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Magnificent seven for JM Gillies at Australian show

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The victorious JM Gillies sales team at the AFTA Show in Australia. Pat Levy is sixth from left.

Here’s the JM Gillies sales team celebrating the company’s seven awards at the AFTA show for the various international brands they represent in the Australian market. The wins included two for Sage in the fly rod and fly reel categories and victory for RIO in the fly line category.

MD Pat Levy told Angling International: “The fishing trade here in Australia (and in Europe) has been pretty tough over the last 12 months, but if you have good brands and new products to show retailers you can get them back on the road again. We’re looking forward to a great 2019/20.”

The Gillies roll-call of winners was completed by Plano (tackle management), Gorilla Grip gloves (clothing accessory), the Spy Point camera (outdoor product) and Fins Fighter (fishing line).

During the show, it was announced that Michael Starkey, Director of Frogleys Offshore, had been elected as President of the AFTA Committee, replacing long-serving Colin Tannahill, of Shimano. The full line-up includes: Michael Starkey, Frogleys Offshore (President), Damian Kerves, Rapala (Vice President), Billy Parsons, JM Gillies (Treasurer), Mitch Birt, Pure Fishing (Secretary), Colin Tannahill, Shimano (Past President), Chris Baty, Compleat Angler Melbourne and Geelong (Committee member), Michael Wassman, BCF (Committee member) and Stephen Morgan, Fishing Monthly magazine (Committee member).

The full list of show winners includes:

John Dunphy Award For Innovation
Winner: Wilson Fishing, Mustad Ink Vader
Runner-up: Barambah Lures, Lure Fastening System

Best Rod
Winner: Shimano, Terez Spin, 69MH 40-80 lb
Runner-up: Daiwa, TD Commander 742 LXS

Best Combo
Winner: Daiwa, Tatula 150/702 MHB
Runner-up: Pure Fishing, Abu Garcia, Salty Stage Light, Jigging Low Profile/KRX Combo

Best Fly Fishing Rod
Winner: JM Gillies, Sage Trout LL Series
Runner-up: Tackle Tactics, Trycd Allfly

Best Game Fishing Rod
Winner: Wilson Fishing, Venom Ocean Gladiator
Runner-up: Daiwa, Spartan S74 4/5

Best Reel
Winner: Daiwa, 19 Certate LT 5000 Ark
Runner-up: Shimano, Stradic FL 2500 HG

Best Line
Winner: JM Gillies, Fins Fighter PRT Braid
Runners-up: Daiwa, Saltiga 12 BEX UVF PE + Si and Shimano Ocea 8 PE Braid

Best Soft Lure
Winner: Wilson Fishing, Zerek Weedless Fish Trap
Runner-up: EJ Todd, Lunkerhunt Phantom Spider

Best Hard Lure
Winner: River2Sea Shogun Australia, Chasebaits Smuggler
Runner-up: Barambah Lures, Bony Shad

Best Fly Fishing Reel
Winner: JM Gillies, Sage Trout 4/5/6 Reel
Runner-up: Alvey, Saltwater Fly Reel

Best Fly Line
Winner: JM Gillies Agencies, Rio DC Flats Line
Runner-up: EJ Todd and Sons, Snowbee XS Plus Thistledown 5-7

Best Terminal Tackle
Winner: Halco Tackle, Single Strand Wire Traces
Runner-up: Tackle Tactics, TT Lures Big Eyez Jigheads

Best Game Fishing Lure
Winner: River2Sea Shogun Australia, Chasebaits TPE Ultimate Squid 300mm
Runner-up: JM Gillies Agencies, Bluewater Speed Skirt

Best Game Fishing Accessory
Winner: Black Magic Tackle, Equalizer Twin Pin Pro
Runner-up: Wilson Fishing, 6.5” Pliers

Best Fishing/Boating Accessory
Winner: BLA, Humminbird Mega 360 Imaging
Runner-up: Yeti, Rambler R12 Bottle With Hot Shot Cap

Best Sunglasses
Winner: Spotters Sunglasses, Zane Carbon
Runner-up: Rapala VMC Australia, Costa Del Mar Rinconcito

Best Tackle Management
Winner: JM Gillies Agencies, Plano Edge Stowaway Model 500
Runner-up: Wilson Fishing, Tackle Backpack

Best Watersport/Diving Product
Winner: JM Gillies Agencies, Scotty Kayak Starter Pack
Runners-up: AFN Fishing & Outdoors, Anbi Switch and Yeti, Sidekick Dry 100% Waterproof Gear Case

Best Outdoor/Camping Product
Winner: JM Gillies Agencies, Spypoint Link Micro Camera
Runner-up: Yeti, Tundra Haul

Best Clothing Accessory
Winner: JM Gillies Agencies, Gorilla Grip Rinoflex A5 Cut Glove
Runner-up: Frogleys Offshore, Atomic Casting Gloves

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