Top Fishing Equipment Brands for 2014

FERNANDINA BEACH, FL. – Southwick Associates’ announced the brands and products anglers purchased most frequently in 2014. This list has been compiled from the 15,685 internet-based surveys completed in 2014 by panelists.

Sportfishing’s top fishing equipment brands for 2014 included:

  • Top rod brand: Shakespeare (Ugly Stik, Sturdy Stik, etc.)
  • Top reel brand: Shimano
  • Top combo brand: Shakespeare
  • Top fishing line brand:  PowerPro
  • Top hard bait brand: Rapala
  • Top spinner bait brand: Strike King
  • Top jig brand: Strike King
  • Top sinker brand:  Eagle Claw
  • Top swivel brand:  Eagle Claw
  • Top leader brand: Seaguar
  • Top fly line brand: Rio
  • Top fly leader brand: Rio
  • Top tippets brand:  Rio
  • Top ice reel brand:  Abu Garcia
  • Top ice rod brand:  HT
  • Top ice combo brand:  Frabill
  • Top ice tip ups:  Frabill
  • Top wader brand:  Orvis
  • Top clothing brand:  Columbia
  • Top raingear brand:  Frogg Toggs
  • Top landing net brand: Frabill
  • Top bait bucket/aerator brand:  Frabill
  • Top fishing knife brand: Rapala
  • Top fish scale brand:  Berkley
  • Top trolling motor brand:  Minn Kota

The list above is only a portion of all fishing categories tracked by Southwick Associates. Other information tracked includes percentage of sales occurring at different types of retailers, total spending per category, average prices, and demographics for anglers buying specific products. Additional information tracked includes total days spent fishing, type of fishing (fresh, salt and more), preferred species and where they fish.

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