Skip to main content

ICAST “Best in Show” 2014 Winners Announced

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:


ICAST 2014 Overall Best of Show – Johnson Outdoors Watercraft
Product – Predator XL

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 – Footwear – Columbia Sportswear
Product – Megavent PFG

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

Check out more from ICAST in this video.

you might also like

ICAST “Best in Show” 2014 Winners Announced