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Lure Review


Spro's New Dean Rojas Bronzeye Spit Shad


Date: 10/29/17
Tackle Type: Lure
Manufacturer: Spro
Reviewer: Cal

Total Score: 8.08 - GREAT

Back in 2013, we reviewed a new bait from Spro representing yet another variation on the popular hollow bodied frog. It was their Bronzeye Shad 65 - a bait that's super easy to walk. Today, we take a look at a variation in that same bait with the incorporation of a cupped mouth. Introducing our look at the Spro, Dean Rojas Bronzeye Spit Shad 60.


Spro Dean Rojas Bronzeye Spit Shad 60 Specifications

Type Hollow Body Frog/Shad Bait
Length 60mm ~2 1/3"
Weight 1/2oz
Material Soft Plastic
Colors 7
Hooks 4/0 Gamakatsu Frog Hook
MSRP $9.99


Introducing Spro's Dean Rojas Bronzeye Spit Shad.


Impressions: The Bronzeye Shad 65 is one of my favorite hollow bodied frogs. When I learned of the new Spit Shad variation, I had to order a few right away to check them out. This bait is different than a popping frog as it has a mouth that is open on the bottom and closed on top like an inverted U. Otherwise, it is a half ounce bait measuring just over two and a quarter inches in length with a 4/0 Gamakatsu frog hook.

Rigged and ready to go.

Real World Test: I matched the Spro Bronzeye Spit Shad with my Megabass's Orochi XX Diablo Spec-R (F5-77XX) and JDM Shimano Casitas MGL combo. The reel was spooled with 50lb Sunline FX braid.

Like the majority of frog style baits, the Spit Shad is super easy to cast.

Castability : It never ceases to amaze me how easily these frog baits cast on relatively stout gear given they're only half an ounce in weight. The Bronzeye Spit Shad is no exception to this rule and is very easy to fire into, around, or on top of any structure you may choose. Employing an easy casting reel like the Casitas MGL makes it all the more fun!

The bait's mouth is open on the bottom and closed off on top like an inverted U.

Ease of Actuation : Once in the water, a few twitches of your rod tip reveals the Spit Shad has a very subtle splashing action very fitting to its given name. The bait walks very easily just like its non-spitting sibling, but the added splashes and spits are very reminiscent of baitfish trying to scoot away from a predator.

The bait comes stock with a Gamakatsu frog hook.

Quality of Movement : For best results with this bait, you should probably trim the legs back a bit. This will allow a little more freedom of movement. But otherwise, as mentioned earlier the spitting action of this bait is really just that, small, subtle splashes of water that look more like spits. The bait turns from side to side as you twitch it and make it spit and if you trim the legs, it will do a little walking all at the same time too.

The bait's soft plastic body is of medium density.

Position at Rest : At rest on the surface, the Spit Shad is parallel to the surface of the water and sits ready to make a commotion at the slightest twitch of your rod tip. The bait's body is very buoyant and keeps the bait floating. The Spit Shad is average in terms of taking in water so just remember to squeeze the bait on occasion to check.

Color Pattern : Nasty Shad

Design/Ergonomics: The Spit Shad is relatively new and as of this writing, is only available in seven different colors. The legs - or more correctly, the tail, comes stock very long enabling the angler to trim them as they see fit.

Color Pattern :
Blue Back Herring

Price & Application: Spro's Dean Rojas Bronzeye Spit Shad retails for $9.99 per bait and is a good choice when you want a frog style bait with the traditional walking action but maybe just a little bit more splashing as you work the bait. Don't expect the big splash of a popping frog. The Spit Shad's splashing is even more subtle than a Rico hardbait popper.

Color Pattern :
Red Ear


Spro Dean Rojas Bronzeye Spit Shad 60 Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Good bait to bait consistency 9
Performance Super easy bait to cast into tight holes and really easy to work too 9
Price Middle of the road amongst similar baits 7.5
Features Spitting mouth that gives this bait a unique action 8
Design (Ergonomics) Only 7 colors for now, but Gamakatsu name brand hook 7
Application A more finesse style splashing bait 8

Total Score

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:


+ Interesting splashing action - Only 7 available colors for now
+ Super easy bait to cast  
+ Easy bait to work  

If you're a hollow bodied bait connoisseur, you owe it to your fishing palette to check out Spro's new Bronzeye Spit Shad.

Conclusion: After testing and writing up the original Bronzeye Shad in 2013, that bait became a staple in my box of frog baits. Looks like it's time to make a little more room as the Spit Shad has a very intriguing action. It just offers a little more commotion as it splashes and spits around and it's just as easy to work and cast as the original. If you're a hollow bodied bait connoisseur, you owe it to your fishing palette to check out Spro's new Bronzeye Spit Shad.


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