The Australian Fishing Trade Association Industry Awards were recently celebrated on Queensland’s Gold Coast, with new and innovative recreational fishing products released at the annual event.
Tackle companies enter products across various categories, and visitors to the show vote for the best product in each category.
Awards in the additional categories of 'Best Bait and Tackle Store’ in small, medium large categories are also presented each year and are voted on by the public.
Swimbaits seem to have become the craze of the season for inland fishers who like to target Murray Cod, whilst the prize for best blue water lure went to the Bluewater Sauri.
The winners of this year’s Afta awards were:
- Best Rod- Wilson Bone Combat Beast Travel Rod
- Best Combo- Shimano Tranx 300A and Jewel Swimbait 7102
- Best Line- Sunline Siglon PEx8
- Best Reel- Shimano Sustain 2500 HGFI
- Best Sunglasses- Spotters Shades Grayson
- Best Soft Lure- River2Sea Chasebaits Smash Squid
- Best Hard Lure- Bluewater Saury
- Best Gamefishing Lure- Fatboy Lures 8.5” Devil
- Best Fly Fishing Line- RIO Directcore Flats Pro
- Best Fly Reel- Hardy Ultralite - MTX - 5000
- Best Fly Fishing Rod- Sage Salt HD
- Best Terminal Tackle (Tied)- River2Sea Shogun Swordfish Rig- Mustard Fastach Leader System
- Best Boating / Fishing Accessory- Simms Guide Pliers
- Best Marine Electronics (Tied) Lowrance HDS Carbon 16”- Viva Fuji aerator
- Best Outdoor / Camping Product- Smoking’ Hot Rocket Stove
- Best Watersport / Dive Product- GoPro Hero5 Black Action Camera
- Best Tackle Management- Plano KVD Bag
- Best Clothing Accessory- Wilson Hooded Headscarf
- John Dunphy Innovation Award-Swell Pro Drone 3.0
- Best Small Bait and Tackle Store-Anglers Fishing World
- 2017 Best Medium Bait and Tackle Store-Tackle World Mornington
- 2017 Best Large Bait and Tackle Store-Fishing and Outdoor World
- Best Overall Bait and Tackle Store-Tackle World Cranbourne
Don’t forget, keep it legal. If you are unsure about the rules check out the fishing regulations in NSW.