Frog fishing is one techniques that's witnessed a renaissance over the last couple of years. But with all the new hollow-body frogs on the market, it's time to first give credit to the original that started the craze many years ago. The original of course is Snag Proof.
But remember: You can still be the original and be a little different at the same time. So if the fish in your area seem to have become conditioned to the standard-style hollow frog, take a look at the Snag Proof Wiggle Wog.
The time we spent with the Wiggle Wog was pretty fun. I'll admit that at first I wasn't convinced the lure would ever produce,...
t seems as if every time I meet someone, and that someone finds out we do bass-tackle reviews, the first question is: "What's the deal with the E21 Wild Black Carrot Stix rods?" Well, that's a bit of an exaggeration, but it is true these rods are riding a crest of momentum and they're highly talked about. Not all of the talk has been good, because some were reportedly prone to breakage. All the more reason to test the new gen-two Wild Blacks.
I finally got my hands on one about a month ago and wanted to give it a good long test before I gave my opinion on the product. I decided not to do this review until I'd caught 250 fish on the Wild Black using many different baits. Here's how the testing turned out.
To be totally honest, yes there were some problems with the...
This review of the Rebel Pop-R was one of the most enjoyable reviews I've ever done, simply because I got to spend more time on the water with this iconic lure.
Some things never go out of style and the Pop-R's one of those lures that may never lose its magic. As with most of the lures that make it past the 30-year mark, versatility and effectiveness are the foundations.
The fact that the Pop-R's effective has been evident for decades. As far as versatility – it's still evolving. In the hands of expert and professional fishermen this classic Rebel product has produced countless heavy bags of fish on waters all over this country and many others, and this isn't likely to change anytime soon. Zell Rowland's probably the pro angler most associated with the Pop-R name,...
Jackall Lures has been a favorite of ours for some time now, and for good reason: Nearly every lure the company produces is exceptional right out of the package. The Iobee frog's no exception.
We've been fishing frogs of all types since the early-'80s and we've had a lot of success – especially for big fish.
Hollow-body frogs have primarily been used for slop fishing, because of the feeling that a lack of overall action makes them unsuitable for open water. But frogs have changed in recent years and now most premium frogs come with the expectation that they're also suitable for open water. Jackall's new Iobee Frog is in that group, and its walk-the-dog action makes it quite effective in open water – perhaps as good as any hardbait out there.
There does remain the...
Depending on the target species, one of the most important pieces of equipment an angler can have is a net. While net-mesh technology has advanced over the past decade, the hardware hasn't come nearly as far. Until now.
EGO took a note from the construction industry and beefed up a top-of-the-line painter's pole and created a perfect fit for the fishing industry. We're painters ourselves, so we've had something like this on our minds for a while, but the execution has never fully been there. EGO figured it out.
The S2 Slider system is one that should quickly find its way into just about every serious angler's boat thanks to features that save us time, energy and lost fish. The system we received was the 29-inch model that extends to 60 inches. That extra 31 inches has...
When it comes to hearing about new and unique bass-fishing products, Japan is one location that always comes to mind. Maybe that's why some anglers mistake Damiki for a Japanese company. Although Damiki has found success in the highly-competitive Japanese tackle market, the company's actually Korean in origin, and South Korea itself has some fine bass fishing.
Damiki's been selling tackle for more than two decades, but its products are relatively new here in the States. It first launched here in 2008 and immediately impressed with its designs and innovations. The Finesse Miki's a perfect example.
The Finesse Miki caught our eye quite quickly, due to its rather unique body attributes. The entire design of the bait just screams "dare to be different" and that's something...
Note: This review was researched and written by Bad Poncho's Robert Taylor III.
If the Arbogast Jitterbug has any one single claim to fame, it's the likely fact that it's caught more nighttime bass than any other lure ever produced.
In the more than 50 years the Jitterbug's been on the market, it's lost none of its effectiveness. In fact, it just keeps getting better with new models that have new paints, shapes and even a clear lip. There's no doubt that a classic lure like the Jitterbug has earned a place in every pro and amateur's tacklebox.
But just because the Jitterbug's known for those impressive nighttime catches doesn't mean mean the bait won't tear...
Author note: This review was researched and written by Bad Poncho's Robert Taylor III.
Square-bill Crankbaits. When you hear those words you can't help but think of the classics and the legends. But there's a new kid on the block, the Jackall ASKA 60SR, and this silent-running crankbait is one that I personally plan to use when my money's on the line.
The engineering that went into this silent square-bill was a labor of love for legendary designer Seiji Kato. Kato's said to have spent over 5 years and made over 100 prototypes to come up with this gem. For those of you...
From Maine to Texas anglers rely on buzzbaits for that big bass of a lifetime; be it for getting the paycheck at the weigh-ins or just being out on the lake with family. Either way you look at it, the buzzbait is a big bass bait!
That idea was proven by Dustin Wilks in the May 2010 issue of Bassmaster Magazine. Dustin set the record for the “Day on the Lake” series using an Assassinator Baits buzzbait. The record he set weighed in at 28lb 15oz, breaking the old record by 5oz. Dustin Wilks isn’t the only angler that relys on the Assassinator buzzbait to make a living...
Throughout an anglers career more often than not that angler will develop a relationship with a certain bait or style of bait. During my career I thought I was avoiding this phenomenon but the more I think about it now the more I realize I too have a confidence bait, despite my attempts to avoid it. This lure got to me simply because it is unique and has produced better for me than the traditionalist baits. This bait is known as the Assassinator Pro II Clacker Spinnerbait.
This particular spinnerbait is unlike any other that I have used; Assassinator’s clacker spinnerbait uses a very unique patented arm to make the two willow blades “clack” together. The action and sound...
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Bad Poncho Outdoors was started in October of 2010 by Robert Taylor III and his father. Both avid sportsman, the duo writes about their experiences and opinions of products and how they use them.