Introducing Big Bite Baits's Tour Toad Buzz
Impressions: Most of the buzz surrounding Big Bite Bait's new topwater offering surrounds the Tour Toad variant because it's the combination of two topwater baits. Their Tour Toad is a take on the popular soft plastic buzzing toad popularized by baits like Strike King's Rage Toad, Kalin's Sizmic Toad, and Zoom's Horny Toad. By taking their Tour Toad and packaging it with a skirtless buzzbait with a matching head, they've created their Tour Toad Buzzbait.
It's a buzzbait minus the skirt and plus a pre-rigged
Similarly, by painting matching heads to a few of their more popular Suicide Shad paddletail baits patterns, and pre-packaging the baits and buzzbait heads together, Big Bite Baits has created their Suicide Shad Buzzbait.
Also available is the Suicide Shad Buzz
Real World Tests: Both of these baits have their own unique appeal. The Tour Toad Buzzbait for the potential commotion of having the buzzing blade up front, and crazy, buzzing legs trailing, and the Suicide Shad Buzzbait for it's more subtle, above and below surface agitation.
This bait is a little more subtle in the water
In a perfect world, my line of choice for throwing buzz type baits is braid. Fluorocarbon sinks, and nylon monofilament is a little too stretchy for my liking. I mention the perfect world scenario because as a tackle tester, sometimes, you can't concentrate on just one component of your combo when out not he water testing.
So the biggest difference with Big Bite Bait's two buzzbait options here and a standard buzzbait is the doing away with a skirt. All you really have is the buzzbait wire, hook, and weighted head with a soft plastic attached to it. The head of the bait itself is a planing type to help get the buzzbait to the surface ASAP and no the backside of the head are two prongs for maximum bait retention - it works very well.
What I like his how the heads are custom painted to match the
baits they are packaged with
Performance of the Tour Toad and Suicide Shad Buzzbait is good. It casts well and comes to the surface easily. As mentioned above, the baitkeeper does a good job of keeping the soft plastic bait attached. However, there are no special knocking plates for the buzzing blade to hit against and the buzzbait wire shoots in a straight line from the line tie area to the hook. This works well for the Tour Toad version since you want that toad on the surface too, but a little bend in the wire to set the Suicide Shad just below the surface would have been a nice touch.
A two pronged bait keeper keeps the soft plastics pinned
Design & Ergonomics: The Tour Toad and Suicide Shad Buzzbait are available in two sizes, one quarter, and three eighths ounce, which sound a little light at first glance, but the soft plastic baits add plenty of bulk to the bait to help with casting.
The Tour Toad has the added advantage of already being a
buzzbait of sorts
Perhaps my favorite feature of these baits are how the heads are painted to match the baits along with the different blade color options. Given the intricate nature of the baits they represent, these custom colored heads are most intricate with the Suicide Shad Buzzbait. All but one color in the Tour Toad Buzzbait are pretty basic.
You can of course, rig it with your favorite weighted or
Price & Applications: Big Bite Bait's Tour Toad Buzzbait retails for $5.99 while the Suicide Shad Buzzbait retails for $6.99. Other than the availability of colors and matching painted heads, the only difference between the two baits is the soft plastic bait that comes in the package and the fact the Suicide Shad version includes a spare bait while the Tour Toad just the one that is pre-rigged.
The tails/feet are attached out of the package and can be
split for more action