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Coronavirus latest: Shimano pulls out of US shows.

Posted on March 14th, 2020

The Coronavirus has cast a shadow over fishing tackle trade shows across the world, including the recent Osaka event in Japan.

Tackle giant Shimano has pulled out of three fishing events across the US this weekend as the Coronavirus pandemic spreads there.

The news comes as the organiser of the IWA OutdoorClassics in Germany, one of the world’s largest trade shows of its kind, announced a new date after cancelling the March event last week.

Shimano has pulled out of the Fred Hall Long Beach Show, the Houston Fishing Show and the Bassmaster Classic. In a statement it said: “After significant deliberation, Shimano has decided not to attend these shows due to escalating concerns about the Coronavirus and any potential post show quarantine for our team.

“The health and wellness of our employees and continuance of our business are top priorities in this continually developing situation.”

Originally set to take place from March 6th to 9th, the IWA OutdoorClassics will now be held at the Nuremberg Exhibition Centre from September 3rd to 6th. The event will also be moved to September in the coming years.

The show is the highest profile outdoor leisure event to fall victim to the pandemic and follows in the footsteps of China Fish and Kofish, which were both postponed earlier this year.

A new date has yet to be announced for China Fish, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary, while Kofish, due to take place from March 13th to 15th, will now be held from June 5th to 7th.

There is speculation surrounding Europe’s top fishing trade show, EFTTEX, in Prague, but at the time of going to press the event is believed to be going ahead as planned.

A statement issued on behalf of the organiser of the IWA OutdoorClassics read: “The protection of the health and safety of exhibitors, visitors and employees is a top priority for NürnbergMesse. In awareness o this responsibility and after careful consideration, the Management Board decided to postpone the event due to take place in March.”

Petra Wolf, Member of the Management Board of NürnbergMesse, added: “We expressly thank all customers, partners and media representatives for the understanding they have shown regarding our decision to postpone the IWA OutdoorClassics 2020.

“We are pleased about the high level of commitment in the industry – after intensive deliberations and numerous positive discussions with national and international customers, we have chosen a new date at the beginning of September that will apply in the coming years.”

(Angling International – Anthony)

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DEC announces 4 new fishing regulations for Lake Ontario, Lake Erie and tributaries.

Posted on March 12th, 2020

Feature images shows Jamie Doolan, of Orange County, caught this brown trout this past fall in the town pool in the Salmon River. The new fishing regulations decrease the brown trout daily creel limit on Lake Ontario tributaries (excluding the Lower Niagara River) to one fish/day (down from three).

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has announced the adoption of several fishing regulation amendments for anglers fishing Lake Ontario, Lake Erie and their tributaries.

The new regulations are effective immediately and include:

*Increasing fishing opportunity by opening the Lake Ontario/Lower Niagara River lake trout season on Dec.1 (formerly opened on Jan. 1). The season will be closed from Oct. 1 through Nov. 30, and is now consistent with Province of Ontario regulations;

*Reducing the daily creel limit for rainbow trout/steelhead on the open waters of Lake Ontario (excluding the Lower Niagara River) to two fish (former it was three) per day to provide consistency with Province of Ontario regulations and help increase survival of steelhead, especially during periods of reduced fishing success for other species;

*Decreasing the brown trout daily creel limit on Lake Ontario tributaries (excluding the Lower Niagara River) to one fish/day (down from three) to maintain high quality brown trout fishing opportunities from fall through the spring;

*Increasing the minimum size limit for rainbow trout/steelhead to 25 inches (it was 21 inches) to prolong high quality rainbow trout/steelhead fishing opportunities through the winter months on Lake Ontario tributaries (excluding the Lower Niagara River). The rainbow trout/steelhead minimum size limit for the open waters of Lake Ontario and the Lower Niagara River remains at 21 inches; and

*Eliminating unnecessary angling regulations on Spooner Creek and tributaries (Erie County) and the North Branch Clear Creek and tributaries (Erie County) from Taylor Hollow Road upstream to the outflow of Clear Lake by allowing fishing year-round.

DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said these changes are designed to safeguard and expand certain fish populations while enhancing anglers’ continued enjoyment of these world-class fisheries. Most of these regulations are a direct result of DEC’s work with anglers during the past several years to identify desired outcomes for Lake Ontario sportfishery management.

“DEC received comments from more than 550 anglers on our proposed regulations and most were highly favorable, which reflects the importance of working with the fishing community to develop regulations that are protective of the resource and continue to offer quality fishing opportunities,” he said.

Details on these amended regulations can be found at DEC’s website. Questions can be directed to fwfishlo@dec.ny.gov or Steve LaPan, Great Lakes Fisheries Section Head, at: New York State DEC, P.O. Box 292, Cape Vincent, NY 13618.

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Angling Direct expects to report loss of up to £500,000

Posted on March 10th, 2020

Andy Torrance, who joined the business in October last year, is the new CEO of Angling Direct.

The UK’s largest fishing tackle retailer, which replaced its CEO last week, has announced that it expects a loss ‘of not more than’ £500,000 before tax for the year ended January 31st, 2020.

Angling Direct said that a disappointing post-Christmas trading period, which was hit by flooding in many regions of the UK, impacted on its profits.

The company’s leader for the last 17 years, Darren Bailey, resigned last week and was replaced by Andy Torrance, who joined the Board as Non-Executive Director in October 2019.

The company said it expected to report revenue for the period of £53.1m, an increase of 26.5% compared with the same period in the previous year (2019: £42m). It continued to grow sales both instore and online. Bricks and mortar sales were up 41.3% to £27.9m and 12% on a like-for-like basis.

Online sales grew to £25.2m, an increase of 13.3%, with growth across its European networks which include Germany (24.6%), France (70.9%) and the Netherlands (86.7%). Total international sales increased by 7.6% to £5m, accounting for 19.9% of total online sales.

It told investors: “Notwithstanding the strong growth the company has delivered this year, a disappointing trading period post-Christmas, influenced by exceptional winter flooding, has impacted profits. The lower levels of fishing activity meant that the higher margin, consumable products were hit disproportionately.”

It added that it continues to have a strong balance sheet and held cash of £5.9m at the end of its financial year.

(Posed in Angling International by Anthony)

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Rapala reveals 2019 results and appointment of CEO

Posted on March 2nd, 2020

Following the presentation of its results for 2019, Rapala VMC announced the appointment of Nicolas Warchalowksi as President and CEO.

Tackle giant Rapala VMC Corporation used the day it announced a 5% increase in sales for 2019 to reveal the identity of its new President and CEO.

The Finnish company has followed a recent trend of recruiting from outside the industry with the appointment of Nicolas Warchalowski to replace acting CEO Louis d’Alançon, who took over from previous incumbent Jussi Ristimäki, who resigned in September last year.

Warchalowski will join the company on March 1st from BabyBjörn, the Swedish-based supplier of products for young children, where he was CEO. Previously he held similar posts at the apparel brands, Peak Performance and Haglöfs. In his earlier career he worked in the USA and Austria with Red Bull as well as Proctor & Gamble.

“We are very excited to appoint Nicolas after an extensive and thorough international recruitment process,” said Rapala VMC Board Chairman d’Alançon. “He possesses the strong leadership capabilities required to take the group to its next stage.”

Warchalowski added: “I feel greatly honoured and thrilled to join the legendary Rapala VMC. I used its products when I was growing up. To get an opportunity to carry on its legacy and join such a committed and ambitious team feels really exciting.”

Delivering its 2019 and second half of the year results, the Finnish lure giant reported net sales of €275.4m (2018: €262.4m) for the year – up 5% (3% with comparable exchange rates) – and comparable operating profit up 7% from €16.7m to €17.8m. For the second half of the year, net sales came in at €134.2m (€119.9m).

d’Alançon told investors: “We achieved good results in 2019 and succeeded in increasing our profitability from 2018 as targeted.” He added that trading during the year in most of the group’s markets was mainly as expected, with North America continuing a positive trend. “As anticipated, after the first half of the year, the second was particularly strong in the region.

“In Europe the changes in the Shimano and other third party distribution agreements caused slight uncertainties, but the Nordics and rest of Europe grew from the previous year. The growth in Europe was supported by the ramp-up of the group’s own distribution operations in some of the key central European markets.”

1 Euro = 1.45 CND

Net sales for the second half of the year by area were:

North America: €55.6m (€45.8m) – up 21%

Nordic: €25.7m (€22.8m) – up 13%

Rest of Europe: €35.3m (€33.5m) – up 5%

Rest of the world: €17.6m (€17.8m) – down 1%

TOTAL SALES: €134.2m (€119.9m) – up 12%

Net sales for the year were:

North America: €104.2m (€95.4m) – up 9%

Nordic: €56.6m (€55.1m) – up 3%

Rest of Europe: €81.3m (€78.4m) – up 4%

Rest of the world: €33.3m (€33.6m) – down 1%

TOTAL SALES: €275.4m (€262.4m) – up 5%

(Posted in Angling International by Anthony)

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Big Spring Kings at Kitimat Lodge, BC.

Posted on February 15th, 2020

Noel Gyger reports. Mainly sunny 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. Warning: lots of ice forming on the edges, so wade carefully. Kitimat River in good shape. Zymoetz (Copper) River is clean and fishing well for Steelhead, again lots of ice.  Note this 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 you can contact Noel at www.noelgyger.ca .

For you Great Lakes Steelheaders, we are planning a group trip to Kitimat Lodge, BC Aug. 28-Sept.1, 2020. This will be an amazing trip offering 3-days of non-stop fishing action for several species of Pacific Salmon & Steelhead at an awesome group rate. If you are interested make sure to contact Tracey Hittel at Kitimat Lodge, catchfish@kitimatadventures.com  to book.

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