TackleTour Autopsy: Dissection
of Snag Proof's Bobby's Perfect Frog
Let the Autopsy Begin: I
remember dissecting a frog back in High School Biology and though the Snag Proof
Perfect Frog is nowhere near as intricate the first incision immediately brought
me back. Inside the body anglers will find the frog hook connected to the line
tie as well as a small piece of lead that is connected above the hook. This
piece of lead helps add total weight to the frog as well as balances it out so
that it sits flatter on the surface.
The frog hook and line tie also
hold a lead weight
It is important that the connection between the
line tie and the frog hook is sound as this is basically like a snap connecting
your line to the hook. Snag proof uses thick gauge wire to ensure a strong
connection and because the hook is able to swivel side to side the hook points
are able to rest at the perfect angle against the outer body of the frog which
gives this lure its weedless properties.
The glass rattle roams freely
within the frog's body
Once the hook is extracted it was easy to find the
rattle inside the main body. This rattle is what gives the lure a subtle
clicking sound when it is walked across the surface. The rattle is able to roam
freely inside the cavity of the lure and bounces against the walls of the frog
and internal hardware.
The rattle clicks back and forth
With the rattle extracted we could hear the metal
bead click inside the pill shaped rattle. It sounded similar to a brass and
glass setup and to be sure the pill was actually made out of glass we chipped
off a small piece of the rattle. Sure enough this rattle consists of a small
metal bearing sealed within a glass chamber.
Just in case there was any doubt
the pill is made out of glass
The only thing left to extract was the lead weight
glued into the rear underbelly of the frog and the skirted legs. In the past
I've experienced the lead weight on the original frogs would sometimes come out
as the glue would weaken after prolonged use and I would have to super glue the
weight back in. This wasn't the case with this particular lure which I have
fished extensively on the Delta. I couldn't pry out the weight even with pliers
and ended up having to cut it loose.
The lead weight is firmly attached
on this lure
The Perfect Frog makes use of a silicone coated
rubber skirt and the skirt on this lure was in great shape even after a season
of use, there was no sign of color loss or matting. In the center of the skirt
strands right at the rear of the inside of the frog we found a rubber ring which
secures the strands in place and prevents the strands from coming loose and
shifting from one side to the other. Some anglers still make modifications to
this frog including changing leg material and when they pull out the strands
this ring usually comes loose and stays within the frog's main body. I usually
just trim a few strands off if I want to further reduce resistance.
One last cut...
The frog's body is relatively thick at just over a
millimeter thick walls in the main body and resist punctures well. We also found
the frog's finish to be very durable and while we occasionally see some color
bleed from other plastics it is difficult to actually scratch off any of the
paint on these frogs. Permanent markers work well on these frogs just keep in
mind that there is some bleed from the ink and crisp lines seem to widen over
...and all the components that
make up the Snag Proof Bobby's Perfect Frog
Every aspect of this frog makes it a good frog for
the walking technique and the ability to further modify Bobby's design either
with skirt modifications or adding details with markers makes this a great
series for serious frogging fans. When it comes to walking a frog like a
stickbait this frog's balance of weight and water resistance makes it easy to
swing back and forth with small twitches of your rod tip. We didn't really find
any surprises in this particular autopsy, it just reaffirmed our original
thoughts regarding the lure's solid overall construction. The only negative of
the frog's overall design is that it can and will take on water with extended
fishing. Snag Proof addresses this with the new inner tube design in the Ish
Phat Frog, perhaps it is time to rack up the "Sexy Ish" and take a look inside
that lure as well.
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