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Lure Review


Frog Week (FW) Installment #1 : Standard Designs with a Twist (continued)

 

Molix : We've been a fan of Molix Baits since first meeting the owners several years ago at ICAST. With a pro like Mike Ioconelli on their staff, you just know their products are fun, colorful and come packaged with a lot of personality. Their brand new topwater frog bait, simply named the Molix Frog, is no exception. Packaged with two leg options, this bait promises to make a big splash.

 

Molix Frog Specifications

Frog Type Standard
Length 2 1/2"
Weight 3/4 oz
Colors/Patterns 6
MSRP $12.49

Action: The Molix Frog is an intriguing bait to say the least. Fished with the standard skirted tail, it walks with relative ease like any standard frog bait should. The stock skirt is a little long, but nothing a pair of scissors cannot rectify. Switch the skirts out and snap in the more realistic rubber legs however, and the bait behaves differently.

Molix has an interesting take on their frog bait.

The more realistic, rubber legs and feet create more drag behind the bait so it doesn't walk very easily. Instead, the bait lunges forward and the legs kick and retract as if it were a real frog swimming in the water!

It comes packaged with two sets of legs?!?.

Weedlessness: The Molix Frog lands upright after a cast and walks across mats and other obstructions very easily with either the standard skirt or realistic rubber legs attached. We experienced no unusual propensity to cling to vegetation while working the bait.

Swapping them is relatively easy thanks to this clear plastic clip on the back of the bait.

Taking on Water: Considering the legs on this bait do not penetrate the body cavity but are attached via a plastic clip on the back of the bait, we figured the chances of this frog getting water logged were pretty slim. For whatever reason the Molix Frog is still average with regards to taking on water. Guess few frog baits are truly immune to this malady. Of course, it's not a that big of a deal as one squeeze of the bait remedies any of these issues rather quickly.

The rubber skirted legs are a little tricky to work in, but still easy enough for an on the water change.

Hookup Ratio: We only managed to get strikes with this bait while it was rigged with the skirted legs. Reason being is we just had more confidence in the bait configured in this manner. We work our frogs relatively fast, and the rubber legs are better suited for slower presentations even to the point of dead sticking the bait. So we can't speak one way or the other as to the hookup ratio of this bait while configured with the rubber lets.

The Molix Frog's position on top with the skirted legs.

With the stock skirted legs, our hook up ratio was good, but we also did not fish this bait long term. Nothing in the way our bait behaved leads us to believe it should perform any better or worse than average long term.

And its more upright position with the natural looking legs.

Durability: The only question with this bait with regards to other similar products is how well the clip for the legs will hold up over the course of several trips. It's a relatively small concern as we like the flexibility this attachment affords. You can very easily make your own custom legs and attach them as you see fit, so that's a little bonus in this bait's favor.

End result? Well, you can see it here.

Availability:  The Molix Frog was just introduced at ICAST 2013. But it's already available at TackleWarehouse at a retail price of $12.49. It's available in six (6) different patterns.

Ratings:

Molix Frog Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Well constructed and surprisingly detailed 8
Performance Two different actions, one bait. 8
Price Among the priciest in this roundup 4
Features The interchangeable legs are a nice feature 8
Design (Ergonomics) Soft plastic body that collapses easily, very nicely detailed bait 7.5
Application Walk it actively, or fish it on deadstick with the realistic legs 8.5

Total Score

7.33
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
+ Two sets of legs for one bait set this product apart - Limited colors
+ Performs well in the water - Expensive if you don't care about the two leg option
+ Two leg options present two different baits  

  

 

Is frog fishing your favorite? Well come back tomorrow, because we're just getting started!

 

Conclusion: There are countless baits in this category. We've merely shared with you our thoughts on two of the newest and each with a little twist on the traditional. We still have three other categories left. Any guesses as to what they may be? Come back this week to find out what's number two!



 

 

 

 

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