First of all, howdy and welcome to the forum.
Second: there are many manufacturers out there who started making swim baits. I found that Storm lures makes baits which look almost like the real thing. I had some pretty good success with those. You just have to find the lures which resemble the bait fish in your area. try to experiment with different brands, until you find the one that works for you and the fish you target.
The neat thing about those swim baits is that you can fish them deep, shallow, or anything in between. Pros started keeping them handy as a go-to bait. And as everything, it is a trial and mistake process, until you finally find a presentation which seems to be the sure fire thing.
I hope that helped. Again, welcome to the forum.
Kai; Life Member;
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