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Monday, August 27, 2007

• Review: VMC Sure Set Hooks

What are they?

Sure Set hooks are treble hooks with one hook larger than the other two. The larger hook has an extra wide gap. They come in sizes 2, 4, 6, and 8, red or black nickel colors, and plain or feather dressed with real chicken feathers. These hooks are designed to improve your hook rate. A normal pack comes with four hooks. The instructions for adding the hooks are on the back. On a DT crankbait, one hook goes in the front split ring with the wide gap hook at the bottom and the two normal hooks close to the belly of the lure. The other hook at the rear is placed so that it mirrors the front with the wide gap hook facing up and the normal hooks facing down.

Rapala introduced the Sure Set hooks on the newest DT series crankbaits. That's where I found out about them. I already owned a few DT's and discovered that I could just buy the hooks separately. I started out using the hooks as instructed with one on the front and one at the rear. After catching a bunch of dinks and yellow bass, I discovered that most fish were hooked with the front hook. Sometimes they were even foul hooked, but they always came on the front. The rear hook only caused more harm to the fish as they thrashed, so I swapped it with a regular treble hook. I have read online that people have experienced the exact opposite and the rear hook proved to be the predominate hook set. I used these hooks on a rattle trap the same day and came up with the same results. Fewer fish were getting away. Those yellow bass were hitting quick too.

Other than foul hooking a few fish here and there, I have noticed a few other issues. The red paint on the red hooks takes a beating and after a while, starts to come off. The EWG hook attached at the front tends to either get caught up in the rear treble or flip upside down and catch up in the split ring you are tied to. It's possible in the latter situation that the barb or hook point could damage your line.

VMC Sure Set Hooks. [Online Image] Available < http://image.basspro.com/images
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