I just returned from a very successful and informative ASA ICAST Show in Orlando Florida where fishing companies presented their new products for 2018 to the media and industry representatives/buyers. It was bigger than any before it and my feet took a pounding for three days trying to meet with the companies attending.
I was pleasantly surprised to see a substantial increase in the number of companies that were producing or about to produce products for all crappie fishermen, women and children. Although I did not get to meet all, I did get to see some cool crappie gear.
Bobby Garland has a new bait, the Pile Diver, that is going to be a big hit for jigging, pulling and pushing. There are six new colors in several of the existent bait styles that are “gotta-haves.”
Jenko Fishing, a new-comer to Crappie Fishing, has a complete line-up of plastics, jigs, crankbaits, nets, etc. that all crappie fishermen should examine.
Garmin has improved mapping and will announce in the coming months new items for 2018. The show stopper with Garmin is the new 360 camera.
Engel has improved its bait coolers with a lift out net system, improved bubbler box entry and adding a 12V hookup so you won’t use up all those batteries. I’ve gone through tons of batteries.
Two items by PowerPole are really awesome. A new battery management system and a WiFi accessory control pad called Vision. These two systems are a must on any boat old or new.
Cuda Brand has several new tools that are focused on the crappie market that all of us should own. See my video on these.
Although I’m just mentioning a few items, the show had plenty for the crappie fisherman. Be sure to support companies who support you and the sport.
Good fishin’ all!
Dan Dannenmueller, Publisher