Sunday, May 7, 2017

Uncle Josh Sizmic Toad Review

Sizmic Toad:      Colours: 6   Size: 4.25"     Pack Count: 6    
             Leg Style: Buzz               Weight: N/A


Going through my back log of frog reviews, I couldn't believe I hadn't posted this one on the Sizmic Toad. A frog that is considered a classic in many regions. Unlike other Uncle Josh products, this bait doesn't come in a jar and wont leave you with stinky fingers. 

Overall Rating: 7.5/10
Each frog is rated on the following criteria: Quality, Castability, Presentation, Hook-up Ratio Available Options, Product Availability & Price

Quality & Durability: 4.0/5

Built tough the Sizmic toad can stand up to non-toothy fish cast after cast. It has a dense body and head that's only real weakness is in its leg joints. Even there it has a bit of stretch and give meaning you may might be able to make a pack(6) last all day long.

Castability: 4.05

With a heavier body  the Sizmic toad casts for miles (even more if using a Diawa Tatula) and its nice flat belly allows it to be skipped with ease.

Presentation: 3.5/5

One of the perks to throwing a Sizmic Toad is that is has a beefy round head perfect for screw in frog or swim bait hooks. Unlike most narrowed headed frogs (can't believe I just typed that) the Sizmic Toad holds the hook well and wont tear up.

If I had to classify the type of action the Sizmic toad produces I would have to say its a cross between a buzz and swim, but due to the style of foot it leans more towards a buzz style swim.

Its thinner profile may be great for its hook-up ratio, but I like my frogs with a bit more meat on their bones, the amount of water displacement and the Sizmic Toads profile don't do it for me, hence the 3.5 rating. Its not a performance thing, its a profile thing.

Hook-Up Ratio: 3.5/5

I think I may be underselling the Sizmic Toads hook-up ratio here, as the combination of its thin body, a deep hook slot as well as thinner legs mean there is a lot less to get in the way of your hook point thus increasing your chances of landing a fish.

Innovation and Design : 4.0/5

Bonus points added here for sure. The Sizmic toad has been available for years and there still isn't a bait quite like it. I'm not sure I can describe it with out getting pornographic but its long slender design and thick head were made for distance fishing. It really feels to me that the company saw what was available at the time and said, "we have an idea".

Availability, Options & Price: 3.5/5

For such a classic frog this bait is not easily found. Tackle Warehouse has you covered, but you can also purchase it direct from Kailins. Available in 6 pretty standard color options and 1 size, this bait wont exactly turn heads, but its price point of nearly $0.65 a frog is a huge win.

Situations for Success:

The Sizmic toad is on the smaller side and performs best in calmer conditions and in medium to sparse cover. This is a great search bait and will allow you to cover water at both medium and high speed retrieves. If your fishing in close quarters and skipping is required, don't hesitate to tie on a Sizmic toad.

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

Tackle Warehouse ($3.99)

Kalin's ($4.49)


I completed all my testing with a Dobyns 735c paired with a Daiwa Tatula CT.  This frog is fairly light weight and likes a little extra tip to help impart action around and under cover. The CT is a light weigh reel that skips well and casts lighter baits with ease.

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