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AFTA People’s Choice Awards 2023-24

Wow, what an epic week at the 2023 AFTA Tackle Show. From August 3rd to the 5th, the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre welcomed thousands of anglers looking to discover the latest fishing gear and tackle from leading brands such as Daiwa, Shimano, PENN, Nomad, Wilson, Ocean’s Legacy and more.

As voted by you! The awards recognized the latest high-performing gear that anglers opt to reach for every time.

A huge shoutout to each one of you who participated and cast your votes. You didn’t just attend the show; you became a part of it. Your passion and enthusiasm are what make events like this truly special.

With no further ado, here’s the Best Fishing Gear of 2023-24.

Best Game Rod


Winner: Wilson Fishing Bone 3-piece Heavy Travel Jig Rod

Runner-up: Shimano Speedmaster

Best Rod


Winner: Shimano Zodias Travel

Runner-up: Nomad Design Seacore Slow Jigging 6’6” PE 4

Best Combo


Winner: Daiwa Australia 23 Airity 2000s-p and 23 Infeet Z 712lfs Combo

Runner-up: Wilson Fishing Electric Assist Wecom3, Tackle Tactics Okuma Ceymar Baitcast Combo

Best Fly Product


Winner: Pure Fishing Hardy Fortuna Regent 6000 Reel

Runner-up: Shimano G. Loomis IMXV2

Best Sunglasses


Winner: Liive Vision XG Caspian Mirror Polar Matt Black

Runner-up: Spotters Graphite

Best Reel


Winner: Daiwa Australia 23 Saltiga 6000-xh

Runner-up: Shimano Stradic

Best Game Lure


Winner: Oceans Legacy Keeling Pop, JM Gillies Bluewater Bullet Jet Lure

Runner-up: Black Magic Slammer XT

Best Soft Lure


Winner: Rapala Crush City Imposter

Runner-up: Daiwa Australia Baitjunkie 3” Prawn

Best Hard Lure


Winner: Nomad Design Dtx180mm Heavy Duty

Runner-up: Barambah Deton8or 58, Jackall Swing Mikey 72

Best Terminal Tackle


Winner: BKK Heavy Duty Gang Hooks

Runner-up: Viva Fishing Hayabusa Paternoster Kingfish Rig, AFN Hook Eze Orange-Large

Best Game Accessory


Winner: Oceans Legacy HD Offshore Pliers

Runner-up: Wilson Fishing Toit Aluminium Prussian Kit, AFN Kool Bag Large Deluxe

Best Line


Winner: Daiwa J-braid 8 Expedition

Runner-up: Bluefish Imports X-Braid Upgade

Best Tackle Management


Winner: Daiwa Australia D-Box SSU

Runner-up: Shimano Tackle Backpack, River 2 Sea Chasebaits Double Decker Tray, Bluefish Imports Versus Meiho VS-7095N

Best Watersport/Diving product


Winner: AFN Omni Bag

Runner-up: AFN 4254 Case

Best Fishing/boating Accessory


Winner: Minn Kota Instinct

Runner-up: Powa Beam Bubba Smart Fishing Scale

Best Outdoor/camping Product


Winner: AFN Tango Kingfish Bottle Opener Fishing

Runner-up: RPM Innovations Road Chef Micro Dingker

Best Clothing Accessory


Winner: Daiwa Australia Gore Tex Rain Jacket

Runner-up: Rapala Camo Hooded Jersey, Samaki Barra Tailing L/S Shirt

John Dunphy Award For Innovation


Winner: Daiwa Australia 23 Exist Sf 1000s-p

Runner-up: Viva Fishing Orochi X10 Rod

We couldn’t help but feel grateful for the unforgettable experience that was the 2023 AFTA Tackle Show. The showcase of fishing gear, the thrill of the awards, and the bonds forged with fellow fishing enthusiasts made it a weekend to remember.

So, until we meet again at the next AFTA Tackle Show, keep those lines tight and those fishing tales flowing. Remember, it’s not just about the gear; it’s about the passion, the camaraderie, and the joy of reeling in the next big catch. Stay hooked, fishos!