The Field Mouse is a topwater lure that is designed to be walked on the
surface much like a hollow bodied frog. Like traditional frogs the Field
Mouse has skirted legs that swing side to side as the bait is walked, but
what adds an extra level of realism to this lure is the long tail that
snakes back and forth in unison with the legs. This bait walks just like a
normal frog and with a normal cadence it is easy to bring this bait to life.
The Field Mouse has a hollow body and a
realistic looking tail
This bait is armed with a frog hook that comes
in contact with the rear section of the mouse to create a weedless lure that
is designed to be fished across everything from open water to thick
vegetation. Even though there are not channels to hold the hookpoints flush
we were pleased with how well the bait resisted getting hung up.
The hooks are positioned alongside the arch of the Field
Taking on Water: This bait only
has one main cavity so when water gets into the hollow body it affects
buoyancy and action. The Koppers field mouse does take on some water over
time and in between every dozen or so casts a squeeze helps keep the bait
performing perfectly. In comparison to other standard frogs is about average
in this regard.
The Field Mouse has, dare we say it, cute little paws
Hookup Ratio: The field mouse
has a highly compressible body and because the hooks are not hidden in the
back of the bait they are quickly exposed the second the body becomes
compressed. The tail doesn't seem to get in the way at all and the hookup
ratio on this bait was among the best of all the "frogs" that we tested.
Fish strike aggressively when this bait is worked alongside submerged timber
and this bait makes them pay.
The body compresses easily exposing the hookpoints
Durability: There is not a
whole lot to fail on this bait, no rattles, just a hollow body and skirted
legs plus the tail. The tail is held securely in place and we had no issues
with it getting pulled out or ripped up after multiple strikes. To take a
closer look at just how this bait is constructed check out our
autopsy last year.
This bait is fun to fish and delivers a decent hookup ratio
Availability: The field mouse
is on the expensive side at $10.99 each compared to other "frog" style baits
but you can certainly argue that this bait is a differentiated option. The
realistic tail alone gives this lure a unique slinking side to side look in
the water that actually reminded us of the Molix Supernato's tail action.
The Koppers Field mouse is available at
in all three sizes and four patterns.