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Fishing Reviews  DM any questions! Owners: @fishingtothe_max FL @a_d0g NJ Partnered with @themnangler and @reelin_n_railin Max's Pro-staffs: WOO! Tungsten Izzle Baits

The Z-Man Pop Frogz is a super durable floating soft plastic frog. Made of Z-Man's popular Elaz-tech material, this frog floats and can withstand countless strikes from bass and toothy predators alike. It features a nice,  plump body and comes in at 4" long, or 6" long for those bigger fish. Also featuring 6 realistic colors (except chartreuse), the frog is perfect for both heavy cover and open water. In the middle of the body, the frog features a nice, deep hook slot since Elaz-tech isn't easy to skin hook. Z-Man replaced a normal frog head with a popping one on this frog, which spits a good deal of water with a downward jerk of the rod tip. The rear of the bait features two curly tails with small paddles at the end, which I have to say don't work very well. As you can (sorta) see in the video, the tails don't really splash or swim very well, and are prone to sticking to sticks and branches. The other downside is that the frog tends to land upside down, therefore exposing your hook to snags. This is usually fixed with a small pop of the rod tip, but it's something to put into consideration when fishing heavy cover or pads. Honestly, I'd rather use this solely as a popping frog in lighter weeds, but not for swimming or hopping in heavy cover. For a decent, soft plastic popping frog, give the Z-Man Pop Frogz a try.
MSRP: 3.99 for an 3-4 pack
Rating: 6/10
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The Fleabag 110 by Jenko fishing is your run of the mill spook... except slightly worse. First off, let's start with the good. The design on this bait looks almost hand made, that's how beautiful it is. It features a "cracked" black top, baitfish scale sides, and a cloud white bottom to imitate a Shad. Another plus are the small beads located inside the lure to create a slightly more irritated approach. However, where there's good, there's always bad. The walking action isn't really a walking action at all... it's more of a "go side to side sometimes and go underwater 30% of the time" action. It's almost as if you got your line looped around the hook of a crankbait... imagine that action- kinda terrible. Beside the poor action, the hooks are something you'd see from your Grandpa's basement. In other words, they're garbage. The ponds I fish have a thin layer of hydrilla around the edge, and when reeling it in you have to go through it. Every single occasion, the hooks bent out by the time the lure was in my hands. If a small thing of plants can do that, imagine what even a 2 pound bass could do. Overall, I think that there are much better alternatives as opposed to using this walking bait, such as the KVD, and Heddon Spook.
Rating: 6.5/10
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The GrandeBass Beaver Craw is an excellent creature bait that excels when flipped into any kind of cover. At 4.5 inches long, the bait can fit up to a 5/0 hook, EWG or flipping. The craw has a fat, yet slim, body with three small appendages on each side that give off slight vibrations underwater, and two large ribbed claws that have a subtle flap, enticing bass on any rig. On one side of the body, there is a large hook pocket that's surrounded by reversed ribs. These both improve hookups and give off vibrations in the water. The size is perfect, as the bait easily mimics bluegill and crawfish, but can be trimmed down if you want to rig it as a jig trailer. Even though there are only 8, the colors on the Grande Craw are D Bomb quality, coming in with colors that are great for any water quality and accurately mimic bottom-feeding species. For a great craw to flip, jig, or drag, give the GrandeBass Beaver Craw a try.
MSRP: 4.49 for an 8 pack
Rating: 8.5/10
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The Big Bite Baits Shaking Squirrel is an amazing alternative to the famous Roboworm.  While the worm may seem almost identical to the Roboworm, it has a few differences that just might make you pick it over the Robo. First of all, the worm is slightly cheaper than the Robo and comes with more baits per pack. Colorwise, it has 11 great colors, including a few unique ones, that will work well for nearly any situation. The worm comes in 2 sizes: 4.5in and 6in, so you can match whatever forage that lives in your waters and use the worm for many different rigs. If you look closely at the body, you will see very subtle ribs that put off a slight vibration in the water. The body also tapers down to a super thin tail that offers superb action, whether it's on a drop shot, shaky head, wacky, or Texas rig. This amazing action is not only caused by the thin tail, but it's also caused by the super soft, handpour-quality plastic. This soft plastic compliments the action very well, but doesn't hurt the durability too much. You can get roughly 3-4 fish on one bait, depending on how it's rigged. The worm also comes generously salted, making fish hold on longer. For a great, near-equal, cheap alternative to the Roboworm, give the Big Bite Baits Shaking Squirrel a try.
MSRP: 2.99 for a 10-12 pack, depending on size
Rating: 9/10
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This right here, is a hook many people may not even know exists- it's called a Gamakatsu Finesse (circle) wide gap hook. These are hands down my favorite choice when throwing a wacky rigged stickbait. Coming in a ton of sizes from 6/0 to size 4, you'll be sure to match about any size stickbait you're throwing. For senkos, I prefer either a 2/0 or 3/0. As we all know, Gamakatsu does not bend out, so you won't ever have to worry about losing a fish. It features a huge barb (which I actually mash down a bit... it's huge), which also ensures no lost fish. You can catch anything from a 1 pounder to a 10 pounder on these things. Perhaps my favorite thing about this hook is how... well, WIDE it is. The senko (second picture) sits absolutely perfectly on the hook, where any strike results in a hookup. The hook is also super sharp, as always. If you're throwing into cover, Gamakatsu also makes a weedless version of this hook. For a very reliable hook, you can't beat this.
Rating: 10/10
MSRP: $3.49 (6pk)
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The BioSpawn VileCraw is an excellent, versatile craw that I like to think as the "Senko of craws". Coming in at 4" with 17 beautiful colors, this craw will match different types of forages in your waters, and can be rigged in a large variety of ways. It can be rigged on all types of jigs, weightless as a topwater frog, swum on a weighted hook like a swimbait, dropshotted, and flipped on a Texas rig. This allows the bait to imitate frogs, craws, bluegill, shad, and everything in between. With 2 flanged claws, the craw has an enticing swimming action that appeals to agressive and finicky bass alike. Between the claws, there is one thin antenna with a paddle at the end. This small appendage provides a subtle action and allows the bait to still be used if the claws rip off. The body features a long hook slot on one side and a boat-like angled shape on the other to make skipping much easier. The durability is pretty good, as it will last you roughly 3-5 fish, depending on how it's rigged. The only downside to this bait is the price - that's one of the reasons why I compared it to a Senko. At around 6 dollars for a 7 pack, you pay roughly 85 cents per bait, which doesn't sound like a lot, but is comparable to many other plastics that are much cheaper. For a great, super versatile craw, give the BioSpawn VileCraw a try.
MSRP: 5.99 for a 7 pack
Rating: 8.5/10
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This here's Frank, the frog-crank. Officially called the Rebel Frog-R, this 2" topwater is a strange looking bait with surprisingly good action. Featuring a fairly realistic body and coming in 4 colors, Frank mimics a frog's looks pretty well. Actionwise, it's pretty good, as with short twitches of the rod, Frank sweeps side to side with a nice walking action. While the looks and action of the bait are pretty good, the application is the strange part - frogs usually reside in heavy vegetation, and Frank features a pair of trebles. Because of this, Frank cannot be thrown in heavy cover and is an open water bait. Therefore, I just think the concept behind Frank is kinda stupid and that's why I gave it such a low rating. If anything, I suggest you put a brown/green/white skirted treble on the rear hook hanger, so it gives the imitation of frog legs. If you have open-water frogs in your area, then give the Rebel Frog-R a try. (Sorry Frank!) MSRP: 4.59
Rating: 5.5/10
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The Gene Larew Punch Out Craw is perhaps one of the best bluegill/craw imitating creature baits on the market. With a compact shape and slim body, the bait slips through cover easily and increases hookups. It has two large, flanged claws that will flap when swum, and one spear-type appendage that subtly waves. All these appendages come connected, but they can be separated in order to get more action. The bait comes in 10, realistic colors that will perfectly match a bluegill or craw in any water clarity. The head of the bait is also a bit thicker, keeping beefier hooks pinned to the bait. The durability of the craw is nothing special, as it will last you the normal amount of 3-5 fish depending on how it's rigged. Rigging options vary, as it can be used on anything from a Texas rig to a trailer to a drop shot with the claws removed, but my favorite way to rig it is with a pegged @wootungsten 1/4oz weight, WOO! flipping bead, and a Mustad Grip Pin Flipping Hook. Whether it's flipped, swap, or trailed, the Gene Larew Punch Out Craw is a great, multifunctional plastic that should be considered by people with bluegill or craws in their waters.
MSRP: 4.99 for an 8 pack
Rating: 9.5/10
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Sadly, I don't see many people using flukes nowadays. Flukes are a great alternative to jerkbaits when the fish are in the dead of heat. The KVD Caffeine Shad is my favorite fluke for larger bass, not only because of its' large profile, but because of the insane action it gets in the water. Coming in at 5", this bait is guaranteed to catch you some big fish as well as smaller ones. My favorite way to fish this bait is right under the top of the water, where you can cause a slight agitation on the surface. On the other hand, you can fish this super deep on a Carolina rig or even a jig head! The durability of this bait is great, lasting you anywhere from 5-10 fish on a single lure. A 3/0-4/0 EWG hook is a perfect fit for this bait, as it sits nice and snug under the 2 bottom flaps. Compared to the Yamamoto flukes or Zoom flukes, I'd say this is a fair trade when going for quality over quantity.
Rating: 9/10
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The Izzle Baits 13 inch Worm is a magnum-sized straight tail worm with an amazing hog-catching action. Having 4 large ribs in the front and over 20 smaller ribs until the ribbed tail, this "ribby" bait has a great flicker and shake when hopped on the bottom. The plastic on this bait is perfect, as it allows great action and great durability. The head or body doesn't rip after a couple fish or being flipped through heavy cover. The only time when you may question durability is on hooksets, as the fish may only have the back end of the worm in its mouth and not the hook, so if you yank hard, you'll risk tearing the bait. This is easily fixed by just making sure that the fish has the hook. Being over a foot long, this worm requires some hefty tackle; a 5/0-10/0 hook should do the job, and a 1/4oz weight or more will keep your worm glued to the bottom. Personally, I like a 5/0 Mustad Big Bite Worm Hook with a pegged WOO! Tungsten 1/4oz weight and flippin bead - this allows the worm to stay weedless and get decent hookups. Of course, the worm can be trimmed down to size if you want a smaller presentation or something you can fit on a normal sized shakey head. Just like all Izzle Baits plastics, the worm can me made to any color/flake combination you like, providing a custom color that will match whatever forage lives in your waters. For a great, magnum sized, big bass-catching worm, give the Izzle Baits 13in Worm a try.
MSRP: 4.99 for a 5 pack
Rating: 9/10
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