MAP tackle developer, Mike Robinson, and other matchmen will now be using Marukyu baits in a joint arrangement between the two progressive companies.

LEADING match tackle brand MAP have joined forces with Japanese bait giant Marukyu in a co-branding deal.

Their crew of ace competition anglers  includes twice Angler’s Mail-Kamasan Matchman of the Year Andy May, James Dent, Mike Robinson, Graeme Westwater and Shaun Little.

An MAP spokesman said: ‘The move means that as well as having access to some of the best tackle on the market, our stars can now match this with arguably the most scientific and advanced baits on the planet.

Innovative baits from Marukyu, and their pioneering approach, has caught the eye in the UK over the past year.

‘Marukyu has a rapidly growing reputation in the bait market, and with both brands launching many hugely anticipated products this year to include Maruku’s new 10mm JPz hookbaits and MAP’s Kit Case and Quick Change Feeders it is clear that both brands have exciting times ahead.’

MAP’s Andy May commented: ‘I’ve been keeping an eye on Marukyu for some time as anglers on the match circuit seemed to be getting some very positive results using it –

‘When we sat down with Marukyu’s product development director, Roy Marlow, it became obvious to us why the baits are so successful – they are simply light-years ahead of anything I have seen before.”

Andy’s confidence was rewarded as he celebrated his first trial of Marukyu’s baits with a win at Partridge Lakes.

Leeda’s marketing manager Nic Brown added: ‘We believe that our tackle is the best on the market – and it goes without saying that we believe that our anglers should also use the best tools at their disposal in order to gain the very best results.

‘We are very pleased that we are now working Marukyu, both brands are known for innovation and a forward thinking attitude, the association makes sense on a number of levels and we look forward to some exciting times ahead.’

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