ICAST New Product Showcase
Eric Pickhartz

Best New Fishing Products Announced at ICAST 2022

The announcement of the category winners for the New Product Showcase at 2022 ICAST occurred early this morning, with several familiar names and a few emerging companies taking home recognition for their latest and greatest. Last year, a soft plastic swimbait from Berkley took home the ultimate prize by winning "Best of Show." The announcement of this year's winner will come on July 21.

The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) holds the ICAST industry trade show every summer, and the most important news that comes out of each year's event revolves around the announcement of the category winners of the New Product Showcase.

Fishing brands are welcome to enter their newest products into the Showcase, where credentialed buyers and media vote on them.

ICAST is the largest sportfishing trade show in the world, and 2022 is the 65th such event put on by the ASA.

"One of the most talked about and anticipated ICAST events is the New Product Showcase," said ASA Trade Show and Membership VP Blake Swango. "This year, more than 900 products are entered, all vying for one of 30 "Best of Category" awards and the coveted "Best of Show" recognition. The showcase generates year-long media content for all who enter."

Here are the winners of the "Best of Category" recognition, and you can keep an eye open for the "Best of Show" announcement here on WideOpenSpaces.com.

Best Rod and Reel Combo: Shimano Spheros SW Combo

Best Freshwater Reel: Shimano STELLA FK

Best Fly Fishing Rod: Bull Bay Banshee Fly

Best Fly Fishing Reel and Accessory: Hardy Fortuna Regent Fly Reel

Best Freshwater Rod: St, Croix Legend Tournament Bass Rod

Best Saltwater Rod: Ugly Stik Carbon Inshore Rod

Best Saltwater Reel: PENN Authority

Best Freshwater Soft Lure: Berkley PowerBait PowerStinger

Best Freshwater Hard Lure: Berkley Slobberknocker

Best Saltwater Soft Lure: Z-Man Kicker CrabZ

Best Saltwater Hard Lure: LIVETARGET Live Shrimp

Best Tackle Management: Plano EDGE Frog Box

Best Terminal Tackle: Z-Man DieZel Eye Jigheads

Best Custom Tackle and Components: Mud Hole RBS Pro G2 Power Wrapper

Best Ice Fishing: Garmin LiveScope Plus Ice Fishing Bundle LI

Best Fishing Line: SpiderWire DuraBraid Hi-Vis Yellow

Best Boating Accessory: Frabill Re-Charge Deluxe Aerator

Best Boat/Watercraft: BOTE Rackham Gatorshall + APEX Pedal Drive

Best Footwear: AFTCO Ankle Deck Boot

Best Eyewear: Bajio Roca

Best Lifestyle Apparel for Women: AFTCO Women's Reaper Softshell

Best Lifestyle Apparel for Men: AFTCO CocoBoardies Boardshorts

Best Technical Apparel - Warm Weather: Simms SolarFlex Guide Cooling Hoody

Best Technical Apparel - Cold Weather: AFTCO Barricade Rain Suit Acid Camo Colorway

Best Soft and Hard Cooler: PacBak P88-MK Combo

Best Electronics: Humminbird and Minn Kota MEGA Live Imaging TargetLock

Best Cutlery, Hand Pliers/Tools: BUBBA Saltwater Multi-Flex Fillet Knife

Best Fishing Accessory: Frabill WITNESS Weigh Net

Best Kid's Tackle: Simms Kid's Tributary Wader

Best Novelties and Wellness: Garmin Quatix 7 Smartwatch - Sapphire Edition

"One of the winners told me he spent 365 days on this," said ASA President Glenn Hughes. "Then, he told me that he is starting on next year's tomorrow. That's how much this means to some manufacturers."