body of the Salad Spoon is so soft that it collapses almost as well as a hollow body frog. The slit in the back does a great job of protecting the hook point on the retrieve, at the same time making sure it easily finds a home when you set the hook on a  strike.

It is the perfect bite sized snack, and is rarely missed

Availability: 3.0/5

The Salad Spoon is not exactly a widely available bait, but that does not mean it is hard to find. It can be easily purchased on-line from Tackle Warehouse as well as directly from Lunker City.

Locally I know a few shops that carry the Salad spoon as well as Lunker City's Hall of Fame Bait: The Slugo (still a great bait)

Options & Price: 3.5/5

Coming in at an average price of $3.54 for a 4 count bag ($0.88 a frog), the Salad Spoon wont break the bank. It is only  available in 1 size and 8 basic colour choices, but to be honest I would expect nothing more from a bait/company that has made it's name on it's simplicity.

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

Lunker City ($3.79)

Tackle Warehouse ($3.29)


The Lunker City Salad Spoon pairs well with a Dobyns 735c this rod allows you to cast for decent distant and drive home the hook when a fish slurps it off the top.  Because you will be fishing this frog mainly in medium cover to open water areas, your going to want a reel that can keep up a steady retrieve and still take the heat of battling large fish. I fish mine using a Daiwa Advantage reel paired with Sunline FX2 (4olbs)

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