Do-it Weedless Midwest Finesse Jig

Hawnjigs

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First, let me apologize for not being able to take and post pics.

Since Jungle Jim posted pics of this jig, thought it would be useful for occasional forays to a weed choked lake with decent #s of largies & bluegills impossible to fish with standard open hook jigs. So, bought the mold & hooks from Barlows. First impression setting the Victory hooks into the mold was that the point angle upwards from the short shank portion in front of the L-bend was unlike my Gamakatsu worm and jig hooks with parallel point & shank enabling a pinned plastic to have point leg sitting straight inline flush against the body of a bait. So, bent the hooks a wee bit to enable the above described fit but the point legs still had a space above the body which could be adjusted by curving the bait a bit to close the gap tho not IMO ideal. Field tested OK on about a dozen smaller largies staying stuck with very few missed hooksets or dropoffs. The straight senko style stick baits tended to straighten and re-open the gap with continued use. No problem sticking fish but the gap tended to snag weeds.

The hooks seemed a bit soft with the bend adjustment able to be undone with minimal pressure.

I've already posted that initial stress testing #6 & #4 Victory sickles without actually bending them out seemed excellent so now I'm wondering if bent out hooks can't be rebent and re-used having been drastically weakened ? Slightly bent out Gamakatsu hooks can be rebent without significant loss of hook strength once or twice and re-used with confidence.
 

Hawnjigs

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Contacted Harry Simmons at victoryhooks.com re: my criticism about the hooks and his response:
Since last July we/ Do-it has sold well over 1 million of the 10777BN-1. To date the only negative feedback has been because the hooks were out of stock and customers could not get enough of them.

Maybe I'm too fussy, but returned the hooks I bought to Barlows and ain't pouring any more of these till properly designed hooks are available.

Don't let me deter you from acquiring the mold & hooks as all other users appear to be satisfied according to co-designer Harry.
 
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