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Tribute paid to Flashmer owner Moise Tropres, victim of Coronavirus

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Moise Tropres (centre) is pictured with his daughter, Flora Dumesnill, and buyer, Yannick Lemeilleur.

The head of one of the world’s top suppliers of fishing lures has paid tribute to the owner of his French distributor, who fell victim to Coronavirus.

Bruce Stanton, Vice President and General Manager of PRADCO-Fishing, spoke of Moise Tropres, the owner of Flashmer, a supplier of fishing tackle since 1970.

“Mr Tropres was a fine French gentleman who was so supportive of our products and brands over the years. One, in particular, he helped make famous in his country was the Heddon Super Spook. Through his support, many French fishermen developed an affinity for it as a top sea bass lure in France.

“We have sold hundreds of thousands of Super Spooks in France over the past 25 years because of Flashmer’s support. This relationship was cultivated by Lanny West, our former Sales Manager and mentor. He and Mr Tropres were a lot alike. They were very thoughtful, dressed well and had wise ways about them. 

“I got to visit Mr Tropres and his team in Granville in 2006. He took me to many of the German pill boxes that line the coast and talked of his love of America who gave the French their freedom in World War II.

“He also took me to some amazing local restaurants and introduced me to French seafood – and maybe some French wine! He also made sure I was able to get out on the water with their fishing expert, Gueric Hamon, who promotes the sea bass fishery and sells to dealers on the coast.

“We pray our beloved customer will rest in peace and give thanks for his support.”

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