AFTA Best in Show winners

THE AFTA Best in Show awards were presented last Monday at a gala dinner on Queensland’s Gold Coast.

The awards, covering many categories, recognise the best in new products released at the show. Visiting retailers are invited to judge, while AFTA carefully supervises to ensure an honest judging process.

As you’ll read below, Shimano cleaned up winning a whopping five categories. Other winners included Rapala, JM Gillies, Wilson, Cranka Crab and more.

As part of the awards, AFTA recognises Australia’s best retailers with Small, Medium, Large and Best Overall categories.

See who won below and check out our series of new products videos from this year’s AFTA show.


AFTA Best in Show Awards

Best Rod Category – Shimano – Zodias 702 Medium/Light Spin

Best Reel Category – Shimano – Stradic 2500 HG
Best Combo Kit Category – Shimano – TwinPower 4000 XG/ Ocea Offshore PF3
Best Line

Category – J M Gillies – Fins G40 Braid

Best Soft Lure Category – Shimano – Squidgies 110 Wriggler Prawn

Best Hard Lure Category – Rapala VMC

Australia – Rapala X-Rap Magnum 40

Best Terminal Tackle Category – Tackle Tactics – TT Lures SnakeLockz Jigheads

Best Fly Fishing Rod Category – J M Gillies Agencies – Sage Mod

Best Fly Fishing Reel Category – E. J. Todd and Son – TFO Atoll

Best Fly Fishing Line Category – J M Gillies Agencies – Rio Light Line

Best Clothing Accessory Category – CapHat – CapHat Extreme

Best Tackle Management Category – Shimano – Shimano Tackle Bag / Backpack

Best Fishing or Boating Accessory Category – Rapala VMC Australia – Deeper Fish Finder

Best Best Watersport or Dive Product Category – V Sport/ GoPro – Hero 4 Session Camera

Best Outdoor or Camping Product Category – V Sport/ GoPro – Rinse Kit

Special Focus Category: Best Game Fishing Rod – Wilson Fishing – Venom Game

Special Focus Category: Best Game Fishing Reel – Shimano – Twin Power 14000 XG

Special Focus Category: Best Game Fishing Lure – Viva Fishing Tackle Australia – Richter Reflector Wing

Special Focus Category: Sunglasses – Spotters Polarised Performance Eyewear – Spotters Freak Nexus

John Dunphy Award for Innovation – Cranka – Cranka Crab New Single Hook Model

Best Magazine Cover – Fish Life

Best Industry Representative – Damien Grieve, Jarvis Walker

Best Small Store – Whitey’s Tackle

Best Medium Store – Compleat Angler and Camping World Rockingham Tackle World Cranbourne

Best Large Store – Tackle World Cranbourne

Best Store Overall Winner – Compleat Angler and Camping World Rockingham

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