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The global fish hunting equipment market size is anticipated to reach USD 20.75 billion by 2027, expanding at a CAGR of 4.0% over the forecast period, according to a new report by Grand View Research, Inc. Rising preference for recreational outdoor sports owing to growing trend of travel and leisure is boosting the growth of the market. In addition, sport fishing serves as the most prominent outdoor activity in the U.S. after jogging. This is eventually helping in increasing awareness regarding activities like fish hunting, thereby ramping up the sales of the fish hunting equipment over the forecast period.

Increasing popularity of fishing as the second-most popular outdoor activity in America, after running, jogging, and trail running is fueling the growth of the market. According to Outdoor Recreation Participation Topline Report, in the U.S., 31.5 million adults who were 25 and older participated in fishing in the year 2016. Moreover, increased spending on fishing equipment and accessories as a result of rising number of participants is ramping up the sales of such products. According to American Sportfishing Association (ASA), 22 out of 30 tackle categories have observed spending increases in the past decade, with the highest increase at 45% in 2018. In addition, spending on hard-bait increased at 8.5%, while soft-bait witnessed a spending increase of 0.4% in 2018.

Rising prominence of various fly fishing spots in Asia Pacific is increasing the number of anglers in countries, such as Japan and Australia. Moreover, major cities such as Tokyo and Osaka have found space for urban fishing, which is a reminder of how influential the activity is. This scenario is projected to boost the sales of fishing accessories and equipment, including fish hunting equipment, in the forecast period.

In terms of product, fishing reels held a dominant share in the market in 2019. This product comprises three basic styles, such as casting reel, spinning reel, and fly fishing reel. Substantial contribution of women to the fishing industry is offering growth opportunity for the product segment. Offline distribution channel dominated the market for fish hunting equipment and held the largest share of 87.6% in 2019. Preference for offline shopping is increasing among anglers as it offers hands-on experience of the product.

North America dominated the fish hunting equipment market in 2019. The number of anglers in the U.S. outnumber the population of every U.S. state, which is a key factor driving the demand for fish hunting equipment in the region. Moreover, anglers spend more on fishing gear and trips as compared to their spending on Valentine’s Day, Easter, and Halloween, according to a report by the American Sportfishing Association.

Further Key findings from the study suggest:

  • By product, fishing reels led the market in 2019 and accounted for a share of more than 28.2%. Baits & lures are expected to expand at a CAGR of 4.7% from 2020 to 2027
  • Offline channel held the largest share in 2019 owing to increasing preference for offline shopping among anglers
  • Europe is expected to register a revenue-based CAGR of 4.6% from 2020 to 2027
  • Top players operating in the fish hunting equipment market include Van Staal, Globeride, Inc., Sensas, Maver UK Ltd., PRADCO Outdoor Brands, Inc., Eagle Claw, Costa Del Mar, Inc., Pure Fishing, Inc. and Newell Brands.