Monday, September 30, 2013

Molix Supernato Frog Review

Supernato:   Colors: 8     Length: 1.75- 2.75 inch    Weight: 3/8 -3/4oz   Pack Count: 1


One of the more unique baits I got to test drive this season, The Molix Supernato performs poorly as a frog bait, and only so/so as a crank-bait.. so how much street-cred does its innovation and slick movement get it? 

Overall Rating: 6.8/10
Each frog is rated on the following criteria: Quality, Castability, Presentation, Hook-up Ratio Available Options, Product Availability & Price

Quality & Durability: 3.5/5

With a very soft body cavity and a thin plastic head, Im not sure how mush abuse this frog is going to take. Designed to be bumped off cover the bill of the Supernato will take the majority of the abuse on a retrieve, but big bass and other game fish will reek havoc on this bait.. if you can get get its hook into one

Castability: 4.0/5

The Supernato casts well, whether empt of filled up with water you will be able to get some decent distance with this frog. Dont expect to skip it, and be accurate with your casts because the minute you begin your retrieve this frog will dive

Presentation: 3.0/5

I dont think I understand this frog.. the team at Molix says that you can run it shallow when empty or deep when full.. yet during testing I often found the Supernato would fill with water on each retrieve making it impossible to run shallow unless I paused it constantly.. and pausing it does not really do much for your presentation.

Calling this a frog at all is kinda a stretch. It was not designed to fish in any real "froggy" conditions it is really just a soft body crank-bait painted like a frog.

It's only saving grave here is that when retrieved the Supernato does give off  very erratic, flashy movement. This is what I thing is catching most anglers.. its too bad a poor hook-up ratio means this is really the only thing this frog will catch

Hook-up Ratio: 3.0/5

When you first put your hands on this bait you will probably think "Wow, this bait will really hook-up easily" and if it was a standard hollow body frog you would probably be right. With a super soft body and crazy sharp hooks, the Supernato should hook-up well, But there is a reason crank-baits have trebles and not tucked-in hooks.. the Supernato has not trebles and thus it misses more fish then the standard crank

Availability: 3.0/5

I can't find this frog on the shelf of any of the bait/tackle shops in my region. But since it is carried by two of my favourite on-line stores (Tackle Warehouse and LBF) I cant knock deduct too many points for availably. Both these stores cover both Canada and the US

Options & Price: 3.5/5

With two size options and 8 pretty cool colours the Supernato gives anglers some nice choices. That being said it is priced higher then most comparably (quality wise) frogs at $14.99 and I personally dont feel it is worth it. Sure this is a unique bait, and maybe Molix thought that added value, but to me a baits value can only be counted in the fish they catch.

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

Tackle Warehouse ($13.99- $14.99) 

Land Big Fish ($14.99)

Bass Tackle Depot ($14.99)*

*One size only

Field Test Report Card: 

Open Water (Sparse Pads):  A
Pads (Medium Cover):  C
Slop & Grass (Heavy Cover):  F

Walk the Dog:  A+
Popping Action: N/A
Sit/Pause: D+


Put away your frog rods and fish this baby on your cranking sticks. I fished the Supernato on a Dobyns 805CBRM which gave me great distance and a powerful backbone. You could also fish this frog on a 735c but I would not go much lighter then that.

Line of choice was Toray Soloroam Superhard fluoro. I probably could have fished it with braid but since I felt like I was fishing a crank or wakebait I wanted to use cranking line

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