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European fishing head predicts increase in participation

The pandemic that has had such a devastating effect on fishing could increase participation in the sport in the long term, according to the President of Europe’s biggest fishing organisation. Fred Bloot, President of the European Anglers Alliance (EAA), says that the isolated nature of the sport and the fact that fisheries have remained open […]

Dick’s Sporting Goods reopens stores in 23 states

Dick’s Sporting Goods has reopened its stores in 23 states across the US, utilising new social distancing guidelines and the retention of curbside pick-up. The Pennsylvania-based company. which has over 850 outlets across America, said in a statement: “As we reopen our doors in some areas of the country where local guidelines and public health […]

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 […]

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