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I've been frog fishing a lot recently, but the only frog I have is a booyah pad crasher Jr. I'm looking to upgrade soon, but I can't decide which one to get. Any suggestions? And are the LiveTarget frogs worth it? I fish a medium sized, shallow pond with a small amount of cover. 

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The Pad Crasher is far and away my favorite.  

 

What do you mean by upgrade??

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Just now, Dens228 said:

The Pad Crasher is far and away my favorite.  

 

What do you mean by upgrade??

Yeah, I've heard it's one of the best. And I meant an upgrade in quality to, say, a Spro, or Livetarget.

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I have a few Spro, I don't have any Livetarget.  I can tell you in my preference is Booyah over Spro.  So I don't think it's an upgrade to Spro.  Just my opinion though.  I fish frogs  A LOT..........

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The Live Target has more detail, softer rubber, easier to hook up on, but do not last very long.  I don't see any difference between the Spro and Pad Crasher, so save your scoots.  A completely different frog bait I love is a Deps Bassyrisky.  It's not cheap, you really have to swing on the strikes, but it's so weird looking, and works so well when others don't.  You'd have to see a video of their action.  Sort of a frog/jitterbug thing.

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I find the Pad Crasher a bit easier on hook ups than the Spro.  

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18 minutes ago, Dens228 said:

I find the Pad Crasher a bit easier on hook ups than the Spro.  

That might be true.  I don't notice, but I use a 7-6 XXH/mod fast flipping stick for frogs, not the typical h/x-fast frog rod.

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Thanks for all the replies. :) By the way, has anyone used the River2Sea Spittin' Wa? I'm leaning towards either that, or the pad crasher.

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Poppin pad crasher is great, it can be easily walked too. 

40 minutes ago, Dens228 said:

I find the Pad Crasher a bit easier on hook ups than the Spro.  

Walks easier too IMO

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36 minutes ago, J Francho said:

That might be true.  I don't notice, but I use a 7-6 XXH/mod fast flipping stick for frogs, not the typical h/x-fast frog rod.

care to elaborate on that choice?

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1 hour ago, J Francho said:

That might be true.  I don't notice, but I use a 7-6 XXH/mod fast flipping stick for frogs, not the typical h/x-fast frog rod.

Yep, the typical 7-03, H/Fast set up for me.

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2 hours ago, Dens228 said:

The Pad Crasher is far and away my favorite.  

 

What do you mean by upgrade??

Agree.

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1 hour ago, Scarborough817 said:

care to elaborate on that choice?

Most frog rods seem like they're designed for casting a frog, not setting the hook and extracting a large, hooked bass from the slop.  I also use a 7-3 H/F in more open water.

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7 minutes ago, J Francho said:

Most frog rods seem like they're designed for casting a frog, not setting the hook and extracting a large, hooked bass from the slop.  I also use a 7-3 H/F in more open water.

i wouldn't disagree with that just seems pretty stout 

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2 hours ago, Dens228 said:

The Pad Crasher is far and away my favorite.  

 

What do you mean by upgrade??

Same here ^^^^

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2 minutes ago, Scarborough817 said:

i wouldn't disagree with that just seems pretty stout 

Probably why I don't think there's much difference in Spro or Pad Crashers, while others have reported hookup issues with the former.  Spro were my favorite until the Pad Crashers came out.

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Pad crasher all day every day and twice on sunday. I think hook up ratio with frogs has far more to do with timing of the Hooksett than it does with rods. I do use the traditional 7 ft 3 in heavy fast action rod I see no reason why a heavier rod wouldn't work just as well especially in heavy slop or padfields.

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^^^That's a good point about timing.  I hear of people waiting to set the hook until they feel the fish.  I use brightly colored frogs, and sometimes put a pink sticker on the back, just so I can see it better.  I hear a slurp, and there's no more frog, I'm setting the hook.  Once in a while I goof up and a frog comes flying back, but mostly I pin the fish, and they stay buttoned.  I learned this through a lot of trial and error.

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Just now, J Francho said:

^^^That's a good point about timing.  I hear of people waiting to set the hook until they feel the fish.  I use brightly colored frogs, and sometimes put a pink sticker on the back, just so I can see it better.  I hear a slurp, and there's no more frog, I'm setting the hook.  Once in a while I goof up and a frog comes flying back, but mostly I pin the fish, and they stay buttoned.  I learned this through a lot of trial and error.

agreed i dont understand the waiting to set the hook, to me it sounds similar to the 3 tap rule with t-rigs and jigs

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I'm a Spro guy 100% and I fish a frog A LOT.  I've used pad crashers and they work well.  They haven't lasted as long as my spros though.  Ish's phat frogs are super easy to walk but aren't great for hookups because of their super low profile and small hook gap.  I like my Live Targets too but I wouldn't recommend them over Spros or Booyahs.

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I definitely don't count to 3 or anything like that it's just a feeling gained from fishing frogs alot. I had the same problem with punching 1oz weights with strait shank hooks. I seem to do better if i give it a moment before i set.

I think maby the fish dosent have its weight on the bait at the moment of the strike. If that make any sense.

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2 minutes ago, RichF said:

I'm a Spro guy 100% and I fish a frog A LOT.  I've used pad crashers and they work well.  They haven't lasted as long as my spros though.  Ish's phat frogs are super easy to walk but aren't great for hookups because of their super low profile and small hook gap.  I like my Live Targets too but I wouldn't recommend them over Spros or Booyahs.

test out the jackall kaera too im a spro frog guy and there are a very close second. They're small but a nice frog for just outside the slop or getting into tight spaces

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Just now, Scarborough817 said:

test out the jackall kaera too im a spro frog guy and there are a very close second. They're small but a nice frog for just outside the slop or getting into tight spaces

Thanks for the suggestion.  I've actually been pretty interested in those, just haven't pulled the trigger because I have a Spro stockpile that's gonna last me the next few years.  I had a lot of success last year on the bronzeye jrs early in the season so some smaller profile frogs are more and more intriguing.

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56 minutes ago, Scarborough817 said:

test out the jackall kaera too im a spro frog guy and there are a very close second. They're small but a nice frog for just outside the slop or getting into tight spaces

Can't wait to throw my kaera, with that small profile but still at 1/2 ounce it should be money

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