Saturday, March 8, 2014
Snag Proof Bass Kicker Frog Product Review
The title of this blog might be a misleading. This story is more related to yakangler’s video series labeled ‘Will It Fish’. The ‘It’ part of the series title is some type of mystery lure. If I recall I have describe this series back in 2013. Just to refresh your memory, yak angler dot com has eight prostaff and ambassador members that have sacrificed their comfort zone on lures that they have confidence in. Four of these anglers are freshwater testers and the remainder are testers of the mystery lure in saltwater. So in my situation I’m a saltwater tester for ‘Will It Fish’.
So let me describe the Berkley PowerBait Kicker Frog. As with all Berley PowerBait they have the scent and flavor impregnated into the plastic. So when the fish bites the bait more scent is dispersed into the water. The kicker frog comes in a package of three with one of the frogs pre-rigged with a 4/0 wide gap hook set up weedless. By looking at the photo the lure is very lifelike in detail. The Kicker Frog comes in several patterns. The package that I received from yakangler, the Berkley Kicker Frog came in black with red spots which should be a great color pattern.
So for my contribution to ‘Will It Fish’ series I was going to launch out of Limehouse Boat Ramp and test the waters of the Stono River. I will be working a series of docks along the way to the mouth of Johns Island Creek and down to a flat along the Stono that normally holds some nice redfish just opposite of the boat ramp. I decided to use one of the frogs the way that Berkley jigged it without some weight. This type of presentation would be more like a weedless surface plug. When not retrieving the frog; the kicker frog did have a slow sinking motion when resting. The uniquely designed legs appeared to have a life like “kicking motion” on the retrieve. I fished with this technique for about 4 different dock systems. Since I was not having any luck; I changed over to a Kicker Frog that I set-up with a 1/8 oz weighted keel hook to get the frog to a different water column.
As I worked my way along the docks I was getting discouraged. I was dreaming of testing this lure in freshwater for either largemouth or smallmouth bass and not for a spot tail. When I arrived to the Johns Island Creek mouth there was the hope for maybe a speckled trout. Uff da!! Do trout go after frogs? I’m not sure but hey after all this is about if this lure will catch a saltwater species.
The mouth of Johns Island Creek came up empty. Next was the special flat that normally holds two or three schools of redfish. If I can locate them, cast to the school and if they are hungry enough for a Berkley PowerBait Kicker Frog it could be fish on. As soon as I rounded the point I noticed a small school of nice upper slot redfish near some oyster beds. I made the cast just past the fish, retrieved the frog through the school, and they scattered. I cast the school a few more times and it appeared that they were not interested in the Kicker Frog.
So I had to confirm somehow if the redfish were just not interested or the Kicker Frog was the reason. So I took a finger mullet and casted that offering. Let it sit and just watched them swim by the mullet. I followed them some more and made the offering of bait. Once again no takers; so the day ended with the result that the Berkley PowerBait Kicker Frog would not catch a saltwater fish. I will have to say since the mullet did not produce a catch either; I cannot confirm that ‘Will It Fish’ lure will not work in saltwater. Maybe another time but I plan on using this frog on smallmouth in the future.