2017 AFTA Award winners

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THE AFTA Industry Awards celebrate the new and innovative products that are released at the annual event. Tackle companies can 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' (small, medium large and overall) are also presented each year and are voted on by the public.

The winners of this year’s industry awards are listed below. Congratulations to all the winners!

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

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