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River2Sea's Dahlberg Diver Frog Kicks Bass (continued)


Durability: The LDDF is a hollow bodied frog but the lure’s body is not compressible like traditional soft bodied frogs and is prone to more damage if the lure comes in contact with hard structures. If fished normally in and around vegetation the lure holds up well but I did manage to scratch and crack the surface of the lure by flinging it into dock pilings and metal wrecks when trying to get into tight areas. While I was able to damage the surface of the lure I never injured the bait to the point where it became unfishable. One major plus is that unlike many other hollow bodied frogs anglers don’t need to constantly squeeze out the lure as it does not take on water. Imagine the LDDF's surface is like a hard candy shell, inside the body is filled with a dense foam rather than being hollow and through the surface may crack the inside core of the lure ensures it remains fully functional. You could hit the LDDF with a hammer (which is exactly what we did in the Autopsy) and the bait would still survive. 


The LDDF is armed with a single 6/0 wide gap R2S hook


The one area that did take on damage was the LDDF’s soft legs which fish are able to rip off both from short strikes and during the fight. It is a good thing that the LDDF comes with an extra set of legs, and while they will last through many fish they will eventually tear. Changing the legs is easy with the provided tool which helps you pull the legs into place. The diving collar can also loosen but we never lost or damaged the collar on any of our test lures. Once the legs on the frog tear off the lure is still effective, and while the lure was still able to draw the occasional strike I found the damaged LDDF rather unappetizing to fish, I just felt a lot more confident that fish would be enticed with the proper leg kicking action. River2Sea does sell the legs separately and for $4.99 anglers can buy a kit with two frog legs, a replacement diving collar, and a threading tool.


The hook is located in the rear of the frog


Price & Applications: At $11.99 each the Diver Frog is more expensive than just about every frog on the market, but because it does feature such a unique design it is hard to compare the LDDF side by side with other hollow bellied frogs. The LDDF not only looks different it fishes completely different as well, and is actually an easier frog to fish than many others that require practice in order to properly walk.


The black pattern is perfect for Clear Lake


While most hollow bodied frogs perform much better in warm weather the LDDF seemed to offer slightly more balanced performance, and I was able to get some big fish to bite in cooler overcast weather. Since the frog can be fished slowly, fast, deep, on the surface, steady, or with pauses the LDDF offers anglers a wide range of ways to entice fish to strike. The current frog is mid-sized and while it will address most applications it would really be nice to have a smaller frog for finesse applications or those times when fish just want something smaller. Luckily for anglers R2S does have a smaller LDDF in the works and we expect it to become available sometime later this summer, just in time for when the frog bite really heats up.  


The LDDF is good for both weedy areas and shallow open water


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):

River2Sea Larry Dahlberg Diver Frog Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality The LDDF is built with quality materials and breaks the mold of what anglers should expect in a hollow bodied frog 8
Performance The frog performed well in a wide variety of applications and can be fished both in hot and cooler weather in both heavily weeded areas as well as open water 9
Price The LDDF is a little more expensive than most frogs, is it worth the money for the innovation? Yes. 6.5
Features Plenty of features here including the innovative diving lip design and the kicking frog legs. The ability to replace the legs is a very big plus and teh body is extremely durable. Unfortunately the hook cannot be replaced. 8.5
Design (Ergonomics) Overall this is a easy to fish lure and doesn't require that perfect cadence to properly walk. This frog can easily be fished with a series of pauses 8.5
Application Good for bass fishing and the ability to fish the lure at varying speeds makes this a deadly lure in a wide range of conditions. We look forward to the release of smaller sizes to better match the hatch in those finesse situations 8

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

+ Innovative design is quite unlike most traditional hollow bodied frogs - More expensive than your average frog
+ Legs can be replaced, body is extremely durable - Hook can be damaged and legs can be torn (though they are stronger than they look)
+ Can be fished a variety of ways both above and below the water line  
+ Easy to fish successfully  
+ Works both in the weedmats and in open water  


Conclusion: Frog fishing can be one of the most exciting ways to catch a largemouth and one violent surface strike is pretty much all it takes for an angler to get hooked on the exhilarating topwater technique. The Larry Dahlberg Diver Frog is quite unlike other frogs on the market, and while it does feature a hollow body design it makes use of a bizarre yet effective diving collar that allows the lure to be fished in a variety of different ways both above and below the water line.


The Diver Frog is refreshingly innovative and fishes different than other hollow bodied frogs


The LDDF may look strange but to largemouth it looks like bass candy and we were able to catch fish both in and around the slop as well as in shallow open water on days where most frogs wouldn’t stand a chance. Though Larry has fished this bait for years most bass haven’t seen anything quite like the LDDF’s leg kicking action which makes the bait truly look like it is “swimming.” The Diver Frog is truly original and not only is it an entertaining lure to fish it really does kick up some quality bass.


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