The Lure Shelf: SPRO Bronzeye Popper - Major League Fishing

The Lure Shelf: SPRO Bronzeye Popper

November 14, 2008 • Sean Ostruszka • Angler Columns

You may be asking yourself why I’ve chosen back-to-back topwater lures to kick off this weekly blog.

Really, there could be any host of reasons. It might be because all I have on my shelf are topwater lures (it’s not). It might be because that’s all I throw (I wish). It also could be that I want to remember a time when it’s warm because the temperatures are dropping and I’m already sick of scraping my car in the morning (I need to move to Florida). But really the answer is because … I looked over, spotted this frog and said, “It’s your turn.” Sorry, wish I had a better explanation.

Anyways, let’s take a look at this popping frog. If you’re even remotely a frog fan, you’ve probably already be introduced to the original SPRO Bronzeye Frog. Well, meet it’s louder and skinnier brother. Aside from the large, gaping, popping mouth, the first thing I noticed was the skinnier profile and smaller hook. But don’t fret about hook ups. The 3/0 Gamakatsu EWG Double Hook fits perfectly into the slimmer design. And it’s that thinner design that gives this lure such an amazing action.

I could go on and on about the action, but you’d probably rather see it. Luckily, you can go to and check out the video of Dean Rojas making it do things that should be illegal. I mean c’mon! He can get it to slap, chug, pop, corner and walk! And that’s before it even hits the water. Ok, so that’s a stretch, but he is Dean Rojas, King of Frog Fishing, so there probably is some truth to it.

The main thing is that he’s not the only one who can make it move like that! I took it out on a local pond and was amazed at how easily it walked and popped. In fact, I was trying to make a frog myself, and then I threw this lure and realized, “Why make one when this does everything?”

Now if only it would get warmer so I could throw it. Or maybe I need to take a trip …

Slam the hooks!