VMC Ike Approved Flippin Hook
Designed with 2003 Bassmaster Classic Champion and 2006 Angler of the Year, Michael "Ike" Iaconelli, the VMC "Ike Approved" Flippin Hook combines 200 years of hook making experience with decades of tournament experience. Ike shared the tricks and tweaks that tournament pros have used for years to put winning fish in the boat, and applied them to the newest hook designs from VMC. Featuring an injected bait holder with double spikes to secure any soft plastic in place, the VMC "Ike Approved" Flipping Hook also features smooth epoxy resin that closes the hook eye, and prevents line from slipping through or getting damaged. In addition to being extremely sharp, the VMC "Ike Approved" Flippin Hook was also designed to have the optimum space between the eye and the injected bait holder to allow either snelled or standard rigging.
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Comments: Was not sold on these immediately but as soon as I started tying the snell knot,my hooking percentage went way up. You won't believe that knot makes a difference until you try it! The keeper barb is a bit large but the hook is plenty strong and will never move a bit on big fish and hard hooklets
From: Tom: MN 7/3/16
Comments: As is already stated these hooks run about one size small. However, these are very good hooks. These were my go to hook for flipping beavers into wood and weeds. I really liked that these hooks come in smaller sizes because sometimes I need to flip small beavers, yet need a beefy hook. The bait keeper also did not once slide down the shank like happened with the Gamakatsu I've also thrown. I will be buying more for the coming year.
From: Ben: Lancaster, PA
Comments: excellent hook with a really great bait-keeper system that truly holds. Also closed up epoxied-shut eyelet so no line will slip out. only thing I will warn: THESE HOOKS RUN A FULL SIZE SMALL...the 4/0 size is same, if not smaller than a 3/0 gamakatsu straight shank flippin hook and other straight worm hooks. The hook shank is plenty beefy but I don't understand why 4/0 is largest they have and it's truly a 3/O by anyone's standard's...I guess u need to bump up to the VMC "ike approved" Heavy Duty flippin hook to get the bigger sizes but I do not know if these also "run small". If so, size up. If you want a true 4/O, go 5/O. If you want a true 2/O, then get a 3/O. Up-size by 1 O size.
From: Tanner: Southeastern, Massachusetts
Comments: Pair this hook with a Denali Rosewood flippin rod and you've got the best set up money can buy
From: Mike: NJ