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Old Dog, New Tricks. Pad Crasher.

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Ok...so today I go out.  Perfect morning.  Decide to throw a spook or a Hula Popper along a duck weed line for some early morning topwater action.  Realize I do NOT have my topwater box.  Crap.  I DO have my frog box.  In that frog box is an OLD Poppin Pad Crasher.  Good enough and I can work it into the duckweed a bit.  Make first cast and it starts raining confetti.  What the hell?  Frog was so old the leg tassles were brittle and just came off.  COMPLETELY.  So now I have just the body.  Looks weird...couldn't possibly still be any good.  Chuck it out again right along the line and start twitching it in.  And then all hell broke loose.  BAM!  6 lber.  BAM!  4lber.  BAM!  BAM! 2lber!  KABLAM!!!  7.4 lber!!  UN-FRIGGIN-BELIEVABLE!  I threw this all FRIGGIN day and had one of the best days of fishing I've ever had.  I THINK it was a Poppin Pad Crasher Jr....which I'm not sure they even make anymore.  All I can say is give this a try.  Cut the legs completely off a poppin pad crasher and chuck it around.  Throw it in the muck.  Throw it along the edge.  It walks like a dream and I even had it doing 180's in place in open pockets.  The worst that can happen is you are out 6 bucks and think I'm an idiot.  I can live with both of those.  WOW!

 

 

*Update*  Regular old Poppin Pad Crasher.  Went to Wally World and bought a couple more.  Legs already cut off and they are ready to throw.

 

 

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Glad it worked out so well for you.  I don't think you need to cut anything, just pull the plastic strands all the way out through to one side.  One could put these back through as well to get back to the original.

Don't have one in front of me, however, I believe the strands are independent of the body, since I recall just pulling one side through when cutting the strands to make them even.

Don't want to think you an idiot, just someone that likes to experiment like some of the rest of us here.

 

EDIT - I just checked a Booyah frog and the strands are really in tight, very difficult to pull through. I was probably thinking of a different brand that I was able to pull through.  

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3 hours ago, RichPenNY said:

 

Don't want to think you an idiot, just someone that likes to experiment like some of the rest of us here.

 

 

 

That's the thing....I WASN'T experimenting.  I do mess around with baits occasionally like most but I wasn't today.  It just fell apart.  I wouldn't have done that in a million years, mostly because that is not generally my style of frogging.  I NEVER throw the popper frog.  That's why it was so dried up.  It was a Spook or Hula Popper situation for me, I just didn't have them.  I don't even remember buying it.  Not sure I did....probably found it.  I don't even use Pad Crashers that much.  I typically use Scumfrog Trophy series for the *plop* when they land.  I am typically throwing into HEAVY duckweed and slime.  Happy Accident.

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Usually trim the legs way down on mine to make it easier to walk and make short strikes less of a problem. You can leave one side longer than the other to make them easier to walk also. 

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