Hayabusa Fishing Hooks Co. announced today the hiring of FLW Tour angler Kurt Dove as its general manager.
According to a press release announcing the move, the position was developed to assist Hayabusa is building its very popular saltwater line, including the well-known SABIKI product, as well as develop a stronger presence in the freshwater hook market.
Hayabusa has been growing its brand presence in the U.S. market since 1991. Hayabusa bass hooks are now the top-selling bass fishing hook in Japan.
“I am very excited about this opportunity with Hayabusa U.S.A., Inc.," Dove said. "This company's commitment to become a stronger force in the U.S. market is powerful. I look forward to utilizing my industry knowledge and understanding to assist Hayabusa U.S.A., Inc. in achieving their company goals.”
Dove's connection to the company goes back several years.
“We are very excited about working with Kurt," said Yosuke "Manny" Toma, executive vice president of Hayabusa U.S.A., Inc., based in Ontario, Calif. "I have known him for 10 years since we fished together in the PAA Corporate Cup in 2008. He has much knowledge and experience regarding this industry. We also consider him as the most reliable and suitable person to achieve our goals. We would like to provide high-quality Hayabusa products with him.”