Published On: Sun, Nov 23rd, 2014

Hex Wobblers or Ticers – Weight-Forward & Smaller Trout Ticers or Wedges

Salmon Ticers or Hex Wobblers.

Three long-range weight-forward hex wobblers or salmon ticers. The silvered ticer at the top with its shaped weight could be regarded as a deluxe version. The most popular weight is 68g.

Hex Wobblers or Ticers for Sea-run Salmon, Landlocked Salmon and Trout

For Salmon and Kahawai in the Surf

Hex Wobblers or Ticers are metal lures used for lone distance work. Designed for distance casting over breaking waves at the beach. They are almost never used to fish for salmon in the river itself. Ticers are made by cutting short lengths from a long length of a hexagonally shaped brass rod. Hence they are also known as “Hex Wobblers” and “Slices.”

Inventive anglers and manufacturers of fishing tackle have come up with numerous methods of improving the distance that these lures can be cast chiefly by making them heavier at the hook end. The aim of which is to make them fly through the air like a dart when casting so that they don’t tumble which would reduce casting distance. The best way to make weight-forward ticers is to weld on an extra piece of brass at the hook end of the lure.

Casting salmon ticers, or Hex Wobblers, over the surf.

Once almost all salmon ticers where silver with perhaps a flash of coloured prism tape applied. Nowadays the bloke next to you in the line could be fishing with a white, silver, or even fluoro lime green powder coated ticer! Surprisingly the later colour works well and takes many salmon at the mouth of Canterbury’s Rakaia River.

Most ticers are silvered to make them shine like a silvery baitfish. However many anglers also fish pure white powder coated models and many like to add a flash of red or yellow.

Strong sharp hooks are essential to set the hook into the hard mouth of a salmon. The lures pictured here have the popular VMC treble hooks attached.

Ticers are also the preferred lures for spinning for kahawai at river mouths throughout New Zealand. To cast very long distances salmon anglers use a special purpose designed long rod such as this Harrison or this Kilwell EnticerTW and match it with something like this top quality Abu 7500 reel.

Trout Fishing Ticers

Trout and landlocked salmon ticers. Also called hex wobblers, slices and wedges. Smaller ones weighing about 6 to 18g are ideal for lake fishing because they cast easily and sink quickly. The darker colours are used in murky water and at night.

Trout and landlocked salmon ticers. Also called hex wobblers, slices and wedges. Smaller ones weighing about 6 to 18g are ideal for lake fishing because they cast easily and sink quickly. The darker colours are used in murky water and at night. Ticers like these are still popular with anglers fishing for landlocked salmon in Lake Coleridge, in the Canterbury high country. 

Ticers, also called wedges or slices have long been used for trout fishing. Small ticers weighing between 6 and 14g were once common in a trout anglers tackle box and were particularly good for lakeshore fishing with light spinning gear. Popular colours were black, polished brass, and silver. Small ticers for trout fishing were also sold with cream coloured fluorescent paint that would glow for ages when charged with a torch and where good for attracting strikes from landlocked salmon and rainbow trout.

The advantage of a small ticer when trout spinning was that it could be cast a long way out into the lake and would sink faster than other lures down to the depth where trout were cruising! They are not used much for trout fishing nowadays as there are so many other lures available like soft-plastics and aqua-foils such as Tasmanian Devils and Cobras.

Amazing Baits Ticer Review

Here is a great video about surfcasting for salmon with Malcolm Bell from The Complete Angler. 

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- Fishingmag.co.nz website editor.

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