A TACKLE store in Yeovil has reopened following an extensive refurbishment.

Tackleuk, on Forest Hill, now boasts a fresh and modern design, featuring sleek displays, interactive elements and a fresh coat of paint.

The store, which faced fierce competition from online retailers, closed in July 2023.

The company's management hope that, by reopening the brick and mortar store, local anglers will benefit from a greater sense of community.

Rob Maskell, Tackleuk director, said: "We're thrilled to welcome back our loyal customers and newcomers alike to our newly revamped store.

 "We understand the convenience of online shopping, but nothing beats the experience of browsing through quality tackle in person and chatting with fellow anglers."

Rob also hopes that the store will help combat dwindling rod licence sales. 

He adds: "In recent years, the UK has witnessed a concerning trend: a notable decline in rod licence sales, raising alarms among conservationists, angling associations, and environmental advocates alike.

"This decline can be attributed to changing demographics, shifting leisure preferences, and economic pressures playing significant roles.

"While angling has long been a cherished pastime in the UK, capturing the hearts of generations, the dwindling sales of rod licences signal a potential threat to both the sport itself and the delicate ecosystems it intersects.

"The opening of this tackle shop should bring a glimmer of hope, empower the local angling community and bring newcomers to the sport.

"For many locals, the tackle shop's reopening signifies more than just a place to buy gear—it's a symbol of resilience and community spirit.

"By choosing to support this local business, anglers are not only investing in their own hobbies but also in the vibrancy and vitality of our town's retail landscape."

The shop is suitable for both seasoned anglers and novices.

Somerset County Gazette: The shop has reopened after closing in July 2023.The shop has reopened after closing in July 2023. (Image: Tackleuk)Somerset County Gazette: The shop can be found on Forest Hill.The shop can be found on Forest Hill. (Image: Tackleuk)The Tackleuk website reads: "Welcome to Tackleuk, the largest online fishing tackle shop in the UK and Europe.

"Tackleuk is fishing tackle’s no.1 fishing shop and we have 1000’s of items of fishing tackle that are monitored daily to ensure that we deliver you the best possible prices along with a top class service.

"We deal with all major fishing tackle manufactures including Daiwa, Preston Innovations, Fox, Drennan, Korda, Shimano and many more.

"We cover all disciplines of fishing including coarse fishing, carp fishing, sea fishing, fly fishing and pike fishing. We hope you enjoy using our online fishing store and happy shopping."

Somerset County Gazette: The shop faced competition from online stores.The shop faced competition from online stores. (Image: Tackleuk)