i always change them to a red eagle claw or diachi. at least one size bigger sometimes two sizes depending on missed hook sets. also cut the nose hook off rapala style to keep from snagging. doesn't matter which lure, i usually do it on all of mine and put new on every year on the hot lures of the season.
I know a lot of people cut the front hook off the jigging raps, but the two biggest walleye I've ever caught were taken head first, and one was only hooked with the front hook.
On the flip side, I have lost a couple of fish at the hole getting that front hook stuck on the hole.
Pick your poison I guess...
All of my lures get new VMC hooks before they make it to my lure box. If I cant hang it off my fingernail with the point of the hook it gets changed or sharpened. I normally use the same size as oem but that can vary depending on missed hooksets and such
I have been using owner with the feather, like the ones that you would see on a poper. I tell you what it looks sweet in the water tiped only with a minnow head. Nice flutter action. Been smoking my buds using regular hooks:evil:
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