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Has anyone ever tried these? In the picture I can't tell if they have the rubber band (they probably aren't hand tied) but they look pretty good and they have soem good color choices. Also they have the wide gap hook and thats something I think jig makers should look more in to.

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Has anyone ever tried these? In the picture I can't tell if they have the rubber band (they probably aren't hand tied) but they look pretty good and they have soem good color choices. Also they have the wide gap hook and thats something I think jig makers should look more in to.

Why is that? AFAIK round bend hooks have a better hookup ratio than widegaps.

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IMHO in a swim jig the best hook is a round bend light wire hook. One of the design aspects of a swim jig is for it to track straight through the water, without rolling over, or spiraling, a light wire round bend hook allows the jig to do this the best. One of the benefits of a light wire hook versus a heavy wire hook is that when the jig contacts cover and bounces off the light wire hook allows the jig to upright itself easier. Also the long wire on the round bend hooks sort of acts like a rudder allowing your bait to run truer. The thing about the ewg hooks is the bend starts way back towards the trailer keeper, which means most of your trailer is not threaded through the hook, which allows the trailer to swing "free" and not allow the jig to run true, this is especially true with single tail grubs and paddle tails, not so much trailers like paca craws or rage chunks. If you really think about it also, there is no reason to have a ewg hook on a swim jig, a round bend hook has more than enough gap left with any trailer you are going to put on it, and like already said you will get better hook ups with a round bend, that all has to do with the angle of the hook point on a round bend compared to the ewg. (the ewg hook point is pointed directly at the line tie)

The original "Wisconsin" style swim jig is like the grandfather of swim jigs, they spent years refining the perfect swim jig, and most of the principles they built there jig on are still followed today. Southern Anglers just can't get by that light wire hook though, so thats why most makers offer a Heavier version, but imho a light wire hook just runs better, but then I don't have to deal with bass over 10lbs either.

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They're excellent swim jigs. I especially like the Purple Ghost Living Image color with a White Trash Smallie Beaver as a trailer, and yes, they have the rubber band.

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Thanks for that information, I didn't think about that aspect of the wide gap hook being at the level of the line tie. And yea that color was the one i was looking at the most.

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I'll agree that the EWG jig hooks are a gimmick.

Will they hook fish? Sure.

Will they hook fish as well as a good round bend premium hook? Umm, no - not in my experience.

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great info river rat!

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BTW, thats not the ewg hook on the v&m jigs, I just looked at them at tackle warehouse, its the same hook used in almost all the heavy series of swim jigs

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I looked at them on basstackledepot and they looked like EWG hooks but then I looked on TW and saw that they were not.

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