Monday, October 12, 2015

Mann's Goliath Frog Review

Goliath Frog:    Colors: 5     Weight: 1oz   Size: 3 1/2   Pack Count: 1

Big flat and floppy the Mann's Bait goliath frog is more flat tire then it Goliath. This bait moves a lot of water and gives fish a healthy target, but its actual performance leave much to be desired.

Overall Rating:  6.0/10
Each frog is rated on the following criteria: Quality, Castability, Presentation, Hook-up Ratio Available Options, Product Availability & Price

Quality & Durability: 3.0/5

Kind of a mix of Good, Bad and Ugly here.. first off the frog is simply put.. UGLY, but strap on your beer goggles as we all know its not how the frog look that matters (well at least some of us know that). The bad is the baits body construction and finish, it looks like a kindergarten art project and at times fishes like one. As for the good, the hooks are sharp and strong, just not positioned well.

Castability: 3.0/5

With a kite like body this for gets caught up in the wind and can be blown off target easily. The flat belly does help when skipping, so reserve this frog for shorter targets and leave it at home when distance and spot on accuracy is needed.

Presentation: 2.5/5

I found the Goliath frog was awkward to fish, it could be walked but at times it skated across the top or just pushed water instead of walking. This often had to do with the distance you were retrieving the bait. Just like on the cast this frog performs better at shorter distances when you have more control over its movement. When casted for distance I found it was harder to walk during the fist half of my retrieve 

Hook-Up Ratio: 2.5/5

I don't like the body deign on this frog, its wide body over shadows the hooks that appear tiny on its back. I think placing the hooks on the outside of the frogs lets, snug up against the body would have provided it with a better overall hook-up ratio. 

Availability & Price: 3.0/5

Mann's baits are pretty common in most areas, and this frog was easy to find. For the quality I feel the price is slightly high, but it is under the $10 mark so I can't be too picky. I felt there would have been more bang for the buck at the $5-$6 price range. 

Options: 3.0/5

The Goliath frog is available in one size and 4 colors. The colors are the standard yellow/green, a white/green, a  brown and finally black. Not exactly mind blowing, but pretty standard frog color choices.

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

Tackle Warehouse ($8.99)

Cabela's ($7.99)

Mann's ($8.99)


I ran this frog on a Dobyns 736c, paired up with a Daiwa Tatula HD reel on 40lb braid. It you are working sparser cover feel free to drop down to a 735c and use that extra tip to really make this bait dance. 

Field Test Report Card:

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

Walk the Dog: B+
Popping Action: N/A

Sit/Pause: B

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