Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Awards For Best Gear

THE AFTA tackle show awards, sponsored by Fishing World and other fishing media, were announced at the Gold Coast Exhibition Centre on Sunday, August 9.

These awards are independently judged by editors and retailers at the annual tackle trade show with tackle distributors and manufacturers vying for top spot in the various categories. A win, especially in one of the more prestige categories, is considered a pretty big deal by most tackle companies.

Although the awards have been tainted by allegations of cronyism in the past, they’ve been cleaned up in recent years and are now generally regarded as being well run and fair. That said, there is work to be done in regards to providing more information for judges, including indicative RRPs. Hopefully the 2010 awards will incorporate that sort of info.

The 2009 winners are as follows:

Best Rod – Shimano Jewel

Best reel – Fin-Nor Marquesa

Best terminal tackle – JM Gillies Location Packs

Best Line – Oskaka Tackle Jinkai

Best Soft Lure – Berkley MF40 Hybrid

Best Hard Lure – Halco Twistie Jigging Range

Best Tackle Management – JM Gillies Liquibait boxes

Best Boating Accessory & Electronics – Jarvis Marine Watersnake

Best Fishing Accessory – Black Magic Fishing Pliers

Best Clothing & Accessories – Composite Developments Sierra Soft Shell Jacket

Best Giftware: Black Pete Marine ZipVac

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