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Double AFTA show joy for Wilson, Shimano and River2Sea

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Shimano won the combo and reel categories at last week’s Australian Fishing Trade Association (AFTA) Show on the country’s Gold Coast.
↑ 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 last 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), while Wilson Fishing produced the best rod (Bone Combat Beast Travel Rod) clothing 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 Manufacturing, 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 Synergy, 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 and pictures.

Filed In: Bait & Additives, Clothing, Electronics, Flies, Large Accessories, Lines, Luggage, Lures, Product News, Reels, Rods, Terminal Tackle


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