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Former Rapala Vice President joins Northland Tackle

Posted on May 21st, 2020

Greg Wollner, former Rapala Vice President, has joined Northland Tackle as CEO. Greg Wollner, long-serving Rapala Vice President and former American Sportfishing Association (ASA) Board Chairman, has been appointed CEO of Northland Tackle. His responsibilities will include introducing new products to the brand and a focus on customer service. Wollner has been in the industry for more than 25 years at Galyan’s Trading Company and at Rapala. His last position in 11 years at Rapala was as Corporate Vice President International and Special Projects.  In 2018 he joined the Allegis Corporation, an access hardware supplier, as Vice President of Product Management. He was also a board member of the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF) and on the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame Selection Committee. “I’m excited to join a leadership team that is so passionate and enthusiastic about fishing and understands the sport and the customer,” said Wollner.  “Our experience, a dedication to continued innovation in product offerings and commitment to excellent customer service, are paramount to the Northland Fishing Tackle heritage and success going forward.” Northland, founded in 1975 by John Peterson, is one of the country’s leading producers of jigs, live bait rigs, spinner baits and spoons.

(Angling International – by Anthony)

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Italian tackle trade calls on Government to lift fishing ban.

Posted on April 29th, 2020

FIOPS, the body that represents the tackle trade in Italy, has written to ministers in the Government asking for the reinstatement of fishing across the country.

The organisation representing the tackle trade in Italy, one of the countries in Europe worst hit by Coronavirus, has urged the Government to reinstate fishing, give the go-ahead for tackle shops to reopen and allow the industry to get back to normal.

In a letter to ministers, The Federazione Italiana Operatori Pesca Sportive (FIOPS) President, Andrea Collini, and Director, Francesco Ruscelli, say that they believe it is now safe to lift the ban on angling and allow the sport to be carried out with necessary safety measures in place.

The letter states: “The Coronavirus emergency has deeply marked the very fabric of our social, economic and productive lives. We are slowly approaching an eagerly awaited stage two that will gradually restart the country, but it is important to take into account the very heart of the Italian economic framework is characterised in particular by the millions of small and medium-sized businesses.

“These include companies and stores that sell sports and recreational fishing items.”

The letter went on to emphasise the economic impact of the fishing tackle industry on the Italian economy, stating that in total it was worth around €2.8 billion.

“Phase two of the recovery should definitely include resumption of a series of sports and recreational activities that can be carried out which respects social distancing and the use of personal protective equipment, such as face masks.

“Fishing falls perfectly into this kind of activity because it can be carried out alone and can comply with a mandatory spacing between fishermen of about ten metres.

“Steps can also be taken to ensure that fishing tackle shops and manufacturing facilities are safe for everyone. Control of the number of people in the stores can be introduced so that anglers can safely buy bait and equipment.

“We believe that we cannot further penalise the recreational sector and – yes – the economic value its brings to the economy and millions of people.

“FIOPS, the representative body of a large number of Italian sports and recreational fishermen, manufacturers and vendors of fishing products, believes that the time is now right to restart the fishing industry. We remain at the disposal of the Government institutions for any technical support that may be useful in dealing with the current situation.”


(Angling International – by Anthony)

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Are you ready for electric high-powered outboards?

Posted on April 18th, 2020

Evoy launches the world’s most powerful electric outboard motor

The Evoy Pro will launch as the most powerful production electric outboard you can buy

It might be a 90-pound weakling next to the biggest and baddest of the combustion world, but Evoy’s new zero-emissions electric outboard motor and powertrain solution will put it at the pointy end of the all-electric market.

This Norwegian company popped up in 2018, creating electric drive system for new boat builds as well as retrofits for existing machines. Its 800-horsepower inboard powertrain is already the most powerful you can buy (in the small boat sector, anyway), and now the company has released its first outboard, plus a roadmap for the next few years.

The outboard in question, the Evoy Pro is specced at 90 kW nominal, 150 kW peak (120/200 hp), but Evoy says it’ll be the rough equivalent of a 150-horsepower combustion motor thanks to its meaty magnetic torque – 170 Nm nominal, 350 Nm peak (125/258 lb-ft). It’s currently in the prototype stage, and testing over this summer and fall will put the final performance figures on it. It should weigh around the 150 kg (330 lb) mark.

Likewise, the range can’t currently be promised. It’ll be highly dependent on the boat design and will be sussed out during testing, but Evoy will be selling modular battery bricks, probably in 25 kWh blocks, that can be installed in series or parallel to give you 50 or 100 kWh of storage. Charging will likely max out at 11 kW AC and 50 kW DC.

The Evoy Pro powertrain will be sold as a full kit-out with its own batteries, controls and electronic dash

The system will ship with its own controllers, battery management, and electronic dash, with 10- or 16-inch screens. Weather, radio, marine navigation, Bluetooth, WiFi, 4G, system monitoring, trip logging and charge management as standard. You’ll be able to option up with radar, echo-sounding and automatic identification systems (AIS), and Evoy is looking into an autopilot feature to take you from port to port if necessary.

This may be the most powerful electric outboard on the market right now, but Evoy’s roadmap out to 2023 features two motors that will roughly double and triple this thing’s output. The biggest, set to launch in about three years, will offer 450 horsepower continuous, peaking considerably higher when you need it to.

The biggest production outboard in the combustion world, as we understand, is currently the 627SV from Seven Marine, a giant, supercharged V8 peaking at 627 horsepower and weighing in at a monster 497 kg (1094 lb). So Evoy’s got a way to go before it knocks the outright horsepower champ off its perch.

As for price? Again, TBC. The Evoy Pro will be more expensive than a combustion power train, for sure. But Evoy is willing to project that commercial operators will break even at about 350 hours of run-time a year – at least in Norway – using current fuel, electricity and maintenance costs.

By Loz Blain – New Atlas

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ASA answers ICAST visitors’ questions and reiterates the show goes on.

Posted on April 16th, 2020

The organiser of ICAST has said that it will be business as usual in July and invited visitors to register for the show.

The organiser of the world’s largest fishing trade show has reiterated that the event will go ahead as planned.

The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) says that ICAST will be open for business at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida, from July 14th to 17th and has moved to quell any fears that exhibitors and visitors may have by answering the most frequently asked questions it has received.

Here is the Q&A it released last week.

Will there be a trade show in July?

As of today, we are still planning on hosting ICAST from July 14-17, in Orlando, Fla.

We understand that everyone is struggling to balance the health of their employees and families with the demands of running a business during a pandemic that is devasting our  economy.

As conditions evolve, we are monitoring the situation every day and working closely with the Orange County Convention Center, Freeman and all our show vendors.

Decisions made the beginning of April may not be the same decisions that would be made in early May. We ask for your patience as we strive to make the best business decisions we can on behalf of our exhibitors, members, staff and all our show attendees.

When – or if – the situation changes, we will let everyone know immediately.

We want to be clear – your health and safety and those of everyone in our recreational fishing family are first and foremost in our decision-making process.

Is show registration open to attendees and exhibitors?

Yes! Registration is open to all attendees and exhibitors. Please register now for ICAST.

What’s the best way to book my hotel reservations?

You can register for ICAST and book your hotel room at the same time. It’s easy and there are a number of official ICAST hotels from which to choose.

What if I need to cancel my hotel reservations?

The official ICAST hotels will accept cancellations and provide refunds (up to a certain date) where applicable. Please contact your specific hotel for their cancellation policy. It’s to your advantage to book your room through Experient, our registration and housing partner.

If I cancel my attendance at the show, will my registration fee be refunded?

In the event that ICAST is officially cancelled, all attendees’ registration fees will be refunded. Otherwise, our policy states that if you cancel your registration, your fees are not refundable.

What is the policy regarding cancelling my exhibit space?

Please refer to your exhibitor contract for details and email us at

When restrictions are lifted, what will ASA and the ICAST team do to keep people safe?

First and foremost, our concern is for the health and wellbeing of you, our members and your families, as well as our staff and their families.

The Orange County Convention Center has numerous health and safety precautions in place that are continually updated based on mandates from the state of Florida.

We will continue to follow the CDC’s guidelines as well as the mandates set by Florida and Orange County.

Will ASA be restricting international attendees?

There are no current registration restrictions on members of the sportfishing trade who want to attend the show. Each attendee is responsible for adhering to their country’s travel restrictions, if any.

How is ASA going to ensure that retailers and media will attend?

We will continue to market to our nation’s retailers and media through our multiple communications channels, highlighting the show’s many features to entice their attendance.

In addition, one of ICAST’s most valuable attributes is that Orlando is less than a six-hour drive for more than 500 retailers.

(Angling International – by Anthony)

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Coronavirus; Angler’s face jail time if fishing in Indonesia.

Posted on April 15th, 2020

Anglers in Indonesia face up to four months in jail if they are caught fishing during the COVID-19 crisis. With the government announcing a state of emergency earlier this week, the country is currently self isolating and all fishing participation is banned for the foreseeable future. Johny Pamungkas, Angling International‘s correspondent in the Asian country, reports that bricks-and-mortar tackle shops are open only for online business. He added: “Stock levels are currently high, but the price of tackle is getting higher because of the increase in the price of the dollar compared to the Rupia.”

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Lake Huron & Michigan Fish Diet Study.

Posted on April 12th, 2020

Scientists working on Lake Michigan and Lake Huron need diet information from trout, salmon, and walleye. The lakes have changed dramatically in recent years, in large part because of invasive species like the quagga mussel and round goby. Anglers, scientists, and fishery managers are trying to figure out what mix of salmon and trout species would be best for our changing lakes and the people who fish here. To do this they will be obtaining stomach samples from participating anglers.

You can find out more by going to, .

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Michigan, USA DNR Charters/Guiding not permitted.

Posted on April 2nd, 2020

In accordance with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ recommendations designed to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and the governor’s Executive Order 2020-21, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources has determined that charter and fishing guide operations that involve boats, canoes and other marine vessels are not currently permitted.

These operations do not meet any of the variances or exemptions outlined in the governor’s order as activities necessary “to sustain or protect life,” and they may also congregate anglers in violation of the order and state health recommendations.

These activities should cease immediately and not resume until at least April 13.

In addition to the DNR’ Law Enforcement Division, Michigan State Police and local law enforcement agencies have full authority to enforce the provisions of this order.

The state is taking proactive steps to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Michigan. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in reducing the coronavirus risk to Michigan residents.

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Dyneema reduces environmental impact of fishing lines.

Posted on April 1st, 2020

Dyneema expects to have its environmentally-friendly fishing line available next month.

DSM has announced new partnerships that will help reduce the environmental impact of its Dyneema fibres, used in some of the world’s top fishing lines.

The Dutch company will collaborate on the project with SABIC, a global leader in the chemicals industry, and UPM Biofuels, a producer of sustainable raw materials.

The move will see Dyneema transition to bio-based feedstock produced by UBM Biofuels, which is then processed by SABIC to make renewable ethylene under their umbrella of solutions for renewable products. Bio-based Dyneema will be available from April this year.

Fishing brands licenced to use Dyneema in their lines includes Berkley, Momoi, Daiwa, Spiderwire and Sufix.

“Bio-based Dyneema will not have any impact on the fibres’ unique properties and performance characteristics,” explained Claire Theunissen, Global Manager Communications & External Affairs Materials DSM.

“It is the source of the raw material that will change. The molecular structure of the fibre itself will remain the same. These fibres can be used for fishing lines and could be an option for fishing line manufacturers to use for superlines and braids.”

DSM announced ambitious sustainability targets for Dyneeme fibres in December 2019, with the goal of sourcing at least 60% of its feedstock from bio-based raw materials by 2030.

Wilfrid Gambade, President DSM Protective Materials, said: “By partnering with SABIC and UPM Biofuels, we are taking the next important step in our sustainability journey, and driving our industry’s transition from conventional to renewable resources.”

(Angling International – Anthony)

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Bassmaster Classic shatters venue attendance record.

Posted on March 29th, 2020

This year’s Bassmaster Classic – staged for the 13th time in Alabama – smashed the venue record attendance set in 2014.

Last weekend’s Bassmaster Classic – staged in Alabama for the 13th time –  shattered the previous record attendance at the venue.

B.A.S.S., the organiser of the event, has revealed that the total Classic Week attendance was 122,814, spread across events that included the Bassmaster Classic Outdoors Expo in Birmingham, the daily take-offs on Lake Guntersville and the inaugural B.A.S.S. Nation Kayak Series.

The attendance was 35% higher than the previous state record set in 2014 and the fourth highest attended event in its 50-year history.

“This record-breaking attendance would not have been possible without the loyalty of our incredible Bassmaster fans and the partnership between B.A.S.S. and its sponsors, exhibitors, the media and our host communities in Birmingham and Marshall County,” said B.A.S.S. CEO Bruce Aiken.

“We are thankful for the hard work of the entire B.A.S.S. family and our great volunteers who made this Classic such a success.”

Fans from across the globe also tuned in to watch the action on Bassmaster LIVE – which established a new record 23% increase in minutes watched – and followed the event on The website was visited more than 1.8 million times by fans from 168 countries.

(Angling International – Anthony)

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Coronavirus: EFTTEX, ICAST and AFTA shows still going ahead as planned

Posted on March 26th, 2020

The organisers of the ICAST, EFTTEX and AFTA trade shows have said that the 2020 events are currently going ahead as planned.

Three of the world’s top fishing tackle trade shows have pledged that this year’s events will go ahead as planned, despite the Coronavirus pandemic.

The organisers of the EFTTEX (Europe), ICAST (USA) and AFTA Show (Australia) have all reiterated that it will be business as usual for each show in 2020.

EFTTEX is due to take place from June 11th to 13th in Prague. Janet Doyle, General Manager of EFTTA, said: “We are carefully monitoring the COVID-19 situation in the Czech Republic and are in close contact with our partners at the venue. As it stands, the Czech government has temporarily suspended trade fairs and other events at the venue, with a view to resuming them in the spring.”

Glenn Hughes, President of the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) – owner of ICAST – said the decision to press ahead with the Orlando show from July 14th to 17th, was taken following a meeting of the Board and Show Committee.

He said: “We are diligently monitoring the COVID-19 situation and staying in close contact with the Orange County Convention Center. It is adhering to guidelines and taking additional precautions from the Florida Department of Health.

“Come July we are confident ICAST will live up to its reputation as the world’s largest and best sportfishing show.”

In its February/March newsletter to members, the Australian Fishing Trade Association (AFTA) said: “The Board of Directors have been in discussions and the message it wants everyone to hear is that the trade show will go on as planned.

“We are diligently monitoring the COVID-19 situation and staying in close contact with the Gold Coast Exhibition and Convention Center. It is adhering to guidelines from the government and is taking additional precautions.

“As this situation evolves, we will continue to rely on guidance from government agencies while considering the needs of our contractors, members, exhibitors and attendees to determine our best course of action. To that end, should the situation change, we will alert you immediately.

“However, come July 9th to 11th, we are confident that the AFTA trade show will live up to its reputation as the ‘must-go’ fishing event in Australia.”

The news that the three trade events will take place as normal comes at a time when shows and fishing-related events across the globe are being cancelled or postponed due to the Coronavirus.

In Europe, Sportfiskemassan, Sweden’s largest fishing and hunting event, and the Austrian Fishing Show, which were both due to take place this weekend, were cancelled last week. In the UK it has been announced that the second instalment of The Big One, also due to take place this weekend, has been postponed to a later date.

Many events in the US have also fallen victim to the global health scare including Major League Fishing and FLW tournaments which have been postponed until April 12th. Another casualty is the Bass Pro Big Bass Bash which will be rescheduled for later in the year.

(Angling International – Anthony)

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