Solid hooks are a necessity for this style of bait because you’re usually fishing it on heavy tackle. I’ve been using a stout frog rod and 65-pound braided line throughout my testing and have yet to experience any bent hooks or rolled hook points. The big 4/0 hook grabs ahold of the bass and allows for an impressive hookup ratio.
It’s not imperative to bend the hooks away from the body, but I normally do. I think it’s more of a confidence thing for me since I’ve been doing it on my hollow-bodied topwaters for many years. I fully expect anglers to take the Popping Perch straight from the package and start catching fish without issue.