Monday, May 20, 2013

ScumFrog Popper Review

ScumFrog Popper:   Colors: 17     Length: 2"    Weight: 5/16oz   Pack Count: 1


I have a soft place in my heart for ScumFrogs, they are not the first frog bait I threw when learning to frog fish, but they quickly became the one I had to most confidence in. I bought up every variation I could get my hands on, including the Popper model, and although the popper shares many of the  great traits the original scum frog is known for, I find that it kinda fell flat as a popper 

Overall Rating: 7.0/10
Each frog is rated on the following criteria: Quality, Castability, Presentation, Hook-up Ratio Available Options, Product Availability & Price

Quality: 3.5/5

bait quality can a times be a tricky way to rate a frog, the Scum frog line cant compete with Live Target or Booyah when it comes to "realism" and by no means is it trying to. It also doesn't compete with overall durability, although the scum frog is fairly tuff, you will spend a good deal of time turning it inside out after a fish strikes it, and you will at times rip the very soft shell it's body is made from. At times the stick-on eyes will fall off, and this bait will fill with water.. but with all that being said, this bait costs ruffly 60-70% less then most hollow-body frogs, so as long as you don't burn through 3 times as many, I think I your getting your moneys worth

Castability: 2.5/5

If you read the size and weight chart at the top of this review, then you know that this frog is not known for it's incredible casting distance. it weights only 5/16oz and with a popper mouth, this frog casts worse then the original model.

One thing that scum frog baits have going for them is that they can be fished using spinning gear. This makes it a great beginners frog, that can be used by all level of anglers (just hold on tight)

Presentation: 2.5/5

There is really only one fault I can pick out on the Popping Scum Frog, and that's that it ain't much of a popper. ScumFrogs by nature are made of a very soft material, and although it can be popped, it is not the frog I would choose if specifically looking for a popping hollow-body frog. 

Hook-Up Ratio: 4.5/5

If there is one thing that every angler who has ever fished a scum frog can agree upon, it is that scum frogs have an incredible hook-up ratio. they are crazy soft, and their short stature (2") makes them a perfect 1-bite brownie snack size. Fish eat these bad boys hole, and it is rare not to hook one in the top of the mouth.

Availability: 3.5/5

ScumFrogs are a widely available bait. There price point makes them easy to stock, and even easier to sell. Many of the small retailers stick with the original model, and the popper is not as easy to come by. It can be found easily on-line by most major retailers

Options & Price: 4.5/5

As usual, scum frog baits are well priced coming in on average just over $3 per frog. There is 17 colour options for the popping model but all 17 can only be found on the ScumFrog website. Most other retailers only have between 10-12 colours.

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

ScumFrog ($3.00)

Tackle Warehouse ($2.99) 

Land Big Fish ($2.99)

Bass Pro Shop ($3.49)

When it comes to lighter weight frogs like the popping scum frog I tend to downsize my rod a bit. For this frog I would recomend a Dobyns 735c or even a 734c for those who dont mind a little more work when in heavy cover. A Daiwa Lexa 100 reel will be all the power you need when fishing a Scum Frog

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