Fishing Industry News: Northland/Bagley's Expands Rep Territory, Fort Lauderdale Hosts Boat Show

In the latest fishing industry news, Northland/Bagley's has expanded the territory for its rep group and Fort Lauderdale is set for its annual boat show.

Fishing Industry News: Northland/Bagley's Expands Rep Territory, Fort Lauderdale Hosts Boat Show

Northland Fishing Tackle and the Bagley Bait Company have expanded the territory of its established rep group, Sokol Associates, effective Oct. 1.

“Jon Sokol and his team have grown our business in their existing territory and now is the time to strengthen our partnership nationwide,” says Northland/Bagley President and CEO, Gregg Wollner. “These are unprecedented times in fishing tackle sales and participation. I look forward to working with Jon and his team to foster Northland and Bagley relationships with new consumers while continuing to support our retailers and grow their businesses.”

Sokol and Associates’ expanded territory will now include the greater Midwest and Northeast (MN, WI, ND, SD, IA, MI, IL, IN, OH, PA, NY, VT, NH, ME). Their historical territory comprised MT, WY, CO, NM, ID, UT, AZ, NV, WA, OR, CA, AK, MO, NE, KS, KY, and TX.

Fort Lauderdale Boat Show Set to Open

Marking the first major marine event to take place since April 2020, the 61ST Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) will take place Oct. 28 to Nov. 1 with changes for a better and safer event experience.

Produced by Informa Markets and owned by the Marine Industries Association of South Florida, FLIBS features the largest display of boats and new models and the latest in marine technology and accessories.

Here’s what’s new at this year’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show:

  • Show Enhancements, Additional Entrances + Increased Dock Sizes – Recognized as the pinnacle of all nautical exhibitions, FLIBS spans nearly 90 acres, now accessible by 13 show entrances, making it easier than ever to safely navigate through the show. FLIBS is also increasing its six miles of floating docks to widths up to 30 feet along the face dock, allowing plenty of roomy walking space for a smooth and safe flow of traffic. Additionally, the show has added multiple concession locations including cafes and food and beverage enjoyment gardens.
  • Transportation – To maintain social distancing, FLIBS has added more shuttle buses and water taxi services to transport guests safely around the show, while providing social distance seating between riders.
  • AllSecure Health & Safety Standards – As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, FLIBS will be organized in accordance with Informa Markets’ newly enhanced AllSecure health and safety standards, as well as all official government and local authority guidance and regulations. For full details, or to download a complete guide of Informa’s AllSecure health and safety guidelines, visit
  • Know Before You Go Safety Video – Show organizers have produced a second part to their Know Before You Go safety video outlining some of the major changes.
  • NBC Sports Group will be returning with its Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show one-hour network special from FLIBS this year. The show will air Nov. 1 at 4:30 p.m., on the NBC Sports Network.

FLIBS is a major economic driver benefitting the marine industry, the city of Fort Lauderdale, and the state of Florida with a total statewide economic impact of $1.3 billion as a result of last year’s show and over $714 million in product sold over the 5-day event. More than 8,000 full-time jobs were associated with show in 2019.

Plano Synergy Partners With Union Sportsmen's Alliance

Plano Synergy, an industry-leading producer of must-have gear for serious hunters and anglers, has joined the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance’s (USA) mission to unite the union community through conservation to preserve North America’s outdoor heritage.

“The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance is proud to welcome Plano Synergy as a National Conservation Partner as we harness union workers’ power, passion, and skills to enhance and ensure opportunities for millions of Americans to enjoy the great outdoors for generations to come,” said USA Director of Sales and Marketing Jay Stuart.

The outdoor manufacturing powerhouse brings together 14 top brands in the outdoor industry, including Barnett, Frabill, Plano, and Ameristep, to provide hunters and anglers with innovative and high-performance products to help them be successful in the field or on the water.

As a USA National Conservation Partner, Plano Synergy will directly support Work Boots on the Ground (WBG), the USA’s flagship conservation program, which organizes union volunteers to complete projects and outreach events that improve public access to the outdoors, conserve wildlife habitats, restore parks, and mentor and engage youth and adults in the outdoors.

Launched in 2010, the WBG program has touched communities in 31 states. The value of donated volunteer labor has surpassed $1.6 million, and the USA’s outreach events have engaged more than 13,000 youth and their families in the outdoors.


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