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US fishing trade gathers to grow business
Dec13

US fishing trade gathers to grow business

More than 220 boat and fishing business leaders gathered to network and swap  ideas at the American Sportfishing Association’s (ASA) 2019 Sportfishing Summit in Washington state. ASA resident Glenn Hughes said there are five challenges that currently impact the recreational fishing industry: weather as a constant variable; the imposition of tariffs on products imported from China; turbulence in government; trade and commerce issues...

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‘Super-bait’ firm created as major players merge
Dec12

‘Super-bait’ firm created as major players merge

Two of the biggest names in bait and fish feed – Bait-Tech and Donald Cooke – are joining forces, allowing both firms to grow and extend bait and tackle distribution across the UK and Europe. The merger will create an experienced management team with great core values and the desire and passion to supply more products and grow both businesses. Bait-Tech is a well-known family-run business, founded by Peter Clapperton, with all the...

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Fishbrain has supply partners in mind as it unveils shop
Dec11

Fishbrain has supply partners in mind as it unveils shop

Fishbrain, one of the world’s most popular social networks for anglers is tapping into the $48 billion US fishing retail sector with the launch of the Fishbrain Shop, an in-app marketplace allowing users to find and purchase gear from some of the world’s most respected brands. Available initially in the USA – on iOS, Android and online –the Fishbrain Shop is designed to speed up the process of buying tackle through a central...

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Berkley tackle firm founder passes away
Dec09

Berkley tackle firm founder passes away

Berkley Warren Bedell, US fishing industry stalwart, one-time US Congressman and the man who founded what is now Pure Fishing, has died at the age 98, following a stroke. Berkley was born in Spirit Lake, Iowa, where he set up Berkley & Co, which, as Pure Fishing, is the world’s biggest tackle manufacturer, although he was best-known across the USA as a Congressman, represented Iowa’s Sixth District in the House of Representatives...

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Pure Fishing Acquires Fin-Nor and Van Staal
Dec02

Pure Fishing Acquires Fin-Nor and Van Staal

Pure Fishing has announced the acquisition of iconic fishing brands Fin-Nor and Van Staal from W.C. Bradley/Zebco Holdings, Inc. The addition of these brands add to Pure Fishing’s dominant offering in the saltwater category, including the premium PENN Fishing brand, one of the most widely-respected saltwater fishing equipment brands. Announced today, the company will work quickly to bring newness and marketing support to these two...

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Westin and Kinetic strengthen in UK and Eire
Nov29

Westin and Kinetic strengthen in UK and Eire

Fast-growing Danish fishing brand Westin has significantly boosted its United Kingdom and Eire team with a new sales agent and additional ambassadors in a move signalling their intent. Gareth Whittington has become Westin and Kinetic’s sales agent for the United Kingdom, expanding his current role for the company in the Republic of Ireland. Gareth brings a wealth of knowledge of the UK angling trade to the team, having previously held...

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