Finlandia-Uistin founder Hannu Kangas dies aged 79
Hannu Kangas, founder and CEO of Finlandia-Uistin, has died at the age of 79. Hannu Kangas, the founder and CEO of Finnish lure company, Finlandia-Uistin, has died at the age of 79. Hannu and his brother, Kalevi, started the company in 1963. They launched the famous Nils Master brand two years later and acquired the Swedish brand, Bete, in 1978. A devotee of pike fishing in all its forms, Hannu made his first lure at the age of 18. He and Kalevi set up business on their farm near the small rural village of Kalkinnen and sold their first products to the US.
After receiving an order for 15,000 pieces per month, they sold their cows and cleaned up the cowshed to use as production space. In 1976 they expanded into a disused school in nearby Riihilahti and in 1991 added Rapala’s former production facility, also in Riihilahti, to their premises. Finlandia-Uistin soon became known for the use of bright, lurid colours that had never been seen before. Today it supplies markets all over the world, including eastern, central and western Europe and Australia.
The company celebrated its 50th year in 2013, during which time more than 20 million trolling spoons, wobblers, spinners, jigs and ice fishing lures had come off its production line. Statistics compiled by a Finnish journalist show that since 1989 the Invincible, probably the best-known Nils Master lure, has caught more pike over 10kg in Finland than any other lure. It has also accounted for record pike in Finland and Sweden and a record barramundi in Australia.
“The secret behind the quality of Finlandia-Uistin products is skillful handicraft,” Hannu once said. “Eighty per cent of the products are handcrafted. Each lure goes through its maker about 20 times before its completion.”
Posted by Anthony-Angling International
Rob Campbell, President of Gibbs Acquisition Co: his company is seeking to expand its footprint in North America. One of Canada’s largest fishing tackle suppliers – and owner of six brands – has moved into the Great Lakes region with a major acquisition. Gibbs Acquisition Co – also known as Gibbs Delta – has purchased Advanced Tackle, the Great Lakes-based owner of Michigan Stinger, a supplier of trolling spoons across the US.
“Through this acquisition, 112-year-old Gibbs Delta is obtaining a customer-centric company that has a rich history of personal service, high trust and proven tackle,” said Rob Campbell, President of Gibbs. “With the added horsepower of Gibbs’s time-tested innovation, sales and marketing and logistics expertise, we look forward to continuing to grow our collective customer base and relentlessly focusing on fishing lifestyle.”
Campbell added that Gibbs is seeking to expand its footprint in freshwater-based fishing products, specifically in North America, through both strategic acquisition of established brands and organic growth. Rob Alcock, COO of Gibbs, added: “The ability for all customers to buy fresh and saltwater tackle across multiple applications and species within one purchase order is a key focus for us. The addition of Stinger products and its Great Lakes customer base is truly exciting.”
Stinger will continue to trade from Michigan and Rob Bellmore will continue to lead the day-to-day operations as General Manager. He said: “I am extremely excited by this new partnership. After a couple of years of extremely good seasons, we wanted to see just how much larger Michigan Stinger can get and we are confident that we will collectively bring it to a new level of product availability and development.” Based in Delta, British Columbia, Gibbs Delta offers over 5,000 SKUs of fishing tackle across six wholly owned brands – Gibbs, Delta, O’Ki, Rhys Davis, Zak and Stinger – and is the Canadian distributor for Silver Horde and Yamashita.
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Noel Gyger reports. Mixed precipitation with highs to +1 degrees C. Skeena River clean and fishing well for Steelhead. Kalum River water in good shape and fishing well for Steelhead. Kitimat River in good shape. Zymoetz (Copper) River is clean and fishing well for Steelhead. If it was see this: Note the regulation: No Fishing upstream of the sign at the transmission line crossing (downstream of Zymoetz Canyon) Jan 1 – June 15. Steelhead fishing below this closure is still permitted. Need a fishing guide contact me anytime. Ocean fishing for Salmon, Halibut, Prawn, Dungness and Alaska King Crab is good out of Kitimat.
If you would like to book a river fishing guide or ocean charter for 2019-20 contact Noel at www.noelgyger.ca anytime.
Noel Gyger reports. Rain with highs to +6 degrees C. Skeena River clean and fishing well for Steelhead. Kalum River water in good shape and fishing well for Steelhead. Kitimat River in good shape. Zymoetz (Copper) River is clean and fishing well for Steelhead. Note the regulation: No Fishing upstream of the sign at the transmission line crossing (downstream of Zymoetz Canyon) Jan 1 – June 15. Steelhead fishing below this closure is still permitted. Ocean fishing for Salmon, Halibut, Prawn, Dungness and Alaska King Crab is good out of Kitimat.
If you would like to book a river fishing guide or ocean charter for 2019-20 contact Noel at www.noelgyger.ca .
Bass Pro Shops founder and owner Johnny Morris has been named as one of the 400 richest Americans. The entrepreneur came in at number 207 on the Forbes List with a net worth of $3.8 billion. Morris, 71, founded Bass Pro Shops in 1972 and has built it up to be one of the world’s largest outdoor retailers. He is also the owner of the Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium, which opened in 2017 at a cost of $290m, and the White River Marine Group, maker of leading boat brands that includes Tracker, Nitro and Tahoe. In 2017 Bass Pro Shops paid nearly $5 billion to acquire Cabela’s, its biggest rival.
POSTED ON 15/10/2019 BY ANTHONY (Angling International)