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Can anyone recommend a good plastic frog - one of those that scoots over weeds and lily pads?  I bought a couple cheap ones and the darn thing floats upside down and looks totally lame.  Even I would take a pass on it (were I a fish...).  Anyone got a favorite?

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I have had good luck with scum frogs over thick stuff and if it is a little more open I like Ribbits ;D

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i like the zoom horney tods best for frogs, if you hook em right they will stay weedless through just about anything. and i like the splashing action the two tails make.

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i like the spro bronzeye frogs for the thicker stuff and for more sparse cover i like a stanley ribbit.

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i have fished about every plastic frog out there and i like the mann's hardnose the best.  the hook tends to stay in the frog better.  they are good for more than one fish too.  i was having a hard time with zoom horney toads.  one fish (it didn't seem to matter the size) and i was having to change frogs.

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I have stuck with the old school Snag Proof Original Casting Frog over the years.  Hook-up ratio is not very good, the legs are stiff and hardly move at all, and the very light weight makes it difficult to cast with b/c gear in the wind, but I have caught many fish on them.  After reading my review I'm not sure why I use them!

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this was my first season really giving frogs a good look. I tried the yum buzz frogs, the sizmic toads and zoom horny toads, and really have no preferance, they all work, they all rip easily, and they all ride upside down on occasion. As for the hollow body frogs, I like the snag proof "bobbys perfect frog" over the spro bronze eye. It casts better, is more durable, and the strike to hook up % is higher in my use of each.

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if you are looking for a hollow bodied soft plastic floating frog, SPRO PRO Bronzeye Frogs are by FAR the best on the market.

They dont leak like Scum Frogs, cast like a rock, have ultra real action, great durable colors, and dont get ruined after multiable bass.

My friend bought one in june and it still is working fine.

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spro bronze eye the hook ratio can be tricky the bass are hard to time after you feel them pulling soemtimes you will pop the frog out while settign the hook even after waiting til the lure has been takein under for some time. I like the bites i get on it but only fish it when the bass hit the banks and hard to reach spots repetively. It wil be my # 1 search bait in the spring.

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Gambler Cane Toad

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I am going to echo the greatness of the SPRO BronzEye frog. Awesome, Awesome hollow body frog lure. BUT...that being said I am going to give you some advice on them to help increase hook up ratios.

1) Equipment - Baitcasting reel on at least a 7' Heavy action rod. The heavy rod gives you the backbone necessary to horse a fish outta the thick stuff. The casting gear helps with the braided line. I don't know many folks that use braid on spinnin' gear.

2) Line - BRAID!! It's a must when using these frogs for a couple reasons. First it eliminates line stretch that you will experience with MOST monofiliments, which will help hook up ratios. Second, in most places you chuck this frog there is a lot of vegetation, wood, etc. etc. The braid will slice through the vegetation much better than mono and has better abrasion resistance against wood. As far as line size and brand goes, I prefer PowerPro #50 or higher for froggin'.

3) Tweakin' the bait - This one is more of an optional thing, but I think it helps hook up ratios. The BronzEye comes with Gamakatsu hooks. The hooks penetrate the fish when the fish bites down on the soft body of the frog. Sometimes, however, if the fish doesn't bite down hard enough or you react to fast for the fish to bite down enough you end up ripping the bait from the fishes mouth. First things first, patience is key. Don't set the hook on the initial blow up or you will miss a TON. Wait until you feel the weight of the fish, then cross his eyes. Second, what I do is bend the hooks a little further away from the body of the frog that way the fish doesn't have to depress the plastic of the frog as much to get to the business end of those Gammies. Don't bend the hooks too much. Just a little wee bit.

The second tweak is too the legs of the frog. This one is a more necessary I think. I would take anywhere from a 1/2" to maybe an 1 1/2" off both legs (whatever you feel more comfortable with). I think it helps give the frog a more realistic appearance and helps "downsize" the bait.

As far as soft plastic frogs go, for me I am not very particular to any particular brand. I use ZOOM Horny Toads in DARK colors on a 5/0 Gamakatsu hook just because they are pretty easy to find at your local Wally World. But Gambler, Stanley, and Manns all make a decent soft plastic frog. My biggest gripe with these is that the frogs almost constantly need adjusting after each cast too keep 'em on the hook properly. They do make hooks made specifically for the Horny Toad I believe, but I have yet to try them.

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Scum frogs. Spro's are nice, but not at 8$ a piece!

Scum frogs are cheap, stay on top nicely, and I can cast one a mile.

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i use zoom horney toads, if you hook them corect i can make them last about 3-4 fish. i use black at night/evening,and during the day either watermellon red sparkle or junbebug depending on the water color and what not

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i like the zoom horney tods best for frogs, if you hook em right they will stay weedless through just about anything. and i like the splashing action the two tails make.

/Agree

They are fun, and the bass go insane over them.

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I like scum frogs, but mainly because of availability.

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I find all topwater frogs work the pretty much similiar. Such as a Yum Buzzfrog and a Zoom Horny Toad, they both give the same general appearance/water stir-up, and both draw strikes. I have caught equal amount of fish on both of these baits. Especially with hollow frogs. If your fishing a hollow frog over real thick cover you think the fish actually even sees the bait?? No, the fish just knows something is disturbing the water above it, it might get a small view of the shadow the bait is creating but I think thats about it. So for fishing over real thick cover the only thing I think you have to be concerned about is the hook up ratio of the bait and the amount of weeds/water it stirs up. Scumfrogs seem to have a good hook up ratio in my opinion, im sure all hollow body frogs will get hits, its getting the fish on the hook thats the hard part.

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