Chubby Shad Specifications
head and plastic body
- 6 inches
Concave head, hologram foil finish, rigging cavity
||$3.19 - 4.09 (Package price: 1 jig head and 2 bodies)
$4.09 - 5.09 (Jig head: 2 per pack)
$2.99 (3" or 4" bodies: 5 per pack)
Impressions: As the name suggests the MegaBait Chubby
Shad is a mouthful for any fish. The Chubby swimbait is quite stout at the
midsection. Unlike other traditional swimbaits that have a
fairly flat side, the Chubby Shad's body is rounded bearing a much more
realistic profile from all angles. Multiple patterns are available to attract
different species of fish in varying conditions.
The MegaBait Chubby Shad has a
stout profile and an attractive jig head design
While analyzing the jig head you can tell these
are not your standard round or triangular shaped lead heads. The Chubby
has a concave head that is also textured and layered
with reflective film giving it plenty of contrast and shine. Also it uses
"point of light prism" 3-D laser eyes for a extremely lifelike appeal. The
molded head goes further up the shank of the sharp VMC hook with an arrow design
that prevents the shad body from sliding off.
for Chubby Shad Tests
Quantum Tour Edition PT|
Daiwa TD-X 100HSD|
||12 lb Sufix Tritanium Plus|
World Tests: Swimbaits are extremely versatile lures and can be used in a
wide range of fishing conditions. We tossed the MegaBait Chubby Shad in
both fresh and saltwater for tests on multiple species.
Rigging the Chubby: The very first thing to
keep in mind is to rig the Chubby Shad body straight. Putting the body
onto the jig head straight will ensure the swimbait to run naturally and achieve
the optimum actions it was designed for. The benefit of using a Chubby
plastic body is that it's designed with a small rigging cavity to help you place
the hook in the exact right position every time.
The jig head design goes further
up the hook with "barbs" to prevent the plastic body from coming off. Also
notice the rigging cavity on the two smaller pictures. The hook begins to
penetrate the body [left] and comes out through the back [right]
Casting: Like other jigs the MegaBait Chubby casts
exceptionally well. The lead head and plastic body give the lure a
advantageous weight that allows anglers to
catapult the lure with little effort. Choosing the right rod for any swimbait is
crucial. You don't want to "underrodded" as proper positioning will become
arduous. For the 1/2 ounce Chubby I prefer a high-abrasive resistant
line such as the Tritanium Plus and a medium-heavy fast action rod paired with a
Retrieving: A swimbait should run naturally to be totally effective. If it begins
to spin or swim unrealistically your number of strikes will usually decrease. The Chubby has a nice flow to it when retrieved. This
is the direct result of good jig head design, angled body, and a fine tail. The
jig head's concave molding at the bottom allows the swimbait to run straight and gives it a fluid flow when it swims
upwards or while diving. The concave design
of the jig head is similar to having skegs or fins on a watercraft. Having
them allows the watercraft to track straighter on the water. The same theory
applies to the Chubby and is readily apparent as we examine the way it glides through
crystal clear water.
When rigged straight, the Chubby
always runs upright and straight. Also notice the rectangular shaped tail
that creates a fluttering action enticing fish to strike
Having a well balanced design of the head, body,
and tail is also important. The Chubby is well manufactured and balanced
to a point where we always found the swimbait to run upright and straight. This prevents the hook from snagging while you retrieve the
Chubby over structure. Having a lure that runs naturally also allows you to work your
techniques the right way each and every time.
Speaking of techniques for the MegaBait Chubby
Shad, there are many ways to work them. But here's one
thing that anyone can do. Cast and retrieve slowly at the depth the fish
are holding. I say this because the Chubby already gives off a tempting
appearance and the tail's fluttering action is irresistible to suspending fish. Aside from just slowly retrieving the swimbait, you can
also add pauses to allow the lure to dive where you find most of your strikes, or
simply lift your rod tip quickly and then crank your reel mimicking a fleeing
fish. Because the Chubby Shad can be used to target many species of fish
anglers will need to do some experimenting to discern which retrieve works best
for your particular location.
This swimbait will catch multiple
species of fish including largemouth bass
Durability: From rock fish, to
striper, to largemouth bass, the Chubby illustrated good results in its durability and the overall ruggedness,
and when compared to
traditional swimbaits is above average. For the less toothy fish
like the largemouth bass where the fish usually engulf the entire lure every
time, the MegaBait Chubby lasted well over two dozen fish, big and small.
Striper fishing was a different story and it really gave the Chubby a good run through. The large
striped bass will take the entire lure with one gulp while the smaller ones tend
to hit the bait either from the side or just grab onto the wiggling tail.
You'll find that the 17" and smaller stripers will damage the plastic tail the
most, and throughout our test the 3" body rigged on a 1/2oz jig head landed 15
stripers and endured over 30 yanks on the tail before it finally broke.
Fishing for rock cod and other more toothy
critters really put a beating on the Chubby. Catching rock cod and at
times a ling just mangled the soft lure body. The Chubby tail portion withstood
the attacks of about 8
fish, depending on how the fish grabbed it. But it faired just as
well as other brands when subjected to the larger ocean faring quarry.
Striper tested, TackleTour
approved! After 30 strikes from big and small striped bass, the Chubby
finally lost it's tail...that's a good run!
To protect and prolong the proper rubbery feel of
the Chubby MegaBait applies an
oil that keeps them nice and soft until they are ready to be rigged. We
experimented by keeping the swimbait in the package and in the tackle box. Either left in the tackle bag or even out in the sun for a few hours during
fishing, the Chubby never showed any signs of drying up or hardening.
The lead jig is painted with
a reflective layer. Since it's painted they do tend to scratch and chip
after rubbing against rough surfaces for an extended amount of time. The
jig heads are made well with good paint and the wear and tear we found on these
is typical of a swimbait.
The use of VMC hooks for the MegaBait Chubby was a
good choice. These hooks are very sharp and will easily penetrate the maw
of any fish. They are well-built and will not bend out of shape
even after many big fish. When fishing in saltwater these hooks also did well
and didn't corrode. Like any other saltwater gear, be sure to rinse the
Chubby at the end of the day.
A concave head design allows the
Chubby to swim straight and dive with a smooth consistent action.
Final Notes: Most
swimbaits of this type use a single hook located near the center coming out
through the fish's back for good reasons. But like other similar lures, we
found the Chubby suffers from hook-up percentages. As smaller fish attack the bait they tend to miss the
hook, often only grabbing on to the tail portion of the lure. To maximize the chances of hooking the fish, we found that by
adding a trailer hook we were able to land a higher fraction of fish.
Made well with quality materials, precise jig head and body moldings, and an
above the average durability
fish killer at all depths, the Chubby's actions and look is all that's
needed to catch fish
Depends how you buy the Chubby, the price varies from high to just right
few features that make the swimbait better such as the helpful rigging cavity
good design of the concave head and beefy body that gives the Chubby its
versatile lure that catches many species of fish in different depths, water
conditions, and much more
Pluses and Minuses:
Pricier than some swimbaits|
Ease of use
Can be fished in fresh and saltwater
Conclusion: The MegaBait Chubby Shad isn't just another
swimbait. It's a Japanese designed lure that offers a attractive new shape
and reliable action. The Chubby produces a juicy meal to game fish with it's
meaty stomach that's rounded to appeal to bigger fish. Aside from an attractive jig head and
"Chubby" body, the swimbait's hard-kicking tail enticing aggressive fish to strike
hard, as we experienced during striper fishing. The MegaBait Chubby is
well designed, performs superb, and can be used for multiple species of fish in
both fresh and saltwater conditions. If you haven't used a swimbait before,
give the Chubby Shad a shot, this is a worthy lure that's straightforward to use
and will bring your confidence level up with each landed fish.
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