The following is a continuation from Part 1.
6. Unique skirt strands on legs
Instead of silicone strands for legs, Jackall chose 18 strands of extra thin rubber. The thread-thin rubber looks more natural as it fans out and undulates, wafting over the surface. It’s the difference between regular spaghetti and angel hair.
Do not mess with these legs too much. Some guys will trim the legs down really short, like Cee Lo Green’s stubby arms poking out. They do it for “less drag”, “better hookups” or whatever. The Iobee is best in more scattered vegetation and open water environments, slung up under branches, over laydowns, etc… The legs add to the appeal. The only time I might trim them short is if I dedicate one to fishing mats, which in that case I usually prefer the Snagproof frog anyway as detailed in this article.
Other guys will trim one leg shorter thinking it will walk better. Dumb idea. I think it works best with equal length. DO NOT do any of this. Those are ill-conceived remedies that don’t work. When you get a frog like the Iobee, you won’t need to dream up lame alterations like that.
7. I’m a “Walk-the-Frog” champ with it
There is no other frog on the market that walks as easily as this Iobee. Unlike some other frogs which are mostly flat at the bottom, the Iobee has a keel shape that “cuts” the water as it throws its subtly curved badonkadonk from side to side. In fact, you’ll notice that if you point your rod straight down towards the frog while reeling it in, it won’t want to come in straight. It wants to choose a left or right path as it comes back towards you. This frog works for you, not against you.
Some frogs are pretty finicky when it comes to walking. You either do it just right, with the perfect amount of pull, timing, and slack, or it won’t work. Not so with the Iobee. It’s very forgiving in that you can work it several different ways and it still walks. I have the ability to animate this frog like no other. I feel like I can literally tell it what to do and even “steer” it to some extent when necessary — just like a Spook.
8. “Rate of stall”
My friend Matt Peters of Southern Trout Eaters fame has talked about “rate of stall“ or “ROS”. Hollow bodied frogs are great for their stall ability, but many frogs lose a lot of their stall ability once you start walking them because of the forward travel required to get them going. The Iobee can walk with very little forward travel, so you can make it dance and boogie with minimal stall loss. With the Iobee, I have two stall choices… I can let it sit and “waft” about on top, or walk it. I can twitch 4-5 full fledged walks — all the way to the left and right — and move it three inches from the hot spot.
9. A Real Pervert
Another benefit of the Iobee’s ROS is its ability to aggravate bedding bass. Since my hookups are so great with the Iobee, I can get away with using it around bedding bass. The superb ROS allows me to hover it over a bed like some kind of sick amphibian voyeur perv and aggravate the bass into striking.
The bass are like…
“Get out of here frog! We’re trying to get it on. Why don’t you leave us alone, frog!”
10. Loud is overrated
You can walk it violently or you can walky it stealthy. Loud or quiet. Power or finesse. But the real thing of beauty is how quiet I can make this frog while still giving it substantial action. You can make this frog throw water, but you can also make it “slither”. I think the ability to be quiet with baits like this is largely underestimated.
11. Does not require constant draining
One of the most annoying things I’ve experienced with lesser frogs is the constant squeezing required to drain the water. I feel sorry for Dean Rojas if he has to go through that water expelling ritual as much as I did with my old “kermits”. This is a time waster.
Jackall has sealed off the most common water entry sites and consequently have saved me lots of time. I’m fishing more, squeezing less.
12. Perfect all-around size
This frog is a sufficiently sized meal for a big bass, yet not so big that it discourages some of those smaller fish you sometimes need. I’ve dug this frog out of the mouth of plenty 12-13″ bass, but you’ll catch all sizes with this frog… as evidenced by the picture below…
BassEast has a great phone interview of Dave Wolak talking about this 10 pounder. Give it a listen if you want to hear more about this giant frog-eating bass. There’s a great phone interview posted that you’ve got to check out!