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Tributes to US fishing legend Jerry McKinnis

Tributes have been paid to fishing legend Jerry McKinnis, the former co-owner of B.A.S.S., who died this week at the age of 82. Along with Don Logan and Jim Copeland, he purchased B.A.S.S. from ESPN in 2010 and then sold controlling interest in the organisation to Anderson Media in 2017. He was also founder of […]

Conservation groups call for lead ban in Minnesota

Conservation groups are calling for a ban on lead in fishing tackle in Minnesota. A petition filed in September urges the U.S. state’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to prohibit the use of lead in tackle on waters where loons are known to nest.  However, angling groups have protested strongly against the move, saying it […]

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 […]

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