FOREIGNERS GET HOOKED ON US FISHING EQUIPMENT

FOREIGNERS GET HOOKED ON US FISHING EQUIPMENT

U.S. fishing equipment is hauling in more than fish these days.

Exports of U.S.-made fishing equipment rose 28 percent in the first 11 months of 1987, according to the latest figures available in this category at the U.S. Commerce Department.Total fishing equipment exports from January to November 1987 hit $26 million, up from $19.6 million over the same period a year earlier. Total 1986 exports of U.S.-made fishing equipment were $20.4 million.

Fishing equipment used for commercial and recreational purposes includes fishhooks, rods, reels, tackle and other parts.

Japan, the second-largest trading partner of the United States, topped the list with imports of $6.54 million, up 35 percent from the same period in 1986. Canada followed with $5.22 million, an increase of 9 percent, and Mexico with $1.626 million, up 15 percent.

The foreign markets that have shown tremendous growth in 1987 have been Japan, Sweden and Italy, said Patrick Hughes, an officer at the Consumer Goods division of the Commerce Department.

U.S. exports of fishing equipment to Sweden and Italy more than doubled during the first 11 months of 1987 to a total of $1.7 million.

Taiwan, the sixth-largest trading partner of the United States, imported less U.S.-made fishing equipment during the same period, down 12 percent to $754,000.