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AFTA tackle show’s public day back for 2024

THE Australian fishing tackle industry is set to converge on Queensland’s Gold Coast in August for the 2024 AFTA Tackle Show.

The event, managed by the Australian Fishing Trade Association (AFTA), will run from the 15th to the 17th of August at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.

This year, a record number of exhibitors will be on show representing all aspects of Australia’s recreational fishing industry.

In 2019, a Public Day was introduced to the Show’s program. The event now consists of two trade-only days featuring B2B trade and one public day, where the general public is invited to come and see what will be hitting the shelves of their local tackle stores in the following months.

“It is great having a mix of trade and public at this event,” said AFTA president Michael Starkey.

“It’s especially encouraging for the industry to see firsthand the enthusiasm and passion the next generation of anglers have for our sport. Sometimes, as wholesalers, we can be a little removed from dealing with the public, so this is a fantastic opportunity to engage with our end users,” he said.

“It’s always really interesting to see which new products get anglers most excited and to receive feedback and hear the stories of fishing adventures from existing products on the market .”

Thanks to the support of the Queensland Government, the Public Day of the Show will again be free of charge to visitors. Visitors can register for free tickets through the AFTA website.

Many high-profile fishing social media influencers and TV stars will attend the Tackle Show on the Public Day.

Exhibitors are also making special plans for the public day with plenty of product demonstrations, competitions and giveaways throughout the Show.

Best In Show Voting will be open on the Public Day for the People’s Choice Awards. Visitors will be able to cast their votes across 20 categories ranging from Best Rod to Best Sunglasses at the 2024 Tackle Show.

The AFTA Tackle Show runs from the 15th to the 17th of August at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.

For full event details and to enquire about attending this event, please visit www.afta.net.au and follow the menu links for the Tackle Show.

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