I tried out some new plastic baits recently and they were really good! A guy at Lake Perris gave me a pack of some sample baits from "Bass Boys Baits" of Middleton, Mich. so I checked them out and ordered some Fat Ika type baits ("Fat Boy") from them. Great prices, nice custom colors; they made the combination that I wanted- Pumpkin orange/black w/red glitter. The bait works awesome and got me some nice ones at my local park lake and LP. I want to try their "Irish Pumpkin" color in Newport Bay.
It's hard to find Fat Ika wannabes, but these guys have them and several other very nice looking baits.