VMC 7269AH ASSIST HOOK
A New Angle for Penetration and Strength
When jigging with rods and braid of up to 50-lb, especially when slow jigging, it is not advisable to use heavy-wire hooks, as they do not facilitate good penetration of the point into flesh and cartilage. The VMC 7269AH assist hooks have a wire diameter for jigging with light tackle: neither too thin — so the hook won’t open during a powerful darting run — nor too thick — so it can easily penetrate the mouth of the fish even when hooked with a fairly soft rod. The hooks used for this assist rig are made of high-forged carbon steel and are corrosion-resistant. Their conical and chemically sharpened Needle-Sharp point lives up to its name, and the “Barbarian” shape of the TechSet technical-locking-curve shank considerably increases resistance to opening in combat.
The 250-lb hollow Dyneema braid is first knotted and then tied to the shank before being varnished. The best aspect of this hollow braid is that it traps a 15-lb strand of fluorocarbon that provides the necessary rigidity so that the hooks do not tangle when an angler is working the jig. After long jigging sessions in Madagascar, I must admit that it is particularly effective. During this trip I found the VMC 7269AH assist hooks to be really strong and efficient. They can be used for slow jigging (this is what they were designed for), but also, as I found out, for speed jigging on tackle of 30- to 50-lb.
VMC 7269AH specifications
Available in sizes 5/0, 6/0 and 7/0, they can be rigged with long or short jigs of 100 to 300g. Prices from €11.90 to €14.90 (roughly us $13 to us $16) for a pouch of two double assist hooks.