UK retailer nets top predator angler amid growth plans

Predator angler Ant Glascoe Jr has joined UK tackle dealer chain Fishing Republic following the acquisition of the firm by the JD Sports Group. 

Fishing Republic became part of JD Outdoors in December 2019, and the UK’s biggest retail group for outdoors is expanding its team in Greater Manchester by hiring fishing specialists in a bid to become market leaders in the sector.

An angler since the age of three, Ant brings a plethora of knowledge and experience to the firm, having been involved in the sport for over 30 years.

During his time as a professional angler, Ant has been a TV personality for the likes of Sky Sports, filmed in Canada with fishing legend Matt Hayes, and has made appearances on programmes such as BBC’s The One Show.

Ant has gained the respect and trust of the angling community on his travels around the world and has spent many years writing for specialist industry magazines, including Anglers Mail, Angling Times and various other angling publications from around the globe.

It’s this experience Ant intends to pass onto Fishing Republic customers by creating a variety of content that supports both their purchasing decisions and practising of the sport.

He said: “I am very excited to join the team; fishing is what I do, it’s my passion and that’s what I want to bring to Fishing Republic and its customers.

“I’ve received a warm welcome since I joined and I’m looking forward to supporting our wider efforts to become the UK’s biggest fishing retailer, through developing useful content to help inspire both beginner and seasoned anglers alike.” 

Fishing buyer for JD Outdoors, Richard Horton, added: “We are pleased that such a respected member of the angling community has come on board and place real value on the years of angling experience that Ant can bring to his role with Fishing Republic.

“We understand that to really engage with our target market we need the support of team members like Ant to create content that meets their needs throughout the buyer journey and product lifecycle. I would like to personally wish him luck in his new role and look forward to working with him throughout his Fishing Republic career.”