New Zealand has gone into 'Level 4 Alert – Total Lockdown' with severe restrictions on movement, assembly and business, with only central services opening their doors.
Grant Dixon, Angling International's correspondent in the region says that his country has not only closed its borders, but its coastline, lakes and rivers to anglers.
"The vast majority of anglers have respected this for the greater good of the community and country, with the police now empowered to act accordingly to help break the COVID-19 chain," he said.
"A week into the lockdown and the beaches and boat ramps are deserted and all outdoor activities are on hold. At the time of writing there has been just one NZ death attributed to the pandemic with several people hospitalised in critical condition."
He added that to ensure the nation's anglers and those in the industry at least get some 'fishing fix', its biggest recreational fishing magazine, NZ Fishing News, has just made the digital version of its April edition free to anyone who wants to download it... Continue Reading
Anglers in Indonesia face up to four months in jail if they are caught fishing during the COVID-19 crisis.
With the government announcing a state of emergency earlier this week, the country is currently self isolating and all fishing participation is banned for the foreseeable future.
Johny Pamungkas, Angling International's correspondent in the Asian country, reports that bricks-and-mortar tackle shops are open only for online business. He added: “Stock levels are currently high, but the price of tackle is getting higher because of the increase in the price of the dollar compared to the Rupia.”.. Continue Reading
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
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