These hooks are close to perfect for the soft 4 play lures. I still haven't gotten any other hooks to work, but I don't really need too. These are cheap enough, they're strong, and come pretty sharp. I still sharpen them but it's not really needed, I just have a habit of sharpening all of my hooks.
Yeah they do stick out the belly of the bait, but that's pretty common among weedless rigged baits. You can't have a hook big enough to pop out the top and hook a fish if you try to make it stay completly inside. I've never had an issue with weeds hanging on them and I use them in some thick stuff for pike, so I don't see an issue.
The hook up rate is fine for what it is. With a goal of keeping weeds away you have to deal with the fact that you'll miss a few fish. Just a tip, if fishing these for notherns, when they hit, give them a second. Lower your rod tip, make sure the line is tight, and then set the hook UP. Seeting with a sideways sweep isn't going to work very well with these hooks/lures, and the extra second will give you a better chance. Don't worry, they won't let go for a few seconds.
Anyways, if you get the 4 play lures, get these hooks. They'll do what you need at a good price, and you won't need to waste fishing time trying to make other hooks work with them.