VIDEO: Rapala Terminator® Walking Frog Jr
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When bass are eating small baitfish in thick vegetation and around cover, walk softly and catch big fish with a Rapala Terminator® Walking Frog Jr. A half-inch smaller than the original Walking Frog, it walks with a more subtle action.
“When bass are feeding on smaller forage, they’ll often eat the smaller frog better,” says Terminator Pro, Ott DeFoe. “Its size matches the hatch better and its action isn’t quite as aggressive.”
Both the 2-1/2-inch Walking Frog Jr. and its big brother, the 3-inch Walking Frog, feature lifelike detail from nose to skirt. They’re both tail-weighted to increase casting distance and stability on the retrieve, and each features a custom VMC® frog-gap hook, lifelike round-rubber legs and heavy-duty welded line ties.
The body of a Terminator Walking Frog, senior or junior, is extra-soft, easily compressing when a bass bites, increasing your hook-up ratio. Its pointed nose slides easily over the top of matted vegetation.
“It’s totally weedless, so you can fish it across the surface of grass that’s totally topped out,” DeFoe says. “I don’t care if it’s duckweed, hydrilla, milfoil, grass, whatever — any type of vegetation that’s up on the surface, you’re going to be able to fish around it and through it and not get hung up.”
That being said, Walking Frogs of both sizes can be fished around cover other than grass. Overhanging trees are among DeFoe’s other favorite targets.
“There’s a lot cooler water under those overhanging trees, but it’s very difficult to get a bait in there to them if you can’t skip it. But a Terminator Frog, you can skip really well,” says DeFoe.
The Walking Frog Jr. weighs a half-ounce. It’s available in 16 colour patterns: Hot Shad, Bluegill, White Camo, Black Camo, Cocoa Camo, Hot Mud Camo, Brown Camo, Yellow Leopard, Lime Leopard, Green Leopard, Hot Chartreuse Shad, Smoke Silver Shad, Bull Frog, Ghost Pearl, Ghost and Black Chartreuse Leopard.