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ICAST 2013 Product Awards

I just returned from a whirlwind couple days in Las Vegas, Nevada at this years ICAST show.  ICAST is an international gathering where manufacturers meet with wholesalers in what for many is a make or break couple days.  The event itself is massive and the displays are often times way over the top.  But the show’s size and luster only signify how big this thing really is.

My purpose at ICAST was to check out and video all these products that our FW followers will have the opportunity to use over the course of the next 6 months.  Some of the product will be available immediately, other items won’t ship until Spring of 2014.  It’s an exciting time as we get to see the product possibilities that we’re going to have in the sport all of us love.

The product awards at the show are voted on by the media and buyers in the industry.  The awards as you can imagine allow winners a huge spotlight and product momentum for the coming year.  Several of the products we investigated for our Salmon, Steelhead and Trout market won in their respective categories, but no one at the show dominated like Shimano and it’s companies.

Shimano won in apparel and the fresh and salt water reel categorys, while G. Loomis won with it’s new Pro4X fly rod.  Power Pro also won with an innovative knew Spectra and while lot’s of other companies won awards, nobody one as many as Shimano America Corporation.

Check out the full list of awards and be sure to look for the dozens of product features that will be coming your way here on FW over the next several months.

2013 ICAST New Product Showcase Award Winners

ICAST 2013 Overall Best of Show – JL Marine Systems, Inc. 
Product – Power-Pole Micro Anchor 

Best of Show – Apparel – Shimano American Corportion
Product – Dryfender Insulated Raingear

Best of Show – Boating Accessory – JL Marine Systems, Inc.
Product – Power-Pole Mirco Anchor

Best of Show – Boats – Johnson Outdoors Watercraft, Inc.
Product – Predator 13

Best of Show – Combo – 13 Fishing
Product – White Out

Best of Show – Electronics – Johnson Outdoors
Product – Humminbird Bow Mount 360 Imaging

Best of Show – Eyewear – Costa
Product – Tuna Alley

Best of Show – Fishing Accessory – American Tackle Company
Product – Tidal Wave-Micro Wave System

Best of Show – Fishsmart Tackle – Foreverlast, Inc.
Product – G2 Floating Wading Net

Best of Show – Fly Fishing Accessory – Columbia Sportswear
Product – Henry’s Fork V Vest

Best of Show – Fly Fishing Reel – Beam Outdoors
Product – Elite 21 Reel

Best of Show – Fly Fishing Rod – G. Loomis, Inc.
Product – PRO4x

Best of Show – Freshwater Reel – Shimano American Corporation
Product – CHRONARCH C14+

Best of Show – Freshwater Rod – G. Loomis, Inc.
Product – NRX Umbrella Rig

Best of Show – Giftware – Rapala
Product – Original Floating Bottle Opener

Best of Show – Kids’ Tackle – Pure Fishing, Inc. 
Product – Shakespeare Ugly Stik GX2 Youth Combo

Best of Show – Line – PowerPro
Product – PowerPro Zero-Impact 

Best of Show – Hard Lure – Koppers Fishing & Tackle Corporation
Product – LIVETARGET Baitball

Best of Show – Soft Lure – Lunkerhunt
Product – Lunker Frog 

Best of Show – Saltwater Reel – Shimano American Corporation
Product – Stella SW 30000

Best of Show – Saltwater Rod – St. Croix Rods
Product – Legend Xtreme Inshore

Best of Show – Tackle Management – Plano Molding Company 
Product – 3700 Guide Series Tackle Bag

Best of Show – Terminal Tackle – Mustad 
Product – Grip-Pin Swim

ICAST 2014 will be held at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla., July 15 – 18, 2014.

For complete ICAST information, visit ICASTfishing.org.