Earlier this spring Tim and I were approached by River2Sea about a new frog they were planning to release at ICAST. At that time the Spittin’ Wa didn’t even have a name. After seeing the bait, having the opportunity to film with the frog before it hit the market sounded like a great opportunity and the chance to have some fun with a brand new product.
I was looking forward to fishing with this unique frog, what I didn’t expect was to start catching consistently bigger bass than I had caught on a frog in years past. After spending a few months with the bait I feel that there are a few factors contributing to the increase in fish size.
2) WATER DISPLACEMENT
The cupped face moves a lot more water than a traditional frog. As a result I was able to fish the frog out over deeper water and pull up large fish earlier in the spring than I had in the past. The wake that tracks behind this frog in open water is pretty substantial and helps to call fish in frog greater distances.
3) OVERSIZED HOOKS
As odd as it sounds, strong hooks make all the difference in frog fishing. For many years a “secret” frog modification has been to reinforce the base of the hook where the shanks come together. The reason for this is that a hook can flex and deflect away from the surface it is supposed to penetrate during a hook set. While this doesn’t happen often, it is most likely to happen on the largest fish with the largest hard bone section in their jaw. The hook in the Spittin’ Wa 70 is larger and made of a heavier gauge wire than other frogs I have fished in the past. The result is a very stable hook that doesn’t deflect when setting in to big fish.
I hope you enjoy the video. This frog is deadly and definitely worth adding to your arsenal. If you don’t have the Spittin’ Wa in a local shop you can pick them up and support Tactical Bassin at the same time by following this link to tackle warehouse.
I should also add that like most baits, I don’t fish these straight out of the package. I shorten the legs and change the hook angle slightly before fishing the baits. I’ll be sure to cover those modifications in a future video to clarify any questions. In the meantime, pick a few up and see if the size of fish your catching on a frog increases.