Inspired by Ike; Engineered by VMC
Minnetonka, Minn. — This year, hook manufacturer VMC is
introducing a series of hooks and jigs that will have heads turning.
“When it comes to fish hook innovation and design, VMC is without question the pioneer,” said Mike “Ike” Iaconelli, VMC and Rapala pro angler. “I teamed up with VMC to help create some of the most state-of-the-art hooks and jigs I have ever seen or fished. These won’t just change the way anglers present a bait, they’re changing the art of fishing all together.”
The new VMC Ike-approved hook and jig series includes Flippin’ and Heavy Duty Flippin’; Worm and Heavy Duty Worm; Wide Gap and Heavy Duty Wide Gap; SpinShot Wide Gap; Heavy Duty Swimbait and Heavy Duty Weighted Swimbait; Wacky and Wacky Weedless; Wacky Weedless Jig, Swimbait Jig and Rugby Jig.
The VMC Rugby Jig sets the stage for an entirely new category for
VMC. Designed for multiple presentations, the Rugby Jig features an extra wide
gap hook with an offset just below the jig head that secures any soft plastic
and creates a lifelike presentation on the rest. Coupled with the VMC signature
three-degree offset “tweak” hook point and a recessed eye. Available in two
colors, Black and Green Pumpkin, anglers can choose from eight weights,
including 1/16-ounce, 1/8-ounce, 3/16- ounce, 1/4-ounce, 5/16-ounce, 3/8-ounce,
1/2-ounce and 3/4-ounce.
Suggested retail price: $5.49.
Flippin’ and Heavy Duty Flippin’
Ideal for flippin’ and pitchin’ in cover, the Flippin’ hook features a double spiked baitholder with opposing barbs to lock on softbaits. Unlike other flippin’ style hooks, the VMC Flippin’ series incorporates a resin closed eye that prevents line slip, while the strategically placed keeper system exposes a 1/8-inch area between the eye and holder, allowing anglers to tie the perfect Snell and standard rigging set up. The Flippin’ hook is available in sizes 2, 1, 1/0, 2/0, 3/0 and 4/0, while the Heavy Duty Flippin’ hook comes in size 3/0, 4/0 and 5/0.
Suggested retail price: $4.49 (Flippin’) and $4.49 (Heavy Duty Flippin’)
An angling classic, the VMC Worm hook features a three-degree
offset point. For added performance, the eye of the hook is resin closed,
preventing line slip and fraying – offering a seamless presentation. Designed
for multiple applications and line preferences, the Worm hook is available in
sizes 2, 1, 1/0, 2/0, 3/0, 4/0 and 5/0. Perfect for braided lines, the Heavy
Duty Worm hook comes in sizes 1/0, 2/0, 3/0, 4/0, 5/0, 6/0 and 7/0.
Suggested retail price: $2.99 (Worm) and $3.99 (Heavy Duty Worm)
A bass angling staple, the VMC Wide Gap hook has an offset behind
the eye that arches away, then back toward the hook bend, making it ideal for
larger softbaits. Pair that with the three-degree
“tweak” points of each hook, and anglers have wide-gap hooks that provide
hassle-free and instant hook sets each and every time. Both hooks feature VMC’s
exclusive resin closed eye to prevent line slip and are available in multiple
sizes. The Wide Gap is available in 1/0, 2/0, 3/0, 4/0 and 5/0, while the Heavy
Duty Wide Gap comes in 2/0, 3/0, 4/0, 5/0, 6/0, 7/0 and 8/0.
Suggested retail price: $2.99 (Wide Gap) and $3.99 (Heavy Duty Wide Gap)
VMC revolutionized the drop-shot method with the introduction of
the SpinShot. Now, VMC introduces another game-changer with the new SpinShot Wide
Gap, the perfect hardware for power-shoting big
creature softbaits. Completely eliminating line
twist, VMC incorporated a light, but super-resistant, hi-carbon steel black
nickel spinning system into its premium SpinShot Wide Gap hook. The hook
features a nimble swiveling wire structure that guarantees 100 percent free
rotation of the hook with any size lure attached, now in a wide gap design
ideal for bigger baits. Available in sizes 1/0, 2/0 and 3/0, VMC once again
gives anglers an innovative edge with the SpinShot Wide Gap.
Suggested retail price: $4.99.
The swimbait craze has taken bass enthusiasts by storm and VMC’s
Heavy Duty Swimbait and Heavy Duty Weighted Swimbait hooks are designed just
for that. The Heavy Duty Swimbait comes in sizes 3/0 to 7/0, and features a
tapered locking spring to firmly hold softbaits to
the nose of the hook. The extra big hook is ideal for hollow belly, creature
and frog baits. The Heavy Duty Weighted Swimbait comes in sizes 3/0 to 7/0, and
features a multi-position, adjustable weight system. Anglers simply spin the
mounted weight for the desired balance and swim position.
Suggested retail price: $3.99 (Heavy Duty Swimbait) and
$4.99 (Heavy Duty Weighted Swimbait).
VMC’s Wacky hook features an extra-wide gap that, unlike other
wacky hooks, flaunts a unique, turned down, resin closed eye. The epoxied eye benefits anglers by guaranteeing that even the
thinnest, lightest braided line will not slip through the eye and the smooth,
non-abrasive texture ensures that the thinnest of lines won’t fray. The Wacky
hook is available in seven sizes ranging from 4 to 4/0. The Wacky Weedless
sports a finesse hook with a wider weedless guard that lays into the hook,
allowing the bait and hook to seamlessly swim through vegetation. Available in
seven sizes from 4 to 4/0, the Wacky Weedless puts a new twist on a scoring
Suggested retail price: $2.99 (Wacky) and $4.49 (Wacky Weedless)
Developed in partnership with tournament champions Mike Iaconelli,
Ott DeFoe and Davy Hite,
the Wacky Weedless Jig features VMC’s unique epoxy resin closed eye at its
base, guaranteeing the thinnest, lightest braided line will not slip through
it. The stainless steel weedguard allows anglers to
present their favorite wacky worm in the most natural way and hold it in place
when running the heaviest of cover. Featuring a Tweak Point, the Wacky Weedless
hook point is bent at three degrees, increasing the hook rate according to VMC.
Available in four weights, including 1/16-ounce, 1/8-ounce, 3/16-ounce and
1/4-ounce, and two colors – Black and Green Pumpkin.
Suggested retail price: $5.49.