Saturday, October 20, 2007

Halco Roosta Popper

Roosta Popper 105/135™

Here's an extract from the official website.
The Roosta Popper is at the cutting edge of Modern Popper design. Fully computer designed and prototyped, this rattling lure is both a sensational straight retrieve and blooping popper. Rear weighting gives exceptional casting ability and the unique head and body shape reduces cart wheeling and produces exceptional noise and splash.
Roosta Popper 135™ Specifications
Length: 135 mm

Weight: 48 grams
Swim Depth: Surface
Hooks: No.2/0 Mustad 3X Trebles
Speed: Slow to fast retrieve
Applications: Straight retrieve popping, blooping
Buoyancy: Floating

- How to Fish -
The Roosta is designed to be used as a straight retrieve popper and a blooper.When retrieved, the action can be changed by the level of the rod tip. Keeping the tip close to the water creates a massive bubble stream as the lure tracks through the water with a slight wiggling action. This can be particularly useful in rough surface conditions where the lure needs to be kept in the water to minimize cart wheeling. The low splash, high bubble retrieve can also be useful for fish that are shy of large splashes. By keeping the rod tip at mid height (2 metres from water level) the lure creates a classic forward splashing action with the cup face creating maximum splash. The flat back end of the lure becomes a planning surface and the lure remains upright and steady.
A high rod tip retrieve creates a skittering action along the surface. The lure does not create big forward splashes, but rather a side and rear splash similar to a fleeing garfish (bally hoo).To bloop the popper allow the lure to stop, the back end will sink and the lure is ready to be ripped. A rip of the rod tip creates a huge forward splash as the rear planning area rises to the surface and the cup faces digs in hard. When successfully blooped, a large "gurgling" noise can be heard. After ripping the lure, allow it to stop and for the back end to sink. The lure is then ready to be ripped again. Blooping is best performed with the rod tip held low.
The Roosta will also troll very well. It is stable enough to be trolled in a pattern of lures for ballistic surface strikes. Try different rod tip heights for desired action and to account for the sea conditions.

- Tip -
When casting poppers always allow a few seconds after the lures has hit the water before you commence your retrieve. This allows the lure to find its correct buoyancy and resting position in the water prior to retrieving. Commencing the retrieve the moment the lure hits the water often finds the lure not behaving correctly for the first couple of metres. Often this is the critical strike zone.

Halco Roosta Popper 135Big huge eye...which doesn't really serve a purpose...

Here's a shot of the belly. Was so bored over one of the weekends, did some DIY decoration with the popper... :-p
GT only...Tenggiri also can...

Pls Bite Accurately... :-ppp
Halco Roosta in action.
Briefly, I find the Halco Roosta Popper totally a gem to cast. And because of its weight distribution, it ensures optimum splashing position when not in motion, and the big gives it good splases, when in motion of course.

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