This year’s Recfishwest ‘Design Your Own Lure’ competition has had some of the funkiest designs entered to date with over 50 participants submitting their designs to Recfishwest and Halco for careful consideration! We’re pleased to announce this year’s winning lure design, dubbed the bubbly tiger – a bright and colourful design, master minded by 8 year old Sarah Stopforth.
The laser pro 120 was the platform for this design, a tried and tested Halco model that has caught many fish over the year’s right across Australia. This lure is a jack of all trades, you can throw it from the beach for tailor or salmon, troll it behind the boat for Spanish mackerel or throw it among the mangroves roots for jacks and barramundi like Seth Marsden (9) did in Roebuck bay did with the 2018 Recfishwest lure.
Sarah and her mother headed down to the Halco factory in Fremantle for a private tour with the lure experts. They got an up close and personal look at the secrets of lure design, lure artwork, graphics and lure testing in a tour that many fishers would love to experience themselves.
We’ve now seen five Recfishwest Limited Edition lures emerge from the fishers of tomorrow from children as young as 5! This is a lure you can’t get anywhere else in the world designed by the creativity of the next generation of fishers.
So, how do you get your hands on the Limited Edition Bubbly Tiger?
There are two ways that you can get your hands on this year’s Recfishwest Limited Edition Halco lure:
Join the thousands of current Recfishwest members and become a premium member!
Or, renew your current Recfishwest premium membership with us. All renewing premium members will still receive the new Limited Edition Lure, but instead of receiving a T-shirt every year, you’ll receive a new member’s only drink cooler adding to your Recfishwest merchandise.
We’ve like to thank everyone that entered this year’s competition, it was really exciting to see all of your creative designs!
To design the 2020 Limited Edition Halco Lure, come and see us this year’s Perth Boat Show in September where there will be a variety of colouring pencils to let the next generation of fishers creativity run wild!
Recfishwest and our partners at Halco Tackle will again be running the “design your own lure” competition however instead of running it at the Perth Boat Show, it will be an online competition only.
The winning entrant will have their lure reproduced with lure design specialists, receive 10 of their lures as the prize and feature in Recfishwest’s monthly ‘Broad Cast’ electronic newsletter and our weekly Statewide Fishing Reports for all the world to see! The lure will go on to become the Recfishwest’s Limited Edition Members Lure for the next 12 months!
The lure for this year’s design competition is a Laser Pro 120.
Entries must be received by 31st October 2018 and applicants must be 10 years and under.
Follow the link below to read the full entry details and download the application form.
Catching salmon from world class beaches is one of the most iconic WA fishing activities you and your family can have. Launching a lure into a huge school of salmon only 30 metres from the beach gives every fisher, novice or pro, a tremendous thrill and one which never seems to gets old.
Check out how easy it is to catch a salmon from the beach, click here.
Lure fishing for salmon on world class West Australian beaches has many great benefits:
No need for stinky bait and cheaper than buying bait all the time
You can cast further and be amongst the action by putting your lure in the zone
Adds to the ‘sportfishing’ element
Great way to get the kids into lure fishing
No skill needed in regards to lure movement or techniques
Great method for catch and release fishing
So with that in mind, we’ve come up with the top salmon lures you and your family must have this season.
Salmon Lure Criteria:
Castability: (beach casting only)
Price: Affordable for everyone
Catchability: Does it actually catch fish
The curved ends of the famous Twisty create an enticing action like no other metal lure. From a slow wobbling retrieve to a high-speed splashing retrieve, this lure is truly versatile. The Twisty Chrome has an incredibly realistic baitfish profile that has proven itself in both salt and freshwater.
How to fish them: For best results, vary speed and angle of retrieve, and choose different colours to match the available baitfish in the area. The Twisty Chrome comes in a range of weights. Constructed with a shiny chrome body, anglers have the choice of either a chrome, gold, green, or red holographic variety in a weight from 1.5g up to 70g.
The Richter Plug is a simple yet effective lure that is nearly indestructible. Favoured among anglers for its great action on the retrieve this lure is the go to in any condition. With their slim profile and weight, they make a great long-distance casting lure that can be fired out like a torpedo and this can be crucial when trying to reach distant schools of cruising salmon on southern beaches. Whether you’re casting into open clear water or around rocky reef structures, this is one lure you can’t do without this salmon season.
Other Species: Tailor, herring, bonito, tuna, trevally, Queenfish, Kingfish, ,ackerel
How to fish them: They can be fished as either a sinking stickbait or a surface lure or both during the same retrieve! Retrieve them fast to create a frantic baitfish surface splash action or slow the retrieve down and watch it dart around just under the surface.
Available in White, Red Head, Chartreuse, Pink and Yellow, and in five sizes from 28 grams through to 140 grams – sized from 138mm to 78mm.
Along with the Halco Twisty, Raider metal lures are one of the most versatile fishing products ever designed and are useful for many fishing applications. Not only do these lures work in all water depths, they are effective in all aspects of lure use. The range of sizes match most baitfish profiles. Their range of weights means they have multiple fishing applications but do their best work being cast off a beach at a hungry waiting school of salmon.
Other Species: Tailor, herring, bonito, tuna, trevally, Queenfish, Kingfish, mackerel
How to fish them: For best results, vary speed and angle of retrieve, and choose different colours to match the available baitfish in the area. The angled design allows for maximum casting distance, a ‘dart and weave’ motion on the retrieve at all but slow speeds for spinning.
Constructed with a shiny chrome body, anglers have the choice of nine sizes ranging from 10g upto 200g.
FREE SALMON HOTSPOT MAPS
Yes that’s right, we’re giving you all the tools and advice you need to catch one of these awesome sportsfish from your local beach by providing free beach fishing for salmon maps available for download here, alternatively pick one up from a local tackle store and speak to the experts on the ground.
Also why not be involved in all the excitement by checking out the Awesome Autumn of Salmon celebrations we’re having! More info here.
So what salmon lure is the best? What do you buy?
The answer is obvious, you can never have enough lures for all forms of fishing. Recfishwest’s suggestion is to buy one of each and try for yourself. Different lures will work best with different rod and reel setups. With the lures we’ve reviewed being so affordable and proven to catch salmon, it won’t break the bank if you buy one of each and make up your own mind!
Following on from two years of hugely successful Recfishwest Limited Edition Membership Lures, 12-year-old Luke Satie from Waikiki, has designed our 2017 Limited Edition lure, called ‘O-Fishally Fishy’.In partnership with local WA lure and tackle specialists Halco, Recfishwest gave kids at the Mandurah Boat Show and the Gone Fishing Day event the chance to design Recfishwest’s 2017 Limited Edition Lure and become fishing famous.
A keen fisher with an eye for lure design, young Luke designed the Limited Edition lure with the aim of ‘catching big fish.’ The Laser Pro 120 design is green on top, blended down through the body of the lure to gold then into a purple on the belly, giving it the perfect silhouette profile.
Once notified as the winner, Luke and his family headed down to the Halco factory in Fremantle for a private tour with the lure experts. Luke got an up close and personal look at lure design, lure artwork and graphics and lure testing in a tour that many fishers would die for.
We’ve now seen three Limited Edition lures come from the fishers of tomorrow with 5-year-old Sarah, twins Dean and Rylee, age 10, and now 12-year-old Luke bringing the Members of Recfishwest a lure you can’t get anywhere else in the world.
This new lure can be yours!
We have been bringing you the best, most up to date information on all issues affecting your fishing in WA for many years now. You would have read our monthly Broad Cast (with over 60 editions published), our weekly Fishing Reports plus seen various ‘Breaking News’ stories where we’ve battled to make fishing better for all West Aussies.
You might remember some of these:
• Delivered, for the second year running, the hugely successful Snapper Guardians Project – which has seen over 100,000 juvenile Pink Snapper released into Cockburn Sound
• Stocked hundreds of thousands of fish around the state including Barramundi in the Kimberley, Mulloway and Pink Snapper on the West Coast; plus millions of Prawns in Perth metro waters.
• Helped deliver you enhanced fishing opportunities through the installation of 4 Artificial Reefs in WA, with 3 more planned in the coming years.
• Had a win for the community in securing your fishing licence money fund that was set to be cut by $800,000
• Convinced the government to prioritise Herring for recreation and human consumption purposes
It’s our job to represent you and the fishing community of WA to ensure you have safe, accessible, sustainable and enjoyable fishing experiences.
So, how do you get your hands on one?
There are two ways that you can get your hands on this year’s Recfishwest Limited Edition Halco Lure:
1. Join the thousands of current Recfishwest members and become a Premium Member!
2. Or, renew your current Recfishwest Premium Membership with us. All renewing Premium Members will still receive the new Limited Edition Lure, but instead of receiving a T-shirt every year, you’ll receive a new member’s only drink cooler for 2017, adding to your Recfishwest merchandise.
With your support, we can continue to deliver World Class initiatives that make your fishing better and ensures your kids will have great fishing for years to come.