The death of Dick Tallents, the former Managing Director of UK company Masterline Walker and a previous President of the European Fishing Tackle Trade Association (EFTTA), has drawn tributes from the industry.
Tallents made his first appearance in the industry at the age of 17 when he was pictured on the front cover of the 1967 Allcocks Anglers Guide.
He went on to become Managing Director of Masterline for 36 years and had a seat on the EFTTA Board for 12 years. He was also a long-serving member of the British Fishing Tackle Trade Association, the forerunner of the Angling Trades Association (ATA).
“He was a great character and very fun-loving,” said Gregg Holloway, Managing Director of Hopkins & Holloway and a former EFTTA President. “In his time at EFFTA and the ATA, he worked very hard to take the trade forward and to establish a better profile for the industry.”
Caroline Thomas was among the founders of EFTTA in 1980, and helped launch the first EFTTEX in 1982. She was the Association’s General Manager until 2002.
"Dick was a much respected member of the fishing tackle trade,” said Thomas. “He took over his company from his father, Phillip Tallents, one of the founder members of EFTTA.
“Dick continued the family support for EFTTA, serving on the Board for 12 years and as President for three years. His enthusiasm..Continue Reading
Two of the UK’s best-known bait suppliers have have merged in a deal that that they say will see the businesses grow distribution across the region and in Europe.
Bait-Tech and Donald Cooke – both long-established family-owned businesses – have announced a partnership which they believe will lead to ‘big things’.
Donald Cooke Managing Director, Andrew Cooke, said: “The opportunity to work with this great fishing brand, given the synergies and values we both share, was a simple decision. The opportunities and knowledge provided by this merger will keep improving both our service levels and products. We are extremely confident that this will lead to big things.”
Bait-Tech Managing Director, Hayley Goldsmith, daughter of founder, Pete Clapperton, said: “It is a wonderful opportunity for the brand and I am delighted by the prospect of working with another family business as they appreciate how important it is to have high standards and care about the team.
“It is extremely important to my father that we work with people who have the same mindset. Merging with a larger company offers us more opportunities to develop more innovative products and push Bait-Tech even further.
“The merging of the businesses will create an experienced management team with great core values and the desire and passion to grow the distribution of fishing products and bait throughout the UK and Europe.”.. Continue Reading
Leading Spanish fly fishing tackle manufacturer, Baetis, has developed an all purpose bag – the Bolsa de Transporte – which has been designed to carry everything the angler needs for a day on the water.
Made of a waterproof PVC fabric, it can accommodate waders, boots and other articles of apparel and equipment. The large central bag has a u-shaped zipper for ease of access and the cover has an extendable floor mat.
The two large outer pockets have breathable grilles and drainage holes.
Two handles and an adjustable shoulder pad have been designed to ensure comfort while transporting the bag, which measures 80 cm long x 50 cm wide and 35 cm high.Continue Reading
One of Europe’s fastest growing fishing tackle retailers has opened a new store and announced a record performance during Black Friday Week.
Angling Direct has increased its number of stores in the UK to 33 following the opening of an outlet in Barnsley, Yorkshire. It comes as the company reported total sales during the Black Friday period (November 25th to December 2nd) of £1.86m (2018: £1.67m) – an 11.3% increase..
During this period, Angling Direct supplied 5,868 new customers with Black Friday transactions, up 28.9% to 18,204 (2018: 14,123).
Profit during the Black Friday period was up 49.5% on last year due to the company’s selective approach towards discounting items, with a 10% maximum discount being applied across the core product ranges.
Angling Direct's Chief Executive Officer, Darren Bailey, said: “We are excited to have opened our latest store in Barnsley, which supports the recent opening of the Rotherham store. The new outlet offers products for all disciplines across this very enthusiastic angling community.
“As we seek to cater for all anglers across the UK with a new and modern retail offering, we are continuing to strategically expand our store footprint, as well as enhance our online offering in terms of products, experience and education in order to help raise the profile of angling.”
‘Wow! Amazing!’ These were the initial reactions of ICAST first-timers Sven Neumann and Dieter Feldmann when they visited the event this year.
The duo from Tackle 24, the German-based supplier of rod components and big game fishing equipment, were blown away by the size and vibrancy of the Orlando showpiece.
Neumann told Angling International: “It’s on a completely different level to anything we have experienced before. We are used to attending trade events in Europe, but ICAST is in a class of its own.” Neumann admits that disillusionment with what is on offer to the trade in Europe persuaded him and his work colleague, Feldmann, to cast their eyes across the Atlantic.
“It is a more expensive option, but one that we feel is really worthwhile. We went out there looking for new business opportunities and ICAST presented them to us in abundance. It was great to meet suppliers face-to-face.”
Neumann added that the welcome they received was second to none. “Everyone was so open and friendly. At trade shows we have attended in the past some of the booths of the bigger companies are closed to all but those who have been invited, while on others you feel intimidated just walking onto them. That’s not the case at ICAST – it is access to all areas.
“Everyone, from the largest companies to the smallest ones, are there to discuss business in..Continue Reading
Sustained momentum in its fishing division, which includes Humminbird and Minn Kota, helped Johnson Outdoors – the global supplier of outdoor recreational products – deliver a 14% increase in sales for the fourth quarter of the year.
During a traditionally slower period for the company, Johnson Outdoors reported an operating profit of $1.9m compared to a loss of $2m for the same comparable period last year.
Helen Leipold-Johnson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, told investors: “We are pleased by the strong finish to the year, particularly with the performance of our fishing and camping brands.
“Our fishing business continued on its profitable growth trajectory, with the ongoing success of new and legacy technologies. Our successful track record of pioneering innovation has made Minn Kota and Humminbird the ‘go-to’ brands for the best possible fishing experiences on the water.
“Looking ahead, we continue to believe in the power of our innovation, the enduring strength of our brand equities and diversity of our outdoor recreation portfolio which combine to well position Johnson Outdoors for the future.
“In our North American business, gains were driven by emphasis on digital marketing, resulting in positive trends in retail and e-commerce sales. The European market was flat and Asia declined, primarily due to the political unrest in Hong Kong.”
Johnson-Leipold added that the company’s watercraft business, which includes Old Town, Ocean Kayak and Carlisle, continues..Continue Reading
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