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Kalin’s soft lure founder dies aged 71

Al Kalin, the founder of Kalin’s soft plastic lures, has died from cancer, aged 71. Kalin and his wife, Patti (Faulk),  launched the company not long after getting married in 1976. The brand became well known in the bass fishing industry, enjoying 29% US market penetration at its peak.  The Weenie Worm, Lunker Grub and Mogambo […]

COVID-19 delays lead ban plans in top US fishing state

A plan to rid tackle boxes of lead in one of America’s most popular fishing states has been delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The $1.2m funded campaign was instigated because of the deaths of some loons and swans being attributed to poisoning from lead sinkers. The plan was devised by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency […]

EFTTA CEO confirms EFTTEX cancellation and blames Czech Government for delay

With EFTTEX 2020 finally being cancelled, EFTTA CEO Olivier Portrat has blamed the behaviour of the Czech Republic Government for the confusion surrounding the event.  Portrat told Angling International that the Czech authorities ‘did not play fair’ when it announced an extension to the closure of its borders until July without cancelling EFTTEX. He also claimed […]

Fishing resumes as lockdown restrictions ease in Europe

The veil that has hung over the European fishing industry for the last two months showed signs of lifting this week with the easing of angling restrictions in Italy, Belgium and Slovenia and a proposal to do the same in Ireland. Fishing in Italy is again permissible, providing anglers conform to regional regulations, as phase […]

RBFF survey offers insights into what the pandemic will mean for the trade

The Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, the US body that drives participation in two of North America’s most popular outdoor pursuits, is providing weekly consumer insights to help its stakeholders navigate the multitude of challenges they are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Harris Poll COVID-19 Tracker has some useful information about safety, control and […]

Sales slide at Johnson as group warns of more COVID-19 pain

Stay-at-home orders across the US in light of the COVID-19 pandemic hit net sales in the second quarter at outdoor leisure products supplier Johnson Outdoors, and the group says it is braced for more pain in the next three months. The company saw an 8% decrease in sales across its four sectors, including a decline […]

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