The International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, known as ICAST, was held July 15-18 at the Orange County Convention Center Orlando, Florida. More than 11,000 sportfishing industry members and 1,000 media outlets gathered to see the latest innovations in tackle, gear, accessories and apparel. The 500,000 gross-square-foot show floor was packed with manufacturers and companies from around the world.
An important and popular part of the event was the New Product Showcase. More than 700 tackle products and accessories were entered by 253 companies into 24 categories. The Showcase provides special visibility for the industry’s latest innovations in products.
Crappie fishermen have many new products being introduced during the next year. We will include many of these in CrappieNow beginning with Showcase Winners in this issue.
ICAST 2014 Overall Best of Show- Johnson Outdoors Watercraft- Predator XL
This is a kayak with a lot to offer with a strong tri-hull design, storage, mounts for pole holders and other accessories, paddle rests for quick placement, drain-away holes, and stand-up assist strap. It’s measurements are: 13-ft long; 36-inches wide; 92 pounds. $1299.
Technical Apparel- Stormr- Fusion Bib
STORMR’s Fusion Series is a game-changer. No other outerwear offers a DWR treated, windproof, waterproof, breathable shell combined with high-stretch neoprene panels for increased range of motion and superior comfort. Articulated knee with pad, zippered chest hand warmer, cargo pockets, D-ring for kill switch cord, and much more. $519 for combo.
Boating Accessory- Johnson Outdoors- Minn Kota Ulterra Trolling Motor
The Ulterra bow-mount trolling motor features fully automated stow and deploy along with power trim. The functions can be controlled wirelessly with the i-Pilot or i-Pilot Link. The motor does all the work. Great for any fisherman but especially for older or handicapped who might have trouble manually bringing a trolling motor up into the boat. $1989 to $2549.
Electronics- Johnson Outdoors- Humminbird Onix 8SI
The ONIX 8SI is an 8.4-inch HD XGA LCD Touch Display with built-in cartography, 8000W, GPS, Dual SD card slot; Cross Touch interface. The Cross Touch allows control with the touch screen or with the manual button on the side. $1999.
Footwear- Columbia- Megavent PFG
This is a quick-drying, lightweight and support shoe. They are well-ventilated to help your feet stay cool. They have a skid-resistant sole for safety on wet surfaces. $105.
Eyewear- Costa- Hamlin 580P Mirror Lens
These sunglasses are 40% lighter with 580P polycarbonate lenses, 100% polarization and UV protection, lightweight frames and manufacturer’s lifetime warranty. Great for fishing to protect your eyes and give higher contrast view on the water. $189.
Line- Pure Fishing, Inc- Berkley IronSilk
Made to stand up to wear and tear. 33% more abrasive resistant than ‘tough’ lines. 300-yard spool, $9.95.
Giftware- Helter Skeletons, Ltd- Authentic Skeletal Articulation
Tackle Management- Engel USA- UC30-RH
Fishing Accessory- Lit-Industries, LLC- Lit Coolers
Kids’ Tackle- Zebco Brands- Zebco Splash Combos
Freshwater Rod- Duckett Fishing- Micro Magic Pro
Saltwater Rod- Shimano American Corporation- Terez Stand Up
Fly Fishing Rod- G. Loomis Inc- PRO4x Short Stix
Freshwater Reel- Pure Fishing, Inc- Abu-Vio Beast
Saltwater Reel- Pure Fishing, Inc- Penn Battle II Spinning
Fly Fishing Reel- 3Tand, LLC- TF-70 Sealed Fly Reel
Hard Lure- SPRO Corporation- BBX-1 Rat
Soft Lure- Okuma Fishing Tackle Corporation- Savage Gear 3D PVC Crab
Lifestyle Apparel- Pelagic, Inc- 4TEK Fish Finder Boardshort
Combo- Lew’s Fishing Tackle- American Hero Bait Combo
FishSmart Tackle- Cuda Fishing Tools- Cuda Grip & Scale
Fly Fishing Accessory- Plastica Panaro SRL- M2300 Fly Caddy
Terminal Tackle- Eagle Claw Fishing Tackle- TroKar TK619