Monday, September 8, 2014

IMA DaBeat Frog Review

Da Beat  : Colors: 5  Length: 1.8"  inch Weight: 1/4oz  Pack Count: 1


I have been fishing with IMA's Da Beat frog for two seasons now, and Im not sure why its taken me so long to get around to actually reviewing it. I really like this little morsel of a frog, and although it does have some issues, it is a blast to fish with, and Bass eat this sucker up

Overall Rating: 7.2/10
Each frog is rated on the following criteria: Quality, Castability, Presentation, Hook-up Ratio Available Options, Product Availability & Price

Quality & Durability: 4.0/5

if you have ever fished an IMA bait you already know that they make a quality product, from head to toe their baits are made with love and to meant to last. After two seasons on the water my Da Beat frog has held up really well, and landed me some monster fish.

Castability: 3.0/5

Obviously casting distance is always going to be an issue when fishing with baits this size.. and on top of that the Da Beat is a popper and thus its mouth adds even more drag. In order to get around this I opt to use a rods with a bit more whip in the tip.. a Dobyns 734c is ideal for this frog and will get you some good distance without sacrificing accuracy. Again don't expect to launch this bait miles, unless you have the perfect conditions and the right, rod, reel, and line combo

Presentation: 4.0/5

This frog walks with ease and its little  mouth gives off some surprisingly big sound. I was really impressed with who well the Da Beat twitches in place, I caught the majority of my fish in open water situations while just twitching the bait in place. It drove bass crazy and they came running for the dinner bell.

Hook-up Ratio: 4.0/5

The fact that this frog is nearly always swallowed whole, means that more often then not you are not going to have an issue getting your fish back to the boat. But on the off chance you swing and miss, and the bite is short, you may have greater issues drilling home these small hooks.

With very tight placement to the baits body and being that the hooks are slightly turned-inward I would have rated a larger frog mush lower in this category, but with that said, this one-bite candy has been a dream to fish with.

Availability: 3.5/5

The DaBeat frog is not widely available, but the fact that it is carried by two of the largest and best (in my opinion) on-line retailers tells me that if you really wanted to get your hands on this frog then you easily could. I purchased direct from Optimum, they are great to deal with and always provide free stickers ( and I love me some free stickers)

Options & Price: 3.5/5

Only available in one size and with only 5 colour options the DaBeat does not really push the envelope when it comes to choices. I purchased the white and dark green colours and was happy with both.

I would be interested in seeing this frog available in a bit larger of a size. If they are able to replicate the action in a slightly larger/heavier frog i think they would have a real winner on their hands

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

Tackle Warehouse ($10.99)

Land Big Fish ($10.99)

Optimum Baits ($11.99)


All  testing was done on a  Dobyns DX746 & 734C the lighter rod allowed for better casting accuracy and distance. The Daiwa Lexa pairs well with both these rods and gives you a nice over sized spool for that added distance and power. Line choice was Daiwa Samurai for its casting ability. The fact that this frog will be fished in open to medium cover also allows you to get away with using lighter powered line (20-30lb)

Field Test Report Card:

Open Water (Sparse Pads): A
Pads (Medium Cover): B+
Slop & Grass (Heavy Cover): C-

Walk the Dog: B
Popping Action: B
Sit/Pause: B

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