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Shimano Fishing Australia win five on AFTA night of glory

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Shimano Fishing Australia won five prizes in the AFTA Awards, including one for its Kairiki line.

Five awards made it a night to remember for Shimano in the Australian Fishing Trade Association (AFTA) Awards.

Staged during the AFTA trade show on the Gold Coast, Shimano Fishing Australia was successful in five categories ­– rod, reel, combo, line and clothing accessories – to make it the stand-out winner.

The full list of winners and runners-up were:

  • Rod: Shimano Fishing Australia, Zodias; Runner-up: Pure Fishing, Pflueger Lithium
  • Reel : Shimano Fishing Australia, Stradic CI4; Runner-up: Pure Fishing, Penn Slammer III
  • Combo: Shimano Fishing Australia, Nasci/Raider; Runner-up: Pure Fishing, Slammer III/Ocean Assasin
  • Line: Shimano Fishing Australia, Shimano Kairiki; Runner-up: Daiwa, J-Braid 4 PLY
  • Soft Lure: River2Sea, Fish Candy Smash Crab; Runner-up: Halco, Madeye 7” Paddle Prawn
  • Hard Lure: Halco, Max 190; Runnersup: JM Gillies, Stuntjumper Mega and JML Angler Alliance, Westin Danny the Duck
  • Game Lure: Richter Lures, Splash Medium; :Runner-up – Rapala VMC Australia, Williamson Soft Game Tremor
  • Terminal Tackle: Nomad Tackle, BKK Raptor Z; Runners-up: Black Magic, DX Point and Tackle Tactics, TT Lures Buzzlockz
  • Fly Fishing Rod: JM Gillies, Sage X; Runner-up: Pure Fishing, Hardy Demon Smuggler
  • Fly Fishing Reel: Pure Fishing, Hardy Fortuna; Runner-up: JM Gillies, Sage 6250
  • Fly Fishing Line: JM Gillies, RIO Big Nasty; Runner-up: JM Gillies, RIO Single Handed Spey
  • Sunglasses: Spotters Shades, Rebel Sunglasses; Runner-up: Rapala VMC Australia, Costa Motu
  • Clothing Accessory – Shimano Fishing Australia, Ocea Gloves; Runner-up: Bouttime Sunny Savers
  • Tackle Management: JM Gillies, Plano 467330; Runner-up: Rapala VMC Australia, Urban Classic Sling Bag
  • Fishing/Boating Accessory: Rapala VMC Australia, Custom Design Series Floating Aerator; Runner-up: Demop Imports, Original Mini Chiller Fish Bag
  • Marine Electronics: Navico Australia, Elite-7 TI; Runner-up: Rapala VMC Australia, Deeper Smart Sonar Pro
  • Outdoor/Camping” RPM Innovations, 600mAh Powerbank; Runner-up: Pure Fishing, Coleman Head Lamp
  • John Dunphy Award for Innovation: Rapala VMC Australia, Deeper Smart Sonar Pro+; Runner-up: Jarvis Walker, Watersnake Kayak Motor Bracket
  • Magazine; Fishlife; Runner-up: Freshwater Fishing
  • Industry Rep: Joel Teggart, Shimano Fishing Australia; Runner-up: Russel Scamp, Shimano Fishing Australia
  • Small Store: Compleat Angler Illawarra; Runner-up: Freedom Fishing Supplies, Maryborough
  • Medium Store: Jones’s Tackle, Chermside; Runner-up: Tackleworld Mornington
  • Large Store: Fishing & Outdoor World, Darwin; Runner-up: Tackleworld Cranbourne
  • AFTA Best Retail Store – Fishing & Outdoor World, Darwin
  • Industry Contribution Awards: David Kramer, Steven Trelfall and Jim Harnwell
  • Industry Achievements: Jarvis Walker and Wilson Fishing
  • AFTA Hall of Fame Inductee: James Allen OAM
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