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2017 AFTA Show award winners revealed

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Four times Bassmaster Classic Champion, Kevin VanDam (right) is pictured with Plano Marketing Manager, Chris Russell, at the ICAST launch of his AFTA-award winning KVD Bag range.

Wilson Fishing, Shimano and River2Sea were all double winners at this week’s Australian Fishing Tackle Association (AFTA) Show Awards.

Tackle giant, Shimano, took two of the most prestigious awards – the reel (Sustain 2500 HGFI) and combo (Tranx 300A and Jewel Swimbait 7102) categories, while Wilson Fishing produced the best rod (Bone Combat Beast Travel Rod) and cloth accessory (Hooded Headscarf).

River2Sea shared the terminal tackle award with Mustad with its Shogun Swordfish Rig, while its Chasebaits brand took the soft lure (Smash Squid).

The full list of awards are:

Rod: Wilson Fishing, Bone Combat Beast Travel Rod;

Combo: Shimano, Tranx 300A and Jewel Swimbait 7102;

Line: Sunline, Siglon PEx8;

Reel: Shimano, Sustain 2500 HGFI;

Sunglasses: Spotters Shades, Grayson;

Soft Lure: River2Sea, Chasebaits Smash Squid;

Hard Lure: J.M. Gillies, Bluewater Saury;

Gamefishing Lure: Fatboy Lures, 8.5” Devil;

Fly Fishing Line: RIO Products, Direct Core Flats Pro;

Fly Reel: Hardy, Ultralite – MTX – 5000;

Fly Fishing Rod: Sage, Salt HD;

Terminal Tackle: River2Sea, Shogun Swordfish Rig and Mustad, Fastach Leader;System

Boating / Fishing Accessory: Simms Fishing Products, Guide Pliers;

Marine Electronics: Lowrance, HDS Carbon 16” and Viva Fuji, aerator;

Outdoor / Camping Product: Smoking’ Hot Rocket, Stove;

Watersport / Dive Product: GoPro, Hero5 Black Action Camera;

Tackle Management: Plano, KVD Bag;

Clothing Accessory: Wilson Fishing, Hooded Headscarf;

John Dunphy Innovation Award: Swell Pro, Drone 3.0;

Small Bait and Tackle Store: Anglers Fishing World;

Medium Bait and Tackle Store: Tackle World Mornington;

Best Large Bait and Tackle Store: Fishing and Outdoor World;

Overall Bait and Tackle Store: Tackle World Cranbourne.

• Our thanks to Fishing World for providing this information.

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