I am constructing some Bluegill swimbaits, complete with Dorsal and Anal fins along with a tail fin. They are made from Lexan which is what I normally use for hard swimbait tails. The Dorsal and anal fins are swept back slightly to imitate a Bluegill swimming. When I tank tested my first bait I found that the dorsal and anal fin severely restricted the action of these baits. When I take the fins off, the action is great with plenty of movement.
Has anyone out there had success using soft materials that flex well for a fin material? I am sure with flexible fins my Bluegills will swim better with fins on.
I am going to attempt to make a Plaster of Paris mold out of the hard fins and cast some soft fins from soft plastic, I will add a lot of hardener to it to try and up the durability. Durability is my main concern with using soft fins.