TackleTour Autopsy: Cutting up
the Koppers Live Target Walking Frog
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Introduction: Since we started the Autopsy series we have received
countless requests from readers asking for a look inside their favorite bait.
The most requested type of lure is not a crankbait or a ripbait but rather
topwater baits. The Live Target Walking Frog is the third frog to go under the
knife at the lab.
Yet another frog enters the
torture chamber that is our lab for an Autopsy
Live Target Walking Frog: Live Target
offers both soft and hard frogs and the walking frog is a hard plastic walk the
dog topwater frog that is designed to slide left and right across the surface.
The lure has a long profile and is designed to look like a frog launching
forward with both legs fully extended.
This frog is different than the
others and features a hard plastic hollow body
We have become accustomed to how detailed Live
Target lures look and the Walking Frog is no exception. The lure features a very
lifelike appearance and great attention is put on the entire fit and finish of
the lure. For example in between the legs there is a clear section that light
can pass through from above so the profile of the individual legs appears more
What makes Koppers Live Target
lures so great? The realistic finishes of course
Like the soft bodied hollow bodied frog this hard
lure also features small arm profiles extended on the sides of the belly. The
one other area of the frog that I found highly realistic is the eyes which are
very detailed and look very convincing.
Small arms on the side complete
There are two sizes available including a 4 1/8"
lure that is 5/8oz. and a larger 4 5/8" version that weighs in at 7/8oz., and
both versions are available in four very realistic patterns. In our test we took
a detailed look at the popular Green/Yellow pattern. Each lure is armed with two
treble hooks to make each and every topwater strike count.
The line tie is positioned
strategically under the mouth of the frog
In the field we have noticed that this particular
frog is very easy to walk in a tight side to side motion with just a twitch of
the rod tip. The lure walks in a very predictable pattern making it easy to work
in and around structure like vegetation and submerged timber or even under
docks. This is made possible by careful weighting of the lure as well as the
line tie which is positioned strategically right under the frog's chin.
The frog features an extended leg
design to complete the illusion, notice the transparent area in the center
Next Section: Time to take a look inside this frog