Before I did any painting on them I wanted to know if they would work as designed...... I'm happy to say they did swim very well, so I painted up a few for further testing. Now it is time to see what the fish think.
The new style at the top was based on the 15" shad body but has a narrow, fast moving tail. When laying curled up it measures about 16" and when stretched out, like in the pic, it's a little over 19".
The bottom one uses the body of my 12" shad with the addition of the tail from a Big Boy. This one is about 15" curled and about 17" long when swimming.