Built for big lines, heavy equipment and tough situations, the VMC "Ike Approved" Heavy Duty Wide Gap Hook was designed with the help of 2003 Bassmaster Classic Champion and 2006 Angler of the Year, Michael "Ike" Iaconelli. He shared the tricks and tweaks that tournament pros have used for years to put winning fish in the boat, and applied them to one of the newest hook designs from VMC. Featuring a 3-degree offset point that may not seem like much at first, it actually greatly increases the hooking rate of the hook. Incredibly sharp and also equipped with a wide gap to accommodate a wide range of soft plastics, the VMC "Ike Approved" Heavy Duty Wide Gap Hook also comes equipped with a hook eye that is sealed shut with smooth epoxy resin to prevent your line from slipping through or getting damaged. The product of 200 years of hook making experience and decades of tournament experience, the VMC "Ike Approved" Heavy Duty Wide Gap Hook delivers the subtle changes and improvements that make all the difference.
Comments: For flipping super hogs, beaver-style baits & such, I was usually using Owner Wide Gap Plus #5's & occasionally Mustad KVD pin EWG hooks. Lately I've been wanting to improve my hook up percentage & you can not snell knot any of the owners that I know of, nor the Mustads... These VMC's you can, and they have about the same (3%) extra 'over bite' as the Owners, which give confidence in hook ups... They are reasonably sharp. One or two in my pack of 5 I needed to touch up to be needle sharp... I run a #4 in a super hog or pit boss & the fit is perfect. Slightly larger baits like a kinky beaver I would probably try to fit a #5... They are strong, though not rediculously heavy guage wire (similar to the owners, but not quite as stout at Gami Superline...) If I could snell the Owners & they had a pin holder like the Mustad's there wouldn't be a reason to look at another hook. No company out there puts all the good ideas into one hook (which is just a matter of time!) & I will continue to keep my eyes open since this VMC doesn't have a the bait holding 'pin', however the offset on this has a sharply angled enough 'z' to hold baits as well you can expect. And the 'z' is not so deep/broad that it catches every weed as the t-rigged bait falls through (like the Owner J hooks do...). No problems with such hang ups at all. My hook ups have indeed improved, and for now this is my new EWG hook.
From: Mark: Gardner, KS 9/23/14
Comments: Works great as a trailer on an Eakins jig. I've landed a lot of nice bass with that combo. Fished slow dragged on the bottom, or hop it quick back to the boat. You'll flat catch 'em.
From: Blake: Charleston, WV 3/7/14
Comments: very solid hook. Used the 3/0 to texas rig a zoom u tale worm and nailed an 8 pounder the other day. Hook performed perfectly, no bend at all.
From: Lane: TX