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Lure Review


Spro's Dean Rojas Bronzeye Poppin Frog


Date: 9/4/18
Tackle Type: Lure
Manufacturer: Spro
Reviewer: Cal

Total Score: 8.08 - GREAT

There was a time bass anglers only threw topwater hollow body frogs in the heat of the Summer over the top of grass beds that have matted over the surface of the water. Those days are long gone. Now, the hollow body frog is a year long bait. Anglers came to know and realize that the best areas to fish this bait wasn't over that matted grass, but rather over and near any type of shallow water cover you can find. That so called secret is long spoiled but now, the next iteration of the topwater frog craze is taking that same bait and throwing a popping mouth on it. Spro's Dean Rojas has been aware of this trend for several years and now we're finally taking a look at his bait of choice in these situations. Here now is our look at Spro's Dean Rojas Bronzeye Poppin Frog.


Spro Dean Rojas Bronzeye Poppin Frog 60 Specifications

Type Hollow Body Frog
Length 60mm ~2 1/3"
Weight 1/2oz
Material Soft Plastic
Colors 23
Hooks 4/0 Gamakatsu Frog Hook
MSRP $9.99


Impressions: The Spro Poppin Frog comes in two sizes, a 50 and 60 millimeter version. This review is on the 60 size which equates to a little over two and a quarter inches in length. The bait weighs half an ounce and is pretty much your standard hollow body frog bait save for the cupped mouth which helps make the bait a popper. The bait was introduced back in 2009.

Introducing Spro's Dean Rojas Bronzeye Poppin Frog 60.

Real World Test: I matched the Spro Poppin Frog with an unconventional frogging stick in Megabass's Orochi XX Diablo Spec-R (F5-77XX). I matched that stick with the JDM Casitas MGL spooled with 50lb Sunline FX braid.

The business end of the Poppin Frog.

Castability : The Bronzeye Poppin Frog 60 is a half ounce bait with the majority of its weight located at the rear making it a very easy bait to cast and skip where you want it. The only thing that possibly holds the bait back is the length of its stock legs. Most will choose to trim these legs making the bait even more aerodynamic but also easier to work.

The Popping Frog is effective in all types of cover situations.

Ease of Actuation : I usually leave a bait stock to see how it fishes in this configuration and one thing these long legs do help with is creating drag in the water if your goal is to keep the frog in its place for as long as possible. Couple this goal with the use of a popper mouth, and it's somewhat easier to keep the Bronzeye Poppin Frog in one spot for longer than a standard frog because that popping mouth creates resistance against the bait moving forward too.

For best results, trim the back legs.

Quality of Movement : The actual popping action is more of a splash than an all out pop and it is possible to get the bait walking (or at least turning from side to side) as it splashes creating more commotion than a standard frog bait.

When you get all these walking and popping actions working together in unison it gives the appearance of the bait struggling at the surface either trying to eat something or flee as its head thrashes back and forth.

The Poppin Frog sits relatively flat to the water surface after splash down.

Position at Rest : The Poppin Frog sits relatively flat to the water surface after splash down which surprised me. I thought it might sit more tail down in the water, but just like other frogs, the body's buoyancy is very high. Despite this high degree of floatation, the bait will still fill with water occasionally just like any other hollow bodied frog bait.

The Poppin Frog 60 comes in a host of color patterns -23 to be exact.

Design/Ergonomics: The Poppin Frog 60 comes in a host of color patterns -23 to be exact and is a super easy bait to throw at only half an ounce. Hook up ratio is about average with this bait. There are missed hits you'd swear you couldn't miss, and there are hookups you thought you had no chance making. The bait's plastic body is medium density. Hook up ratio might be increased if the plastic were softer, but durability would certainly suffer.

Spro's Dean Rojas Bronzeye Poppin Frog 60 retails for $9.99.

Price & Application: Spro's Dean Rojas Bronzeye Poppin Frog 60 retails for just under ten dollars at $9.99 and is effective over the traditional matted grass areas as well as in open water situations. Though it is a little more effective in the latter versus the form simply because you can splash it around more in open water.


Spro Dean Rojas Bronzeye Poppin Frog 60 Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Very good bait to bait consistency 9
Performance Super easy to cast and easy to work too 9
Price Right in middle of the pack for frog baits 7.5
Features Gamakatsu hook 7
Design (Ergonomics) 23 different color patterns? 8
Application When it's time for frogging - and when isn't it - the Poppin' Frog is an effective bait! 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!
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Pluses and Minuses:


+ Stays in strike zone longer - Legs are excessively long stock, but are easily trimmed
+ Easy to cast  
+ Stock Gamakatsu hook  
+ 23 different color patterns!  

There's a reason hollow bodied frogs are among the most popular baits with bass fisherman.

Conclusion: There's a reason hollow bodied frogs are among the most popular baits with bass fisherman. You can throw and fish these baits in just about any type of cover and water. The Poppin Frog specifically is great because it gives you a different type of action and commotion and stays in the strike zone longer too. If you're looking to change your frogging game or simply extend the range of your topwater baits, check out Spro's Dean Rojas Poppin Frog 60.


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