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Bauer Hockey Inc. is recalling about 67,000 youth and junior hockey sticks, shafts and blades made in China because paint and decals on the products have excessive lead. Another 60,000 products are being recalled in Canada.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall April 1, 2010. The hockey and goalie sticks, shafts and blades come in various shapes, sizes and colors, and are pictured here and on the subsequent slide. The CPSC has a full list of the recalled items.

These items were sold at sporting goods stores nationwide from February 2005 through March 2010 for about $80 to $200 for sticks, $30 for blades, and $40 to $90 for shafts.

The name “Bauer” and the model descriptions are on all of the sticks, shafts and blades. Most of the sticks also have the Nike symbol. Junior player sticks and replacement shafts are each identified by the markings “JUNIOR,” “52 Flex” or “JUNIOR Flex 52.” Youth player sticks are identified by the marking “YOUTH Flex 42” or “YTH Flex 42.”

Parents can arrange for a replacement or refund by calling Bauer at 888-734-0443 between 8 a.m. and midnight ET Sunday through Saturday or by visiting www.bauer.com/recall.


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Chinafish is celebrating twenty years of successful expansion at a time when the worldwide fishing tackle industry is confronting the worst crisis of its recent existence.

Instead of reaping the benefits of their emerging domestic market the Chinese fishing tackle manufacturers are now facing a prolonged and deep worldwide recession that is shaking their base and damaging their outlook for the future.

I have always believed that one point of growth in European GDP created 10 points of growth for the fishing tackle market. With a negative 2% growth in Europe in 2009 it is not surprising to hear that sales of fishing tackle fell in the order of 30% or more in some European countries, a fact that has brought dismay to the manufacturing industry and is still not showing any real signs of long term recovery. (more…)

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In the same way as there is a link between the quality of a fishing spot and its remoteness; there is also a direct relation between the ease of access to a supplier and the competitiveness of his price.

Twenty years of sourcing fishing tackle have taken me to very remote places while searching for that special item to give my brand its competitive edge.

Before you go out of your way to visit a new factory, you should however attempt to gather some information about what you may possibly encounter. This often requires the help of a sourcing agent or a trader who has been doing his homework. You may otherwise end-up in the middle of nowhere, after a lengthy flight to a remote airport and a risky drive to an out-of-the-way factory. I must confess, this has happened to me many times! Prospecting for potential sources is a must for an importing company that aims to stay in the lead and unless you speak the local dialect you are totally in the hands of your hosts and your guide or your agent.

It is therefore extremely important to work on that special relation and leave a good impression during the short duration of a factory visit.

Here are a few guidelines to more successful sourcing in remote areas: (Assuming you do not speak the language of the supplier whom you are visiting, you will be using your agent as a translator for the meeting.) (more…)

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For those who sweated it out at the EFFTEX show in Prague and wondered why I was wearing shorts and a summer fishing shirt on the first day of the show; well, it’s because I analysed the information available in the EFTTA Newsline last march and could remember EFTTEX in Geneva.
Helder and Jorge
I can understand the decision of the EFTTA Board, the choice of the venue was based on geographical location. It is just unfortunate that air-conditioning was not available. I have always maintained anyway that exhibitors should wear outdoor clothing at Tackle Trade shows; we trade after all, in an outdoor sport and our final customers do not carry out their favourite pastime wearing a pin-striped suit.

There were more of these on the show than usual; I suppose this has to do with the recent concentrations and take-overs that have happened at a staggering rate in the last few months.

I do express my doubts about the success of these concentrations. Multi-brand management inside a same group has just not seemed to work in the past, at least in Europe. I can understand this strategy when approaching the US market but there are no Wall Marts and no Bass Pro Shops of significant equivalence in Europe or in the rest of the World for that matter. (more…)

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nuchin3Olympic National Stadium, Beijing, Herzog and de Meuron, Arup Group, estimated completion 2008

I shall never forget my visit to the first CHINAFISH show in 1991.

The exhibition was held close to the entrance of the Forbidden City, right in the centre of Beijing.

I was driven to the show by an old man on a tricycle who staggered along the main avenue that led from the Shangri-La hotel to Tiananmen Square.This wide street was a sea of bicycles where only the occasional car could to be seen.

The show was basically uninteresting, only a few manufacturers were present and these proposed mainly some very low quality fishing poles.

Some foreign companies were also exhibiting, aiming to establish a presence in the Chinese domestic market.

A team of Japanese staff from Daiwa were displaying a nice set of reels that hung on the walls of their small booth.

On the afternoon of the second day, I visited the Daiwa booth again, but it was empty. The fellows were just sitting there with a desperate look on their faces: A crowd of eager visitors from the general public had suddenly swamped their small booth during the morning. By the time the crowd had left, none of the fancy new reels remained to be seen.

Things started moving rapidly a few years later:


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The time has come for the European Fishing Tackle Trade to invest into its future if it is to have a future!

  • Our European markets are depressed, we are losing participation.

  • Pollution, Over-Fishing and Fish Farming are directly responsible.

  • Recreational Fishing is not recognised by our European authorities for either its social or economic contribution as a major participation outdoor sport.

  • There is no angling on TV. 

  • The general public and the media perceive the European angler as a chap, asleep over his fishing pole, down by the canal.

  • We are facing more and more negative legislation created by aggressive lobbying from the commercial fishing lobby.

  • EFTTA is only investing 30,000 euros a year in lobbying and representation at EU level through the services of a part-time lobbyist.

  • We cannot continue without proper political representation, it is now a simple matter of SURVIVAL.

  • EFTTA CANNOT remain a non-political organisation but must commit to the DEFENCE and DEVELOPMENT of our sport and our trade.

  • We need to build a powerful lobbying structure to defend our business environment as we are UNDER ATTACK!

  • We need to obtain proper data. We need a socio-economic study of Recreational Fishing in Europe and we need it NOW!

  • We cannot lie in wait, hoping for the EU to fund this study, we must finance it ourselves and we must find the financing NOW!

  • We further need to invest a minimum of 500,000 Euros per year for a representation office to be created in Brussels and we need all the European Fishing Tackle Companies and related media to participate in the funding.

  • We also need funding from related industries such as Boat Manufacturing, Tourism and Travel Agencies.

  • We need to UNITE for the common good of recreational fishing in Europe and fight for the rights of our 25 Million European recreational anglers.

  • We must teach our governments how many we are and emphasize the importance of our contribution to the European economy.

  • We need to make profound changes to our Association: EFTTA. The Association must upgrade to a political organisation: THE EUROPEAN SPORTFISHING ASSOCIATION representing the interests of the Recreational Fishing Industry, Boat Manufacturing, Tourism, Travel Agencies, the Specialised Media and the rights of Europe’s 25 Million Anglers.

Only in this way, through unity in representation can Sportfishing gain sufficient political and economic significance.

We have a long and uphill climb ahead of us if we are to regain the lost terrain.

By Louis Tchertoff and Malcolm Gilbert

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Ireland West Coast

The man hadn’t caught a fish for three years now. The retired businessman had fished all his life. His father had transmitted the passion to him in his youth. He could still remember the delightful days spent fishing off the wonderful west coast of Ireland, in County Clare where he had been brought up.

As a young boy, Mitch had grown up very close to his father; their tight relation was due in most part to the regular outings and adventures that often started at dawn and developed into long and dreamy days spent prospecting the rock-strewn shoreline. The coast was still full of fish in his youth; over 30 varieties could be caught from the rocks. Mitch and his father had been assiduous anglers, dedicated to perfecting their fishing technique and sharing a mutual enthusiasm for the latest available tackle.

He still possessed the high modulus carbon beach rod and the magnesium reel his father had given him on his eighteenth birthday and he remembered how he had marvelled at the easy casting and the amazing distances he could achieve with the combo.

The following years had seen a regular decrease in the quality of his catches: Cod had become smaller and scarce and Ben, the skipper of the local charter boat had not seen a Blue Fin Tuna in years.

By 2015 all that remained to catch was the occasional flatfish. (more…)

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