ICAST 2017 is now in the books and once again it proved to be an amazing show of what’s to come in the fishing industry. Here are the winners of each category for “Best Of” for ICAST 2017.
Sportfishing Industry Presents the ICAST 2017
New Product Showcase Awards
BOTE wins “Best of Show” during the world’s largest sportfishing trade show
Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL – July 13, 2017 – The world’s largest sportfishing trade show, the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, better known as ICAST, is now in full swing (July 11 – 14), at the Orange County Convention Center Orlando, Fla.
Produced by the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), the industry’s trade association, ICAST – in its 60th year as the industry’s trade show – is the annual destination for representatives from the global recreational fishing industry to see the latest innovations in tackle, gear, accessories and apparel.
This year is the second year that the National Marine Manufacturers Association is hosting a Marine Accessories Pavilion on the show floor. The American Fly Fishing Trade Association is, once again, co-locating its International Fly Tackle Dealer show with ICAST.
One of the most important features for ICAST exhibitors and attendees alike is the New Product Showcase. The New Product Showcase, sponsored by Fishing Tackle Retailer, embodies the sportfishing industry’s innovative and entrepreneurial spirit and rewards that ingenuity through the New Product Showcase awards competition.
This year, 1263 products, accessories and apparel were entered by 280 companies into 26 “Best of Category” awards in the New Product Showcase, all vying for the overall ICAST 2017 “Best of Show” award. This year, the Lure category was divided into hard and soft Freshwater and Saltwater lures.
Best of Show Awards
BOTE’s Rover was voted by buyers and media as the best product in both the Boat Accessories category and the overall “Best of Show.”
“My congratulations go to all of the winners and everyone who participated in the New Product Showcase. The entrepreneurial spirit that exists within our member companies is what adds excitement to the fishing experience,” said ASA President and CEO Mike Nussman. “I also thank Fishing Tackle Retailer for their sponsorship of this important event.”
“This year we are living up to our reputation as the world’s largest sportfishing trade show,” said Trade Show Director Blake Swango. “We are just shy of 15,000 registered show attendees.”
Swango also noted, “This year we saw a number of new products being entered into the New Product Showcase which will certainly have an impact on the 2017 and 2018 markets. I also want to congratulate our New Product Showcase award winners and thank all our member companies who submitted products for judging. You’re all winners to me!”
The ICAST 2017 “Best of Show” awards, sponsored by Costa, were presented on Wednesday, July 12, during the Chairman’s Industry Awards Reception at the Orange County Convention Center.
2017 ICAST New Product Showcase Award Winners
ICAST 2017 Overall Best of Show – Bote
Best of Category – Boating Accessories – Yeti Coolers
Product: LoadOut Bucket
Best of Category – Boats and Watercraft – Bote
Best of Category – Eyewear – Costa
Product: The Sunrise Mirror Lens
Best of Category – Footwear – Huk Performance Fishing
Best of Category – Giftware – The Catch and Release Print Shop
Product: Fish Prints – Actual Size
Best of Category – Lifestyle Apparel – Frogg Toggs
Product: Prym1 Series Pilot II Jacket & Bibs
Best of Category – Technical Apparel – Frogg Toggs
Product: Sierran Transition Wader
Best of Category – Electronics – Johnson Outdoors Marine Electronics, Inc.
Product: SOLIX 15 CHIRP MEGA SI GPS
Best of Category – Fishing Accessory – YETI Coolers
Product: Panga Duffel
Best of Category – Fly Fishing Accessory – Simms Fishing Products
Product: G3 Guide™ Stockingfoot Wader
Best of Category – Fishing Line – Pure Fishing Inc.
Product: Berkley Fireline Ultra 8
Best of Category – FishSmart – Eagle Claw Fishing Tackle
Product: 2017 Flounder Sample Pack
Best of Category – Kids’ Tackle – 13 Fishing
Product: Ambition Combo
Best of Category – Tackle Management – Daiwa Corporation
Product: Tactical Backpack
Best of Category – Terminal Tackle – Trapper Tackle
Product: Trapper Round Bend Treble
Best of Category – Freshwater Hard Lure – Okuma Fishing Tackle Corp.
Product: Savage Gear 3D Topwater Bat
Best of Category – Saltwater Hard Lure – Rapala
Product: X-Rap Magnum 40
Best of Category – Freshwater Soft Lure – Lunkerhunt LP
Product: Prop Series
Best of Category – Saltwater Soft Lure – LIVETARGET
Product: LIVETARGET Hollow Body Mullet
Best of Category – Fly Reel – Pure Fishing, Inc.
Product: Pflueger Supreme QRS Fly Reel
Best of Category – Freshwater Reel – Shimano American Corp.
Product: Curado K Baitcasting Reels
Best of Category – Saltwater Reel – Shimano American Corp.
Product: Sustain Reels C4000/5000
Best of Category – Rod & Reel Combo – Lew’s Fishing Tackle
Product: Mach Crush Speed Spool Combo
Best of Category – Fly Fishing Rod – G. Loomis, Inc.
Product: IMX-Pro Fly Rod
Best of Category – Freshwater Rod – 13 Fishing
Product: Fate Black
Best of Category – Saltwater Rod – St. Croix Rods
Product: Legend Tournament Inshore
First Runner-Up – Boating Accessories – Johnson Outdoors Marine Electronics, Inc.
Product: Talon Shallow Water Anchor – 15 ft
First Runner-Up – Boats and Watercraft – Live Watersports
Product: Live L4Expedition – Realtree Edition
First Runner-Up – Eyewear – Maui Jim Sunglasses
Product: Kanaio Coast Style #766
First Runner-Up – Footwear – Simms Fishing Products
Product: Challenger Mid Boat Shoe – Waterproof
First Runner-Up – Giftware – L’il Sucker Products, Inc.
First Runner-Up – Lifestyle Apparel – Simms Fishing Products
Product: SolarFlex® Armor Shirt
First Runner-Up – Technical Apparel – Simms Fishing Products
Product: Contender Insulated Jacket
First Runner-Up – Electronics – Lowrance-Navico
Product: Lowrance HDS Carbon 16
First Runner-Up – Fishing Accessory – Rapala
Product: Mag Spring Pliers
First Runner-Up – Fly Fishing Accessory – Phoenix Inventors, LLC
Product: The SimpliFLY
First Runner-Up – Fishing Line – Rapala
Product: Sufix 832 – Coastal Camo
First Runner-Up – FishSmart – Adventure Products, Inc.
Product: EGO Kryptek S2 Slider Landing Net – Medium Clear Rubber
First Runner-Up – Kids’ Tackle – Anything Possible
Product: Steinhauser Tangle-FREE Pocket Combo
First Runner-Up – Tackle Management – Plano Synergy
Product: KVD Signature Bag
First Runner-Up – Terminal Tackle – American Tackle Company
Product: JIGSKINZ “ProSkinz Color Series
First Runner-Up – Freshwater Hard Lure – Rapala
First Runner-Up – Saltwater Hard Lure – Yo-Zuri America, Inc.
Product: Hydro Minnow LC
First Runner-Up – Freshwater Soft Lure – LIVETARGET
Product: BaitBall Spinner Rig
First Runner-Up – Saltwater Soft Lure – Chasebaits Australia
Product: Smash Crab JNR
First Runner-Up – Fly Reel – Zebco Brands
Product: Van Staal VFHD 8-10-12 Wt
First Runner-Up – Freshwater Reel – 13 Fishing
Product: Concept Z
First Runner-Up – Saltwater Reel – Pure Fishing
Product: PENN International VI – 50VISW
First Runner-Up – Rod & Reel Combo – 13 Fishing
Product: Fate Black and Origin FB Reel
First Runner-Up – Fly Fishing Rod – St. Croix Rods
Product: Imperial USA
First Runner-Up – Freshwater Rod – G. Loomis, Inc.
Product: CONQUEST Bass Rods
First Runner-Up – Saltwater Rod – Lew’s Fishing Tackle
Product: Tournament Performance TP1 Inshore
ICAST 2018 will be held at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla.,
July 10 – 13, 2018.