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10 New Frogs and Toads

So this bait definitely falls into the “hollow floating weedless bait” category, but it definitely ain’t a frog. The Supernato Beetle is an odd-looking creature with wide-open mouth pincers and a humped butt. The pincers cause the bait to wobble and walk on a straight retrieve, while the butt hump protects the hooks. A pair of small hook depressions further shield the hook points from snags. It comes in six colors and sells for about $15. Molix.com/en

These days, frogs and toads aren’t just mimicking frogs and toads. They’re designed to be perfect imitations of rats, bream and various oddball creatures. New models at ICAST this season offer anglers some of these “alternative” species, as well as new sizes, colors, action types and degrees of realism. Here are 10 new models that we feel are of greatest interest.

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River2Sea improved upon the original Bully Wa design with its Bully Wa II. It sports new hooks with bigger gaps and longer shanks. The nose is hand-tied so it won't slip. And an

River2Sea Bully Wa II

River2Sea improved upon the original Bully Wa design with its Bully Wa II. It sports new hooks with bigger gaps and longer shanks. The nose is hand-tied so it won’t slip. And an “inner tube” slot through the body separates the hooks from the main internal chamber, to keep water from leaking into the body. It’ll sell for about $11. River2SeaUSA.com

 

Two things about the BD Frog impressed us: its incredibly soft and collapsible plastic body and the price. This thing'll sell for about $7, but it's definitely a premium frog worth a few dollars more. A hole in the butt allows you to drain water easily with a quick squeeze. The 65 size was released earlier in the season, and a new 75 size was unveiled this week. CastaicSwimbait.com

Castaic BD Frog

Two things about the BD Frog impressed us: its incredibly soft and collapsible plastic body and the price. This thing’ll sell for about $7, but it’s definitely a premium frog worth a few dollars more. A hole in the butt allows you to drain water easily with a quick squeeze. The 65 size was released earlier in the season, and a new 75 size was unveiled this week. CastaicSwimbait.com

 

This unique shad-shaped

Renosky Super Shad

This unique shad-shaped “frog” bait is put together with the hooks wrapping across the flat faces of the bait and pointing up toward the skinny edge, rather than the other way around like most weedless hollow topwaters. It comes in three sizes, and some add-on accessories are available to turn it into a hybrid frog/vibrating jig. Renosky.com

 

The Frantic Frog is a buzz frog or toad, depending who you ask, with wide paddle legs and a thin, broad body. From belly to back, the bait is thin enough that hook penetration should be accomplished easily. It comes five to a pack.

Luck-E-Strike Live Motion Frantic Frog

The Frantic Frog is a buzz frog or toad, depending who you ask, with wide paddle legs and a thin, broad body. From belly to back, the bait is thin enough that hook penetration should be accomplished easily. It comes five to a pack.

Here's the side view of the Live Motion Frantic Frog from Luck-E-Strike.

 

Voted best soft bait at ICAST 2015, the new Sunfish is an ultra-realistic take on a hollow weedless topwater. It's a smart idea, considering that most of the time frogs are used to mimic bream anyway, or at least to target bass that are feeding on bream. The company says it took three years to get the bait just right. A slightly curved underside with an upturned tail help it to glide as it walks - the company has a video of the bait sashaying side-to-side almost a foot. It comes in two sizes and in seven pumpkinseed shades and five bluegill shades. MSRP is $13.49 LIVETARGETLures.com

Koppers LIVETARGET Sunfish

Voted best soft bait at ICAST 2015, the new Sunfish is an ultra-realistic take on a hollow weedless topwater. It’s a smart idea, considering that most of the time frogs are used to mimic bream anyway, or at least to target bass that are feeding on bream. The company says it took three years to get the bait just right. A slightly curved underside with an upturned tail help it to glide as it walks – the company has a video of the bait sashaying side-to-side almost a foot. It comes in two sizes and in seven pumpkinseed shades and five bluegill shades. MSRP is $13.49 LIVETARGETLures.com

 

Here again is a solid buzz frog option - the Incredi-Frog. Its body is soft and squishy and features a hook channel on the belly, broad

Culprit Incredi-Frog

Here again is a solid buzz frog option – the Incredi-Frog. Its body is soft and squishy and features a hook channel on the belly, broad “thighs” for durability and ultra-thin “ankles” that let the feet pitter-patter along unhindered. Rig it with a 3/0 or 4/0 wide-gap hook or a double hook. Culprit.com

 

The Popping Frog features the same realistic legs as Lunkerhunt's Combat Frog, but with a cupped popping mouth. This isn't much of a walking frog, says pro-staffer Matt Arey, but it benefits from the combination of spitting, chugging action and extra displacement created by the legs. It's a very unique, very subtle option for when bass are set up around shallow targets such as laydowns, scattered grass and the like. Upturned hooks enhance hookup ratios. It comes in two sizes: 1/2 and 1/4 ounce. Cost is about $7 for the small one and $8 for the bigger model. Lunkerhunt.com

Lunkerhunt Popping Frog

The Popping Frog features the same realistic legs as Lunkerhunt’s Combat Frog, but with a cupped popping mouth. This isn’t much of a walking frog, says pro-staffer Matt Arey, but it benefits from the combination of spitting, chugging action and extra displacement created by the legs. It’s a very unique, very subtle option for when bass are set up around shallow targets such as laydowns, scattered grass and the like. Upturned hooks enhance hookup ratios. It comes in two sizes: 1/2 and 1/4 ounce. Cost is about $7 for the small one and $8 for the bigger model. Lunkerhunt.com

 

So this bait definitely falls into the

Molix Supernato Beetle

So this bait definitely falls into the “hollow floating weedless bait” category, but it definitely ain’t a frog. The Supernato Beetle is an odd-looking creature with wide-open mouth pincers and a humped butt. The pincers cause the bait to wobble and walk on a straight retrieve, while the butt hump protects the hooks. A pair of small hook depressions further shield the hook points from snags. It comes in six colors and sells for about $15. Molix.com/en

 

Kahara redesigned the original Rat'n Rats to have a slimmer body. Plus, the original rattail was removed, and dual Colorado blades were replaced with dual willow-leaf blades that hang off the rear. It's a bit of a faster, more slight option for when you want some flash but a little less surface disturbance. At rest, the Rat'n Rats II floats with its butt down in the water. Kahara-Japan.com

Kahara Rat’n Rats II

Kahara redesigned the original Rat’n Rats to have a slimmer body. Plus, the original rattail was removed, and dual Colorado blades were replaced with dual willow-leaf blades that hang off the rear. It’s a bit of a faster, more slight option for when you want some flash but a little less surface disturbance. At rest, the Rat’n Rats II floats with its butt down in the water. Kahara-Japan.com

 

Yeah, it's a floating frog, but it's also a subsurface diver - sort of. The Baby Diving Frog from Kahara has a sloped nose that forces it under the surface a hair when it's twitched. The design - coupled with realistic frog legs - gives it the look of a real frog swimming in short bursts beneath the surface. Kahara-Japan.com

Kahara Baby Diving Frog

Yeah, it’s a floating frog, but it’s also a subsurface diver – sort of. The Baby Diving Frog from Kahara has a sloped nose that forces it under the surface a hair when it’s twitched. The design – coupled with realistic frog legs – gives it the look of a real frog swimming in short bursts beneath the surface. Kahara-Japan.com

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Anders Chases Shad for Keowee W

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Toho Day 4 Coverage

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Toho Day 3 Coverage

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Toho Day 2 Coverage

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Complete coverage of the 2019 Tour event presented by Ranger Boats on Lake Toho in Kissimmee, Fla. READ MORE »

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