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What the Finesse + Owner Hooks Roundup (continued)


Owner Wacky Head: We're pretty sure this is Owner's second release of their Wacky Head. The previous version did not have flat sides and a more gloss paint finish. Regardless, Owner enters the fray of wacky fishing with their take on the popular weighted head hook. Their version includes a weedguard and special, lightwire, V-bend hook.


Owner gets a little Wacky with their new jigheads.


Owner Wacky Head Specifications

Weights 1/32, 1/16, 1/32, 1/8, 3/16
Hook Size 1/0
#per Package 4
Colors/Patterns Black
Retail Price $4.99

Application: When Zander and I first witnessed JIP rigging a soft plastic worm wacky style with a weighted head, we both exclaimed "WTF?!". Hence the slogan for our finesse themed year. In case you are unfamiliar with the technique, you simply hook your worm through the middle and let it dangle on both sides of the hook. This allows the ends of the worm to pulse up and down as you work your bait giving it a more natural appearance of a worm having fallen into the water.

The new Owner Wacky heads feature flat sides and a weedguard.

Bait Keeper/Rigging: The trouble with hooking a worm in this fashion is they usually side around either up the hook shank or down towards the hook point giving you inconsistent hook ups and sometimes just flat out losing your bait as you're fishing it. Owner's Wacky Jig head features a V-bend at the bend of the hook to help hold the bait in place.

Another Owner product with excellent hookup ratios.

Effectiveness: This subtle bend works well to hold your bait as long as it's relatively fresh. As you'd expect, once the hole through the bait gets worn, you'll need to replace your bait or just hook through in a different spot for it to hold properly. The added benefit of this jighead is it comes with a weedguard so it's possible to drop this rig into grassy areas.

I don't do it often, but every now and then, yes, you gotta get a little wacky to catch fish.

Durability: If you get on a good bite, the weedguards on Owner's Wacky Jigheads can get a little chewed up, but the hook points stay sharp through a lot of fish and we've yet to break any hooks.


Owner Wacky Head Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Quite an intricate little jighead 8
Performance Super sharp hooks 8
Price $1.25 per head... ouch 6
Features Flat sided head for more erratic fall, weed guard, v-bend hook 8
Design (Ergonomics) Compact and effective 8
Application Can be fished out in open water or in the weeds if you're careful 8

Total Score

Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here


Pluses and Minuses:


+ V-Bend in hook is effective - Only one color option
+ Weedgaurd is a nice touch  
+ Flat sides enhance erratic fall  


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Wacky Hook: Owner's Wacky Hooks have become my personal favorite finesse hook. These light wire, super needle point hooks are available in a wide range of sizes both with and without a weedguard. They feature a subtle v-bend over closer to the hook point than the Wacky Heads that's more rounded than it is a "v".


Introducing Owner America's Wacky Hooks.


Owner Wacky Hook Specifications

Weights n/a
Hook Sizes 4, 2, 1, 1/0, 2/0
#per Package 9, 8, 7 respectively
Colors/Patterns camo green
Retail Price $2.99

Application: These are my favorite hooks for drop shotting because they are small, sharp and easy to rig. I've also used them split shotting, bobber fishing with live minnows, and just about any other time I need a small-ish single hook that's dependable and sharp.

Available in a wide range of sizes, these hooks just work.

Bait Keeper/Rigging: The subtle round v-bend in this hook is effective for holding baits rigged either wacky or nose hooked. It's a nice, natural spot for the bait to fall and keeps your baits from sliding in either direction.

Shown here rigged on a drop shot.

Effectiveness: The best thing about these hooks? They have an incredible hook up ratio. I'll switch to other style "drop shot" hooks and miss fish, and when I do, I invariably switch back to these and start landing fish. The strange camo-green color just makes all the more eccentric and enjoyable to fish.

If I have trouble hooking up with other hook products during a finesse bite, I can always go back to these Wacky Hooks and find out what's biting below.

Durability: These hooks feature Owner's interpretation of the needle point hook and the points hold up extremely well. I've had days of twenty fish on a single hook and continue to use the hooks on follow up trips without a concern.


Owner Wacky Hook Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality It's just a hook, but a well made hook at that 8
Performance Excellent hookup ratio 8.5
Price Affordable 8
Features Needle points, light wire, eccentric color 7.5
Design (Ergonomics) Compact hooks 7
Application Excellent general purpose finesse hook 9

Total Score

Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here


Pluses and Minuses:


+ Excellent hook up ratio - I've yet to figure out a way to use them Texas rigged
+ Camo-green really grows on you  
+ Sharp, durable points  


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Editor's Choice Award: It's funny how you can grow attached to particular hook products. It's just a hook, right? Owner's Wacky Hook found its way to the top of my hook pile pretty early on during our finesse themed year of 2011 and soon, I couldn't tie a drop shot rig without them. The hook up ratio I experienced was just that good. For becoming my go-to hook during our finesse themed year, Owner's Wacky Hook gets this Editor's Choice Award.


Conclusion: Owner is not just about heavy duty hooks anymore. If you haven't taken a look at their finesse hook offerings, you're missing out on some very excellent quality tackle for your arsenal. The only "unfortunate" thing here is Owner has even more options than what we've discussed, so it's time to get back to work and do some more fishing!









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