Michael “Ike” Iaconelli, the 2003 Bassmaster Classic Champion and 2006 Angler of the Year, shared several tricks and tweaks that tournament pros have used for years to make the VMC "Ike Approved" Wide Gap Hook one of the best wide gap hooks to ever hit the market. Perfect for weedlessly rigging bulky soft plastics thanks to its wide gap and Z-neck construction, it also features a hook eye sealed with smooth epoxy resin to prevent line from slipping through or becoming damaged. Ike even added a 3-degree offset to the hook point to greatly increase the hooking rate. Designed for all light to medium weight lines, the VMC "Ike Approved" Wide Gap Hook is the product of 200 years of hook making experience and decades of tournament experience.
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Comments: These hooks are great, I use them for swim baits and flippin N pitchin, although these are not the heavy duty wide gap, I still have yet to straighten one out. I'm sure the flippin hook by vmc is good, I just don't care for straight shank hooks. The eye is welded or whatever they use to close it so the line won't slip out incase you tie snell knots like me
From: Brad: Lakeland, FL