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Dress Your Baits For Success with the Punch Skirt by Paycheck Baits (continued)

Effectiveness: What we’ve noticed when using the Punch Skirt to dress up traditional plastics only rigs is that the frequency of bites seems to go down, but the quality of fish you catch seems to go up. I guess you can chalk it up to the bulkier, jig-like profile this product delivers, but it’s an interesting effect and a very real demonstration of presenting the fish with something they want to eat.

Jig fishermen will love the versatility of this product.

I suffered through some slow bites with my Punch Skirt adorned plastics while Zander was filling up the boat at Falcon Lake, Texas, but the bites I did manage were worth the wait. If you have the patience to fish through this uncertainty, you stand the potential of being rewarded. It’s a mindset not too different than that of tossing big baits for big fish.

Owner's Yuki Bug tipped with a Punch Skirt, again on Falcon Lake, Texas.

Availability: The Punch Skirt is readily available and sold in packs of two for about $6.69. That factors down to about $3.35 per skirt and the average price for a jig, only you’re not getting a hook or lead head with this product. For those items, it’s “bring your own.” This price point seems a bit high, but we can attest to the quality of this product.

Giving Shimano some love too here with a Cumulus rod paired with my Metanium MG7 ... Paying the "Mortgage" with a six inch Senko tipped with a Punch Skirt.

One of the more fun aspects of this product is also one of the more frustrating ones and that’s the naming convention used for the different colors offered. There are ten different colors for the Punch Skirt, all in the spirit of the company’s name, but each as obscure as the next when used in discussion if you’re not standing next to a color chart. It’s a strategy used by more companies than just Paycheck Baits, but one we find difficult to get behind unless you’re really using this product, day in, day out and can memorize “all the options”. It’s the same frustration we have even when discussing Senko colors and the product’s color code is used instead of the common name. Perhaps we’re just a little too old school here.


The review for this product may be complete ...

Ratings: (We've re-calibrated our ratings standard for 2008 and have included a key at the bottom of the following matrix as a guide):

Paycheck Baits Punch Skirt Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality This is a very well put together product 8.5
Performance Works perfectly inline 9
Price A bit pricey 7
Features Simple yet effective, silicone skirt & high impact plastic bead 8
Design (Ergonomics) Good variety of colors 9
Application More versatile than just a dressing for your punch rig 9

Total Score

Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here


Pluses and Minuses:


J The versatility of this product cannot be understated L A bit pricey for those cost conscious anglers
J For jig fishermen, this product is a panacea  
J A good variety of skirt colors to compliment your plastic trailers  


Conclusion: Believe it or not, one of the most difficult products to critically review here on TackleTour are jigs. There are only so many different aspects to a jig and even fewer to distinguish one from the other. The best evaluation of these types of products is to tie one on, pitch it out, and if it catches fish for you and doesn’t fall apart then great! If not, then its on to the next product. Paycheck Bait Company’s Punch Skirt has even fewer aspects to critically review, but we haven’t stopped fishing it since first tying one on.

... but our time with this bait is not.

Carefully assembled product? Check. Quality skirt? Check. Many different colors? Check. Versatile product? Check. Stands up to typical and non-typical abuse? Check. Readily available? Check. Catches fish? Check. Review done? Check!

Paycheck Baits Punch Skirt is an innovative product with big fish potential...

(Roboworm Pitchin' Craw tipped with an "Alimony" Punch Skirt).

Sometimes the best new products are those that are simple and oh so obvious. The Punch Skirt is a very simple product hence the proliferation of knock off skirts only weeks after its debut. While a sore point with manufacturers across the industry, the fact remains imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and no mediocre product is worth duplicating. The fact that the Punch Skirt was duplicated several times over within a month of its debut was instant validation within the industry, that Paycheck Baits was on to something. For us, that means the product will continue to be tied onto the end of our lines.

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