THE hottest new tackle was assessed and judged at the 2014 AFTA Trade Show, held on the Gold Coast earlier this week.

Winners of the various tackle and gear categories were announced at a gala dinner on Monday night - scroll down for list of winners.

All the winning tackle, plus other new gear launched at the AFTA show, will be displayed at at a “fishing precinct” at the upcoming Brisbane Boat Show. This initiative, a joint venture between AFTA, Keep Australia Fishing and Marine Queensland, is expected include demonstrations and how-to presentations by fishing experts, displays and product info sessions from all the major tackle companies, prize draws, kids entertainment, free gear and a huge shop so visitors can purchase all the latest and greatest rods, reels, lures, lines and fishing accessories.

Should be a fantastic event – stay tuned for more details!

Award winners and presenters from top left: Grainger Mayfield (River2Sea); Scott Buchholz (LNP), Tim Clark (Black Magic Tackle); Jennifer Wilson (Wilson Fishing), David Green (Fishing World), Kord Luckus (Wilson Fishing); Jennifer Wilson receiving award on behalf of GoPro; Marc Huisken, Peter Kerr and Mitch Birt (Pure Fishing); Josh Lowry (Bluefish Imports); Pat Levy (J M Gillies); Bill Classon (AFN); Damien Kerves (Rapala VMC); Jim Harnwell (Fishing World), Chris Cleaver (Shimano).  

Winning Tackle - AFTA 2014

Best Rod
Wilsons, Live Fibre Venom X 10-20lb 2pce spin rod

Best Reel
Shimano, Stella 2500 F1 (pic below)

Best Combo Kit
Pure Fishing Abu Garcia Veritas/Orra s40

Best Line
Blue Fish Imports, Xtreme PE Braided line

Best Soft Lure
River 2 Sea, Fish Candy Wild Prawn (pic below)

Best Hard Lure
Halco, C-GAR Slow Sinking Stick Bait (pic below)

Best Terminal Tackle

Three-way tie: Black Magic Tackle, Longreach Surfacing Rig;
Tackle Tactics, TTLures Chinlockz weedless jigheads;
Tackle Tactics, TTLures Headlockz HD River & Estuary value pack

Best Tackle Management
J.M Gillies Agencies Plano 7237 Tackle Box (pic below)

Best Clothing/Accessory
AFN Solar Tube

Best Fishing/Boating Accessory
Rapala Aluma-Pro Gripper

Best Outdoor/Camping Product
JM Gillies Barnett Camo Cat Bow

Best Diving/Watersport Accessory
Vsport-Gopro Hero 3+

Best Fly Rod
J.M Gillies Agencies Sage Salt Fly Rod (pic below)

Best Fly Reel
Pure Fishing Hardy Fortuna 1 (pic below)

Best Fly Line
Jarvis Walker Cortland Precision premium salt water fly line

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