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July 19, 2012

R.I.P. -- Australian Fishing Legend Jack Erskine

An icon in the world of big-game fishing and one of Australia's best-known anglers and tackle innovators passed away this week.

One of the best-known Australians in the world of big-game fishing and tackle died this week in Springfield, Missouri, just days after visiting the annual ICAST tackle trade show in Orlando.

According to a report in Australia’s Fishing World, Erskine, 67, was in the United States at work “on a project to bring a new chain of specialty fishing-tackle stores into Australia, which he believed would revolutionise the standard of the Australian tackle industry.”

Tim Simpson, editor of Down Under’s BlueWater magazine, writes, “A few days ago, Jack called me from the departure lounge in Sydney airport en route to the U.S. on a tackle-sourcing mission, and for a catch-up with his friend Johnny Morris of Bass Pro Shops.” He continues, “Jack Erskine delivered an enormous contribution to the world’s fishing community — particularly in the field of big-game fishing-tackle refinement.”

Read more about this iconic and influential angler and tackle guru in Simpson’s blog and in a Fishing World tribute to Erskine.