Monday, August 1, 2016

Luck-E-Strike Frantic Frog Review

Frantic Frog:      Colours:7   Size: 3"     Pack Count: 5     
             Leg Style: Buzz              Weight: N/A


This is not only my first time reviewing a Luck-E-Strike frog but it may also be the only one of their baits in my current arsenal.  And after getting to spend some serious time on the water, believe me, it ain't staying there. 

Overall Rating: 6.5/10
Each frog is rated on the following criteria: Quality, Castability, Presentation, Hook-up Ratio Available Options, Product Availability & Price

Quality & Durability: 3.0/5

When it comes to quality and durability the Frantic frog is kind of a mixed bag. The rubber is nice and dense making the body and nose of this bait robust. With that said the scrawny legs are a weak point and will be the first to go in battle.

Overall I may be bias here as I don't like to give the bait makers a ton of credit when at first glance the Frantic frog can easily be mistaken for the Gambler Cane Toad, and with Chris Lane putting his name on it, its not hard to see why. 

Castability: 3.0/5

The Frantic frog really lives up to its name when you cast it, its thin body easily catches air (not in a good way) and can cut or knuckle in the breeze. Again you can see that Luck-E-Strike tried to emulate the Gambler Cane toad but by taking a little too much off they have really altered how this bait fishes and is cast.

The ultra flat belly does allow for  decent skipping bait. I wish i liked the fall the bit more as what good is a skipping frog that can't fall? 

Presentation: 3.55

The similarities between the Frantic Frog and Cane toad end once they hit the water. This bait attempted to recreate a popular frog while still making it look different (I commend them for trying) but with that said, they failed.

Both baits have a flat bottom and thin profile, but Luck-E-Strike took a bit to much off the Frantic frog with makes it almost surf at times if your retrieve picks up. I also found that the paddle feet were almost a bit to heavy for the thin round legs making them trip over themselves on the retrieve.

The worse part about this baits design is its back, there is absolutely no place for your hook point to hide and if you are fishing any sort of cover be prepared to spent time cleaning your hook(s).

Hook-Up Ratio: 4.0/5

The score here really relates to the fact that there is little to nothing to this frog so it is quite easy to get the hooks into a fish. My main issue was hook placement, as you can see I tried running a double hook on the Frantic frog but it was hard to centre and even harder to hide the points. Due to is light flimsy body this frog will land upside down and you sill have a hard time dragging it back. A single hook is a better option but not by much.

Availability & Price: 3.0/5

When ordering this bait I didn't even know it was a Luck-E-Strike product, I guess that's how long it has been since Ive seen their baits on the shelves of my local shops. I have yet to see this frog in any of my travels and with how poorly it fished Id be surprised if I see it any time soon.

Pricing is under the $1 a bait bench mark but not enough to make it worth purchasing even to try.

Options: 3.0/5

One size and 5 colour choices make the Frantic frog feel like it was rushed to market. Again the colour choices are good, but nothing that says wow.  

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 Frantic frog testing with a Dobyns 735c paired with a Daiwa Tatula HD.  This frog is light and flimsy, so dropping down in power may be needed. Try a 734c for a bit more action.

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