The Bass Fishing Hall of Fame (BFHOF) has announced its first Digital Hall of Fame Week, which will be anchored by a huge online auction.
The industry has backed the event by donating lots ranging from unique trips with pro anglers, fishing tackle and signed memorabilia.
Donating companies include AFTCO, Sunline, Falcon, Quantum, Enigma, Rapala, Plano, Frabill, HUK, Humminbird, T-H Marine, Striker, BoatUS, Lurelock, Yeti, Pure Fishing, Hi-Seas, Power-Pole, St. Croix, Daiwa, Simms, Shimano and more.
Pro anglers donating one-of-a-kind coaching sessions, signed items and fishing days include Kevin VanDam, Jimmy Houston, Brandon Palaniuk, Jay Yelas, Ish Monroe, Randy Howell, Seth Feider, Shaw Grigsby and Rick Clunn.
Bidding started this week and ends on September 25 at 2pm eastern time. Proceeds from the auction will fund the Hall’s efforts to promote and preserve bass fishing.
“Unfortunately, we were not able to hold our 2020 induction banquet as planned,” said BFHOF President, John Mazurkiewicz. “But the fishing community has demonstrated its strength and resilience by coming together around this common goal.
“We have been truly overwhelmed by the generosity of the industry and pro bass anglers in filling this auction with amazing items, and we are glad that the public will be able to participate.”
The BFHOF Board’s decision to stage a digital event following the COVID-19 pandemic means that the five new members of the Hall..Continue Reading
The cancellation of next year’s West Virginia Hunting and Fishing Show has implications way beyond the state.
The annual event features exhibitors from Alaska, New Zealand, Spain, Africa and Canada, as well as the US, and was expecting up to 15,000 people to attend.
The 2021 show, scheduled for January 22 to 24, would have been its 35th year, but it has become yet another casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic that has wreaked havoc among exhibitions around the world.
“It was a tough decision,” said Glenn Jarrell of the Trophy Hunters Association, the show’s organiser. “But we had talked about it a good bit and, in the interests of the outfitters and vendors who have been so good to us, we wanted to decide.”
The show is the biggest event of its kind at Charleston’s Coliseum and Convention Center, formerly known as the Civic Center. “We just didn’t think they were going to let us put 12,000 to 15,000 people in there over the weekend. It was a tough decision,’ added Jarrell.
Profits from the show are donated by the Trophy Hunters Association to fishing, hunting, wildlife and conservation organisations, along with youth outdoor education.
Although that won’t happen next year, Jarrell said a schedule has been agreed for 2022 and the venue has been booked... Continue Reading
The UK tackle industry is being urged to get behind Take a Friend Fishing (TAFF), the participation campaign being led by the Angling Trust and the Angling Trades Association (ATA).
More than 3,000 people signed up to the campaign, which began in July. And after the period was extended to October 4, 2020, more than 600 applied via www.takeafriendfishing.co.uk in the first weekend of the second window.
The initiative is supported by the Environment Agency, which is supplying free one-day fishing licences to people fishing with a licence holder.
ATA Chairman, Andrew Race, wrote to association members on Thursday saying: “This fantastic campaign has achieved record results. So, as we head towards October 4, we need to push the awareness of TAFF as hard as we can."
Race is urging anyone connected to the industry to drive recruitment by:
• Making space on social media to promote the campaign and the official TAFF site;
• Sharing the TAFF story on Instagram (476,000 followers so far);
• Asking reps, agents and other staff members to promote the campaign;
• Mailshotting retailer databases with information, posters and TAFF offers.
“It is in all our interests to make TAFF a success and prepare the ground for 2021 and beyond,” adds Race, Managing Director of scales manufacturer, Reuben Heaton. “This is not just an ATA endeavor, so please..Continue Reading
Shimano has extended its distribution agreement with Down South Trading (DST) to include the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) territory.
The GCC region includes Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates - except Iraq.
In an announcement this morning, Shimano said the partnership begins on October 1, 2020, and will strengthen availability, warranty and repair services for Shimano products in these markets.
“The DST team has extensive knowledge and experience in trading in the GCC market,” said Akira Koshimizu, Managing Director of Shimano Europe Fishing Tackle Division. “This can only strengthen our distribution channels, which will lead to a better brand presence in the GCC area.
“It will ensure the avid angler can enjoy a wider choice of Shimano products, with reliable after-sales service for the Shimano brand.”
DST’s Gary Pledger said: “Our team has had many years’ experience of trading in this territory and we have built up some great trading relations with some enthusiastic and knowledgeable dealers in that area, many of them already loyal Shimano ambassadors.
“We have no doubt that we will be able to satisfy the demands of the keen angler in the area with a wide range of Shimano products, namely Shimano reels, rods and accessories as well as G. Loomis and PowerPro.”.. Continue Reading
Normark Scandinavia, part of the Rapala VMC Corporation, is to close its warehouse operations in Sweden and transfer the distribution business to Estonia.
The company used to distribute Shimano and its Power Pro and G. Loomis brands before the agreement between the Japanese manufacturer and Rapala came to an end.
Negotiations have already begun with unions representing the 20 or so employees impacted by the closure of the warehouse which is based in Malung. Normark Scandinavia’s sales and marketing activities in Sweden are almost unaffected by the change.
“Our operations in Malung are well functioning, but we clearly see that centralisation can give our retailers wider access to our products and also deliver reduced costs for warehousing and logistics,” Morten Fredriksen, CEO of Normark Scandinavia, said.
He added that the transfer of the warehouse activities has been triggered by a number of events, including the cessation of the Shimano agreement and the loss of the distribution of two major hunting brands. The Estonian warehouse is also closer to many of Rapala's manufacturing facilities in Europe.
Normark’s relocation will begin with the transfer of stock in November and December in readiness for the start of the new season next year... Continue Reading
The organiser of the world’s largest carp fishing show has described his disappointment at calling off next year’s event because of the ongoing health concerns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Next year’s 25th anniversary Carp Zwolle was due to move to a larger location at Brabanthallen in the Dutch town of ’s-Hertogenbosch in January and be renamed Carp Den Bosch.
But instead of preparing for the biggest show in its history, organiser and founder of the event Mick Paine has pulled the plug on it. He told Angling International: “Having to cancel the show is a huge disappointment, but the continuing uncertainty caused by the pandemic really gave me no choice.
“The situation is changing daily regarding things like travel and border controls across Europe and I did not think it was fair to keep people waiting until a few weeks prior to the show before making a decision. Everyone was waiting for me to make a call and I felt it was best to do it early. My heart would not have been in it. It was not worth the risk – I would never forgive myself if someone got COVID-19 at the show.”
Paine added that shows are currently allowed in Holland, but that the restrictions imposed made it ‘impossible logistically’. He is looking at the option of organising a virtual event next year before reinstating the physical event in 2022. “Hopefully a vaccine..Continue Reading
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