NEW Australian lure to be launched at ICAST 2022!

This July at the ICAST trade expo in Florida, a new lure from leading Australian manufacturer Halco will be making its debut.

The Halco TB55 has a long history dating back to Til Martinello’s original timber Tilson Bass lure from more than 20 years ago.

Halco’s Sales and Marketing Manager, Tim Carter, takes up the story. “The Tilsan Bass is a good lure, but there were a couple of problems. The first was that the availability and quality of the timber used to make it is difficult to source.

“And second, the quality control of the timber is inconsistent. Sometimes it is very dense and the lure sinks. Other times it is too buoyant t and it floats like a cork.”

The solution

Halco found a solution by shifting the lure’s manufacture to plastic, which allowed the buoyancy to be adjusted. It also means that the colour palette has been increased to 15, with a clear-bodied version that was previously unavailable in wood.

“The action of the new plastic lure exactly mimics the wooden version, so we have stayed true to the lure’s roots,” added Carter. “The action is best described as a hybrid between a crankbait and a jerkbait.

“It has been a great success in testing. It runs around three metres when cast and can make five metres when trolled with light braid and a fluorocarbon leader. Now we plan to introduce it to the trade at ICAST and then, a few weeks later, at the AFTA (Australian Fishing Tackle Association) show.”

Lure details

The TB55 is 55mm long, weighs 7.5gm, and is equipped with Mustad 6 black nickel trebles, making it neutrally buoyant in freshwater. Some types use Halco’s Invisi Glo technology, which glows in the dark, and others have UV reactivity. The RRP is likely to be around $15 Australian dollars.

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