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Lure Review


FW Installment #4 : A Frog by Any Other Color is Still a Frog (continued)

 

Koppers Live Target Field Mouse: Bass are voracious feeders and mice are definitely on the menu. Following the company's strategy of releasing ultra realistic lures the field mouse is so realistic it even looks "cute." The Live Target Field Mouse was first made available in two sizes 2 1/4" and 2 3/4" sizes weighing 5/8 and 3/4oz. respectively. The newest size is a 3.5" 1oz. bait that is more like a small rat. All feature the same realistic look and attention to detail that we have come to expect from the brand.

 

The Koppers Field Mouse doesn't look much like a frog

 

Koppers Live Target Hollow Body Field Mouse Specifications

Frog Type Hollow body Surface
Length 2.25", 2.75" and 3.5"
Weight 5/8, 3/4 and 1oz.
Colors/Patterns Black/White, Brown/White, Grey/White and White
MSRP $10.99

Action: 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

Weedlessness: 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 Mouse's back

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 Tackle Warehouse in all three sizes and four patterns.

Ratings:

Koppers Live Target Hollow Body Field Mouse Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Great overall construction and a quality hook 9
Performance As easy to work as traditional hollow body frogs but looks unique in the water with the slinking tail. Think bass don't eat mice? The way they strike this bait proves otherwise 8
Price On the expensive side but then again can you really consider this a normal "frog?" 7
Features The main features on this bait is the realistic profile and the lifelike tail 7.5
Design (Ergonomics) Easy to fish, easy to work, just walk it like a traditional frog 8
Application Like other frogs this bait is designed for topwater action in and around the nasty stuff, the only difference is this bait allows you to match the prey, if your local fish enjoy preying on rodents that is. 8

Total Score

7.91
Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here

 

Pluses and Minuses:

Plus

Minus
+ Realistic looking lure - On the expensive side compared to other "frogs"
+ Tail looks great in the water  
+ Good hookup ratio for a frog  
+ Easy to walk  

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