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ASA testifies before U.S. House of Representatives

A representative of the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Businesses about the economic impact of outdoor recreation. Frank-Paul King, President and CEO of Temple Fork Outfitters and ASA Government Affairs Committee member, pleaded the recreational fishing industry’s case for clean water. He said: “Without clean […]

U.S. anglers spent more on fishing tackle in 2018

Consumer spending in the American sport fishing tackle market grew by 12% in 2018 over the previous year, according to a new market report now available from Southwick Associates. The increase came despite fishing participation being relatively flat for the year, with consumers spending more on fishing equipment overall, says the report. The full report, […]

Rapala announces group-wide plan to save €10m

Rapala VMC Corporation has announced a group-wide restructuring programme designed to deliver €10m in cost savings.  The plan is aimed at improving efficiencies, increasing internal synergies, decreasing operating expenses and reducing net working capital. The Finnish company – one of the world’s big four tackle businesses – says the measures will ensure future profitability and […]

Research outlines RBFF fishing participation strategy

New research that will help develop strategies to further increase angling participation in the US was revealed yesterday. Commissioned by the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF), it is part of the organisation’s R3 (Recruitment, Retention and Reactivation) programme. It is the result of national surveys and focus groups involving US residents and R3 professionals […]

Spro opens new-look showroom and underlines its sales value

Fishing tackle manufacturer and distributor, Spro, has opened its renovated showroom in the Netherlands and emphasised its value in driving sales. The company says that it hosts hundreds of dealers every year and the new-look showroom is the perfect place to highlight its four main brands – Gamakatsu, Spro, Strategy and Cresta – alongside products from […]

Shimano reports 6% sales rise despite US-China trade war and Brexit fears

Against a backdrop of what it described as intensifying trade friction between the US and China, plus the Brexit problem in the UK, Shimano recorded a net sales increase across the group of 6.1% for the first nine months of the year. At yesterday’s third quarter results presentation, it told investors that its fishing division […]

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