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UK tackle trade body backs angling ‘no-go’

The Angling Trades Association, the UK’s industry organisation, has urged the tackle trade to encourage anglers not to go fishing during the current Covid-19 crisis.

The UK government has urged all but essential travel to be stopped and, while outside exercise is allowed, it is understood this does not include going fishing.

The ATA’s incoming chairman, Andrew Race of scale maker Reuben Heaton – which is also the European distributor of Eagle Claw hooks – said: “In my view, all members should now be doing their utmost to encourage anglers to engage in the sport whilst in isolation.

“Please use social media to prompt, inform and involve anglers in aspects of what you are doing, have done and what you will be doing. Product awareness, insights into production and development generate good interest. Any old company history, photo-shoots or events done some time ago can also be aired in the form of ‘throwback’-style features.

“Any online reading content has to be a positive and some of us (me included) need to step up on this for general business, so this is good practice. Please support retailers and fisheries alike where you can with product commitment to ‘like and share’ and other online competitions. Lend an ear to those with postponed events, matches and open days and pledge your commitment once the dust settles.”

Author: John Hunter

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