Monday, May 23, 2016

Boze Sumo Frog Review - Retired

Sumo:    Colors: 5     Weight: 5/8oz    Size: 2 3/4"   Pack Count: 1

Last year I wrote my first Boze frog review, and it was at that time that I realized that I had been sitting on a review of the Boze Sumo walker for a couple years now.. you know a frog didn't make an impression what you don't even remember using it. So last season I tied it back on and gave it a few more casts hoping it would all come back to me, and I'd fall in love.. that was not the case

Overall Rating:  5.8/10
Each frog is rated on the following criteria: Quality, Castability, Presentation, Hook-up Ratio Available Options, Product Availability & Price

Quality: 3.0/5

I'm not really blown away by anything Ive seen on the Boze frog, but at the same time there's not a lot wrong with it. I'm not a huge fan or frogs with external weights, so that would be considered a bit of a con, and the frogs body is thicker then I would like, but that also means its durable. 

I had a few water issues with this frog, not titanic, more like a leaky canoe.

Cast ability: 3.5/5

With a slender body and a rear weight its easy to get this frog airborne and it covers some nice distance. The bellow of the frog is also nice and flat making it one of the easier frogs to skip.

Presentation: 3.0/5

The Sumo frog has an odd body shape that sits well in the water, but its not ideal for walking. I'm not sure if this is due to leg placement or the length of silicone used in the legs, but all in all this frog seems to trip all over itself when walking.

But.. the wide stance and flat body make it easy to pull the Sumo frog over pads and other debris on the water, it pushes or moved water well which is a great way to call fish in from all around.

Hook-Up Ratio: 3.0/5

Between the round bend hooks and the firm body I found my hook-up ratio with the sumo frog was average to poor. I felt fish were not getting enough of the frog when they struck, and the hooks weren't finding a home on my hooksets. 

Availability & Price: 2.0/5

This is a hard category to grade on as this frog is all but obsolete at this time. I actually couldn't find this frog at all on any of the websites i frequent including Ebay.. hey maybe its a collectors item.

Options: 3.0/5

I loved the colour options available when this frog was in its prime, Boze offered a mix of traditional and bright colours. At one point two sizes were available but as mentioned above you'll be lucky to find either now.

Where to Find:
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I ran this frog on a Dobyns 736c, paired up with a Daiwa Tatula HD reel on 60lb braid. This rod and reel combo is built to handle frogs of all shapes and sizes and work well in tandem with the Boze Sumo frog.

Field Test Report Card:

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

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

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