WORLD renowned fishing tackle guru Jack Erskine has died in the US.
Fisho has been informed that Erskine was currently working overseas on a project to bring a new chain of specialty fishing tackle stores into Australia which he believed would revolutionise the standard of the Australian tackle industry. After suffering ongoing health issues for some time, he died overnight in his sleep in Springfield, Missouri.
Born in Bourke, in western NSW, Jack grew up in Sydney. Apprenticed as a motor mechanic, he worked for BHP, before moving into the tackle trade in 1967, when he was 22 years old. His first job was with Arthur Chapman's Sport Store in Rockdale, Sydney.
Much later he went on to become an influential force in Australia's tackle industry, receiving the Ron Dempster Award for contributions to sportfishing, was one of the first inductees to the Cairns Black Marlin Hall of Fishing Fame in 2006 and in 2009 was inducted into the International Game Fishing Association (IGFA) Hall of Fame.
The staff of Fishing World extends its sympathies to the Erskine family.
Fisho will feature a special tribute to Jack Erskine this Thursday.
Jack Erskine featured on the cover of Fishing World's November 2004 edition.