The winners of the ICAST “Best in Show” awards have been released.
Each year at the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades (ICAST), the biggest buzz comes from the New Product Showcase.
That’s where the field of up-and-coming brands, well-established companies and everyone in between dukes it out for the attention and recognition of the entire industry.
In a special section of the trade show floor is 500,000 total square feet of space to show off the latest and greatest, and over 700 pieces of tackle and fishing accessories were rolled out for attendees.
The American Sportfishing Association puts on the show, and each year it has grown bigger than the last. Past winners include the LiveTarget Bait Ball, Costa’s Tuna Alley shades, and the Power-Pole Micro Anchor.
This year’s winners were announced at the Chairman’s Industry Awards Reception on Wednesday night, and the Predator XL from Johnson Outdoors Watercraft took home the Overall Best in Show Award.
253 companies entered gear in 24 “Best of Show” categories in the New Product Showcase, and here are your winners:
Best of Show – Freshwater Rod – Duckett Fishing
Product – Micro Magic Pro
Best of Show – Saltwater Rod – Shimano American Corporation
Product – Terez Stand Up
Best of Show – Fly Fishing Rod – G. Loomis, Inc.
Product PRO4x Short Stix
Best of Show – Freshwater Reel – Pure Fishing, Inc.
Product- Abu-Revo Beast
Best of Show – Saltwater Reel – Pure Fishing, Inc.
Product – PENN Battle II Spinning
Best of Show – Fly Fishing Reel – 3TAND, LLC
Product – TF-70 Sealed Fly Reel
Best of Show – Hard Lure – SPRO Corporation
Product – BBZ-1 Rat
Best of Show – Soft Lure – Okuma Fishing Tackle Corporation
Product – Savage Gear 3D PVC Crab
Best of Show – Lifestyle Apparel – Pelagic, Inc.
Product – 4TEK Fish Finder Boardshort
Best of Show – Technical Apparel – STORMR
Product – Fusion Bib
Best of Show – Boating Accessory – Johnson Outdoors
Product – Minn Kota Ulterra Trolling Motor
Best of Show – Boats – Johnson Outdoors Watercraft
Product – Predator XL
Best of Show – Combo – Lew’s Fishing Tackle
Product – American Hero Baitcast Combo
Best of Show – Electronics – Johnson Outdoors
Product – Humminbird ONIX 8SI
Best of Show – Eyewear – Costa
Product – Hamlin – 580P Mirror Lenses
Best of Show – Fishing Accessory – Lit-Industries, LLC
Product – Lit Coolers
Best of Show – FishSmart Tackle – Cuda Fishing Tools
Product – Cuda Grip & Scale
Best of Show – Fly Fishing Accessory – Plastica Panaro SRL
Product – M2300 – Fly Caddy
Best of Show – Giftware – Helter Skeletons, Ltd.
Product – Authentic Skeletal Articulation
Best of Show – Kids’ Tackle – ZEBCO Brands
Product – ZEBCO Splash Combos
Best of Show – Line – Pure Fishing, Inc
Product – Berkley IronSilk
Best of Show – Tackle Management – ENGEL U.S.A.
Product – UC30-RH
Best of Show Terminal Tackle – Eagle Claw Fishing Tackle
Product – TroKar TK619
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