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US Secretary of Commerce delivers good news for red snapper fishing

Representatives of the recreational fishing and boating industries met with the US Secretary of Commerce and were given good news on fishing for South Atlantic red snapper. During the meeting at the headquarters of the Maverick Boat Group, in Florida, Secretary Wilbur Ross indicated that his office was finalising the rule requiring descending devices onboard […]

AFTA changes 2021 show dates to prevent EFTTEX clash

The body representing the fishing tackle trade in Australia has moved the date of its show next year to avoid a clash with EFTTEX. In announcing its decision to switch the event, the Australian Fishing Trade Association (AFTA) accused EFTTA – organiser of EFTTEX – of disregarding its long-standing Australian exhibitors.  It said: “After the release […]

COVID-19 hits Big 5 Sporting Goods as chain posts loss

The first quarter loss reported this week by Big 5 Sporting Goods – the US retail chain whose range includes fishing tackle – is in line with projections provided in late February. Net loss for the quarter was $4.6m, compared to net income of $1.7m in the same quarter last year. The quarter ended March […]

ASA reveals details of ICAST 2020 digital show

The American Sportfishing Association (ASA), producer of the ICAST trade show, has revealed details of the virtual event that will replace the conventional show this July. The transition from conventional showfloor to a 24/7 virtual experience means that ICAST, already the world’s largest trade show, will reach a larger audience than ever before. Forced by […]

Fort Worth to host Bassmaster Classic for first time in 2021

Fort Worth, Texas will host the Bassmaster Classic and its accompanying tackle show – the Classic Outdoors Expo – for the first time in 2021. The Outdoors Expo – reportedly the largest consumer fishing show in the US – has become an increasingly important event for the industry. It will take on an added significance […]

Northland Fishing Tackle acquires Bagley Bait Company

Northland Fishing Tackle has moved into new markets and product lines with the acquisition of Bagley Bait Company. The deal was announced by the company’s new CEO, Gregg Wollner, who only joined Northland at the beginning of the month. Along with Bagley Bait Company, legendary lure designer Jarmo Rapala has now joined the team at […]

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