Saturday, April 5, 2008 at 8:17 PM
Paca Chunks are jig trailers made by the Netbait lure company. I'm still fairly new to jig fishing and after doing some reading, I found a lot of great info out there about Paca Chunks. Many will tell you that Paca Chunks are the best jig trailer out there. I'm beginning to agree with them. I'll let you decide for yourself.
From what I can tell, Paca Chunks come in three sizes, although the Netbait web site only mentions a 3 inch version. A 3.25 inch Senior size come in packs of six and the smaller 2 to 2.25 inch Tiny chunks come in packs of seven. The regular Paca Chunk comes in packs of six and measures 2.75 to 3 inches in length. On the Netbait website, there are about 30 colors to choose from, so you should have no trouble finding one that matches up with your favorite color jig.
When jig enthusiasts pick their trailers, they usually agree that action is important. However, you'll find out that they will argue whether to use pork or plastic and whether or not one should add any scent. Paca Chunks are not only scented with anise, but have pork fat in the mixture as well as salt. These trailers might work for you pork enthusiasts out there. When I read other reviews, what stood out was how much people talked about the action this trailer has. The arms are patented claws and have a lot of action. With the pork fat mixed in, these trailers should have good action in cold water too. Once when swimming a jig, I noticed the claws moved a lot like plastic frog legs. Seeing as how they are scented with anise, adding additional scent may not be necessary.
Paca Chunks stay on the hook fairly well, although I've had the body of the chunk turn on the hook and angle out to the left more than the right. The claws have broken off a few times though. Whether that was from trauma while retrieving or a bite I will never know. Seeing as how I have yet to catch a bass on a jig, I'm pretty sure it ripped after snagging a submerged branch. Other reviews have commented on claws breaking off too. I have the same problem with the Lake Fork Pig Claws.
You can rig a Paca Chunk on skirted jigs, preferably larger ones, or rig them Texsposed on a plain round head jig without a skirt. The chunks have such long bodies that deciding on where to run the hook through has been a question that still lingers in my brain. When rigged closer to the claws, the body is concealed in the skirt and appears bulky. When rigged towards the back, I probably get more action and the whole thing looks longer, but the trailer tends to turn side to side more often.
I may have more to add as time goes by. I'm hoping this is going to be the trailer that helps me catch my first jig bass. If you use Paca Chunks, feel free to share any tips. As it stands right now, I'm caught between using Paca Chunks and Lake Fork Pig Claws.