Monday, June 17, 2013

Spike-It Bog Frog Review

Bog Frog:      Colours: 8   Size: 4.5"     Pack Count:  5     
                            Leg Style: Swim            Scent: Garlic


I know, I know, you are all waiting for review on this seasons hottest new baits, but Im sorry my season does not open a for a few weeks, so until then I will be feeding you reviews of frogs from last season or older. This review is or Spike-It Outdoors "Bog Frog" a bait that takes Spike-Its unique color process and applies it to a pretty lack luster frog

Overall Rating: 5.6/10
Each frog is rated on the following criteria: Quality, Castability, Presentation, Hook-up Ratio Available Options, Product Availability & Price

Quality & Durability: 2.5/5

Unfortunately a frog that has some good things going for it ultimately fails due to poor design. The head on this bait and thin and small, making it a pain to rig, and easy to tear up. This is a one fish bait (if that)

I do like the legs, the thinner portion coming off the back of the frog makes them durable and the longer slender tips give it good action.  

Castability: 3.0/5

The Bog Frog is made of a fairly dense plastic but casts lighter then it should (or then you would expect it to) It's flat bottom makes it skippable, but overall I don't like the way it lands,  or falls on the pause.. this all comes down to the body design

Presentation: 3.0/5

 overall this frog swims fairly well, but thats it., any "dead" or "pause" on the presentation offers the angler no action at all (reminding me of the Ultimate Bucketmouth Ugly Lunker frog).

Even the swim is on the Bog frog is fairly subtle giving off a slight disturbance in the water but not really a churn or a buzz

Hook-Up Ratio: 3.0/5

I had a hard time finding the "right" or "perfect" hook for this frog. Length can be an issue as it has a shorter body and many hooks come out between the legs meaning the only thing holding the hook in place is your skin hook on the point.. bury it too deep and you will drastically effect your hook-up ratio, bury it to loose and it will pop-out and you will spend most of your time ripping it free from pads and weeds, and not a fishes mouth

Availability: 2.0/5

When I purchased this frogs many a season ago it was more widely available. Today I can only find two on-line retailers carrying it, and one of them is Spike-It themselves.

locally this frog is no-where to be found

Options & Price: 3.0/5

The options vary for the Bog Frog, best case scenario you will be able to find all 8 colour options, more likely then not, you will find 4-6 colour options. All of which will be heavily scented with Garlic

Spike-It will tell you that although they only have 8 colour options, their "spike-adelic" method of injection (almost like a tie-dye) makes each frog unique, and makes the exact colour option immeasurable 

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

Barlows Tackle ($3.49)

I ordered  mine direct from Spike-It as I have never done business with Barlows and prefer to go right to the source 


As with any frog bait the key to fishing the Bog Frog well is balance.  You need a rod with the light enough tip to cast for distance and accuracy but you need the strength to pull fish out of cover fast. I tested this frog on a few rods and liked it with an odd choice.. the Dobyns  805CB RM, yes a crank bait rod. I like the extra length, and it almost turns this 5 power rod into a 4. For the reels, check out a Daiwa Lexa 100 series, you want need the added bulk of the 300 series, as the 100 is quite tuff

With a swim frog you can get away with 20-30lb line. I threw this on Daiwa Samurai a line that is quickly becoming my all around braid (expect on my beefier Frog rods)

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