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Swimming Toad / Frog And Keeping It Keel Down...

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I've had difficulty with swimming a toad on top because it almost always flips upside down on the retrieve. I've tried every soft-plastic toad/frog. I think the rage toad makes the most commotion and I'll use it if I need a lot of action. I think the zoom horny toad has the least amount of commotion and use it accordingly. My favorite has to be the Stanley Ribbit regular size toad - not too much noise, not too little. I throw it on a 7ft MHF 7.1-1 with 50lb braid. I use screw-in hooks in either 5/0 or 6/0. I think the hooks with a little lead weight in front (on the nose not the shank) help me the most to keep it keel down, but I still have this problem. I've even tried the ones that have a double hook. Haven't caught any monsters, any advice?

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I've settled into using the Ribbitts for this style frog the past few years. Make sure the hook is resting flat in the groove, against the top of the frog. I find that when it lifts up, even a little, then the frog wants to turn over. Also, make sure the frog is completely flat after you rig it and that you screw it in dead-on center.

 

 

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It's hard to prevent those things from rolling over, but so what. A friend uses a Horny Toad a huge amount of the time, it runs upside down and it doesn't seem to affect his catch rate. I use Ribbits and they run upside down some of the time, but I can't seem to do anything about it, even though I'd greatly prefer for it to run with the hook point up.

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Stanley has those dual hooks, have you tried those?

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I wouldn't worry about how it runs. My tourney partner and I have no problems on most days. He uses the double hook and I use an Owner 5/0 Beast with a Strike King 2/0 trailer hook.

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I use the stanley ribbit double hook with the weight on it and never have a problem with them flipping. Helps you cast them further as well. Highly recommend. Of course when I fish it i am just buzzing it so if you are wanting to pause them then the weightless double hook would be what you want. But I cant comment on those since I have never used them.

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This is the proper hooking instruction for all toads regardless of brand or style... Follow them closely and you're in business! I developed the illustration 5 yrs ago and hope it helps!

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The rage tail kicks up a lot, but I think it is the easiest to keep running right side up. Whenever I use a larger offset without a screw lock - I have had problems. The ribbit double hook always needs some serious tuning out of the box, but works okay for me as well.

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