One-half inch of anything doesn’t seem like much, but to BOOYAH brand ambassador Scott Larsen, it can mean all the difference in the world when it comes to hooking up with largemouth bass.

While Larsen, of New Port Richey, Fla., is a multi-species angler who fishes both fresh- and saltwater, there are few things he’d rather do than throw surface lures to largemouths. And the critical ½ inch he mentions is the difference between BOOYAH’s Pad Crasher Jr. and Pad Crasher topwater frogs.

“Both lures work great, and I fish both of them, but I definitely use the Crasher Jr. more often,” he said. 

The Jr. excels in open water, or over flats with sparse cover, he explained.

“Because it’s more of a finesse bait, you can move it slower and do more things with it — make it look like other things a bass would eat, especially when I’m using the Cricket Frog pattern. Its natural colors resemble a number of forage types. I also think that, overall, bass are more willing to attack the smaller version.”

When does the full-size Pad Crasher come into play? Larsen reserves the larger lure for fishing waters with a reputation for producing big fish, or anywhere there’s thick lily pads, matted vegetation or other types of heavier cover, or under low-light conditions. “Situations where you need to cause slightly more commotion to get the bait noticed.”

Finally, when fishing either lure, Larsen recommends going with fairly stout equipment. His rig is a medium-heavy spinning rod, 15-pound braided mainline and a 25-pound low-vis mono shock leader.