ICAST Best of Show Awards Indicate What’s to Come in the Fishing Industry

ICAST Best of Show Awards Indicate What’s to Come in the Fishing Industry

ICAST Best of Show Awards Indicate What’s to Come in the Fishing Industry

ICAST, the world’s largest sportfishing trade show for members of the fishing industry only, featured the latest fishing innovations in their New Product Showcase.  

ICAST is produced by the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), a national, non-profit trade association. 13,346 attendees came from all 50 U.S. states and other countries to visit 633 exhibitors at Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center.
Now in its 66th year, ICAST is the face of the multi-billion-dollar recreational fishing industry. Nationally, recreational fishing has a $128 billion impact on the economy supporting 825,000 jobs. In Florida – The Nation’s Sportfishing Capitol – anglers and boaters have a $13.8 billion economic output supporting 119,678 jobs. At ICAST, there was considerable focus on the impact of female anglers to the marketplace.

The New Product Showcase featured products ranging from bass boats to personal watercraft, cutting-edge tackle and groundbreaking electronics, with awards for the best. Here are the winners.

Best of Show Overall
American Tackle Company Product: Tsuka 2 Compete Carbon Handle Best of Fishing Lifestyle  

Novelties and Wellness

Product: The GoMist Drink and Misting Bottle | ExtremeMist Personal Cooling Systems 

Motorized Boating Accessories
Product: PowerPole Move ZR | Power-Pole®

Non-Motorized Boating Accessory

Boats and Watercraft
Product: Old Town Sportsman BigWater ePDL + 132 | Johnson Outdoors Watercraft, Inc.

Product: Ankle Deck Boots – Black | AFTCO

Ice Fishing
Product: LiveScope™ Plus Ice Fishing Bundle LI with ECHOMAP™ UHD2 93sv | Garmin USA

Product: King Tide 8, Black 580G Blue Mirror | Costa Sunglasses

Lifestyle Apparel for Women
Women’s Coverup Dress | Huk Performance Fishing

Lifestyle Apparel for Men
Ocean Bound Hooded Performance Shirt | AFTCO

Warm Weather Technical Apparel for Women
Product: Mojeaux 1/4 Zip Performance Shirt | AFTCO

Warm Weather Technical Apparel for Men
Product: Channel Hooded Performance Shirt | AFTCO

Cold Weather Technical Apparel for Women
Product: Women’s Barricade Rain Suit | AFTCO

Cold Weather Technical Apparel for Men
Product: Gale Pullover | Blackfish Gear

Best of General Tackle 

Soft and Hard Coolers

Product: Flop Box 10 | Flop Industries

Product: Westin EscapeCam | Westin Fishing

Cutlery, Hand Plies or Tools
Product: BUBBA Pro Series Smart Fish Scale | BUBBA

Fishing Accessory
Product:  ENGEL USB Rechargeable Lithium-Ion XL Live Bait Aerator Pump | ENGEL Coolers

Kids’ Tackle
Product: ProFISHiency Next Gen Crazy Combo | Anything Possible Brands

Tackle Management
Product: Pontoon Boat Tackle Center | Boat Outfitters

Terminal Tackle
Product: VMC Swingin’ Ned Rig Jig | Rapala

Custom Tackle and Components
American Tackle Tsuka 2 Complete Carbon Handle | American Tackle Company

Fishing Line
Product: Mastiff Fluorocarbon | Shimano

Best of Fly Fishing

Fly Fishing Waders & Wading Boots

Product: G4Z Stockingfoot Wader | Simms Fishing Products

Fly Lines, Leaders, Tippet and Line Accessories
Product: BUZBE Colony 8T (THIN) | BUZBE

Fly Fishing Packs, Bags & Luggage
Product: Flyweight Vest Pack | Simms Fishing Products

Fly Fishing Technical Apparel and Accessories
Product: Master M6014 Edition | Renzetti, Inc.

Fly Fishing Reel
Product: Cheeky Spray Fly Reel | Cheeky Fishing

Fly Fishing Rod
Product: Hardy Marksman Z | Pure Fishing, Inc.

Best of Lures

Freshwater Soft Lure

Product: Berkley PowerBait Nessie | Pure Fishing, Inc.

Saltwater Soft Lure
Product: Mulletron LT (Line Through) Swimbait | Z-Man Fishing Products

Freshwater Hard Lure
Product: ChatterBait Elite EVO | Z-Man Fishing Products

Saltwater Hard Lure
Product: MIrrOlure The Duke Dog | L&S Bait Company
Best of Rods 

Freshwater Rod

Product: St. Croix Mojo Bass TRIGON | St. Croix Rods Saltwater Rod
Product: NRX+ Inshore | Shimano

Rod & Reel Combo
Product: Abu Garcia ZATA Baitcast Combo | Pure Fishing, Inc.

Best of Reels
Freshwater Reel

Product: Stradic FM | Shimano

Saltwater Reel
Product: Seapower 1200 | Daiwa Corporation