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2023 AFTA Tackle Show Wrap Up: Best Fishing Gear of 2023

What an incredible week it has been, fellow fishos! We’re still riding high on the waves of excitement from the recent 2023 AFTA Tackle Show, held at Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre from August 3-5.

It was an absolute blast, bringing together anglers from all corners to celebrate our shared passion for fishing and the latest in tackle innovations.

Among the highlights of the show, Shimano truly stole the spotlight with its exceptional lineup of products. Let’s dive in and explore these game-changers that have us more keen than ever to cast our lines.

2023 Best Reel – STRADIC FM

Showcasing reel technologies passed down from Shimano’s flagship spinning reels, the redesigned Stradic FM adds InfinityXross, Anti-Twist Fin, SilentDrive and DuraCross reel technologies for unequaled performance, delivering a brand new standard!


2023 Best Rod – ZODIAS TRAVEL

The Zodias Travel Series utilises the same Zodias Hi Power X Blanks, Carbon Monocoque Butt and Fuji Stainless Steel K Guides with Alconite + SiC Tip Inserts. Available in 7 baitcast and light spin options, in 4- and 5-piece configurations, this will suit all traveling anglers looking for a premium, sensitive and lightweight travel rod.


2023 Best Game Rod – SPEEDMASTER GAME

The SpeedMaster Game series utilises Shimano’s strong and lightweight TC4 blank technology to deliver a dependable tournament game fishing and deep drop line-up. Quality Fuji SiC guides with AFTCO Roller Tips provide control and preserve the performance of line.


2023 Best Fly Fishing Product – G. LOOMIS IMX-PRO V2

G. Loomis used a new blend of technologies — Conduit Core and GL7 resin system— to increase strength and impact resistance without the extra weight. Designed to be day-in, day-out ‘workhorses’, IMX-PRO V2 oozes performance and utility, making them incredibly enjoyable rods to fish.


As we say goodbye to the AFTA Tackle Show 2023, our hearts are filled with thanks for everyone who made this possible. Tight lines and happy fishing until next time!