I found these unpainted 81/2" trout bodys here from the ads section and dresssed the trout like a shad. Calling it a TRAD.
The guy with the web site is real helpful and he has 2 different weight baits for sale at a pretty reasonable price, one slow sinker and one fast sinker. Give them a try if you're interested in big jointed swim baits. www.hotcustomlures.com
We don't have any trout down her in dixie, but I have seen plenty 8' to 10' shad in the mouths of big fish often. I hope to get on the lake and see if it will catch or scare these bass here on Logan Martin this week. Plan to swim them over deep structure and see what happens.