THE French tackle trade has recorded a worrying downturn in sales.
Results received by TTW for the first six months of the year in France, show that the market is down 31/2 per cent year on year.
Lure fishing has probably stood up best in what is becoming a dismal year in
Stéphane Sence, vice-president of GIFAP, explained: “I think that 2004 could go down as the worst year ever for new starters to angling in
“A lot of trout anglers did not renew their licence this year due to the dismal conditions last year, and the amount of water we have had in our rivers has not helped. It has been a bad year with the weather. Tourism is almost certainly down as well, so we are not alone.
“We hope that this is just a blip and that next year figures will return to normal. We are optimistic, not pessimistic, with this.
“The price of the licence is also increasing. This year a full adult licence is €75 and there are 1.7 million licences sold. However, this is 700,000 less than were sold just 10 years ago – and the cost is comparatively the same, so I really don’t know what to say.”
One area of concern for Stéphane is the number of youngsters coming into the sport, or apparent lack of them. This is something that GIFAP is looking to counter now, with its new scheme, Baptême Pêche.
Stephane said: “ÊBaptême Pêche is being taken to every single school in
“The problem has been that there are less and less fathers and grandfathers taking their children fishing, showing them the skills.
“The multimedia generation needs somebody to show them what to do, how to enjoy the outdoors and the pleasures of fishing.
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