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Goin' for a Walk with the Jackall Iobee Frog (cont'd)

One minor irritation is that the Iobee's long rubber legs often fouled the hooks. This came as no shock to me since they are quite long and limber. Another detail worth mentioning was that I found moss and loose weeds collected on the hook points regularly, possibly due in part to the bait's low stance in the water. This can be an annoyance when fishing around heavy floating debris or on top of certain mats. Despite this negative point, the Iobee does come through standing weeds, grass, and branches very well. It can be thrown into these areas with confidence, and when a fish strikes the hookup ratios are tremendous.

Notice the keel-shaped belly...

Durability: The soft body material didn't show any huge weaknesses despite being pulled through limbs and bouncing off rocks. I was lucky enough to never have any baits get totally trashed, but some abrasions and little tears did develop—basically nothing too worse than with other frogs I've used.

As shown, the hooks do like to catch loose weeds.

Price & Applications: At $12.99 there's no doubt this frog is pricey. It still comes in below other more exotic offerings like the Deps Slither K and Megabass Pony Gabot, however MANY frogs like the River2Sea Bully Wa and Spro Bonzeye—to name only a scant few—are proven effective and are available at lower prices.

The Iobee has a low stance in the water.

Feel free to toss this frog anywhere you please, but I really favor it for sparser cover and open water to take advantage of its awesome action. It's a blast to cast on lighter tackle (for froggin', anyway) and really enjoy the fight of a spirited bass.

The hook eye is soldered shut for added security against knot slippage.

Speaking of tackle, I used a few types of medium-heavy to heavy-powered rods with the Iobee and was able to fish the bait and set the hooks with no difficulty. Most recently, I've been chucking it on a Powell TiMax 734HCF with 30-pound braid.

The soft body compresses easily and allows for a great hookup ratio.

Ratings: (We've re-calibrated our ratings standard for 2008 and have included a key at the bottom of the following matrix as a guide):

Jackall Iobee Frog Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality It's a quality frog with good, simple colors and an excellent hook. 9
Performance This frog walks easier than any others I've tried. The hookup ratio is also fantastic due to the soft plastic. The bait does collect some loose debris and the long tail strands foul often. 8
Price Definitely one of the more expensive hollow frogs out there. 5.5
Features You can tell they put a lot of effort into designing a bait that doesn't need any tweaking. 9
Design (Ergonomics) The bait is sized right and casts superbly. It would be cool to see a smaller size available for pond fishing, and maybe even a couple more colors, too. 8
Application The Iobee is fairly limited in versatility since frogs work best when the fish are shallow and in a topwater mood. 6

Total Score

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

+ Walks and casts great - Price
+ Quality construction - Legs get fouled
+ Excellent hookup ratio - Hooks collect loose debris
+ Closed hook eye  


An Iobee fish comes to hand at sunset while fishing with Cal and Zander on the California Delta.

Conclusion: While it's up for debate as to whether the Iobee is the BEST frog on the market, I can confidently state that it's the best I've used thus far. It consistently entices fish to bite, and is so easy to use in the right areas that it's very difficult not to pick up. Jackall did a fine job of designing a frog that's ready to fish right out of the package, and despite the high cost I firmly believe it will give you the edge that you're looking for! 


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