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Dick’s Sporting Goods Chairman considers Field & Stream closure.

Posted on December 28th, 2018

Ed Stack, Dick’s Sporting Goods Chairman and CEO: has revealed the company may close its Field & Stream subsidiary. US retailer Dick’s Sporting Goods has told investors that damage done to sales by its gun control stance may result in it closing its outdoor subsidiary, Field & Stream. The Fortune 500 company could close down the entire Field & Stream chain of 25 stores across 18 states. Company Chairman and CEO Ed Stack said the recent 3.9% drop in same-store sales was a consequence in part of the decision to change its gun sales policies. It ‘negatively affected’ the bottom line, revealed Stack. However, he added that the company did not regret the move to change a number of its gun sales policies and back new gun-control legislation. “It’s definitely a factor, but nothing we didn’t anticipate,” said Stack, at last week’s Goldman Sachs Retailing Conference. Dick’s, which has an estimated 10% of the fishing retail market in the US, first modified its gun sales policy in the wake of the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting, when it said it would no longer sell certain semi-automatic rifles. The chain again pledged to stop selling AR-15s and other semi-automatics after the Parkland incident earlier this year. The company also decided to hire its own gun-control lobbyists to push for stricter gun laws. Stack said Dick’s would assess the situation through the holiday season. “Some brands are not going to sell to us. If consumers are upset with us, we will make a decision about what we’re going to do with Field & Stream.”

(Posted by Anthony – Angling International)

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BC fresh and saltwater fishing report.

Posted on December 21st, 2018

Feature iamge, would you like to catch a Halibut like this TODAY? Caption by Tracey John Hittel of Kitimat Lodge,  Halibut and winter springs have arrived want to get out this month

Noel Gyger reports. Mainly sunny with highs to +2 degrees Celsius. Skeena River is low and and in good shape. Steelhead are being caught. Coho fishing closed October 31st. Tyee Test Fishery showed a record run of Steelhead this season.   Coho run was way down this year. Kalum River is in fair shape and fishing well for Steelhead. Both fly and spin fishing are working well. Kitimat River is closed to Salmon fishing.. Zymoetz (Copper) River is in good shape and Steelhead are being caught. 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 2018-19 you can contact Noel at www.noelgyger.ca .

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BC Winter Fishing Update.

Posted on December 12th, 2018

Feature images show saltwater salmon and halibut catches.

Noel Gyger reports. Chance of a shower with highs to +5 degrees Celsius. Skeena River is low and still in good shape despite the rain we are having. Water is very low please be careful if you fly around in a jet boat. Coho fishing closed October 31st. Tyee Test Fishery showed a record run of Steelhead this seaon.     Coho run was way down this year. Kalum River is in great shape and fishing well for Steelhead. Both fly and spin fishing are working well. Water is very low and dangerous for jet boat…so go with drift boat or raft only. Be safe my friends! Kitimat River is closed to Salmon fishing. Zymoetz (Copper) River has had a good rain but conditions are holding and many Steelhead are being landed. In the upper Copper Steelhead fishing will close December 31st. One will be able to angle for them in the lower end. 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 2018-19 you can contact Noel at, www.noelgyger.ca .

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BC Fishing Report.

Posted on December 2nd, 2018

Featured image saltwater salmon & halibut. Would you like to catch a Chinook and Halibut like this TODAY? Caption by Tracey John Hittel of Kitimat Lodge, Halibut and winter springs have arrived want to get out this month call Kitimat Lodge.

Noel Gyger reports. Mostly sunny but there is a chance ow showers with highs to +5 degrees Celsius. Skeena River is dropping and may be fishable for Steelhead by the weekend. Coho fishing closed October 31st. Tyee Test Fishery showing a record run of Steelhead this season – this is good news. Hope this trend holds! Coho run was way down this year. Kalum River is in fair shape and fishing well for Steelhead. Both fly and spin fishing are working well. Kitimat River is closed to Salmon fishing. Zymoetz (Copper) River has dropped and may be fishing again for Steelhead. 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 2018-19 contact Noel at www.noelgyger.ca .

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Maurice Sporting Goods changes name after acquisition.

Posted on November 29th, 2018

Maurice Sporting Goods has changed its name to Maurice Outdoors following the acquisition by its owner, Middleton Partners, of O2COOL. Maurice Sporting Goods, a major distributor of fishing tackle across the United States, has changed its name and added to its product offering following the acquisition of a major supplier of hydration and portable cooling products, Its parent company, Middleton Partners, has purchased O2COOL and plans to leverage the synergies of the two companies to establish Maurice Outdoors, a collection of powerful industry brands with ‘best-in-class’ distribution. “This is a great opportunity to spur the growth of O2COOL and our brands,” said Eric Lockwood, O2COOL, CEO. “We know that Middleton is the right partner and I am thrilled about the potential for Maurice Outdoors to thrive in the future.” Maurice Outdoors will be focused on the outdoor consumer through products lines that include fishing, marine, hunting, portable cooling, camping and outdoor-themed gifts.” “We are extremely excited to bring O2COOL and its tremendous team into our group,” said Keith Jaffee, Principal of Middleton Partners and Chairman of Maurice Sporting Goods. “It has built innovative products that resonate with consumers. Our vision is to leverage this team’s strengths with the distinctive platform and strong customer relationships of Maurice Sporting Goods. “The acquisition of O2COOL builds on our strong momentum as we enter 2019,” said Jory Katlin, CEO of Maurice Sporting Goods. “We are looking forward to collaborating with its team to better serve our customers, while remaining committed to the highest level of service.”

(Posted by Anthony – Angling International)

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