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How to make your own Homemade Teckel Sprinker Frog

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I know this is lure is currently very hot as people are waiting for it to come in stock in many stores. Those who have gotten their hands on them and tried them really seem to like them and they seem to catch a lot of fish. They seem to have all the benefits of the Whopper Plopper with the addition of being weedless. I love my Whopper Ploppers but as the summer goes on a lot of the lakes I fish go from very short weeds to surface weeds making use of the Whopper Plopper all but impossible. I think the Teckle Sprinker Frog will find great success the same way the Whopper Plopper has because not only is it effective it is easy for anyone to use, all you need to do is cast it out and retrieve it back. Anyone can do it. Even after 8 years of bass fishing and being able to walk the dog with a Zara Spook well I still can't for the life of me make a hollowbody frog walk the dog and I know a lot of other people have the same problem. The Teckle Sprinker Frog may fix this problem for many people and make weedless hollowbody frogs one of their favorite baits. I have had a lot of success with Ragetail toads which are a cast and retrieve bait similar to the Teckel Sprinker Frog, however, after a fish or two the lure gets torn up and you can't hide the hook anymore and it stops being weedless.

 

I have Teckel Sprinker Frogs on order and didn't want to wait weeks or months as our fishing season here is fairly short. A fellow BRP posted a video (video below) on making your own homemade Teckel Sprinker Frogs and I quickly ordered the parts off of Amazon and just put 2 frogs together. I used Booyah Pad Crasher Jrs. I don't know why the people at 44 Tackle chose the Jr. over the regular size, but I just did what they did. The frogs are $6.95 each which isn't bad for a frog. What I did not do was pull the legs out and superglue the hole shut, I merely cut the legs short since I didn't have superglue. If it becomes a problem I can always pull them out and superglue later. Also, I used a scissors to cut the tail off of the Gambler swimbait rather than a knife because I thought it would give me a more consistent cut. 

 

 

1.)    Gambler Big EZ swimbait    -    $5.50    (per 5  -  $1.10 ea.) 
 
2.)    Spro Power Swivel    -    size 6    -    $3.01$    (per 10  -  $0.31 ea.)
 
3.)    Eagle Split Ring    -    size 7    -    $3.99    (per 10  -  $0.40 ea.)
 
4.)    Owner CPS    -    size Large    -    $7.86    (per 8  -  $0.98 ea.)
 
5.)    Booyah Pad Crasher Jr.   -   $6.95

 

 

Each homemade frog total cost:  $9.74

 

Each Teckel Sprinker Frog Tail if you use pre-owned Frog:  $2.79

 

 

 

Normal Teckel Sprinker Frog price:  $13.99

 

 

Hopefully this helps some folks out. Good fishing!

 

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I just thought of something . A buzzbait blade could easily be added to a straight piece of wire too make squealing  frog buzzbaits ..

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10 minutes ago, scaleface said:

I just thought of something . A buzzbait blade could easily be added to a straight piece of wire too make squealing  frog buzzbaits ..

 

Have one, quite long and never gotten any bites on it. Also not weedless.

 

 

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This is actually the one I have, hooks are like a regular hollowbody, up against the body. Bobby's Perfect Buzz.

 

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1 minute ago, tcbass said:

 

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There you go . I'm going to make one with a hollow body frog . 

 

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Just now, scaleface said:

 

There you go . I'm going to make one with a hollow body frog . 

 

 

Tell us how it goes!

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1 hour ago, tcbass said:

I know this is lure is currently very hot as people are waiting for it to come in stock in many stores. Those who have gotten their hands on them and tried them really seem to like them and they seem to catch a lot of fish. They seem to have all the benefits of the Whopper Plopper with the addition of being weedless. I love my Whopper Ploppers but as the summer goes on a lot of the lakes I fish go from very short weeds to surface weeds making use of the Whopper Plopper all but impossible. I think the Teckle Sprinker Frog will find great success the same way the Whopper Plopper has because not only is it effective it is easy for anyone to use, all you need to do is cast it out and retrieve it back. Anyone can do it. Even after 8 years of bass fishing and being able to walk the dog with a Zara Spook well I still can't for the life of me make a hollowbody frog walk the dog and I know a lot of other people have the same problem. The Teckle Sprinker Frog may fix this problem for many people and make weedless hollowbody frogs one of their favorite baits. I have had a lot of success with Ragetail toads which are a cast and retrieve bait similar to the Teckel Sprinker Frog, however, after a fish or two the lure gets torn up and you can't hide the hook anymore and it stops being weedless.

 

I have Teckel Sprinker Frogs on order and didn't want to wait weeks or months as our fishing season here is fairly short. A fellow BRP posted a video (video below) on making your own homemade Teckel Sprinker Frogs and I quickly ordered the parts off of Amazon and just put 2 frogs together. I used Booyah Pad Crasher Jrs. I don't know why the people at 44 Tackle chose the Jr. over the regular size, but I just did what they did. The frogs are $6.95 each which isn't bad for a frog. What I did not do was pull the legs out and superglue the hole shut, I merely cut the legs short since I didn't have superglue. If it becomes a problem I can always pull them out and superglue later. Also, I used a scissors to cut the tail off of the Gambler swimbait rather than a knife because I thought it would give me a more consistent cut. 

 

 

1.)    Gambler Big EZ swimbait    -    $5.50    (per 5  -  $1.10 ea.) 
 
2.)    Spro Power Swivel    -    size 6    -    $3.01$    (per 10  -  $0.31 ea.)
 
3.)    Eagle Split Ring    -    size 7    -    $3.99    (per 10  -  $0.40 ea.)
 
4.)    Owner CPS    -    size Large    -    $7.86    (per 8  -  $0.98 ea.)
 
5.)    Booyah Pad Crasher Jr.   -   $6.95

 

 

Each homemade frog total cost:  $9.74

 

Each Teckel Sprinker Frog Tail if you use pre-owned Frog:  $2.79

 

 

 

Normal Teckel Sprinker Frog price:  $13.99

 

 

Hopefully this helps some folks out. Good fishing!

 

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The hook points on your creation would point down on retrieve, and the size of the tail would be too heavy and sink it.  I tried to make some and had limited success.  Best bet is to start with a jawbreaker mouse, use a csp on a high quality snap swivel.  Insert the snap into the tail hole (yank tail out) and clip the snap around the hook shanks.  Screw into tail of a chewed up swimbait.  Even still the weight and balance arent the same as thr Teckel. 

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57 minutes ago, webertime said:

The hook points on your creation would point down on retrieve, and the size of the tail would be too heavy and sink it.  I tried to make some and had limited success.  Best bet is to start with a jawbreaker mouse, use a csp on a high quality snap swivel.  Insert the snap into the tail hole (yank tail out) and clip the snap around the hook shanks.  Screw into tail of a chewed up swimbait.  Even still the weight and balance arent the same as thr Teckel. 

 

 

Yep, obviously this homemade version is not the exact same as a real Teckel Sprinker Frog. 

 

This is just what the guys at 44 Tackle made and had success with, so I thought people might want to try making their own and save some money or have a temporary one until the real Sprinker frogs come out. They even sell this exact homemade kit on their online store. It's called the "swimming tadpole". Ironically their kit with the Booyah Pad Crasher Jr. costs $13.99, as much as an original Teckel Sprinker Frog. 

 

http://www.fishingsupercenter.com/44-tackle-swimming-tadpole-rig

 

 

Did you use all of the exact same components that 44 Tackle did and it didn't work?

 

 

Here is a video of 44 Tackle's homemade Sprinker Frog in action. 

 

 

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32 minutes ago, d-camarena said:

I think your o ring is too small and will drag the tail too low on the water

 

 

I thought that too....but maybe if it rides too high it won't work. If you're pulling up on the nose when reeling in and the tail is pushed down into the water perhaps it will give it the right amount of resistance to give it that plop, plop, plop of the Whopper Plopper sound that it's supposed to. 

 

 

Not a huge problem. If I need to add a larger O ring it's a quick and cheap fix.

 

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Success!!!!

 

Love catching fish on a lure I made or modified to work. 

 

Topwater bite sucked today. Had a bunch of sunnies hitting this on the splashdown and a good bass in lilypads that I missed. In open water no bites and my bro didn't get any bites with a Whopper Plopper on a lake that we've been killing it with the Whopper Plopper.  

 

Finally, right before we left threw it out on open water and caught this nice bass. It hit it, missed, I kept reeling steadily and it hit it again about a foot from the missed strike. 

 

I'd say that this homemade version you don't want to reel in too fast or too slow. You have to find the right speed. May try a larger o ring as recommended.

 

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On 7/16/2017 at 0:41 PM, d-camarena said:

I think your o ring is too small and will drag the tail too low on the water

 

 

After trying it and despite having success I believe you are correct. I updated to a size 10 split ring and size 1 swivel. 

 

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Generation 1 on bottom and Gen 2 on top. You can see the split ring and swivel are noticeably larger.  

 

I think this will make it so that the tail will spin easier without requiring so much speed and it will be able to be retrieved at a much slower rate. 

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I have to say, I did this, and by golly it works. I haven't yet hooked up with a fish since I've not fished anyplace I'd pull it out, but I've thrown it over and over and the action is almost exactly like my Whopper Ploppers on a weedless frog

 

Thanks for the DIY!!! I LOVE this site

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I bought an original teckel and i also made my own using a 3-way swivel and a shadilicious tail. The verdict is my homemade lure runs a lot better than the teckel. I think its the tail that made the difference

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Be creative with the tail size.......you know what they say  "Size does matter"...LOL

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1 hour ago, d-camarena said:

I bought an original teckel and i also made my own using a 3-way swivel and a shadilicious tail. The verdict is my homemade lure runs a lot better than the teckel. I think its the tail that made the difference

 

 

What did you use to connect, 3 way swivel, split ring, or something else?

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I've made one with a split ring and one with a 3 way swivel. I use the Teckel Sprinker tail on both. The 3 way swivel model works much better than the split ring version in that it runs well at virtually any speed. The split ring version runs well at only a pretty fast pace. The 3 way swivel version is not so weedless as the split ring version however as the 3 way swivel tend to gather weeds. Having seen the bigger size split ring being used by tcbass, I believe that may be the best option. I will obtain some larger split rings, do some testing and report back.

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2 hours ago, MNGeorge said:

I've made one with a split ring and one with a 3 way swivel. I use the Teckel Sprinker tail on both. The 3 way swivel model works much better than the split ring version in that it runs well at virtually any speed. The split ring version runs well at only a pretty fast pace. The 3 way swivel version is not so weedless as the split ring version however as the 3 way swivel tend to gather weeds. Having seen the bigger size split ring being used by tcbass, I believe that may be the best option. I will obtain some larger split rings, do some testing and report back.

 

 

FYI, I tried the larger split ring and didn't work as well as the 3 way swivel. 

 

I used VMC 3 way swivels and didn't have any problems with weeds, however, I don't know what type of weeds you have. 

 

Real Teckel Sprinker Frog tails have worked the best for me. 

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I use a eagle claw 3way swivel and a owner cps spring. The basstrix style tail kicks a lot more water and noise than the teckel imo. It also runs more consistent, my teckel requires a pop to get the tail running, after that it switches from spinning counter clockwise to spinning clockwise mid return killing the action sometimes. My homemade one spins the same direction everytime and does not require a pop to start spinning

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22 hours ago, tcbass said:

 

 

FYI, I tried the larger split ring and didn't work as well as the 3 way swivel. 

 

I used VMC 3 way swivels and didn't have any problems with weeds, however, I don't know what type of weeds you have. 

 

Real Teckel Sprinker Frog tails have worked the best for me. 

I had the opposite experience...the larger split ring vs. the smaller one made all the difference with respect to being able to work the bait at various speeds. I'm confident it will be more weedless than the 3 way swivel also.

I'll soon be able to compare my home made version to the real thing...got an email from TW yesterday saying my backordered Sprinker is shipping Monday.:dance10:

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2 hours ago, MNGeorge said:

I had the opposite experience...the larger split ring vs. the smaller one made all the difference with respect to being able to work the bait at various speeds. I'm confident it will be more weedless than the 3 way swivel also.

I'll soon be able to compare my home made version to the real thing...got an email from TW yesterday saying my backordered Sprinker is shipping Monday.:dance10:

 

 

I got the email too. Yay for us! lol 

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O, snap!

 

Time to put the homemade frog away and see how the real deal works! Can't wait to get out on the water!

 

 

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Much cleaner option that looks more like the sprinker and actually keeps the tail in line with the frog. You only need a swivel,cps, and your tail of choice. 

 

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4 minutes ago, rippin-lips said:

Much cleaner option that looks more like the sprinker and actually keeps the tail in line with the frog. You only need a swivel,cps, and your tail of choice. 

 

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More pics? How did you make this and what tail did you use? What size CPS and swivel?

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