Shot up to Stoneleigh Park yesterday to visit the Tackle and Guns Trade Show and check out what's going on in the UK tackle industry. I've been lucky enough to attend the last few years and it's been a delight to see the growth of lure fishing in that relatively short time. Read more
For the past few years we have made the trip over to Nantes for the Salon Peche en Mer fishing show. An overnight ferry from Portsmouth to St Malo and a bit of a road trip down to Nantes gives us plenty of time indulge ourselves in non-stop fishing conversation, which is sweet relief from the work based panic that builds up to a weekend away.
For anyone who hasn’t had the opportunity to attend this event it's a lure angler's dream with all the main players involved and the bonus of largely being relevant to what we do over here in the UK. Or should I say the UK lure scene is now relevant to what our French counterparts have been doing for some time. The sheer amount of information to digest is huge and we are still working through various catalogues and creating a virtual shopping list for the year ahead. But here are a few highlights to whet the appetite for the upcoming season. Read more
We had a splendid time in France at the Salon Europeen des Peches en Mer 2013. There were a few noticeable absentees this year (including Shimano & Garbolino) but the show centrepiece - 'Focus on Japan' - more than made up for it, with dozens of Japanese prostaff, tackle designers and reps showing off some of the very best lure fishing tackle in the world. Even better, almost all spoke better English than they did French so were more than happy to chat about their experience. Short of travelling to somewhere like ICAST in the states, or Japan itself, I'll be surprised if I get that opportunity again. Amazing!
If you missed all our tweets and the dozens of pictures we took at the show you can still check them out here using the hash tag #nantesfishingshow
I will endeavor to get as many of the LRF related pictures on this site as I can. Bear with me!