Do you love big bluegill?
I only fish waters where gas motors aren't allowed (except a private lake I've fished for 45 years). Peace and quiet - ahhhhh. But after years of buying out tackle shops, like many diehards on BBG, I went smaller, lighter and slower.
Lure design targets fish senses - those that detect vibration and the eyes that sees lure shape and action. Without writing a book on the subject, here are some lures I made that did very well for many species all of 2021:
French Fry stick segment/ tapered round tail
This little guy confirmed the multispecies attraction to the brightly colored thin tail:
Learned and confirmed:
Clear plastic lures catch fish as well as colored plastics.
Bright white and fluorescent colors do well when fish aren't in the mood or in weeds.
Mini stick lures on light jigs are excellent when wacky rigged or front hooked.
A forked tail does as well as a paddle tail.