That's a great plastic all around and plenty supple for that bait/mold. The plastic can be softened a bit with regular softener if desired but I'm shooting mine with the straight essential and they are plenty good for action. That mold, by the way, is a dandy for splitting the body colors [lam plate or twin injector] and does tail colors like a dream. I got the cnc mold and the tail mold for it and the tails are a great bait in their own right if you want to fish a shorter bait to get around short hitting fish....I know this first hand. I make and carry both in my bait bucket....I'm running out of boxes fast. I'm pretty sure the tail mold will work with the essential baits and mold too.
Up here in the north I think its a bit big for really cold water but I've caught several crappies in the last couple weeks in 42-44 degree water using the crappie fluke. The fluke will be an absolute hammer on crappies when we warm up but that is hard to say when given we got 10" of snow yesterday. Happy Easter indeed. For sure the day was "lily" white and still is.