Offering the widest gap of any tournament approved circle hook, the VMC® Tournament Circle Hooks are designed to optimize hook rates when live bait trolling for billfish. Made from strong, premium Vanadium® Steel, VMC® Tournament Circle Hooks feature chemically sharpened, sticky-sharp Needle Points. To create an ultra-sharp, strong Needle Point, VMC® employs a unique tempering process of compressing the fibers in a conical shape instead of grinding the point. This process ensures that every VMC® Tournament Circle Hook provides effortless penetration and resists pressure applied by braided lines.
BLACK NICKLE FINISH
These coloured hooks receive a thin layer of varnish that will cover the hook without affecting the sharpness of its point. The varnish creates a shield on High Carbon or Vanadium steel by covering the entire hook surface. To ensure that the point keeps 100% of its sharpness, VMC has developed its unique varnish specification to insure the greatest overall coverage with the thinnest coating.
The result of a sharpening technique that gathers the metal fibers and squeezes them toward the center of the point. By compressing rather than cutting, VMC has created a point equal or superior in sharpness to the best available and incredibly stronger.
With a fusion temperature of 1750°C, Vanadium® is a metal too tough to be used pure. Once alloyed with a high carbon steel, it becomes revolutionary. For not only is Vanadium® tough, it is light (density of 5.7 to be exact). Which is why it’s used for hard-wearing formula one engine parts. Vanadium® is twice as costly as HC80 carbon steels used for regular hooks, but offers tremendous performance gains when hardened and tempered properly. Up to 25% increased strength!