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VMC Weedless Neko Hook Review

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A great hook for wacky rigging, neko rigging and even finesse swimbait fishing.

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Customizable weedguards

Obviously the stand out feature on a weedless hook like the VMC Weedless Neko Hook would be the weed guards. The Weedless Neko Hook features two 50-pound strands of fluorocarbon that can be bent and curved into place. You could cut them a little shorter if you wanted to make them a little stiffer and able to resist cover a little better. But for the most part, I have left the weed guards as is and just spread them apart a little further or bent them down a little closer to make them easier to manage and fish through flooded cover. 

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Welded eye for durability and light line applications

The VMC Weedless Neko Hook features a welded eye that holds the weedguards in place as well as rounds the hook eye out so there are no sharp edges which is especially helpful with light line applications. 

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3 degree offset for better penetration

You might not notice unless you see a really close up picture of these hooks, but the VMC Weedless Neko Hooks feature a bend in them that forces the hook point to stick out about 3 degrees from the shaft. This slight adjustment is something many pro anglers have done to soft plastics hooks to cause them to catch easier when a fish bites and they set the hook with light gear.

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Great hook points on the hooks

The VMC Weedless Neko Hook features a great point that works really well with just a straight pressure set. This is an extremely zoomed in shot of a No. 2 light wire hook. 

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Video of Weedless Neko Hook in action

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Works for wacky, neko and even drop shot and finesse swimbaits

I have experimented with the VMC Weedless Neko Hook for wacky rigging when I was skipping Senkos under docks in the spring, and bright colored Trick Worms around shallow cover in the post spawn and even with a Neko Rig out deep on stumpy ledges. I’ve also used it on a drop shot rig fished in standing timber on Table Rock Lake and even played with belly weighting swimbaits and putting them on this hook in the nose to give me a finesse swimbait with a weedguard I could fish around cover in ultra clear water. But day in and day out it’s going to really shine on a neko rig and a wacky rigged plastic fished around shallow cover.

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Caught lots of fish on it already

 We have caught a bunch of bass on the VMC Weedless Neko hooks since early this spring and the hook up and ability to come through cover have been pretty remarkable. 

I’ve fished it a lot on spinning gear and 20-pound braid with 8-pound fluorocarbon leader and some on baitcasters with 12-pound fluorocarbon. Both setups hooked up well with this hook. 

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VMC Weedless Neko Hook Promo video

We worked with VMC to produce their product launch videos and got to spend some time in the boat with Mike Iaconelli talking about the new Weedless Neko Hook.