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New Zealand: Trade ‘under no illusions’ despite return of fishing

As of today (Thursday) all fishing has been resumed in New Zealand following the relaxation of restrictions on angling from the beach, wharves and kayaks two weeks ago, Tackle shops, which for the last fortnight have been open for pre-ordered gear, are also now open to customers, albeit with a limited number at a time. […]

Denmark: Fishing is booming as country emerges from COVID-19

Denmark has turned the corner amid a booming interest in fishing. That is the feeling of one of the country’s top fishing journalists and tackle inventor Jens Bursell.  “Larger shops with digital sales capabilities are doing extremely well with increased turnover running into several hundred per cent,” Bursell told Angling International. “Smaller shops who don’t have […]

Croatia: Tackle retailers hoping for a quick return to normal

Fishing restrictions were lifted completely this week in Croatia, allowing anglers to travel between neighbouring countries to practice their sport without government permission as long as they observe social distancing. Tackle shops are also open for business as usual. During the lockdown many of them traded online, but despite that, many will have suffered significant […]

Canada: Industry outlook bleak as stay-at-home order bites

Angling International’s Canadian correspondent describes the current industry outlook as ‘bleak’ with few tackle stores open and those that are only taking phone orders and offering curbside pick-up. Italo Labignan adds that this includes Canadian Tire, the retail chain giant that accounts for over 50% of the country’s tackle sales. “Manufacturing has also ground to […]

Australia: Real feeling that country is back in business

Victoria became the last Australian state to open up for fishing this week and immediately the most searched-for question on Google in the region was ‘Can I go fishing?’ – proving the desire of consumers to be active in the market once again. “This bodes well for strong growth in the future,” said Scott Thomas, […]

South Africa: Strict lockdown outlaws trade and fishing

Despite some restrictions under the South African Government’s anti-COVID-19 strategy being lifted – from Level 5 to Level 4 – recreational fishing remains in a state of lockdown. Eugene Kruger, Editor-in-Chief at All Lion Enterprises, publisher of a series of angling magazines in the region, reports that one major player in the outdoor leisure industry, International […]

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