Monday, September 23, 2013

Big Bite Baits Top Toad Review

Top Toad:      Colours: 10   Size: 3.5"     Pack Count:  4     
                            Leg Style: Buzz            Scent: Salt


This is the second frog I have reviewed this season with the name "Top Toad" and to be honest of the two, the Big Bite Baits Top Toad comes in a distant second place..heres why

Overall Rating: 6.6/10
Each frog is rated on the following criteria: Quality, Castability, Presentation, Hook-up Ratio Available Options, Product Availability & Price

Quality & Durability: 4.0/5

The Top Toad is another one of those baits that is built out of a very dense rubber/plastic that makes the product very durable, but at the same time can hinder it's presentation as well as it's hook-up ratio. But you wont have to worry about durability as these frogs are tuff

Castability: 3.5/5

The Big Bites Baits Top Toad is what I would consider to be a "beefy" frog. What this means is that it casts like a shot, and is good for some serious distance in pretty much any weather condition. It also has a flat belly that allows you to skip it fairly well.

Presentation: 3.5/5

This frog has a very interesting swim, that is owed mainly to the wide body and stance. it allows you to keep its head up high and its ass down low. The Legs are tick/dense and can take some speed before you are able to get them really moving, but once moving they give off a nice buzz

The Floating model out performs the standard Top Toad, it's soft almost marshmallowy body reminds me of the Gene Larew three legged toad (a personal fav). The softer body keeps this frog on top of the water in a better strike position on the pause.

Hook-Up Ratio: 3.0/5

As mentioned above the standard version of the Top toad has a wide body made of very dense material. Both of these really hinder it's hook-up ratio. The floating model has a softer body that slightly improves the hook-up ratio but not enough to score the Top Toad with more then a 3/5

I love the idea of the "V" shaped hook keeper on the back of this frog. It allows you to protect the hook point without having to bury it in the fog. I did at times slightly skinhook the point for added protection. This not only helps keep debris off the hook, but it also gives you a target to ensure you have the hook centred and the frog running true

Availability: 3.0/5

Unless you are buying direct from BBB, or Tackle Warehouse you may have a hard time finding this bait. I have some local shops that carry BBB products none of which seem to have the Top Toad.

Options & Price: 3.0/5

The price point on this bait is fairly decent, if you do your homework.. on average they retail for around the $4.00 mark (or $1 a bait) but if you check out Tackle Warehouse you will save yourself a $1 a pack.

When it comes to options,  you have a decent selection, 1 size, 10 colour options and a floating model. As stated above I personally prefer the floating model, it sits better and has a better hook-up ratio then the non-floating model.

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


This Top Toad by Bog Bites Baits is a heavy duty soft body frog and can be fished on heavier rods like a Dobyns 736c. You don't really need much tip to run or cast this bait, so why not go big and be sure you can keep yourself out of trouble. 

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