One of carp fishing’s biggest personalities has joined Carp Spirit and Dynamite Baits.
Ian Russell has linked up with the growing army of top anglers with the aim of bringing more angling experience and high-quality content to the brand in the UK and Europe.
As well as a wealth of experience in carp fishing, Russell is one of the UK’s best loved anglers, having worked in the industry for more than 27 years.
His carp pedigree is matched by very few, having caught dozens of known forties in the UK and well over 100 English 30-pounders. He’s also won numerous carp fishing matches from Battlecarp to the more recent, Carp Wars.
He said: “After being with Avid for the past nine and a half years, I feel it’s time to start afresh and the opportunity to join an innovative and forward-thinking brand like Carp Spirit was too much to turn down. The brand is huge in Europe and has some truly amazing products. I’m really looking forward to helping establish the brand in the UK.
"The icing on the cake is that I also get to use Dynamite. I’ve always been a fan of Terry Hearn’s baits and can’t wait to get on the CompleX-T”.
Dynamite Head of Marketing, Daryl Hodges, added: “With his experience, passion and personality, Ian is the perfect fit for both Carp Spirit and Dynamite...Continue Reading
There are bigger and better things to come from National Fishing Month (NFM), the annual participation event in the UK, says the brand’s owner, the Angling Trades Association (ATA).
This year’s initiative attracted more than 5,000 people to over 100 special free coaching sessions, with the showcase event taking place at The Game Fair at Hatfield House, Hertfordshire.
“I’m reassured with the results from this year,” said ATA Chairman, John Loftus. “But we know that we have an even greater opportunity to grow NFM exponentially in the future.
“We owe a debt of gratitude to the enthusiastic and loyal support of the voluntary organisers and coaches who plan and deliver NFM every year helping recruit the next generation of anglers to our wonderful sport. We are particularly appreciative of the involvement of the Professional Anglers Association (PAA) who arranged the NFM initiative this year.
“Thanks also go to retailer, Angling Direct, for its generous financial support, to Dinsmores and Fladen for their product donations and to the Environment Agency for its fishing licence waivers. We are extremely grateful to it for helping us catch so many new anglers.“
TV fishing personality Jeremy Wade, who joined the coaches on the bank, said: “NFM is a great way for people the learn the basics and appreciate the outdoors.“.. Continue Reading
Grauvell, the Spanish tackle manufacturer, has gone into judicial administration, the Spanish equivalent of liquidation. Staff and customers have been informed of the situation.
An administrator has been appointed although the factory is still operating in some capacity as the company attempts to clear stock.
The Barcelona-based business was recently hit with a €600,000 fine following a long-standing dispute in France related to the breaking strengths of one of its fishing lines.
Founded in 1966 and owned by the wealthy Pintat family, the Grauvell brand is known the world over. The current General Manager is Adria Pintat, whose grandfather was President of Andorra.
There has been a change of management in the company in recent years and it has experienced difficulties in what was once one of its biggest markets, France.
Several factors have clearly contributed to the company’s demise and it would appear that the Pintat family does not want to put any more money into the business.
Grauvell is best known for its saltwater rods and reels, but more recently entered the freshwater market with a focus on carp.
The last financial report filed by Grauvell, declared in September 2018, revealed a turnover of more than €9m for the previous two years and a loss of €4.6m. Staff numbers at the Barcelona HQ were reported as 16.
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French retail giant, Decathlon, owner of the Caperlan fishing brand, has continued its relentless march into new export markets.
The company, which currently has 1,500 stores in more than 50 countries worldwide, started construction this month on its first store in Ireland. Located in Ballymun, an outer suburb of Dublin, the retail outlet is expected to open its doors in April next year.
Depending in the success of the venture, Decathlon may swiftly follow the debut store in the country with others in the capital city as well as Cork, Galway and Waterford.
The roll-out of the brand in the Republic has been more challenging than expected, attributed to the high cost of doing business in Ireland, according to Bastien Grandgeorge, Chief Executive of Decathlon in Ireland.
He told The Irish Times that he was 'very surprised' at construction costs, which he said were on a par with Singapore, where he opened a number of Decathlon stores before moving to Ireland.
Decathlon first started selling into the Irish market via its website in August 2017 and averages 170 orders a day – over 60,000 a year. "It is 30% more than we expected in year two," added Grandgeorge... Continue Reading
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Peter Foley, one of the best known figures in the global tackle industry, has vacated the presidency of his company, Boone Bait, after 36 years in the role.
New president of the saltwater lures and accessories manufacturer is Foley’s daughter, Antoinette Foley – better known in the industry as TL.
TL began working in her father’s Florida facility in 1994 and returned to the business after college. She has been Executive Vice President of Boone for the past five years and is already a familiar figure at tackle trade shows including ICAST and EFTTEX.
Peter Foley now becomes Vice Chairman, but has no plans to slow down. “I will continue to work just as hard as I have always done,” he said. “But it makes sense for TL to assume the role of President. Her contribution to the company over a long period of time is fully deserving of it.”
Peter Foley owned 50 per cent of the company for seven years before first becoming President in 1983 following the death of his partner. Boone Bait, located in Winter Park, near Orlando, sells products in more than 70 countries around the world... Continue Reading
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