Frogs Released by Gambler, Gene Larew, Kanji,
Mann's, Rein, Secret Lures, Snag Proof, Spro
Trouble Toad Hook. Byron Childer says his new
toad hook has a unique tin-lead combination molded on the head of
a 4/0 Gamakatsu double hook where a screw lock keeper is placed.
This hook is specifically designed for the Gambler Cane Toad but
will work on any soft plastic toad style bait, says Byron.
Legged Frog. In some Chinese traditions, the
three legged frog is called the 'money frog' since it's said to
bring wealth into your life. So George Toalson at Gene Larew may
be holding the key to your good fortune. His three legged frog
has a solid body, is durable and floats high on the surface, even
with a big heavy hook. The third leg adds even more commotion
than most other buzz frogs.
It was named “Best of the Best” for 2008 by Field &
Stream magazine whose evaluation team fished a large number of
lures for over a month, to let the fish decide. Apparently the
fish cast their votes for the Three Legged Frog!
Gene Larew Three Legged Frog
Frog. John Morrow introduced me to Kanji's
hollow rubber Crankin' Frog. This is not a new product for 2009,
but still it's probably new to most anglers. Morrow likes it best
on top of grass mats or when twitched off the edge of a mat. He
also likes to reel it super slow in open water, When reeled
slowly, the front end dips under water with the back breaking on
Yet you can reel it faster, and it will dive 1 to 1-1/2 feet.
like a shallow crankbait. In this way, you always have the lure
working for you, right up to the rod tip. Yet Morrow catches most
fish with it while waking slowly or using a topwater twitch.
Kanji Crankin' Frog
Weasel. Hunter Cole was excited over Mann's new
hollow rubber Weasel, so-named since it has a snout like a
weasel. I too got excited over this bait when I saw it in action
in the video that Hunter showed me of it swimming. It looks most
excellent swimming in the water, has a lot of body action but the
wicked tail whipping was the best feature. I think this bait
really brings hollow rubber frog fishing to a different level.
Hopefully it will work as good on the water as it looked on the
video screen. The lip causes the bait to dive to depths of 2 feet
on a steady retrieve. You can swim it or crank it down through
open water pockets, and let it float up to twitch or wake it over
thick grass patches. You're just not going to realize how good
the Weasel swims until see it in action. The Weasel weighs 1/2
oz. and is equipped with an Eagle Claw Lazer Sharp Platinum Black
3/0 double hook.
Rein products are distributed in the USA through Optimum
Baits in Temecula, California.
I think this may have been the first ICAST show for Masayuki
Aoki, president of Rein.
Semi Daddy Frog. As I understand it. the larger
Rein Semi Daddy Frog is more for open pockets in lily pad fields,
where it is barely worked so it mimics a resting bug, amphibian,
or even a small mammal or bird. It is not intended to work it
hard, buzz it or walk it. The silicone legs and little rod
movement coax bass. After all, how often do you see frogs (or
anything) herking and jerking and popping and buzzing through the
pads? You don't. Most critters that lurk on the tops of lily pads
are content to just sit there and soak up the sun. So the Rein
Semi Daddy Frog is a very close imitation in appearance and
gentle, natural action. Think of it as a finesse frog. Most of
the time, most of the critters a bass eats in the pads are not
active but at a standstill.
Rein Semi Daddy Frog
Semi Frog. Shown below, the Rein Semi Frog is
the smallest hollow rubber frog I've seen, and I know exactly
what to do with it. String up a spinning stick with 15 lb braided
line and splat the buggy little Rein Semi Frog down tight to tall
weed, reed, phragmite and tulle berms.
Rein Semi Frog looks just like a
The company just couldn't keep 'Chubby,' their soft buzz toad
secret any longer. A nice option are the colors that have clear
legs. Try them on days when fish are short-striking, and see if
the clear legs encourage the fish to focus the strike on the
colored body (and therefore the hook) more closely.
Secret Lures Chubby
Kicker Frog. Connie Fuller says Snag Proof's latest
Bass Kicker Frog is a natural progression. "The buzz legs
are an idea we've had since we introduced the Wiggle Wog. It's
built on the same proven hollow rubber body as Snag Proof's Pro
Series Tournament Frog and has a Premium Owner double hook,"
Instead of skirt strands as legs, it's got durable kicking
paddle foot legs.
This frog is ideal for a buzzing retrieve, in weeds, pads or
even in open water. We've watched all the soft plastic buzz frogs
Snag Proof's latest - the buzzing
Bass Kicker Frog
SPRO’s new amphibian additions include:
Popper ~ Hollow Rubber Frog. The Dean Rojas
Signature Series Bronzeye Popper Frog was designed to attract
bass out of the thickest cover with its loud popping sound.
Weighing 1/2 oz, the Bronzeye Popper comes with specially
designed 3/0 Gamakatsu Hooks designed to fit the bait perfectly
for solid hook ups.
Frog ~ New Colors. The classic Bronzeye65 has
become the standard for frog fishing with highly realistic action
and eye-popping colors for a variety of cover. SPRO’s line-up
for 2009 includes five new Bronzeye Frog colors: Navy Seal,
Harbor Seal, Camo, The Killer, and Baby Duck.
Special Features of ICAST 2008:
- Ardent: Ardent
Shows Pretty Nifty Products
- Daiwa: Daiwa
Stays in High Style
- Endless Innovation: Hundreds
of Hot New Products at ICAST
- Frogs: Gambler,
Gene Larew, Kanji, Mann's, Rein, Secret Lures, Snag Proof, Spro
- G.Loomis: G.Loomis
Goes for the GLX Excellence
- Hooks: Good-Looking
Hooks from Eagle Claw, Gamakatsu, Mustad, Owner, TTI, VMC
- ima: ima
Japan Debuts North American Exclusive Baits
- Jackall: Day
of the Jackall Lures
- Lines: New
Fishing Line from Bioline, Blackwater, Cajun, SeaGuar, Sufix,
- Lucky Craft: Feeling
Lucky and Crafty
- MegaStrike: Mega
- Optimum Baits: Optimum
Debuts Double Diamond Swimmer
- Plano: Plano
Wins Best of Show Award in Tackle Management Category
- Quantum: Quantum's
New KVD Tour Rods and Reel Cover all Cranking Situations
- Rods: Rod
Highlights from American Rodsmiths, Big Bear, Kistler, Lamiglas,
World-Class Hard Baits by his own Principles
- Shimano: Shimano
Curado Voted 'Best of All' New Products
- Strike King: Kevin
VanDam Comments on Strike King's New Bass Baits