Update: I painted and tied a skirt on a few, attached the blade and hit the water. My first test was just off the dock at my local launch, the bait ran great, had a good stead thump and didn't rise up bad. I ripped it our some grass and it all went well, then I snagged it on a stump. Being that i was on the dock not much i could do other than pull, with 50 lb braid i had to cover my hand with my shirt and wrap the braid around it so it dind't cut into my hand, pulled hard enough that it came out. Reeled the bait in and i had opened to hook almost straight, and the figure 8 link from Janns held perfect, didn't bend at all. I was very impressed and am pleased with the design. Addidtionally, since painted that jig just to test, i didn't bake the powder coat on, after a dozen casts i could see the blade was indeed contacting the head nicely as the paint was knocked off on either side of the blade. I fished for a bit with it yesterday on the Mississippi river and caught 3 or so on it, biggest was about 2.5lbs, everything looked great on the jig. If you guys want pics, i can try to upload some of the modifications to the arkie mold ect. The only thing i need now is maybe a better snap for the blade, anyone got suggestions?