An old revived thread!
On your Fat Ika, have you familarized yourself with rigging it reversed? If not, go to YouTube and you will find several videos showing you how to do so.
By threading your hook through the middle of all of the tail strands then Texas rigging it from there, after your casts, the Fat Ika will glide "away" from you.
Well, that is one thing and it gets you even more distance back under a structure; but, I bring it up because it might be easier on the plastic itself. They are such dense little baits and I don't think I have ever experienced any issues with them. The big "downside" most often mentioned with Fat Ikas is after a bass grabs one, the thickness of the plastic often makes it hard for the hook to penetrate into the fish's mouth.
Other than that, they cast a mile, so you can cover a lot of water. They skip well. They can be fished at all levels in the water . . . off the bottom just dragging them all the way up to pulling them fast across the top.
And, if you skin hook the hook tip to bury it shallow back in the bait, it is really a very, very weed free, snag free bait.