Halco Max

Has anybody had a go trolling with the new Halco Max lures yet. I was thinking they might be the shot for trolling when moving between spots when you want to go a bit quicker than 6-7 knots. Maybe a spread with some Xmas Trees and the Max swimming below.

I bought one the the Bluewater F18 in the smaller size the other day and they swam really well at around 8 knots but the water was flat calm and I reckon they would start to blow out at that speed in some rougher water.

Any feedback or ideas would be great

Cheers Steve 

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yeah they look good, i got a

Fri, 2008-05-23 14:50

yeah they look good, i got a couple to take to exxy and give a go, hopefully get a few good fish on them

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If they are any good they

Fri, 2008-05-23 14:56

If they are any good they probably wont make it backLaughing

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I've actually run one at

Fri, 2008-05-23 15:07

I've actually run one at around 15 knots, in not that calm conditions and it stayed under most of the time Surprised. Not sure how deep, but probably fairly shallow. They're rated for 12 knots though.

It did pop up out of the water (probably increased speed a knot or two) and by skittering across the surface it wore through the mono loop. Probably would have been fine if there was a chafing thimble or similar.

Christmas trees are good for speed, and the xraps you can troll to 13 knots.


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It wore through the Mono?

Fri, 2008-05-23 15:22

It wore through the Mono? What sort of leader were you using?

I always check lures, swivels etc to make sure there are no burrs on the eyelets that could cut through a line when under heavy strain, but I am surprised that it wore through with nothing but water pressure 

Good to hear about the speed capabilities of the Max and Xrap however. I use the Xmas Trees all the time, but sometimes I would like to get down a little deeper in the water column


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50lb coated mono leader,

Fri, 2008-05-23 15:35

50lb coated mono leader, rapala knot. I dont think it came off underwater, but rather skipping across the water. The constant erratic motion probably caused the split ring ends to rub against the mono wearing through it. If there was more pressure, the mono would have pivoted at the metal and probably wouldnt have caused much damage. 

Using better methods to rig up trolling lures now and use heaver line as well.



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Flip Flop might knowbut I

Fri, 2008-05-23 21:24

Flip Flop might know, I think they are the old Mackerel Maulers or similar?


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Also a very good cast and

Sat, 2008-05-24 10:42

Also a very good cast and retrieve lure for heavier situations as at 80gms they would be sweet off steep point and casting at bommies like a stick bait. Got a complete range myself that need to be tried out.

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Sat, 2008-05-24 15:08

If i'm trolling over 8knots i use Richter Jet head lures and yes the Max is good but it runs just under the surface at speed. Matt, use a round solid brass ring to the nose split ring that way your mono leader wont wear & reduce fatigue!


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My current trolling lures

Sat, 2008-05-24 17:15

My current trolling lures have solid rings and I rigged them up the way you showed me. I'll keep the solid rings in mind for the future though. I guess you could even have the solid ring to a trace and use some split ring pliers to change lures without having heaps of lure/trace combos to store? I think I actually have one lure with a split ring, but I just clipped straight to it last time. I dont know how much it would affect the action, but it caught some bonito.



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