Leading UK tackle chain, Angling Direct, has opened its 30th store and announced an 'exceptional' summer trading period.
The east of England-based business opened the doors of its new outlet in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, on Saturday and today reported 13% like-for-like sales growth in-store and 26.7% online over the period, with August being a record month for the company.
The three-month period from June 1 to August 21 this year was up 31% overall compared to the same period in 2018, with the trend continuing this month.
Angling Direct's Chief Executive Officer, Darren Bailey, said: "We are very excited to have opened our Milton Keynes store in a very popular angling region. It offers products for all disciplines of fishing whilst also housing a full size Pole alley.
“As we seek to cater for all anglers across the UK with a new and modern retail offering, we are continuing to strategically expand our store footprint, as well as enhance our online offering in terms of products, experience and education in order to help raise the profile of angling.
“The summer trading conditions have been favourable with the weather having been good. We were delighted that both our established and new stores experienced strong footfall, which was backed up by strong like-for-like sales both in-store and online, delivering a record month in August.”.. Continue Reading
Outgoing EFTTA CEO, Jean-Claude Bel, has been made an honorary member of the European Anglers Alliance (EAA), the organisation that fights for the rights of recreational fisherman across the region.
Jean-Claude, who retires at the end of next month after more than 10 years with EFTTA, was recognised by the EAA at its 25th anniversary General Assembly in Bled, Slovenia, last week.
Fred Bloot, EAA President, described Jean-Claude as a 'real' French man, full of passion whose contribution to the EAA was based on good knowledge during key meetings with stakeholders.
Bloot said: "You always did your homework well. We have been together in the European Parliament and we have visited the European Commission. You were always convincing. You know better than anyone the economic side of sport fishing.".. Continue Reading
Fishing boat manufacturer, Brunswick, has announced the formation of the Aluminium Boat Group (ABG), a move designed to help the Illinois corporation fully leverage the scale of its multi-brand business.
The new structure will also help drive operating margins and improve profitability, says the Illinois operation.
ABG will comprise seven brands – Lund, Harris, Lowe, Crestliner, Princecraft, Cypress Cay and Thunder Jet – and will be based at the company’s Mettawa headquarters.
“This is a transformative year for Brunswick,” said CEO, David Foulkes. “ABG will improve the efficiency and performance of our boat portfolio, while strengthening each of these leading brands.
"The new group will also result in better customer service, enhanced quality and improved profitability,” added Foulkes.
The formation of ABG follows Brunswick’s recent establishment of the Venture Group of fibreglass brands, including Bayliner, Heyday, Quicksilver and Uttern.
Earlier this year the corporation made job cuts expected to help reduce annual operating costs by up to $35m, as well as selling off its Fitness Division... Continue Reading
Clam Outdoors has acquired fellow Minnesota company, All-Terrain Tackle, in a move that will accelerate its strategic growth into the open water market.
Clam’s main business has previously been in ice tackle, but the purchase of All-Terrain gives it an immediate presence in the lucrative bass sector.
Located in Prior Lake, All-Terrain Tackle has been growing its line of bass jigs through grassroots marketing and tournament pros. “I started this brand 17 years ago because I wanted to create the best bass jig on the market, a unique bait that catches fish in any situation,” said All-Terrain founder, Steve Hauge.
“With such a strong, loyal following, I wanted to keep that momentum going, so it made sense to partner with another tackle company that has that same reputation for integrity and quality products. Clam was that company.”
All-Terrain’s jigs are made in the USA and have the trademarked Terrain Tread, or ‘bumps’ on the jighead that allow them to grip cover, along with Pro Tie hand-tied silicone jigs and the TrailrLoc System that prevents plastics and baits sliding down the hook.
Clam says there will no major changes in the short term. “We’re incredibly excited to have another high-quality brand join the Clam family,” said President, Steve Geertsen.
“Steve has done an amazing job with this line and, combined with our R&D team, marketing initiatives and All Terrain pros, we see..Continue Reading
Businesses across the US east coast - including tackle giant Shimano – are battening down the hatches in readiness for the onslaught from Hurricane Dorian.
Shimano has suspended operations at its North Charleston distribution centre and fishing division office, while fishing sunglasses manufacturer, Costa, has done likewise at its facility in Daytona Beach, Florida.
“Safety is always the number one concern for all our Team Shimano members and many have already left the area to get further inland and away from Hurricane Dorian,” said Penina Joseph, Shimano’s Vice President of Corporate Communications. “We are closed definitely through Thursday and will review our Friday plans this afternoon.”
Shimano’s Irvine, California. distribution centre is prepared to take on the extra capacity for orders that can be diverted and fulfilled. Both the North Charleston and Irvine facilities stock all Shimano fishing brands, including G. Loomis rods, PowerPro braid, and Jackall lures.
Joseph said Shimano will keep all its customers as informed as possible as to when its South Carolina operations resume normal functions... Continue Reading
PRADCO Outdoor Brands, a world leader in top-name fishing and hunting products, announced today that it has acquired Gene Larew Lures, the company that manufactures and sells lures under its Gene Larew, Bobby Garland and Crappie Pro brands.
“Today, we’ve added two more legendary names – Larew and Garland – to our already historic line-up of fishing brands,” said PRADCO’s Bruce Stanton, Vice President and General Manager of the fishing division. “In addition to growing our bass offerings with Larew and jumping right to the top of the crappie bait category with Garland, we’re also getting a wealth of manufacturing experience, industry knowledge and fishing expertise that fully complement the things we do that put us at the top in this industry.”
“Only a couple hours up the road from Fort Smith, Arkansas, we know PRADCO, Bruce and many of his team, so I’m elated to be passing along my company to them because I know it will be in great hands,” said Gene Larew Lures owner, Chris Lindenberg. “PRADCO has proven itself to be a great caretaker of the brands that I grew up fishing with, and I wanted Larew and Garland to have a permanent next home in such a prominent place. I couldn’t be any happier than having PRADCO be the ones to take our efforts to the next level and beyond.”
Gene Larew and Bobby Garland were two early day pioneers of the soft..Continue Reading
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