Opening Cast

Tim HuffmanOur magazine has been mentioning the ICAST show for several issues and we’ll continue to cover fishing items we found during the show along with other interesting products. So exactly what is ICAST? It’s the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades. It’s the world’s largest sport fishing trade show that includes a showcase for the latest innovations in fishing gear, accessories and apparel. ICAST is the cornerstone of the sport fishing industry, helping to drive recreational fishing product sales year round. Wholesalers attend to show to place orders so they will have new items on the shelves and in catalogs by next spring. Media attends the show to find new products and visit with product experts.

Baits are always a part of the show with new designs and colors leading the way. I’m sure you can make room for the hottest new colors and a few bodies that the crappie haven’t seen. It’s always fun to have something that catches fish and be the first in your group of buddies to have the new bait.

On the opposite end of the scale are the high dollar items that can be on your want list, or must-have, or must-have after saving money. The question is: will it help you catch fish or enjoy your trip at a level that will justify the cost? If the answer is yes, figure out how to get it. Remember, your Christmas list might be a good back-up plan if you can’t get it now. And yes, if it is time for a trolling motor upgrade the Minn Kota Ulterra should get a good look because if it lives up to its hype and potential, it will be awesome.

The summer has been brutally hot across most of the country but we can now enjoy fall for the next few months. I hope the remainder of your year is filled with good hunting and fishing.

Good fishin’ & God Bless,