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Todays lures tend to be built from modern plastic blends, designed to last longer than ever before. While most large lure manufacturers shy away from traditional wood lure crafting techniques, Halco Tackle has chosen to buck the trend. Transitioning into a global player in the tackle industry, this Australian Lure Company has had to make some tough calls in axing and adjusting product range to demand, yet proudly the Tilsan Timber lure range remains- siting alongside the remaining hard plastic-body lures.
Wood and plastic lures are worth a spot in every angler’s tackle box, with many of todays hard-plastic lures actually mimicking the motion of Tilsan, regarded one of the world’s greatest timber fishing lures. Regardless, both lure compounds offer an excitingly diverse experience and should belong in an anglers’ arsenal.
Tilsan lures have one of the best in-water actions for a timber lure due to their buoyancy unique Centerline Design. The lure is constructed with a flat stainless steel frame to add strength when battling big fish, as well as ensuring the line is always connected to the hooks.
It’s important when choosing a wood lure to know what that lure is designed to do. The Halco range of Tilsan timber lures consists of four models.
Species: Bass, Bream, Flathead, Mangrove Jacks, Barra
Hooks: #8 Black Nickel Trebles
Trolling: 0.4-3 knots / 3.5m depth
The Tilsan Bass is a crash-diving neutrally buoyant lure, meaning the average cast will get the lure immediately down to 3.5 meters, landing it quickly in the strike zone. Due to its neutral buoyancy, the Tilsan Bass can be held in this zone for a long time by slowing the retrieve and twitching the lure. The Tilsan Bass is designed to be paused for a couple seconds before another short retrieve is carried out, and fishes excellently on deep water snags and fast drop-offs.