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Lure Review


FW Installment #4 : A Frog by Any Other Color is Still a Frog (continued)

 

Evolve Species Frog: Evolve is probably better known for their current soft bodied frogs but before they introduced the Nervous Walker the company was in the hard bodied frog market with a bait called the Species Topwater Frog. Though this frog is a bait from yesteryear we decided it still warranted a look because it was such a differentiated solution from traditional hollow bodied frogs. 

 

Moving over the vegetation is the Evolve hard bodied frogs

 

Action: Before going into the action of this bait the first thing anglers will likely be attracted to is the ultra realistic finishes on these lures. The bait is molded out of plastic so unlike rubber baits there can be a lot more texture on the surface of this bait. Combine every genuine looking lumpy angle on this frog with a quality paint finish and the result is one of the most realistic looking frog baits out there. The top of the bait definitely looks more realistic than the bottom which is a more simple looking white colored underbelly.

 

Evolve Species Frog Specifications

Frog Type Hard bodied topwater
Length 2" body, 3.5" overall
Weight 1/2oz.
Colors/Patterns 3+
MSRP $15.99

In terms of action this bait doesn't walk side by side like traditional frogs, it surges up and down as it moves forward with either slow or fast jerks on the rod. It reminds me more of a combination of a popper than a traditional frog. The action can be subtle or aggressive and we found this frog most effective in shallow open water. On very thick vegetation the lure doesn't generate as much action as it glides over the surface.

The Evolve Species frog features a pretty incredible realistic finish

Weedlessness: In terms of weedlessness the Species Frog has a twin hook with a weedguard. The hook is disguised with a compact bunch of silicone skirting. Though the hook is free swinging the wire guards do a surprisingly good job of keeping this lure from hooking up when it is run over thick surface vegetation.

The brand's logo on the underbelly

Taking on Water: There is no taking on water with this hard bodied lure. The bait is hollow and houses a rattle which can be heard when the lure is popped across the surface.

The bait is armed with Japanese weedless hooks

Hookup Ratio: The Evolve Species frog delivers decent hookups but there were a few strikes that we thought were pretty solid but just didn't end up sticking. We improved the hookup ratio by bending the guards downwards reducing the amount of pressure requires to expose the hooks. Ultimately this bait could potentially benefit from hooks with wider gaps but compared to a lot of the hollow bodied frogs this lure had a higher strike to hookup ratio overall.

This bait doesn't have legs and the back of the frog is finished with some silicon skirting and the hook

Durability: When considering durability with this lure it really is a tale of two sides. The body is very durable and will not break as a result of strikes but the finish does get scratched up over time. These scars on the bait are not pretty but they do not impact the action or performance of this bait. What the fish really see the majority of the time is the underbelly of this lure as it moves through the water in surges so the scratches and nicks on the lure are viewed more by anglers than the fish they are trying to target.

We had the most success with this lure fishing shallow open water over structure

Availability: Once readily available the Species Frog is now relatively hard to find. We were able to locate it on a number of e-tail sites but the patterns are also limited. The Species Frog can be found on e-tail sites for prices ranging from $15.49-$15.99 each. If you are looking for this hard bodied bait you can find it now at LBF

Ratings:

Evolve Species Frog Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Quality components and a very realistic finish 8.5
Performance Once we got used to the unique retrieve and action this frog proved to be effective, especially when run in open water over shallow structure 7
Price At $15.99 this bait is on the expensive side when compared to other frogs but the hard body and detailed finish do give this frog a differentiated look and feel. At the end of the day the real question is are you looking for a frog that is very different in action and presentation than your traditional walking or popping frogs 6
Features The features on this abet include a detailed finish, hard body construction with rattle and the weedless hook design 7
Design (Ergonomics) This frog is quite easy to fish but if you are looking for a traditional walking frog this is not the bait for you 7.5
Application Good for open water applications and delivers a very different action than traditional hollow body frogs 7

Total Score

7.16
Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here

 

Pluses and Minuses:

Plus

Minus
+ A differentiated frog - Expensive compared to other frogs
+ Very different action that in some ways is more realistic than the walking and popping frogs we are all so used to  
+ Finish looks great  
+ Weedless design works  

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