Today is the last day of Soft Plastics Week and I'm finishing it up with a cool new toad from Berkley: the Powerbait Chigger Toad. This bait is the newest addition to the popular Chigger lineup and adds some features to make it a topwater bait. The bait comes in several great colors and is full of the PowerBait scent. I don't believe scent is as big of a deal on a fast moving topwater bait like this, but it can't hurt.
I fish soft plastic toad baits quite often here in Florida and have come to know what makes a good toad. For me, the most important part of the bait is how well the tails kick at varying speeds. I liked the Chigger Toad for fast retrieves, but at slower speeds it did have some problems. It would kind of slide along the surface and wouldn't kick as much as I would have liked. At a fast speed, the action was great.
The bait measures in at 4" and is very compact. I like the tail design and added features on the sides of the bait. When I first saw this bait, I thought about using it as a pitching and flippin' bait as well. I think it would do just as well below the surface as it does on top. I would rather use this bait for pitching or as a jig trailer than any other "toad" style bait. It just seems more like a creature bait than the others. The body is fairly soft, which should allow for better hookups on topwater strikes. I liked this bait, and will continue to use it along with my other favorite baits in this category.
Scoring for the Powerbait Chigger Toad
The baits sell for $3.49 for a pack of 4. That comes out to 87 cents each. It's really not much more than a pack of Horny Toads or Stanley Ribbits (around 75 cents each)
I didn't catch near enough fish on this bait to decide for sure, but after hooking and re-rigging several times, I am still using the first bait.
It kicks very well at a higher speed, at slower speeds: not so much.
It's a toad, it can't be too innovative.
Online at TackleWarehouse, and also at the local Bass Pro Shops.
Total Score: 14 - Worth a Shot!