So I ended up with a half polliwog half minnow thing--Polliminner! I bet the rockfish and ling cod are going to love it. If I slit the belly a 0/4 hook fits perfectly into the body, but it needs a little weight to get down where the bass are. I think he might do OK with bass, but I can't wait to see what the rockfish think of him.
For a tail that doesn't move much cast it straight or bent to the side. For a tail that swims and thumps hard cast it bent above or below the body--think Mister Twister. It is fun coming up with the ideas for these baits and pouring them, but one mistake would be to group them all together. I think the tail moves just enough, between being jigged and the ocean current it will give it plenty of movement to draw in the fish.
Keep like colors with each other and keep them all out of the sun when you can. Colors bleeding together can ruin the hard work you put into coloring them quickly. I find blacks, motor oil, red and chartreuse tend to bleed a little more than other colors. . When I have an idea for a new lure it is hard to sleep, which explains why from concept to prototype the Polliminner came together in less than twelve hours. CCKF is having another tournament, The Cambria Slam Down, in September and I have a few more ideas that might help me there.
Thanks for reading,