I used to make lures for bass fishing but after many years of catching far less fish than fishing for everything, I started fishing light finesse lures. I guess I'm addicted to the soft strike regardless of the species and usually manage over 40 fish per outing which include panfish, bass and the occasional catfish. Big bass used to be the target especially when I fished tournaments, whereas now, seeing the bend of the rod from large crappie or sunfish is just as much fun.
After I attach parts of different lures together, I need to watch what they do in the water to know the action produced. Once fish are caught consistently, I know I got a keeper! On any day any of them can catch fish some better than others depending on the day.
These are the shapes that have done well:
cone tail grub
French Fry stick segment for the body attached to a number of tail shapes
knob tail - looks like a light bulb
whiskers - thin tails joined to a thick segment and wacky rigged
Some of the above parts are from injection mold lures.
To attach them together, I hold each end over a candle and join the slightly melted ends together. To make sure the parts don't detach, I use a battery-powered soldering iron to smooth the seam. Done properly, they never come apart no matter how many fish are caught.
Here are a few:
This combo consists of a Mo Magic body (injected plastic lure) and a Crappie Magnet tail: It caught many fish yesterday - 4 species - including some decent crappie.
Another resulted from the joining of a tapered tail (injection mold) and connecting it to a grub body. Even little bass jumped all over it!: This last example consists of a (molded) thin tail added to a grub body:
French Fry segment attached to a Mo Magic mold lure's thin tail. No match-the-hatch for me!
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Plastics and panfish are great.