A former fishing trade magazine executive and tackle exhibition organiser has questioned the future of EFTTA without the revenue generated by EFTTEX.
Sean O'Driscoll, former Tackle Trade World publisher, posted his views on EFTTA’s Facebook page this week in response to an article by new EFTTA CEO Olivier Portrat, in which Portrat called on the industry to support EFTTA by joining the organisation as members.
O'Driscoll posted: “The sad thing is that without EFTTEX – and despite what you guys are saying, can you really see it going ahead (in June)? – there will be no EFTTA. I have written many times that the association needed to cut its cloth so that it could be run independently of EFTTEX.
“The revenue generated by EFTTEX should have been used to fund EFTTA initiatives and not to cover some of the running costs of the association.
“For too long the only reason many companies paid into EFTTA was so that they could exhibit at the show – and that tells me that they were not sold on the need for the association.
“There are two questions:
• If there is no EFTTEX, can EFTTA survive in its present format?
• If there is no EFTTA, will the European fishing tackle industry survive?”
In his article on EFTTA’s website, Portrat had written: “EFTTA has about 270 members out of..Continue Reading
The trade body that represents recreational fishing in the US has written to the country’s 50 governors requesting that they keep angling opportunities and businesses open as much as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mike Leonard, Vice President of Government Affairs at the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), said: “In no way do we want to stand in the way of the efforts of states to limit the spread of COVID-19 and we recognise that in certain cases fishing access restrictions are warranted.
“ASA believes that recreational fishing should be promoted as a safe outdoors activity compatible with physical distancing guidelines.
“Given that recreational fishing provides health and benefits associated with being outdoors, and a source of food for many individuals, we support state efforts to maintain fishing opportunities while keeping physical distance, and to allow sportfishing businesses to stay open as much as possible.”
ASA added that it is monitoring the responses of state parks and fisheries agencies to the COVID-19 pandemic, providing updates on its website through an interactive map. In addition, ASA is working with states to have recreational fishing-related businesses to be considered ‘essential’ and therefore allowed to remain open in some form to help facilitate fishing opportunities for the public... Continue Reading
One of North America’s top bass fishing professionals and a leading figure in the industry has joined the Board of the National Professional Anglers Association (NPAA).
Mike ‘Ike’ Iaconelli has joined the five elected Board members and an additional appointee that will work to create a strategy going forward for the association which represents over 1,300 part and full-time anglers across Canada and the US.
“Ike’s passion for the sport and his desire to see it continue to grow makes him the perfect candidate for our Board,” said Patrick Neu, Executive Director of the NPAA. “He is acutely tuned into the need for professional anglers to join an organisation that represents them and is there to support the members as they grow their knowledge of angling as a career.”
Iaconelli was one of the keynote speakers at the NPAA’s Conference in early January this year and was impressed with the organisation. “The conference opened my eyes to what it is doing to grow and protect the sport that has been so good to me,” he said. “Its mission and structure align with my belief that this sport needs a body to represent the anglers within the industry. I believe that the NPAA is an organisation that pros at all levels should be supporting.”
NPAA Board Chairman Brian Bashore is looking forward to the opportunity to work with Iaconelli during his term on the Board. “Ike understands..Continue Reading
US sportfishing market research company, Southwick Associates, has published its annual report into what brands are favoured by anglers across the region.
The company surveyed more than 9,000 fishermen throughout 2019 through its online AnglerSurvey to identify the top brands on the market. Eagle Claw had the most frequently purchased products in two categories – hooks and swivels – while Pure Fishing's Shakespeare (rods) and Daiwa (reels) were the most popular in the blue riband categories.
The full list includes:
• Rods – Shakespeare
• Reels – Daiwa
• Line – Berkley Trilene
• Hard bait – Rapala
• Soft Bait – Zoom
• Hooks – Eagle Claw
• Swivels – Eagle Claw
• Fishing hats/headgear – Under Armour
• Raingear – Frogg Toggs
• Clothing (shirts, pants, shorts, jackets, etc.) – Columbia Sportswear
• Tackle Box – Plano
• Bait bucket/aerator – Marine Metal (Big Bubbles, Cool Bubbles)
• Cast net – Fitec SuperSpreade
• Scale, grip, measuring device – Berkley
• Trolling Motor – Minn Kota.. Continue Reading
PRADCO Outdoor Brands, a leading US-based manufacturer and marketer of fishing and hunting brands and products, is dedicating resources to serve the medical communities in Alabama, Arkansas and Oklahoma with donations of much-needed medical equipment.
At PRADCO Fishing, engineers have designed and formulated products that are currently being manufactured to give away to area hospitals, clinics and nursing homes. Tooling and moulds for all products were created in PRADCO Fishing’s tool room.
The specific products being manufactured for donation are face shields, frames and hand sanitisers. The frames are being molded out of XT plastic material and the face shields out of plastic sheets. They were designed in a collaborative effort with personnel at Baptist Health in Fort Smith, PRADCO Fishing’s headquarters.
The hand sanitiser is 75% isopropyl alcohol antiseptic and is being bottled on the YUM bait attractant line. It is being made according to the Food and Drug Administration’s Temporary Policy for Preparation of Certain Alcohol Based Sanitizer Products during the COVID-19 emergency.
“I’m so proud of our employees for quickly figuring out how to get these needed items into production,” said Bruce Stanton, PRADCO Fishing’s Vice President and General Manager. “There is a heart to serve here, and we’ve had so many folks give time and effort to this undertaking. There is something to be said for having the entire organisation from top to bottom under one roof.
The head of a top European supplier of fishing tackle has called 2020 the year of survival for many businesses within the industry.
As the Coronavirus continues to leave a deadly trail across the world, Jan Willenbruch, Managing Director of Germany-based Ockert, the supplier of line and rods for the fishing industry, has warned that the current crisis will leave many victims in its wake.
Willenbruch added that for the fishing industry the Coronavirus pandemic could not have come at a worse time. He said: “The fishing season starts now, but most tackle shops across Europe are closed.
“Fishing is allowed in Germany, but there are no tackle shops open to service demand. Online is the only way to get product and digital sales will grow as never before. That will put extra pressure on retailers.
“Many of them are simply surviving because suppliers are helping them. The Coronavirus could be the catalyst that sees many not opening again. The figure could be as many as 20%.
“It is bricks-and-mortar stores that are currently feeling the pain, but it will affect everyone in the chain further down the line. Wholesalers will be next because now is about the time when they expect to get paid, followed by manufacturers.
“Manufacturing in China was closed for more than two months at the beginning of the year – many suppliers are still..Continue Reading
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