I rec'd these a week ago and they made me want to go fishing. I got out today. I began trolling this lure on 10# Cabelas flouro. The fish seemed to be in the 6-10 range and this lure, on a long line would tick 10' consistently. The three fish I caught were 2 yellow perch and a bluegill. I switched to a chrome and black lure for comparison sake. I immediately noticed the Floating Shad had a much subtler wiggle (tighter?}. The floating shad was in green, the package said "northern pike" but the package really missed the length, so IDK if it was norther pike and it's too warm to catch those fish in the bodies of water that I fish. Anyway, the black and chrome did about the same. We docked for a while and fished from the dock and along the bank. I ended up catching a crappie and 5 bass, two in the 1.5-2 pound range.
I was most impressed how the finish and bill didn't get damaged from trolling and cranking from shore. This lake has zebra mussels and they can scratch up a lure very quickly. It also deflected well off rocks and rarely deflected so much the lure would turn over. What I'm trying to say is it righted itself quickly. Some other lures I've used will deflect and do a half barrell roll and pop out of the surface. The floating shad didn't. It seemed to back up nose down when I paused after a quick jerk of the rod tip. Some lures will almost turn a complete 180 degrees when jerked this one, would only go about 90 degrees.
All in all I liked this lure. The finish would not be my preference. I'd rather try in order of preference, chrome w black back, a green sunfish, and crappie pattern . I would give it 5 stars, but one day fishing isn't enough to be that generous.
Anyone else from the NAFC tested these?