The Coronavirus cast a shadow on the business day of the Osaka fishing show in Japan, with a number choosing not to make the trip.
However, the health crisis, which emanated from neighbouring China, had no effect on the energy levels of the event with some of the world's major manufacturers, including Shimano, Gamakatsu and Daiwa, in attendance and showing off a raft of innovative new products.
Gamakatsu introduced products from its LUXXE sub-brand that has been carefully developed under the watchful eye of Product Developer, Shinji Tanaka, and his team over the last 18 months.
Daiwa was also making a noise with its new Saltiga collection, which included a range of rods and reels that John Watson, Business Manager of Tacklesteam, Angling International's new digital platform where brands can showcase their products to retailers, described as 'simply sublime'.
Other items from the tackle giant included a very impressive line-up of spinning and baitcasting rods that are expected to be a huge hit with all Daiwa fans who will be attending tomorrow's consumer event.
Other popular Japanese brands that were out in force included rod manufacturer, Evergreen International, world leading rod component company, Fuji and high performance rod brand Zenaq... Continue Reading
Japanese hard lure brand IMA has appointed Tacklewave as its distributor for England, Scotland and Wales.
Tacklewave, based in Weymouth, Dorset, already imports fresh and saltwater rods, plus other accessories, from another Japanese company, Major Craft.
The company was founded in 2010 by Mike Fulmer, an angler with more than 40 years’ experience in both salt and freshwater fishing in the UK and abroad.
“Saltwater bass fishing has been growing in Britain for the last decade so we feel this is a good sector to be in,” said Fulmer. “Some of the best-known IMA lures include the Sasuke, Hound Glide, Komomo and Salt Skimmer models.
“IMA lures sit perfectly with us because Major Craft don’t currently produce a hard plastic sea bass lure, so there is no conflict. Taken as a range, IMA is arguably the best Japanese sea bass lure brand. The build, balance, performance and casting are outstanding.
“Now we really want to build on the range by bringing in other IMA lures. We built some custom sea bass rods specifically designed for the UK with Major Craft in 2018 and fully intend to continue importing and developing bespoke models from both brands throughout the year.”
Tacklewave already holds IMA stock and is expecting its third delivery at the end of this month. Pre-ordering is essential because IMA do a limited number of runs on set dates...Continue Reading
T-H Marine Supplies, the US based supplier of boat parts and accessories, has made its eighth – and most expensive – acquisition in a decade.
It has added First Source, the marine accessory division of Maurice Sporting Goods, one of the largest distributors of fishing tackle in the US, and indicated that there will be more to come.
“This is our first acquisition this year, but our eighth in the last decade,” said Jeff Huntley, CEO of T-H Marine. “We will continue working on more acquisitions and more organic product development to grow our stable of brands and breadth of awesome products.We have such great customers who continue to buy and believe in us that has allowed us to achieve compound annual growth of more than 20% over the last ten years.
“We hope we can keep this up and continue to find great products and brands that are ready to be launched or taken to the next level.
“We are thrilled to complete our largest revenue acquisition to date. Our new First Source division will allow T-H Marine to expand into new product categories and continue to grow our product-based portfolio that we offer to both our OEM and after-market customer bases.
“The expertise of First Source greatly strengthens our capabilities in after-market retail and e-commerce channels for our customers. We have built a strong platform for the past 45 years that..Continue Reading
One of the best known names in North America’s paddlesports industry, David Hadden, has returned to the sector with ambitious Canadian canoe maker Esquif.
A fixture in the sector for more than 20 years, Hadden has joined the Quebec-based company in the newly-created role of Director of Business Development.
Hadden is excited to return to his canoe ‘roots’. He said: “The paddlesports industry has struggled recently due to a changing retail environment and a lack of innovation. Paddlesports, and specifically canoeing, is still one of the best and affordable outdoor activities, but the business model is broken.
“Esquif, with proprietary technology and a reduced footprint, is perfectly placed to grow and succeed in the new outdoor marketplace by offering innovative products that offer the best customer experience.”
Esquif owner Jacques Chasse added: “David has been a fixture in the paddlesports industry for more than 20 years with experience at several of the major brands in the sector. I am impressed by his business skills and his passion for paddlesports and the outdoors.”
He also confirmed growth plans for the company and the launch of five new models in the spring. “Our new canoe designs will offer best experiences for those seeking solitude or those wanting to explore in pairs or small groups.”
Established in 1997, Esquif Canoes manufactures one of the industry’s largest assortment of craft for all pursuits,..Continue Reading
The fishing tackle industry is beginning to count the cost of the Coronavirus that originated in the Wuhan region of China and has spread across the world.
The first major industry casualties were the Beijing-based China Fish trade show, which was cancelled on the eve of its 30th anniversary, and the neighbouring Bihai (China) Spring Fishing Expo. They both fell victim to a government blanket ban on exhibitions in the region.
Another major side-effect of the situation has been the delayed reopening of businesses across the country. These include those in Weihai, the capital of the world's fishing tackle industry.
Closed to celebrate the Chinese New Year, the businesses have yet to reopen following the government's decision to extend the holiday period in at least 24 provinces – including Shandong, where Weihai is situated – until February 10th at the earliest.
US-based fishing rod component manufacturer American Tackle is a regular award-winner at China Fish and also has an office in Weihai. Co-owner Joe Meehan told Angling International: “These are scary times in China.
“We pulled out of China Fish because the writing was on the wall; there was no way that I was going to put my employees in harm’s way. It would have been ill-advised to attend the way things were developing.
“The same applied to our office in China. It will be closed until further notice with our..Continue Reading
The team from Angling International will be making its annual pilgrimage to Orlando this July for the world’s largest sportfishing trade show.
The company's co-owner, Rob Carter is an avid fan of ICAST. He said: “All jobs have their perks and without doubt, one of the great privileges of serving the angling trade with our magazine and websites is the chance to visit ICAST each year.
“It’s good for business, of course. How could it not be? Thanks to its sheer scale and the fact that the USA is the world’s biggest market, ICAST serves up more industry stories than all other trade shows put together.
“That’s ideal for a media business like ours. We have editors steeped in news gathering and I never see them so happy as when they are walking the aisles in Orlando. It feels like there’s a great story around every corner.
“And, absolutely, it works as a commercial venture for us too. My job is to secure advertising for the year ahead, which means meeting with current customers from the States and elsewhere while also finding new ones. ICAST is the only place I can do both successfully and cost-effectively.
“US brands that are seeking to expand exports quite rightly need to take on board a lot of information before making their investments. They need advice on market trends and they need to know all about the..Continue Reading
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