THERE was excellent news for the tackle trade last week with business up 5.4 per cent - PLUS a much-loved brand coming back to the UK AND a huge new shop opening up.
Last year, the UK tackle industry was worth a monster £570.4 million, with that healthy rise since the last figures were collated in 2011.
And as many predicted, the Angling Trade Association survey showed carp tackle sales of £222.7 million has overtaken coarse fishing for the first time on £198.1 million with a market share of 39 per cent and 34.73 per cent respectively.
Game fishing was next with £88.9 million and sea angling last on £60.7 million.
‘Angling trade healthy’
ATA chair Naidre Werner said: “Despite the economic times, it is good to see annual sales going up which sows the angling trade is healthy.
“The fact carp angling has become No.1 would be no surprise.
“The survey also showed 19 per cent of fisheries now have tackle shops onsite but overall retailers have dropped from 2,472 to 2,300 so there does seem to be a trend for larger retailers at the expense of smaller shops,” she added.
The angling trade employs 11,400 full-time employees and 8,763 part-timers.
DAM coming back to UK
Many Angler’s Mail readers will also be pleased to learn historic coarse brand DAM is coming back to the Great Britain.
A huge brand in the 1980s and 90s, their rod, reels and terminal tackle were held in very high esteem. On the match scene their involvement included sponsoring all-conquering team Dorking, and big fish men using their kit then included Andy Little.
Now Svendsen Sports are bring the German firm back and have hired industry expert and top spessy hunter Neil Wayte onboard to develop products.
Neil said: “It is exciting with the DAM relaunch. There is a very wide range of products that encompasses carp, spinning and the entire range of DAM Quick reels.”
And Glasgow Angling Centre are launching a new retail shop in Edinburgh this summer and will include a casting pool to try out new rods.
Boss Paul Devlin said: “It is a big city and I believe it warrants a shop of this size.”
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