Monday, August 22, 2016

Scum Frog Pro Series Frog Review


Pro Series : Colors: 7 Length: 2.5"  inch Weight: 1/2oz  Pack Count: 1


Intro:

One thing you should know about me, is that Im a Scum Frog guy, I started frog fishing with a scum frog and to this day I always have a few of them in the boat with me. Im not it would seem a "pro series scum frog guy". Fishing with this frog kind of felt like they were trying to take my favourite bait and change all the things I love about it so others will love it too, all the while turning it into somthing that is not a scum frog? make sense?

Overall Rating: 7.0/10
Each frog is rated on the following criteria: Quality, Castability, Presentation, Hook-up Ratio Available Options, Product Availability & Price


Quality & Durability: 3.5/5

When it comes to quality and durability this is still a good ol' scum frog, same durable skin with just a few new bells and whistles. This frog holds up well to the abuse frog fishing put a bait through and will last fish after fish without sinking. (But it's not a scum frog)

Cast ability: 3.5/5

The Pro Series is beefier then standard Scum frogs and and will give you some added distance you dont usually attribute to scum frog fishing. A rattle has been attached to the shank of the hook helping sit the bait down a bit better and ensuing it usually (not always) lands belly side down. (But its not a scum frog)

Presentation: 3.0/5

The Pro Series is a walking frog, it has long silicone legs and a split ring added to the nose for a little extra freedom on the retrieve. I did have some issues with this frog cover situations but for the most part it walks as expected. (but its not a scum frog)


Hook-up Ratio: 3.0/5

This is one area that the improvements made to the Pro Series Scum Frog effect the baits overall ability. The Addition of the rattle along with the change in body style decrease its hook-up ratio. I know they claim the rattle is "out of the way" and maybe this was all in the my head, but the hooks dont expose as easily and the hard rattle/plate seems to be the cause. I think I would have preferred loose rattles to this secured option.


Availability: 4.0

It's scum frog, and no matter the size of your local bait shop the stock this line of baits. Decent price points combined with a good reputation make this one a no brainer. With that said if you live in an area and can't get scum frogs.. time to move.

Options & Price: 3.5/5

Adding the word "Pro" to the title lets you know that this bait will be more expensive then the standard Scum frog, and I do understand the price jump. I just dont understand the need for the frog. Scum frogs work under a certain set of scenarios, and when those are not present I won't jump to this bait but instead of one the many other hollow bodies that do what the Pro Series claims to do.



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



Sportsman Warehouse ($6.99)

Northern Lure Company ($7.00)


Equipment:

All  testing was done on a  Dobyns DX746 it is my go to rod and handles both hollow and soft plastic baits alike. As for reels, the Daiwa Tatula HD 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): B
Pads (Medium Cover): B
Slop & Grass (Heavy Cover): C-

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


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