Former international match angler closes tackle business
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Well-known UK industry figure, Stu Killen, is closing his tackle shop after spending almost 40 years running the business.
Killen, who began working at Angling Man, in Belgrave, Leicester, as a teenager, cites falling participation and online shopping as the key reasons behind his decision.
He took over the shop in 1979 and says that since then the number of UK anglers with rod licences has fallen from four million to less than a million.
“Computers and other interests have replaced fishing and football as the main interests among youngsters,” says Killen, an accomplished match fisherman who has fished for England and coached the Irish, England Youth and England Women’s teams. “Online shopping is also a factor.”
It looks likely that the Angling Man premises will be converted to terraced housing in the future. Meanwhile, the 58-year-old Killen hopes to spend more time fishing and plans to visit Australia and New Zealand. “In recent years I’ve managed only a few trips a year. I’m planning to go sea fishing for the first time in New Zealand.”