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SEVENTH PRESIDENT ELECTED
Sep25

SEVENTH PRESIDENT ELECTED

The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) has elected veteran business leader and avid recreational angler Nehl Horton as its new president, effective from September 1st, 2017. Horton’s appointment is the result of an exhaustive international talent search to replace long-time IGFA president Rob Kramer, who is stepping down from the role after nearly 15 years of distinguished service. “We are excited to put Nehl at the helm of...

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NEW BLOOD FOR BOARD
Sep20

NEW BLOOD FOR BOARD

After a recent election, the American Fly Fishing Trade Association has a new board in the shape of Ben Kurtz (Fishpond), Michael White (Blue Ribbon Sales, Bozeman), Shawn Combs (Orvis Rod & Tackle), Tom Melvin (Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures) and Tag Kleiner (Far Bank Enterprises). AFFTA president Ben Bulis said: “It’s great to see the involvement of the membership; we had the largest voter turnout in the history of AFFTA. Our...

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TAKING A STANCE ON COPIES
Sep19

TAKING A STANCE ON COPIES

One of the biggest success stories in the UK tackle trade over the last few years has been a product going by the name Spomb – an innovative bait dispenser. It is the brainchild of founders Brian and Judith Houghton, affectionately known as Mr and Mrs Spomb in the business. Avid anglers since the 1970s and keen members of the carp scene, Brian and Judith witnessed much innovation, but the one area that appeared neglected was the...

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ANGLING DIRECT LOOKS TO THE FUTURE
Sep19

ANGLING DIRECT LOOKS TO THE FUTURE

                                The UK’s largest fishing tackle and equipment retailer, Angling Direct has set itself an ambitious £50 million turnover target after floating on the London Stock Exchange’s junior market (AIM). The float reeled in £9m, giving the company a market value of £27.4m. The oversubscribed placing was priced at 64p per...

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WORLD CLASS FISHING UNDER THREAT
Sep13

WORLD CLASS FISHING UNDER THREAT

The American Fly Fishing Trade Association (AFFTA) has teamed up with Florida-based clean water advocacy group Bullsugar to support efforts to restore critical estuaries in South Florida. Fishing in Florida boasts a state economic value of $9.7 billion. As a leading voice for the recreational fishing industry, AFFTA joins Bullsugar in calling for an end to the toxic discharges that periodically destroy fisheries in the St Lucie and...

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AUSTRALIAN TRADE TO GET BOOST
Sep11

AUSTRALIAN TRADE TO GET BOOST

  The Australian tackle trade could benefit from a new project to install an artificial reef alongside the famous Sydney Opera House, which will hopefully revitalise marine life in the harbour and restore natural habitats. The three-year research project reported by ABC news is a collaboration between the Opera House, the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and the University of Sydney and intends to hang nine hexagonal-shaped...

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