Several of the prize-winning brands at this year’s EFTTEX fishing tackle trade show held in Amsterdam are available to South African retailers via local distributors.
Daiwa, available locally from The Kingfisher, was the stand-out brand that won three categories: the best Fixed Spool reel (Exist LT), Multiplier reel (18 Ryoga) and Boxes/bags (Prorex Folding lure bucket). The Kingfisher also imports the winning clothing brand (Snowbee Nivalis Down Jacket).
Rapala VMC won two categories and was runner-up in two more: their Rapala VMC 131 was voted the best braid line, while the Super Shadow Rap won the Hard Lure category. The brand was the runner-up in the Soft Lure category with the X-Rap Peto and in the Metal Lure category with the Storm RIP Spinner Bait. In addition, Rapala VMC in South Africa also distributes the Costa eyewear brand, which was a runner-up in the Sunglasses & Headwear category.
Products from the Pure Fishing stable were runners-up in 4 categories and the winner in one. The Hardy HBX Saltwater was voted the best Fly Reel and Hardy’s HBX was the runner-up in the Fly rod category. The company also came second in the Rod (Greys GR100) category, while the Abu Garcia Revo 4 Beast was runner-up in the Multiplier reel and Berkley X9 Superline in the Braid categories.
The full list of winners are:
|Rod||Okuma Helios SX||Pure Fishing Greys GR100|
|Fly rod||Temple Fork Outfitters Axiom ll Switch||Pure Fishing Hardy HBX|
|Fly reel||Pure Fishing Hardy HBX Saltwater||Sage Spey|
|Fixed Spool reel||Daiwa Exist LT||DAM Quick 7|
|Multiplier reel||Daiwa 18 Ryoga||Pure Fishing Abu Garcia Revo 4 Beast|
|Fly line/leader||RIO Big Nasty 4D Sink Tip||Scientific Anglers Tiemco Amplitude|
|Mono line||FirstDart FD Rxi Fluoro||Morris Varivas|
|Braid||Rapala VMC 131||Pure Fishing Berkley X9 Superline|
|Hard lure||Rapala VMC Super Shadow Rap||Savage Gear 3D Snake|
|Soft lure||Savage Gear 4D Line Thru Pike||Rapala VMC X-Rap Peto|
|Metal lure||DAM Madcat A-Static Rattlin Spoons||Rapala VMC Storm RIP Spinner Bait|
|Accessories||Deeper UAB Deeper Start||Frichy Titanium Fishing Pliers|
|Terminal Tackle||Mustad Triangle Hook||Lerner Fonderie Natsumi System|
|Clothing||Snowbee Nivalis Down Jacket||Prologic Realtree Jacket + BB|
|Soft Dough Natural Hookbait||Lucky John Slug Trick Worm||Energofish Benzar Mix Method Mix|
|Sunglasses & Headwear||Wiley X WX Nash with Kryptek Altitude||Costa Del Mar & Leech Eyewear|
|Boxes, Holdalls, Bags & Luggage||Daiwa Prorex Folding XL Lure Bucket||Rive RSZ Seatbox|
|Innovation of the Year||CLEE Fishing – Jungle Operator Flex|
|Visitors’ Choice||R.L. Winston – Air Fly For Saltwater|
Ten local distributors import these prize-winning brands, some of them import two wining brands, namely The Kingfisher (Daiwa and Snowbee), Rapala VMC (Rapala and Costa), RAD Fishing gear (Prologic, Savage Gear) and Frontier Distribution (Sage and Scientific Anglers).
|Frontier Distribution||Scientific Anglers|
|Pure Fishing SA||Pure Fishing|
|RAD Fishing Gear||Prologic|
|RAD Fishing Gear||Savage Gear|
|Rapala VMC||Costa del Mar|
|Rapala VMC SA||Rapala VMC|
|The Kingfisher, Mias, Tuckers Tackle, WET Sports Importers||Mustad|
|Xplorer Fly fishing||RIO|
Next year EFTTEX will be held in Brussels between June 13th to 15th and the following year the European tackle trade show will be held in Prague.