Championfish, yes they float (already had a similar episode with it going one direction and boat going a different) and they actually have a small bean bag weight on opposite side to aid with opening. Redgun had the privilege of seeing the learning process unfold. Just didn't have enough room to stow and deploy them and had entirely too much rope but fixed that.
CCL, those 3" baits were intended to be big crappie magnets but as soon as I saw them knew they would be great for dead sticking. We had been catching a bunch of good hybrids while fishing for crappie the last three months on the pink/white/chartruse and pink/purple/chartruse combo but best color dead sticking on palestine for me has actually been bubble gum pink. He also pours jig heads and has heads from 1/8 oz to 1 oz with stout 1/0 and 3/0 hooks that handle hybrids no problem. They are solid body and tough plastic and I have one bait that has probably 50 fish on it with no wear. I like fishing them on the 1/8 oz head on a huckabee loop knot so it is always level in the water above a heavier 1.5 oz lower weight. He also makes some tandem hooks if you prefer that. If you are interested could have him send you PM. I have not seen them for sale in that size anywhere else.