• Who’s going to buy Hardy’s?

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    Speculation about the new owner of Hardy is rife in the tackle trade, with the magazine Tackle Trade World making guesses on a possible buyer. Our contacts say that the number of companies expressing an interest has been whittled down from over 100 to around 30, and that there is strong US and Far Eastern interest. A decision is far from imminent, because Hardy and Grey’s owner, Harris & Sheldon, will want to ensure that the iconic company goes to a sympathetic buyer. But I don’t think it will be taken over by some of those listed in Tackle Trade World as likely contenders, like Zebco, Pure Fishing, SportsDirect.com or even Rapala.

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    Editor and publisher of Classic Angling magazine. Founder member of UK Angling Writers' Association and current chairman. Former winner of Writer of the Year. I wrote a weekly angling column for The Independent for 23 years, having previously written columns for The Guardian and Sunday Mirror. If it swims, I'll fish for it: marlin or mackerel, trout or tench, salmon or snook. I've written several books on fishing, from one for the Duke of Edinburgh's award to the notorious Catchmore Sharks (don't look at the pictures) and Bob Nudd's autobiography, How to be the World's Best Fisherman. I love exotic travel for fishing (been to Mongolia and Ecuador, the Great Barrier Reef and Arunachal Pradesh) and wish I could afford to do such trips more often. My favourite fish? Anything with fins, though I have a special love for mahseer, and I'm chairman of The Mahseer Trust.

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