Best Bass Fishing Lures of Today

February 2, 2009 by  

Our Outdoors
Nick Simonson


Frog imitations have arguably by many, been the best bass fishing lures ever made.

Frog imitations have arguably by many, been the best bass fishing lures ever made.

Topwater fishing for bass is nothing new. Anglers have experienced the excitement of having bass explode on lures such as the Zara Spook, Rebel Pop-R, and pre-rigged surface plastics like the Bass Rat for decades. But recent revolutions in plastic baits have bass anglers buzzing at the tackle shop and new frog baits hopping across the surfaces of local waters.

Hyped Hoppers

The ongoing frog revolution has expanded a niche area of topwater angling once occupied solely by pre-rigged plastics such as the Scum Frog. Over the past few seasons, baits by Zoom, Yum, Case Plastics and Berkley have provided anglers offerings that combine the fast action of hard surface lures with soft plastic weedless appeal. These new plastics, varying only slightly from brand to brand, are the new “it” lure in terms of topwater bass fishing.

Zoom (, maker of the Trick Worm and other popular plastic baits, enters the amphibian arena with its Horny Toad bait. This soft plastic sports two sickle-shaped legs that churn the water like a standard buzzbait, and gives hungry fish a soft body – instead of metal – to hold on to when they strike. Cranked in with a straight retrieve, the slender body glides over the water’s surface without sinking or snagging on vegetation. The four-inch Horny Toad comes in packs of five for a suggested retail price of $3.99.

Yum’s ( Buzz Frog presents yet another option to anglers looking for that ideal surface lure. The Buzz Frog has the same slender profile with club-shaped legs designed to stir up the water and draw fish in. In a three-and-a-half-inch size, this lure should help anglers imitate most frogs found in area waters. A five-pack runs around $3.99 at most retailers.

Case Plastics’ ( four-inch Buzzin’ Frog combines a fast-moving bait with some subtle leg action that teases mat-dwelling bucketmouths into striking. The body is similar in profile to the other brands, but the legs put a whole new spin on the genre. Equipped with two curly-tail appendages, the Case model can be cranked fast or pulled slowly through the water, providing continuous action at any rate of speed. When fish need more time to see the action, or just a subtle shiver, the Buzzin’ Frog comes through. An eight-pack of these baits retails on the company’s website for $3.99.

Finally, Berkley ( has adapted their line of Gulp! baits to include a frog mold. The Gulp! Batwing Frog presents a biodegradable, scent-releasing product – touted to out-fish live bait – which differs from the standard frog molds of the competition. With a frog-eyed body, and two wider-set “batwing” legs, Berkley’s frog incorporates much of their Gulp! product line’s uniqueness into this bait. Berkley’s four-inch frog comes in bags of four for $4.95 per pack.

Ribbit Rigging

These terrorizing topwater toads are best rigged Texas style without weight to maximize their sputtering surface action. Run a 1/0 to 3/0 worm hook through the nose of the bait about one-quarter of an inch and pop it out of the bottom of the bait. Depending on the model, there may be a groove where the hook can sit underneath the plastic back to keep the lure completely weedless. For better hooksets, punch the hook point back out through the top of the bait body and let it lay on top of the lure.

Cast the lure near shore or to the edge of some vegetation and crank it back causing a major surface stir. If fish are holding tight to nearby cover or in open pockets within the weeds, pause the bait in those holes to trigger strikes. Vary the speed of the retrieve to find out what the fish want.

Many times, anglers are excited by the explosive strike that surface baits generate and they tend to set the hook too fast. Waiting for just a split second to feel the fish at the end of the line can increase hook-ups. It isn’t the easiest thing to do (especially with the adrenaline rush that occurs) and may take some practice, but it will come eventually.

It is important for anglers to be certain that the rod and line are strong enough to deal with the abusive areas being fished. A medium rod and ten-pound test line should be the bare minimum for fishing these lures in weed-choked bays and along shorelines.

Topwater action heats up as summer does, especially early in the morning or late evening. Longer, warmer days make right now the perfect time to tie on one of these revolutionary plastics and set the hook into big fish and big excitement…in our outdoors.


2 Comments on "Best Bass Fishing Lures of Today"

  1. Fred Padgett on Sat, 8th May 2010 10:22 am 

    Where and how may I purchase the Case buzz frog lure?

  2. BassFranky on Thu, 17th Feb 2011 1:07 am 

    Great post, i personally think that using the buzz frog lure is considered one of the best bass fishing techniques out there.

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