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New President for Zebco Brands-North America

Zebco Brands-North America has promoted Steve Smits to President, overseeing the company’s business operations in the U.S. and Canada.

The appointment was announced by CEO, Jeff Pontius.  He said: “The strong leadership and collaborative style Steve has demonstrated during his tenure with Zebco Brands has been key to his success and the achievement of sales and marketing objectives.”

Smits joined Zebco in August 2013 as Senior Vice President Sales.. Read More

Bassmaster Expo launch for new Shimano Chronarch MGL

Offering the advanced baitcasting reel technology both tournament and advance bass anglers require, Shimano introduced its re-engineered Chronarch MGL reel at the recent Bassmaster Expo in Houston, Texas. It is now offered with lightweight Magnumlite spools and in three different gear ratio models. Weighing-in at 6.5oz, the six..

Top retailer welcomes IFTD move to Denver

The decision to move the fly fishing industry’s flagship trade show back to Denver has been universally applauded by manufacturers, according to feedback due to be published in the next issue Angling International. But how has the news been received by dealers, whose support of the International Fly..

Dyneema President delighted by victory in long-running patent battle

DSM Dyneema has won a major case challenging one of its key patents. The Netherlands manufacturer of the world’s strongest fibre, a major component of many top fishing lines, prevailed in a long legal battle with FMS Enterprises Migun, of Tel Aviv, Israel. The publicly-held Israeli business had..

Rapala claims most IGFA records in 2016

More International Game Fish Association (IGFA) world-record fish were caught in 2016 on Rapala lures than on any other brand of baits. Among the 14 new IGFA world-record fish caught on Rapala baits last year was a 47lb 8oz Papuan Black Snapper. More IGFA world-record fish have been caught on..

$6 million industry boost for Australia’s Northern Territory

An investment of AU$6 million announced this week looks set to have a big impact on the recreational fishing industry in Australia’s Northern Territory. The funding will indirectly create jobs for tackle shops, fishing tour operators, boat sales and servicing, tourism and other retail sectors, says the Territory’s..

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