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There are some great rods in the market but a select few really stand out as good frog rods to us, here is a rundown of what we consider to be the 5 best frog rods for the money and why (the Dobyn Fury R 735C is our top pick);
We have done a detailed rundown of each looking at length, weight, action, power and sensitivity to give a good summary which hopefully will help give you some good suggestions.
We have covered our favorite Frog fishing reels over at this article.
Top 5 Frog Rods For The Money: Reviews
Here are our reviews of our top 5 frog rod picks;
1. Dobyns Rods Fury Series FR 735C
Do keep in mind that this is a baitcasting rod, so you do need to be careful in terms of backlash, but it is great for casting distance and accuracy. Personally, we like the AA cork grip and the high density butt used here.
Length & Weight
In terms of weight, this thing comes in at around 3 ounces, which is great because this is considered to be very lightweight. It’s more than light enough for ease of casting and to reduce fatigue.
When it comes to the length of this rod, it is 7 feet 3 inches long. This is nice because the length does allow for good casting distance, which is needed when frog fishing, plus it is also a good rod for casting accuracy.
With that being said, it’s not so long that casting out of cover should be much of an issue.
When it comes to action, the Dobyns Fury 735C is an extra fast action rod. This is what you need for frog fishing. For one, the fast action is great for frog fishing because it allows you to walk the frog and maneuver it in the exact way that you want.
It’s a super responsive rod and it barely takes any movement on your end to move the lure. Moreover, the extra fast action here also allows for really quick hook sets, which is essential for bass fishing, especially when the bass are in heavy cover.
This is a heavy power rod. This is also great for frog fishing, because a heavy power rod is ideal for catching large bass, for using heavy braided line, and for using heavy frog lures.
A super heavy power rod might not be best for casting distance, but it does help with accuracy, and it does allow for a high degree of tensile strength and muscling power.
Material & Sensitivity
The FR 735C is made out of high quality graphite, which we do appreciate because it is very sensitive, but also fairly strong. It’s not the most flexible rod around, but it has a lot of sensitivity so you can feel small nibbles and get that hook set fast.
- Extremely sensitive.
- Perfect length for casting and frog fishing.
- Very sensitive and allows for fast hook sets.
- Great for walking the frog.
- Great for large lures and large bass.
- Not the most flexible rod around.
- Heavy power reduces casting distance a little bit.
2. Lews Fishing Speed Stick
When it comes to lightweight durability, and a whole lot of variation, the Lews Fishing Speed Stick is a really good option.
It comes in many different lengths, action ratings, and power ratings, not to mention that it is very sensitive, has awesome reel guides, a lightweight skeletal reel seat, and lightweight EVA foam handles too.
Length & Weight
This is a super lightweight rod. It’s convenient for frog fishing because a lightweight rod is easy to handle, can be easily cast, and should to cause you to fatigue too much either. In terms of length, this rod comes in various lengths ranging from 6 foot 10 inches to 7 feet 6 inches.
Personally, we would recommend the longest rod option here, because the longer the rod is, the further you can cast and the more leverage you can get on the fish. However, if you want something more maneuverable, or something that you want to use to cast out of cover, a slightly shorter option might be best. (it’s really down to personal preference).
Lews Fishing Speed Stick does also come in various actions ratings, which is nice because it does give you some choice and versatility. With that being said, the fast action option, or even the super fast action option, is best.
This is because you need the frog to be highly responsive to your movements so you can walk and finesse it as you please. A fast action rod like this also goes a long way in helping to provide for a fast hook set, another important factor.
Lews Fishing Speed Stick does also come in a lot of variety in terms of power ratings. Here you can choose between moderate, light, moderate light, heavy, and moderate-heavy. The point here is that you can choose the rod with the power rating that works best for you.
If you are planning on going for small bass and are using a small frog lure, a lighter rod is best. However, if you are dragging the frog through weeds, need heavy line, are going for big fish, and are using a heavy frog lure, we would recommend going as heavy as possible.
Material & Sensitivity
This rod is made out of extra sensitive and high quality graphite. It is actually somewhat flexible, which is impressive for a graphite rod. However, it really stands out because of its high level of sensitivity, as this is great for feeling small nibbles and getting a really fast hook set.
- Comfortable handle.
- Various lengths.
- Various action and power ratings.
- Tip of the rod is not the most durable.
3. St. Croix Mojo Casting Rod
Just like the previous frog rod we looked at, this one comes in various lengths, action ratings, and power ratings too. Now, we are not really going to focus on the variations for this rod as much as we did for the previous rod, as there is one option here which we like quite a bit.
This is a lightweight rod with high quality guides and a great reel seat, one that should be more than ideal for frog fishing, whether of bass or otherwise.
Length & Weight
The St. Croix Mojo comes in various lengths ranging from 6 feet 8 inches to 7 feet 11 inches. However, here we want to focus specifically on the 7 foot 1 inch model. Personally, we like this length because it is long enough to allow for pretty good casting distance, power, and accuracy.
However, it is not so long that it is hard to cast out of cover, and not so long that it is no longer maneuverable. In terms of weight, this is quite a lightweight rod, which also helps with maneuverability, plus it helps to reduce fatigue as well.
Yes, the St. Croix Mojo does come in various action ratings, but here, we would go with the fastest action rating possible, which is the fast action version. For one, the fast action version allows for great responsiveness.
The lure will move as soon as you move the handle even just a little bit, thus allowing for a great walking the frog fishing technique, and other types of finesse fishing too. Having such a fast action rating definitely helps in terms of getting a fast hook set as well. It’s not the best for pulling a frog through weeds, but it should still work decently for this.
This rod does also come in various power ratings ranging from medium and medium-heavy to heavy. We personally would recommend going as heavy as possible here. No, this is not the best for casting distance, but you do want a heavy power rod for frog fishing.
For one, it will require minimal movement on your end to get a fast and secure hook set. Moreover, using a heavy power rod will allow you to drag the frog through weeds, to use heavy braided line, to use a big frog, and to catch large bass.
Material & Sensitivity
In terms of the material, this rod is made out of high-modulus SCIII graphite. In other words, this rod is fairly durable, but also has a great level of sensitivity. It is more than sensitive enough to feel even the smallest of nibbles, which then translates to a fast hook set.
It also allows you to feel the difference between weeds and nibbles with ease. All in all, this rod is made to be quite durable, which includes the handle, reel seat, guides, and the blanks too.
- Comes with a lot of variety.
- Ideal for many purposes.
- Great all around sensitivity, power, and action.
- Has been known to arrive damaged.
4. Abu Garcia Vengeance Casting Rod
This is a nice and simple baitcasting rod to go with, baitcasting rods are ideal for heavy lines and lures, for long distance casting, and accurate casting too. Just watch out for the backlash that might happen if not used properly.
Other than that, this rod does come in some variations in terms of rod lengths and power ratings. It also has high density EVA handles, which are fairly and comfortable, plus stainless steel guides with titanium oxide inserts for smoothness and long lasting durability.
Length & Weight
The Abu Garcia Vengeance does come in various lengths ranging from 6 feet 6 inches to 7 feet 6 inches. As we have mentioned before, personally we would recommend a longer rod for frog fishing.
The longer the rod is, the more leverage and responsiveness you can get out of the frog. Moreover, a longer rod will also help a whole lot when it comes to casting far distances. If you are casting out of cover, or just want something shorter for increase maneuverability, the 7 foot model might be best for you.
This rod is a fast action rod. As far as we can tell, this thing does not come in any other action ratings other than fast. However, this is perfectly fine for frog fishing. The fast action design, for one, does help when it comes to accurate casting.
However, the really big benefit here is that the fast action nature of this rod allows you walk the frog with ease and perform other kinds of finesse fishing too. Moreover, the fast action design of this rod allows you to set the hook really fast so the bass or other fish does not get away, as they are known to do.
We do like how the Abu Garcia Vengeance comes in various power ratings. Here you can choose from medium, medium-heavy, or heavy power. As mentioned previously, for frog fishing, you are probably best off going with a very heavy rod.
For one, this will allow you to pull that frog through the weeds without too much effort. A heavy power rod like this is also ideal for casting accuracy, but not the best for casting distance. Yet, the heavy power rating here is awesome if you want to use heavy line, heavy lures, and go for the largest of bass.
Material & Sensitivity
This rod is made out of durable 24-ton high modulus graphite. Now, this might cut back on durability and flexibility a little bit, but it does also mean that this thing is highly sensitive. Feeling small nibbles and allowing for fast hook sets are two things which this particular rod does very well.
- Various length and power ratings.
- Good action for frog fishing.
- Very sensitive to nibbles.
- Good real seat and guides.
- Heavy power is not the best for casting distance.
- The handles, although comfortable, are not the most durable.
5. KastKing Speed Demon Pro Rod
First off, keep in mind that this is a one piece rod, so it is not the most portable because you cannot take it apart. However, with that being said, this is a great rod for frog fishing.
It comes with a whole lot of variety and various ratings and lengths for you to choose from. This thing is lightweight, durable, has really high quality guides and reel seats, and quite the durable handle too, although the handle here is not the most comfortable.
Length & Weight
Ok, so we did mention that the KastKing Speed Demon Pro comes in many different lengths, as well as action and power ratings too. However, there is one specific one we want to focus on here, the 7 foot 2 inch heavy casting rod for frogs.
The 7 foot 2 inch model is quite ideal for frog fishing, which is because it is more than long enough so you can launch the frog a fairly long distance, and to get good leverage on the fish as well. However, we would also say that it is still short enough to be maneuverable, even when casting out of cover.
Moreover, this rod is also quite lightweight, which comes in handy for various reasons including maneuverability and fatigue. On a side note, do keep in mind that this is a casting rod, which is great for casting large baits, and for accurate long distance casting, but you do have to watch out for knotting and line backlash.
This is a fast action rod, at least this model is. Of course, a fast action rod is best for frog fishing because you can get a good handle on the lure. It allows for a great walking the frog technique, as well as for other fast action frog fishing techniques.
The fast action nature of this rod also allows you to get a really fast and secure hook set in place, another important aspect of frog fishing, especially for bass.
This particular version of the KastKing Speed Demon Pro is a heavy power rod, and by now, you should know that a heavy power rod is best for frog fishing. The heavy power design of this rod makes it ideal for using braided line, in order to pull the frog and prey through the weeds.
While it is not the best for casting distance in this sense, it is an accurate caster. Moreover, being heavy power in design allows you to use big frogs and fish for big bass.
Material & Sensitivity
This rod is made out of high quality graphite, so there are no questions about whether or not this thing is sensitive. It is more than sensitive for frog fishing, to feel nibbles, and to allow for a fast hook set.
The graphite used here may not be quite as durable or flexible as fiberglass, but it still holds its own one the less.
- Great action for frog fishing.
- Long enough for good casting.
- Very sensitive.
- Fast hook set.
- Heavy power for ideal frog fishing.
- Rod handle is not the most comfortable.
- Might suffer from some backlash.
What Makes A Good Frog Rod?
Before you go out and buy just any rod for frog fishing, whether you are going for bass or other fish, there are some main considerations that you should always keep in mind.
The first thing that you need to keep in mind when selecting a frog rod is that it needs to be the right length. You do want a long rod for frog fishing, preferably anything over 7 feet, or even longer.
The reason for this is because you do want to have a good deal of leverage over the lure and fish. Moreover, frogs can be a little hard to cast, but if you have a long rod, casting far distances should not be much of an issue.
You do also need to keep the specific action rating of the rod in question in mind here. You want a fast or super-fast action rod for frog fishing. You need the frog to be highly responsive to your movements.
For one, this will help with finesse fishing techniques such as walking the frog, which is one of the best ways to catch bass. Moreover, a fast action rod will allow you to get a really fast and secure hook set as well.
When it comes to rod power, a frog rod should be heavy or super heavy in power, at least generally speaking. The heavier the rod is in terms of power, the larger and heavier of a frog lure you can use.
Moreover, this also allows you to use heavy braided line, which is durable, so you can pull the frogs through weeds. A heavy power rod is also ideal for going for those big bass.
The rod you get for frog fishing should be made of graphite. The reason for this is because you need a highly sensitive rod that can feel nibbles with ease, one which will allow you to distinguish between weeds and nibbles, and therefore allows for a fast hook set too.
5. Baitcasting vs Spinning
Spinning rods are much easier to use than baitcasting rods. However, baitcasting rods are better for braided line, for casting, and for heavier lures.
You will probably want to go with a baitcasting rod for frog fishing.
When it comes down to it, all 5 of the frog fishing rods which we have looked at here today are more than ideal. Just keep in mind to choose a reasonable length, fast action, and heavy power rod, preferably one made of graphite, and you should be totally fine.