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Halco Lures

Halco is a well respected lure manufacturer based in Australia, with a wide range of lures. They're the top lure company in Australia, and that says a lot about their fish catching quality. Tuna, wahoo and kingfish are some of the species that go for these lures, and they catch fish when other lures don't produce. Many of their products are geared towards species we simply don't encounter here, barramundi for instance, but some are excellent for what we do target. Their lures are well made, good designs and not ridiculously priced.

We are stocking Halco's most popular and well performing Max 130. They make many more lures than this model, however some do not pertain to our style of fishing here and others, such as their poppers, while having a nice design the product is not thru-wired. That's not acceptable in my estimation given the application, and there are other alternative products that do incorporate that basic feature. For this reason we do not stock their poppers.

Halco Max 130 & 190!

New Halco Max 190
Following up on the tremendous success of the Max 130 over the past five or so years, the guys from Halco showed a prototype 190 size at the 2015 ICAST show. A year later the lure was ready for prime-time.  The new larger size Max retains all the same great features as the smaller version, with one exception...these come with the Mustad Inline single hooks (we offer the VMC version hooks which preceded Mustad for this type of hook). The larger 190 Max weighs in a 5 3/4 ounces, has a much louder rattle system, measures about 7 1/2 inches. The Halco folks spent a considerable amount of time testing these lures to ensure they'll track well - they got it right! The lures should prove stable up to 20 knots!!!

For those of us targeting larger grade tuna and wahoo, we have a new favorite lure to experiment with this long range season. I'm betting they do just as well for the 'hoo as the little 130's did for the schoolie tuna.

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Description Price
Halco Max 190 Purple and Black 1198 $23.95
Halco Max 190 Baitfish H157 $23.95
Halco Max 190 Yellowfin H71 $23.95
Halco Max 190 Wahoo - Pink Chrome R15 $23.95
Halco Max 190 Pilchard-Sardine H50 $23.95
Halco Max 190 Orange and Black 1006 $23.95

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Max 130
This has turned out to be the hottest trolling lure for the tuna bite this year (2012 -and now several years later it's still the hot ticket). The Halco 130 Max is a cutting edge lure, bibless design. It's great in both a casting or trolling application, and it's been the troll use that's really been successful for folks this year. It can run to up to 12 knots, running at 7 feet in depth. They weight 2 3/4 ounces and they will indeed cast well in addition to trolling. For 2013 the point was proven again on the long range boats and on shorter length fishing commercial and private boats. The Max 130 was the go-to lure of choice. Even I took advantage of the lure's performance, earning another trolling jackpot (jacket) aboard the Red Rooster III on our four day charter in September. These are great lures, and the fish will literally eat the paint of 'em. That's exactly the condition of the lure I was using, most all the paint had indeed been eaten off through previous catches. Didn't matter one bit, the action got it bit. Out performed the more standard tuna feathers by a wide margin.

One point that I'd like to mention, comes from a friend of mine from Australia. Since  the 130 Max swims well both slow and fast on the troll (heck it works as a cast/retrieve lure, too) it's a lure that can save you gas. What I mean by this is that the typical surface tuna lure must move through the water fairly quickly in order to draw a strike, 7 knots or so. While the 130 Max trolls well at speed, speed also uses up fuel. The lures are just as effective when dragged at 2 knots! They swim well. So, while you can run these lures behind the big sportfishers at speed (as we've all learned well by now) they also work well for a private boater who is moving at a slower pace. You can indeed gain fuel economy by dropping the speed down a bit and still catch plenty of tuna with these very effective lures.

Here's some recent feedback from our September 2013 Red Rooster charter
- I won another trolling jacket from the Red Rooster on this lure. The thing tracked straight, gained some depth verses the tuna feathers the other guys were using, and got me a troll fish that was bigger than anyone else's. What more can be said, the lures work. - Mark

 

Halco is an Australian lure manufacturer, with factories in Australia and Indonesia. They are considered one of Australia's best fishing lure companies, with many records to their credit.

Here's a note from one of our clients from "out of town" who found something other than tuna to eat the Halco...
Photo is a a fish trip 2 days ago. Used one of the Halco lures with the small  pole on the right of the photo. Took my friend some time to reel in the Wahoo. This spot is 5 minutes from the dock.
 
Thanks again,
 Dennis  (Guam)

 

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Description Sale Price
Halco Max 130 H79 Stripey $14.49
Halco Max 130 Purple/Black $14.49
Halco Max 130 H50 Pilchard $14.49
Halco Max 130 R15 Pink Chrome (purple mack) $14.49
Halco Max 130 HH57 Baitfish $14.49
Halco Max 130 H73 Fusilier  $14.49
Halco Max 130 H53 Redhead 
 
$14.49
Halco Max 130 H71 Yellowfin  $14.49
 

 

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VMC

In-Line Hooks

Here's a wonderful new product that we've been wanting to see, an in-line hook for use in replacing hooks on lures, for instance poppers, Halco &, Rapala lures... A standard style hook puts the ring in the opposite direction of the hook point, great for fishing bait, but for re-rigging a lure it points the hook out in the wrong direction. The new VMC In-Line hooks put the ring where it needs to be so when you re-rig on the split ring the hooks orientation is appropriate for the lure, allowing better tracking. These hooks range in size from 1/0 up to 7/0 sizes and will cover most lures you'll want to enhance. In the past we've used some open eye Mustads for replacement or gone with a ringed hook attached to a split ring to keep the hook orientation correct. Now there's an option that provides a wide game extra strong forged hook which will prove simpler and probably stronger than what we've had to work with in the past. (Pictured left, CB 200mm popper with 7/0 VMC upgrade, Halco 130 Max with 5/0 front and 6/0 trailing hook).

 

Buy Description Price
VMC Inline Hook 1/0 size 8 per pack $4.49
VMC Inline Hook 2/0 size 7 per pack $4.49
VMC Inline Hook 3/0 size 6 per pack $4.49
VMC Inline Hook 5/0 size 5 per pack $4.49
VMC Inline Hook 6/0 size 4 per pack $4.49
VMC Inline Hook 7/0 size 4 per pack $4.49

 

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Fish these lures on a trolling harness if targeting wahoo...

Buy Description Price

StrikeMaster Harnesses

StrikeMaster Trolling Harness 175 pound test 36 inches

$7.49

StrikeMaster Trolling Harness 275 pound test 36 inches

$7.49

StrikeMaster Trolling Harness 400 pound test 36 inches

$7.99


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