Type Of Lure: Hollow Body Frog
Hook Quality: Excellent
Would I Recommend It? Yes
A lot of information is on the internet about Lunkerhunt and their frog lures. Some good information and some bad. Most of the time, this information attempts to specify the quality of the lure. Some frogs from Lunkerhunt perform very well and others, not so much. This posts attempts to convey an honest Lunkerhunt Pocket Frog review from the perspective of a fisherman and attempts to leave out unfair opinions about companies and lures in general.
Other than size, one thing sets this lure apart from most other hollow body frogs on the market. That of course, is the legs. Unlike most frogs, this lure has a set of kicking legs that retract on the pause instead of the traditional skirts that you would commonly see adorning hollow bodies.
The Truth About Frogging
When frog fishing, in general, is considered, there are a couple of factors that you must understand first. The very first aspect of fishing frogs is the resembled prey. What animal are you trying to copy or imitate? You have to always keep in mind that frog lures are not used exclusively for the purpose of imitating frogs and toads. You can easily imitate rodents by switching to a brown or imitate Shad by changing the color to a Shad pattern.
You can also imitate small birds by increasing the size of your bait. Remember that. A frog lure is not always a frog or toad just because it is shaped like one. The color and size matter to the fish. That was the first factor. The second factor consists of the lures ability to perform well in vegetation and snaggy water. This is where frog lures shine. If it does not perform well in this environment, you might as well put it on a shelf and not call it a frog lure. Frogs hop across lily pads and other weeds for shelter. Make sure your lure can do this as well.
Notice: This is an in-depth review of the Lunkerhunt Pocket Frog which is the smallest available frog from Lunkerhunt. Although this review is highly detailed, it does not attempt to cover factors of other lures like the Lunkerhunt Lunker Frog, Lunkerhunt Combat Frog, or other similar lures from this company although they may be made with similar methods and materials. The lure in this review is the micro version of the Lunker Frog and this review attempts to review only this particular lure instead of its larger counterpart.
What About Those Legs?
There isn’t too much information about the durability of the legs on this lure on the internet. After extensive testing, I have confirmed that the legs on the Pocket Frog are quite durable. You will rarely lose a leg from this bait although it does happen. Although they are made much the same as the larger frogs, most of the fish that you catch on this lure are not strong enough to give a leg a good rip.
This lure tends to catch a ton of smaller fish which is especially good when you are just starting out and learning how to fish with frogs. Yes. It is true that it catches much smaller fish, but at the same time, it catches them pretty consistently on topwater. The legs themselves actually look very realistic when stopped. As far as actually swimming like a real frog, the legs extension happens but it happens very quickly. It looks more like a hopping one than a swimming one.
I love to throw this on top of lily pads and hop it into the water for this reason. Smaller fish seem to really think a real creature is on the move. I get a lot of strikes just when it clears the pads or weeds. It often gets hammered. The legs do tend to wear out over time but at that point, you would have gotten way more than enough fish with it. They also work fine without the legs too.
There certainly are situations where I have taken the lure out and never lost anything and then the times where both rip off first cast. All in all, the quality of the legs seems to be consistent but the situations they are used in seems to vary a ton.
Size Comparison Between Lures
The main difference between the Lunker Frog and the Pocket Frog is the size of the bait. The Lunker Frog is about twice the size of the Pocket Frog. Called the Pocket Frog for a reason, it is a tiny lure designed for smaller fish.
Controversially speaking, one could argue that the point of throwing a frog in the first place is to get huge fish to bite it by being able to throw it anywhere they are hiding. To give a rough estimate of the size of the lure, the Lunker Frog is pretty much the same size as other hollow bodies like the Kopper’s Live Target. The Pocket version is about half of that.
Depicted below is an image of the traditional Lunker Frog and the Pocket Frog side by side. The smaller of the two is the lure in question. Keep in mind the the smaller of the lures is closer to the camera so it may appear bigger than it actually is.
How Well Does It Keep Out Water?
Getting water inside of this lure is never to much of an issue. When you retrieve this lure, it does like to take on a little water each cast. I never have to squeeze the bait until after about 30 or 40 casts. That is actually very good. It is better than most hollow bodies on the market. The nose is not sealed. the line tie is connected to the double frog hook on the inside of the bait.
This means that it will take on water but not very much of it. Even after awhile, you will have a lure full of water but it takes less than a second to completely drain it by depressing the plastic. I have yet to see one lure on the market that does not take on any water regardless of how much you use it. They all do this. Some lures are better than others for this concept. This one certainly is one of the best I have seen.
Walking The Frog
Although it may not seem like it, this frog actually walks very well contrary to its larger counterpart. The weight of the lure provides some of the best walk the dog action I have seen in a frog. Watching it bob back and forth is quite a sight to see. It creates a decent amount of commotion in the water for its size. Whenever you want to walk the dog, it will let you do it without any issues.
It is especially good at attracting smaller fish to the surface disturbance. I would still recommend throwing this on braid as you would with any hollow body but use spinning tackle instead so you get a good distance on your casts. Most anglers choose not to walk it. They prefer to just twitch it. Although it walks very well, many people will choose to just fish it like a surface plug. Walking it will take some getting used to. You will need to get a good feel for it because it is so small. When you do though, it is no longer a challenge to make some insane surface disturbance on the water.
A Rainbow Of Colors
The selection of colors available with this bait is also incredible. It comes in 10 different colors. Enough to cover most frogging situations that the average angler would come across. It comes in a color called Bullfrog. Pretty basic, it is a yellow and green color on the top with a very natural looking white and yellow belly. It also comes in Croaker. A darker offering with a slightly sandy appearance. The fire belly color is a red lure with black marble lines.
The color is based on the Fire-Belly toad, which are never really found in water anyways. This will be effective when bass are after crawfish or other instances of red colored prey. Then there is the Green Tea color. It is the very representation of your common Leopard Frog which are very common. It has a very natural white and yellow bottom. The next color in the lineup is the King Toad. It again is a very natural looking pattern. It is mainly yellow with a gradient of brown near the legs. Next is the Leopard.
This color is a natural one and a variation on the original Green Tea. Lures in this color are yellow on the bottom. Good for fishing slightly stained water when you need a color that shows up well at short distances. They also have a Pearl color. It is a solid white lure with red eyes. It is a depiction of an albino frog. The next color is poison. A very odd looking color, it is black with yellow marking. As the name implies, it represents a yellow spotted poison dart frog.
This is a good color for when you are fishing at night or in dirty water. The next one is a Texas Toad offering. This one is solid black. It is a very piercing dark color. You can use it to fish anywhere where you need your lure to show up well. The last one is simply called Toad. It is a variation on the Green Tea. Instead of being green, it has the exact same markings except it is gray. This is a pattern that can be used for almost anything.
The Lunkerhunt Pocket Frog Is Small But Mighty
I must confess the overall quality of this bait. It is just incredible. The hooks are sharp, it does exactly what you would want a frog lure to do, it is very realistic, it has plenty of colors to choose from, and it comes in a smaller package that the angler can utilize when they are after more fish. The only issue some fishermen may have with it is the size.
Many people do not just throw frogs to catch small fish. Not saying that this one will not hook into a 10+ pound Largemouth if one decided to bite it. We are just pointing out that many would decide to throw bigger lures to begin with if that was their goal. It does catch a ton of smaller and decent sized fish. Big, huge, enormous, gigantic, Largemouth? Unlikely. All in all, it is a good lure that is good for practicing this type of fishing if you are new.
It also makes a very nice bait for somebody who only catches small fish and just wants to use a frog to catch them. Either way, it is a very nice bait and it is hard to go wrong with it.
What has been your experience with this bait?