Monday, May 11, 2015

Kahara Diving Frog Review

Kahara Diving Frog  : Colors:  Length: 2 1/3"  inch Weight: 2/3oz  Pack Count: 1


Yet another of the early adopters when it comes to frogs with legs vs. silicone strands. And what do early adopters often have it common? a product not fully flushed out that still has some serious work to do prior to it becoming a contender

Overall Rating: 6.3/10
Each frog is rated on the following criteria: Quality, Castability, Presentation, Hook-up Ratio Available Options, Product Availability & Price

Quality & Durability: 3.0/5

Don't get me wrong, Kahara makes a nice product, using quality material and attention to detail. I just don't think the nailed it when it comes to making a kicking leg that lasts. These legs get pulled off or out and often have to be adjusted and tweaked cast after cast.

Is this bait a dud? no, it just has some work to do.

Castability: 3.5/5

The Kahara diving frog has a good amount of weight to it and casts fairly well, its the baits landing that could use some work. I'm not sure if its the long legs or slender body but this bait does some acrobatics in the air and often times needs a jerk to be righted after it lands.

Presentation: 3.0/5

To this day I have not been blown away by any legged frog baits, and this is no exception. Sure the legs kick and move and at time they even pull back up close to the body, and although this may look frog like it sure does not fish like a frog and it often throws me off my technique as i try to make it do things, instead of it actually just doing things.

Hook-up Ratio: 3.0/5

Nice strong sharp hooks at the back of this bait are a big plus, but thick bulky legs and easily get in the way of them actually finding a home in the roof of the fishes mouth.

Availability: 3.0/5

Not widely available but not exactly hard to find either, the kahara diving frog can be yours if you purchase from the likes of Tackle Warehouse or Optimum baits ( like I do!). I give Optimum the nudge here since they are prone to provide free samples and stickers with most orders

Options & Price: 3.5/5

Only available in one size with 6 (or more) color options with bait does not exactly offer you a world of choice. With that said the important thing here is that Kahara offers replacement legs.. because you will need them

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)

Optimum Baits ($10.99)

Outdoor Pro Shop/Monster ($10.99)


All  testing was done on a  Dobyns DX746 it is my goto rod and handles both hollow and soft plastic baits alike. As for reels, the Daiwa Lexa pairs well with this rod and gives you a nice over sized spool for that added distance and power. Line choice was SunLIne FX2

Field Test Report Card:

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

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

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