Andrew Death was crowned the 2019 Hobie® Fishing World Champion following the tournament on Australia's Gold Coast.
Death, from New South Wales, Australia, was the seventh angler to claim the world title following Scott Baker (Australia, 2011), Marty Mood (USA 2012), Richard Somerton (Australia, 2013), Steve Lessard (USA 2014 and 2016), Xiaohong Ma (China, 2015) and Salah el Barbouchi (Germany 2018). Here, Hobie reports on a hugely successful seventh tournament.
Hobie Fishing Worlds 8, presented by Daiwa, included a field of 43 qualifying anglers who had travelled to compete from 16 countries. Most international anglers had not previously fished for the target species, Yellowfin Bream, but all competitors were given two pre-fishing days to acclimatise themselves to the arena and to the species. All had researched bream, the techniques, the lures and tackle that were required to bring home the three fish they aimed for each day.
The World Championship was a catch, weigh and release tournament. Anglers brought their fish back in Hobie V2 Livewells during each of the three days of competition for a live weigh-in at the event site. The fish were placed on scales, their weights recorded, and then the fish were released to swim away.
Anglers competed in identical Hobie Pro Angler 14 kayaks, which were provided brand new and decked out by the Hobie Asia Pacific factory located a lure’s throw from the waters of Jervis Bay in New..Continue Reading
Shimano North American Fishing has strengthened its sales team at its headquarters in Ladson, South Carolina.
It has hired Jim Lupinski as Senior Sales Manager, bringing with him a background in both hard and soft goods from the sporting products and outdoor industries. He was previously with The Life is Good Company, where he served as National Sales Manager.
"Jim's sales, sales management skills and deep experience with CRM implementation will benefit our current efforts at Shimano," said Shimano North American Fishing President, Dave Pfeiffer. "We look forward to having his abilities contributing to the success of the Shimano fishing brands.".. Continue Reading
Tacklestream is the new media platform from the publishers of Angling International that exists to connect fishing tackle brands to retailers.
After a successful introduction to the global trade at EFTTEX and ICAST, we are now seeking a talented and passionate Content Manager & Social Media Editor to take responsibility for output across the full range of Tacklestream digital platforms.
This is a position for a professional with real passion for fishing tackle in all its forms and the skills to create provocative and engaging social media content on a consistent basis. You should also have the drive, energy and ideas to grow and retain the largest possible audience of fishing tackle retailers from around the world, plus tackle-obsessed anglers.
This role also includes managing the new Tacklestream website due for launch in October. Conceived as the trade’s leading directory of fishing tackle, this site will require the Content Manager to work closely with global fishing tackle brands supplying content for publication, often in multiple languages. Requirements include a good working knowledge of WordPress, strong interpersonal skills and the ability to manage multiple publishing schedules.
Video editing skills will also be a distinct advantage.
• Creating ‘passionate, personal, and provocative’ social media content about fishing tackle from around the world
• Generating this content by liaising with tackle brands and our global network of tackle correspondents
The keynote speaker at the IFTD Industry Breakfast will be Steven Rinella, a noted conservationist, sportsman and host of The MeatEater Netflix series.
"The fly fishing industry has long been a champion of protecting our nation's public lands and natural resources, especially when the health of our rich fishery ecosystems – from blue water depths to high mountain streams – are in jeopardy," said Ben Bulis, President of the AmerIcan Fly Fishing Trade Association (AFFTA), owner of the show.
"Steven is one of the strongest sportsman-conservationist voices out there today. Having him kick-off our Denver homecoming is going to put industry enthusiasm over the top."
In addition to his series, Rinella also hosts The MeatEater Podcast and is the author of six books dealing with wildlife, hunting, fishing and wild game cooking.
Tickets for the Industry Breakfast on Wednesday, October 16 are available to registered IFTD exhibitors and attendees. To register, visit affta.org/iftd-show... Continue Reading
Country sports retailer, Farlows, has launched into the fishing clothing sector for the first time.
The company, which celebrates its 180th anniversary next year, has collaborated with Hilltrek in Scotland to make its debut in the category with two British-made wading jackets.
“The creation of the two new Farlows fishing jackets continues our strategy of sourcing the very finest outdoor garments in the UK,” said the collection’s designer and Farlows Brand Manager, Peter Sant. “Hilltrek has been crafting performance outerwear for over 30 years and its customer base spans the globe.”
Farlows Four Season Jacket is created with big river enthusiasts in mind, while the lighter Creek Jacket is designed to be the 'go to' coat for all types of fishing. Both use the same materials.
“Hilltrek employs Cotton Analogy® technology in its garments, which combines a Ventile® outer with a synthetic inner Nikwax Analogy® Pump Liner.” added Sant. “Ventile® is truly an original performance fabric, developed to increase the chances of survival for pilots ditching into the sea during World War II, and it is still used today in jet fighter pilot jumpsuits.
"Ventile is coupled with a Nikwax liner that actively pumps moisture away from the body. It’s an extremely durable, weatherproof system.”
Farlows flagship store in Pall Mall, London, is a place of pilgrimage for anglers and country sports enthusiasts from around the world.
Johnson Outdoors paid $1.9m in tariffs on goods imported from China in the third quarter of the group's financial year..
The US-based outdoor recreational products manufacturer reported sales growth of 3.2% to $170.8m, but an earnings slip of 7.1% to $22.1m due to costs that included the tariffs, increased expenditure on online development and higher bad debt expenses.
Its fishing division once again led the way, increasing sales by 5%, powered by new product launches from Minn Kota and Humminbird.
Recent innovations included the MEGA 360 Imaging from Humminbird which won the Best in Electronics prize in the New Product Showcase at the ICAST trade show – its 8th award in the last decade in the category – and the Humminbird ICE HELIX, winner of the Best in Ice Fishing accolade.
Watercraft Recreation revenues declined 7.8% to $13m from $14.1m. Operating profits were cut nearly in half to $380,000 from $661,000 as a result of the continuing decline in the paddleboats sector.
David Johnson, CFO, told investors that Johnson Outdoors continues to estimate the impact of tariffs on its profits to be in the region of $5m to $7m. "While we wait to hear on tariff exclusions for other affected components we are continuing to pursue other opportunities to help mitigate the effects of tariffs going forward."
With nearly $150m in the bank, Chairman and CEO, Helen Johnson-Liepold, said..Continue Reading
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