Wiley X, winner of the last three best polarised eyewear awards at EFTTEX, has just released its 2020 catalogue, which includes details of its major launch of the year – the groundbreaking CAPTIVATE™colour-enhancing lens technology.
The lens is the result of four years of development and delivers what the US-based company describes as the 'most complete lens on the market'. Thomas Wæver, Wiley X EMEA Outdoor Director, explained: "The technology behind it is multi-faceted. The human eye blurs blue, green, and red wavelengths where they merge. CAPTIVATE™ lenses eliminate this blur, providing a much clearer and crisper experience, which then heightens colours.
"During 2019 we have had CAPTIVATE tested by the best of the best as we worked closely with world champions from the Wiley X Elite Fishing Team. The overwhelming feedback we received is testimony to the fact that Wiley X has once again created a new level in what is possible in polarised eyewear. I look forward to bringing it to market next month."
Luc Coppens, Wiley X Elite Team member added: "I have been wearing the company's polarised eyewear for years and I have always been more than happy with the quality and overall performance. its polarised sunglasses are extremely comfortable to wear and I hardly feel I have them on.
"With the all new CAPTIVATE™ lens technology Wiley X has taken polarised lenses to a whole new level. I see fish following my..Continue Reading
Popular British saltwater species like cod could be wiped out as a result of climate change, according to a new study by marine scientists.
The Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership, which authored the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) study, reports that increasingly warm and acidic oceans are inhospitable for the cold-water fish on which fishermen rely.
It says that by 2050 there will be major changes in the distribution of species in the North Sea and that fish from warmer climes are already populating our oceans.
The findings, revealed in The Daily Telegraph, are unwelcome news for both the recreational angling industry and commercial sector, both already handicapped by catch restrictions and declining stocks.
The northern hake, a warm water species, has recolonised the northern North Sea after being absent for decades. Scientists have also noted the decline of some cold-water species.
Cod is at risk because Atlantic cod larvae may suffer higher mortality rates due to ocean acidification. And sandeels, a staple food that many species such as cod rely upon, are appearing later in the year as warming delays reproductive development.
Fish are also likely to become smaller as they have to travel further for their prey in warmer waters, thus expending more energy, says the report.
In addition, warming and associated oxygen solubility also appear to be affecting growth rates..Continue Reading
Shimano’s SKIXX musky rods will debut at the Chicagoland Fishing Expo in Schaumburg, Illinois, on January 23 - 26, when musky expert ,Jim Saric, will explain the benefits of the new range.
The seven-rod series of casting models uses a combination of Spiral X and Hi-Power blank construction technology, first proven in Shimano’s saltwater rods.
The powerful, but lightweight structure reduces rod twist to increase casting distance with less effort and eliminates lateral vibration during the cast to improve accuracy, says Shimano Americas.
The 8ft heavy and extra power models are one piece, while the 8ft 6in heavy and extra heavy power, and 9ft medium heavy and extra heavy power rods feature a two-piece handle. The longest rod, a 9ft 6in version, has a telescopic handle.
“The added bonus with the longer rods is they are easier to transport and store,” says Saric, who played a key role in developing the new rods and will be in the Shimano booth at various times during the Chicagoland show.
All the SKIXX rods feature Fuji Alconite guides and premium cork fore and rear grips. With the exception of the 9ft 6in version, which carries a Fuji reel seat, the rods are fitted with Shimano’s C14+ reel seats.Continue Reading
Fishtec, widely regarded as the UK’s largest mail order business, is in the throes of a closing down sale after confirming that it is to cease trading.
Based in mid-Wales, the business is part of the BVG Group Ltd, which claims annual sales of £140 million. It recently sold its Airflo brand to Mayfly Outdoors in the US.
Fishtec, which has marketed itself as the ‘UK’s largest and best mail order fishing tackle retailer’, will also close its retail outlet in Brecon. No redundancies are planned as staff will be absorbed into other BVG brands.
Allan Crawford-Plane, Marketing Director of Fishtec, told Angler’s Mail magazine the brand was closing because of declining sales and the impossibility of making a profit on general fishing tackle retail.
“With the growth of low-priced sales on platforms like Amazon and eBay, the profit margins are too small,” he added. “The only way forward is to focus on growing BVG brands like Total Fishing Gear. These will continue to operate using their own websites. We will guarantee all existing orders at Fishtec.”
Meanwhile Fishtec is offering huge savings of up to 50% on many top brand products to clear stock.
BVG, which has more than 750 employees, operates a number of other mail order, internet, catalogue and distribution businesses covering the sports, home, garden and nutrition sectors. These include Total Fishing Gear, which has..Continue Reading
Mouches de Charette, the largest fly fishing tackle manufacturer and supplier in France and owner of the JMC brand, has appointed Thibault Longis as Product and Marketing Manager.
Longis joins the company from retail chain, Pacific Pêche, where he has been Fly Fishing Manager since 2009.
He will be responsible for product, marketing and export management, working closely with Sales Director, Emmanuel Vialle, to drive the development of the company.
“With nearly 13 years of deep and versatile fly fishing industry background, we are confident Thibault is the perfect person to build the future of the company,” said Vialle.
Longis is an avid angler who enjoys catching trout and grayling in Europe, as well as fly fishing for bluefin tuna on the Atlantic coast and bass in his native Bordeaux area.
“It is a very exciting challenge to build on this company’s deep heritage and to focus on a modern approach to needs of anglers, from novices to experts,” he said.Continue Reading
Top UK imitation hookbait manufacturer, Enterprise Tackle, has announced groundbreaking plans to make all of its products biodegradeable.
The company has taken advantage of a new additive in plastic that makes its products break down within three years, compared to up to three centuries in normal plastic.
From early spring it will be offering biodegradable versions of its most popular baits, including the Popup Sweetcorn. Enterprise Tackle’s Chris Hornsby told Angling International that this was a groundbreaking development.
“I don’t know of any other manufacturer in the fishing tackle industry who is using biodegradable baits. Some use recycled plastic, but not biodegradable. The additive has not been around that long - it is a new technology.
“We feel that for Enterprise Tackle – the leader in imitation carp/coarse fishing baits –it was a no-brainer for us to go down this route as long as it did not affect the quality of the product in a negative way. Trials determined the baits looked and felt exactly the same as the original and catch results showed that their effectiveness was not altered in any way.”
Despite being more expensive to produce, Hornsby said that the added cost would not be passed onto consumers.
“We believe that the benefits to the environment and the positive message we will be sending out far outweighs any financial gain. For us, the best..Continue Reading
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