Monday, August 31, 2015

BearPaws Bully Frog Review

Bully Frog:      Colours: 131   Size: 4.5"     Pack Count: 6     
             Leg Style: Dead               Weight: 1/2 ounce


The Bully Frog from Bear Paws baits is a hand poured bait that comes in an incredible 130+ colours. This frog walks the line between durability and action, and in the end durability wins.. at the sake of action. BearPaws has introduced the industries first "dead lead" frog

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: 4.0/5

Overall this is a really well built frog, the material is dense and holds up well. The legs look flimsier then they are and although it sound odd this frog feels awesome in your hands.. this is what i expected from a quality hand poured bait.

Castability: 3.0/5

This is a big bulky frog that casts like a shot. Don't be shy you can really whip this bait around without worrying about damaging it. The material and shape make it awkward to skip, but if your all about hitting holes this frog will do the trick.

Presentation: 2.0/5

I'm kinda of at a loss for words as I really wanted to like this bait, but the design makes it almost entirely action free, it fishes like a dead frog. It does not swim, or buzz or kick.. the legs are motionless, you would be better to flip and pitch this bait over frogging with it. I don't know what they where thinking or if anyone ever even tested one out prior to bagging them for sale.. my guess would be no.

Hook-Up Ratio: 3.0/5

No issues or concerns here, but nothing to right home about either. This bait does not include any of the toad features I usually look for on baits with a higher then average hook-up ratio. There is no belly/back slot and no place you can easily hide the hook point.

Because of the dense material these frogs are made of you can bury the hook point but if you go to deep it may stay buried and if you go light your going to rip up the bait.

Availability & Price: 3.0/5

Being that BearPaws is an independent company making hand poured baits their reach is not great. But I won't hold that again them, they have made their way into Land Big Fish which to me is one of the top 2 on-line fishing resources available to anglers. Personally I would buy direct and give my money right to BearPaws.

Pricing on the Bully Frog varies from $4.99 for a 6 count bag ($0.83 per frog) to $39 for a 50 count bag ($0.78 per frog) and finally $70 for a 100 Count bag ($0.70 per frog). Again not bad for the level of quality and that they are hand poured.

Options : 4.0/5

Ok, this is kinda insane, BearPaws offers 131 colour options in their hand pour line, this means that no matter if you order it from LBF or direct the bait is being made for you and not sitting on the shelf for years. I like the idea of countless colours but find their small colour swatches make it hard to tell the difference between some colours. And there is such a thing as too much choice.

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


I completed all my Bully Frog testing with a Dobyns 735c paired with a Daiwa Tatula.  This frog is fairly heavy  and can even be fished on heavier gear. this of course will all depend on the cover your fishing.

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