Sunday, July 17, 2016

Platypus Fishing Lines Coming to America


ICAST being the show that it is, you never know who you will meet. On Friday while I was walking the rows of booths, I ran into Jason Schall.  Who is Jason Schall? Well if you are follower of the fishing industry and the IGFA you might know that the IGFA announce in 2014 that Jason Schall of Charleston, South Carolina, USA had won the 2014 IGFA-Chester H. Wolfe Outstanding Sportsmanship Award. This was quite an accomplishment.  Jason is also known for having caught over 500 different species of fish all over the world.  Jason is a competitive saltwater, freshwater, and fly fishing angler. He won the Fly Division at the 2016 Jacksonville Kayak Fishing Classic with a grand slam (Trout, Red Fish and Flounder). Click HERE for a link to one of his bio pages.

That being said, Jason was at ICAST this year with his new sponsor Platypus Fishing Lines.  Platypus Fishing Lines did not have a booth this year but Jason was at the show with Stewart McPherson, 4th Generation Family Ownership & CEO, and Mark Nightinggale, National Sales Manager, scouting the show to learn the ICAST floor layout and ideal booth locations.  After meeting and talking with Jason, Stewart, and Mark, I cannot wait to see their booth next year because they have already registered to guarantee them a spot at the big dance. 

Platypus Fishing Lines has an amazing history. The company was started by George Ross McPherson in 1898.  What is amazing about this is the fact that the company is in its 4th generation of operation with a McPherson running the company.  Click HERE to read a great article on their Australian history.  Here is a great quote from the article talking about the 4th generations.

Fish & Boat Magazine – 01/08/2015 – ICONS of the Industry - Quote: “Stewie is a different kettle of fish altogether.

Platypus Fishing Lines is based in Brisbane, Australia. Over 100 years later, Platypus remains proudly owned and operated by the same family that established the company in 1898.

So if you plan to attend the 2017 ICAST in Orlando, Florida, be sure to check out Platypus Fishing Lines.

Until next time, be safe in the sun and have a great day in the great outdoors. 

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