Impressions: Frog fishing in the Fall can be
very productive as many of the thickest weed patches begin to die down as the cooler weather
arrives. The thinner vegetation provides a great setting to
target Bass that are holding in and around the exposed weed line.
Snag Proof's new Wiggle Wog is
part frog and part swimbait
The Wiggle Wog offers more then traditional
"frogging" action due to it's distinctive design. Weedless it is, and the
addition of the swim tail makes this top water tadpole-like lure even more effective in
open water situations. The Wiggle Wog comes in 6 distinctive colors, featuring a 4/0 Owner double hook that's
exceptionally sharp, and an
internal glass rattle for an added element of sound.
for Wiggle Wog Tests
Quantum Energy PT|
Field Tests: We set out on a few days in the mid-Fall targeting largemouth
bass ready around different types of cover on numerous local reservoirs and the
vast California Delta.
The Wiggle Wogs sit naturally
afloat and is effective in open water
Casting: What a sight it is to see the Wiggle Wog take flight
across the sky and flops onto a pad of vegetation. Its elliptical
body design casts nicely
with the tail portion creating only minimal drag. If you're used to
tossing the Snag Proof Tournament Frog in the 1/2oz, then you will need to make
a slight adjustment because the Wiggle Wog only comes in a 3/8oz. That's
why I opted to use Power Pro 30/8 instead of the 12lb test co-polymer line I am so
used to using. While fishing in the California Delta waters, pitching and
flipping into thick vegetation, tules, and underneath overhanging trees weren't a
problem with this tadpole looking like lure. Its weedless design provides
confident and a worry-free day casting into some of the nastiest snagging
Retrieving: The Wiggle Wog was designed to be used in multiple ways.
Fish it as you would with any weedless frog. Toss it out there and let it sit for a while. Then either twitch it
slightly or start working it slowly back towards you. The Snag Proof
Wiggle Wog can be worked the same way with great results as we hooked up on bass
blowing up through the weeds to engulf this enticing lure.
Inside this transparent Wiggle
Wog, you can see the glass rattle that gives the lure some audible clicks as you
Aside from weed beds, the Wiggle Wog is also
in open pockets, or even open water because the swim tail provides active kicking action as seen on swimbaits. With a constant slow retrieve, proceed to work the lure on the edge of
vegetation, stumps, and other underwater structure. The Wiggle Wog
provides good tail whipping action, clicks from its implanted glass rattle, and
the best thing of all is that this lure is weedless. Aside from a slow retrieve,
you can crank it fast to make the Wiggle Wog swim just beneath the surface of
the water. I was able to get the lure to run like a swimbait about 1 foot
below, and if I wanted it to dive deeper, dipping the rod tip underwater did
the trick nicely.
Strikes from largemouth bass are
quite explosive as they try to engulf the tempting meal that's too good to pass
Hookin' Up: During the field tests the
Wiggle Wog attracted many fish both engulfing the entire lure and also ones that striked at
the tail portion only, missing the hook completely. But that's one thing
you'll have to sacrifice while fishing top water weedless lures. The
chances of hooking up is less, but the excitement is thrilling. With the Snag
Proof Tournament Frog, I trimmed the skirts shorter and increased my chances of
bringing a fish to the boat. But with the Wiggle Wog, that's not possible
and sometimes the fish would grab the tail and run, and as you set the hook only
to see the Wiggle Wog sail right back in the air. When you do end
up getting a good hook set on a fish, it's very rewarding experience to have caught
such a nice
bass using the Wiggle Wog in places you wouldn't previously imagined.
Squeezing the flexible hollow soft
plastic body does no harm to the lure as it just pops right back into its
original shape. Also notice the extremely sharp Owner hook
Durability: If you're familiar with the Tournament Frog, then your
learning curve for this new lure is very short. The Wiggle Wog
is similar in that it's molded out of plastic. The plastic is quite
durable. Even when bass grabs no harm is done thanks to the resilient plastic
used to make this top water lure.
Other things you might question are the
hooks and the glass rattle system. The hooks are extremely sharp and
have remained that way after many fish, and after a month of fishing the points
remained razor-sharp. The glass rattle system takes on
zero damage as it resides within the Wiggle Wog. Will the rattle ever
fall out? No, the only way you can remove the rattle is through
the little hole where the hook comes through the rear portion of the lure.
This opening is tiny and snug, and the rattle remained in place
during our field trials cast after cast.