For recently turned eight-year-old fisher Luke Scanlon, winning the Recfishwest-Halco 2020 ‘Design Your Own Lure’ competition was a welcome extra birthday present — and he’s super-excited for Recfishwest members to use the lure he designed!
Luke was one of more than 100 next-generation fishers to enter the Recfishwest comp, run in partnership with Halco Tackle since 2014, at the Perth 4WD and Adventure Show last November.
While visiting Recfishwest’s stall at the show with his father James, Luke designed ‘Jango’ — a red, purple and orange coloured lure — as part of the colouring-in competition.
‘Cool Hand Luke’s’ awesome design stood out for the judging panel, who praised his creativity and originality.
The judges are confident the design, which this year has been transformed into a Halco Slidog 105 stickbait, in celebration of this year’s Awesome Autumn of Salmon, will snare many a lure-smashing salmon.
Weighing 28g, fishers will be able to easily cast the new Recfishwest premium member exclusive lure into big salmon schools.
Judges also believe Luke’s innovative lure will tempt species including tailor, yellowtail kingfish, GTs, queenfish, Spanish mackerel and spangled emperor.
Meeting Halco Tackle Managing Director Ben Patrick and Recfishwest CEO Dr Andrew Rowland at Halco’s Fremantle headquarters last Friday, Luke said he couldn’t wait to test new Slidog 105 out.
“I turned eight on Monday, so this is like a birthday present to me,” he said.
“I really like fishing and so does dad, so I’ll give him one of the lures to take to Exmouth when he goes there next.”
CEO Dr Andrew Rowland said Luke clearly had a great eye for lure design.
“While we were delighted by the standard of the entries this year, Jango simply ran away with it — well done, Luke,” Dr Rowland said.
“Once again, we thank our partners Halco for their ongoing support for our members’ lure competition. It is great to have such an iconic leader in the WA tackle industry on board.”
The Jango Slidog 105 is versatile and can be worked slowly along the surface or fast with an erratic twitch.
If left to sink, the stickbait shimmers on the way down and can sometimes tempt demersal species. The orange colouring is also fluorescent and glows in the dark.
You can get your hands on a the exclusive Jango Slidog 105 by becoming a Recfishwest premium member or by renewing your existing membership.
As part of the membership pack, you will also get the choice of a Recfishwest t-shirt or coffee mug plus a Recfishwest member sticker.
But most importantly, you’ll be joining a ‘cast’ of thousands supporting Recfishwest in our purpose of ensuring great fishing experiences for all in the Western Australian community forever!
Be sure to share photos of the fish you catch with the lure and tag #recfishwest in social media posts — there may even be a prize for the best one!