I do a bit of lure fishing in San Francisco Bay. From boats, Lucky Craft are effective, but most of the places I fish from shore are snag risks and I use swimbaits or hair raisers. For the price of one LC, I can easily have three swimbaits, including the jigheads, and stay on the water. I don't have the budget where I can stock up on LCs, which range from $12 to $20 each.
From the surf, "safer" and (I think) yields more large fish. Good SoCal lure.
When I first heard about Lucky Craft lures, years ago, my friend had just bought one for $15. He is the most skilled fisherman I've ever wet a line with. Also one of the luckiest. We were in Santa Cruz on the surf and his first cast with this lure went SNAP! Gone beyond the reach of waders and all hope. We continued fishing. A half hour later a kayak beached and its owner walked up to my friend and wordlessly handed him the lost Lucky Craft. True story!
Good depth read for halibut, Ken. Most of it applies to clearer, oceanic water (and bait species) but the shiner part was excellent. I once caught a nice halibut on a bait you got because you knew where the shiners were. I fished it at the same depth and a good fish was measured, photographed, briefly admired, and released.