Fort Worth, Texas, will host the Bassmaster Classic and its accompanying tackle show – the Classic Outdoors Expo – for the first time in 2021.
The Outdoors Expo – reportedly the largest consumer fishing show in the US - has become an increasingly important event for the industry.
And it will take on an added significance in 2021 following the cancellation of this year’s ICAST in Orlando and many other shows due to COVID-19. Around 200 exhibitors are expected to attend the event which will take place from March 19 to 21.
It will be the third time the world’s biggest bass fishing spectacle has visited Texas, and the first time a major B.A.S.S. tournament has been held on Lake Ray Roberts in nearby Denton.
“There are very few firsts in the world of sports,” said Chase Anderson, Chairman of B.A.S.S. “We can’t wait to have an historic first next year when fishing’s biggest stage comes to Fort Worth. Our fans, sponsors and anglers are sure to be in for an incredible experience.”
Recent Classics held in Birmingham, Alabama, and Knoxville, Tennessee, have attracted record-breaking crowds of more than 120,000.
Bass fishing’s premier event last year generated almost $36 million overall for host venue Birmingham, the highest economic impact in its history... Continue Reading
Northland Fishing Tackle has moved into new markets and product lines with the acquisition of Bagley Bait Company.
The deal was announced today by the company's new CEO, Gregg Wollner, who only joined Northland at the beginning of the month.
Along with Bagley Bait Company, legendary lure designer, Jarmo Rapala, now joins the team at Northland. He brings decades of lure design and manufacturing knowledge to Northland. "Working with Jarmo will allow us to extend the Northland brand with innovative and exciting new lures" said Wollner.
Rapala added: "I am excited to join the team at Northland. Combining the skills of both teams at Bagley and Northland to bring new lures to market is exciting."
Bagley will move its base to the Northland headquarters in Bemidji, Minnesota.
Bagley Bait Company has been building state-of-the-art balsa wood baits since 1960 that have been responsible for anglers winning four Bassmaster Classic Championships... Continue Reading
The largest fishing tackle retail chain in France has gone into receivership and is currently looking for a buyer.
Pacific Pêche, which has 44 stores across the country, called in administrators last month. It had warned the trade back in March that it was facing huge financial difficulties caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. In a letter to suppliers, the company’s Director of Purchasing and Supply, Laurent Vigier, warned that the company could not meet its financial commitments on products delivered or those on order.
French angling website Peche.com reported that the chain has faced a drop in sales in recent years and quoted a turnover decrease from €43m in 2017 to €39.5m in 2018. Last year it said the figure had gone down further to €37m.
It also revealed that Pacific Pêche had plans to ally with retail giant Carrefour to launch a shop-in-shop format in the brand’s hypermarkets.
The chain was taken over by ASD International in 2018 and embarked on a plan to develop its own brand to lessen its reliance on the major big-name suppliers. It is a decision that is widely believed to have been partly the reason for the demise of the chain... Continue Reading
Lure brands more used to showing their products at EFTTEX and ICAST are instead taking centre-stage on Tacklestream, the digital platform that showcases new fishing tackle to global trade customers.
“The message to the trade is now clear,” says Tacklestream’s Business Manager, John Watson. “For retailers looking for new lures, Tacklestream is fast becoming the place to visit. For lure brands, it is the safest and fastest option right now for finding new retail accounts.”
Among the brands showcasing their new lures is Tiemco from Japan, an award winner at EFTTEX last year in the Best Metal Lure category. Without the same platform this year following the cancellation of the show, Tiemco has taken to Tacklestream to unveil its new Roberta Swimming Jig. Among other sales guidance, retailers are advised to stress how the weightless swim jig ‘completely changes shallow water game fishing’.
Headbanger, the innovative lure brand from Sweden, has been a regular at EFTTEX and ICAST for the past three years. Its latest creation is the Headbanger RockerHead which promises to take creature bait fishing ‘to the next level’ thanks to the erratic movements it produces in the water. For proof, Headbanger has produced a remarkable video showing the RockerHead in action. It’s available to view on Tacklestream now.
Another show regular in Europe and the USA, stretching back many more years, is Gillies from Australia. Tacklestream is currently..Continue Reading
The head of the world’s largest supplier of fishing tackle has pledged his support for a new US initiative designed to encourage individuals and families to enjoy the outdoors responsibly.
Pure Fishing, owner of angling brands that includes PENN, Shakespeare, Abu Garcia and Berkley, is supporting #ResponsibleRecreation, which has been created by the Congressional Sportsmen Foundation (CSF) and other conservation partners to encourage Americans to enjoy outdoor recreation while adhering to COVID-19 health practices and natural resource principals.
“While fishing has long been about connecting with each other, it’s also the ideal social-distancing activity for those who want to reap the mental and physical benefits of the outdoors while doing their part to slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Harlan Kent, CEO of Pure Fishing.
“We are proud to stand with the CSF in encouraging responsible outdoor recreation. Only by being responsible with our actions now can we hope to preserve current fishing opportunities and eventually return to angling as usual, surrounded by family and friends, while enjoying the wealth of the great fisheries found across the country.”.. Continue Reading
The head of the representative body of anglers across South Africa has expressed his disappointment at a lack of response from Government ministers to its plea to allow angling to resume during the COVID-19 crisis.
The South African Consolidated Recreation Anglers Association (SACRAA) wrote to six senior politicians, including the head of the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture, asking them to act now to save many businesses threatened with closure through the current ban on angling.
Its Chairman John Pledger told Angling International: “Unfortunately we have received no response whatsoever. We are very unhappy that nobody in the Government wants to know what recreational fishing is worth in GDP to the country and the problems the industry is facing.
“There are none so deaf as those who do not want to hear and none so blind as those who do not want to see. In South Africa we are blessed with both.
“The industry at both distribution and retail levels is not coping well at all during these restrictions. I foresee a lot of smaller stores having to shut down completely because of the forced closures. Both the retail and distribution trade will be in big trouble if the COVID-19 restrictions are not lifted.”
Pledger added that he is hoping that a relaxation of the current lockdown rules could be eased at the beginning of next month, allowing the resumption of non-contact sports,..Continue Reading
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