ICAST 2018 surely did not disappoint with all the new fishing rods being shown at this year’s show. Truth be told, we felt like a kid in a candy shop looking at all the new fishing rods this year. Here are a few that really caught our eye.ICAST is the best place to see all the new fishing gear that will soon be out for anglers. This year, the usual big names were in full force like Okuma, Shimano, and Penn, but also we saw some new faces like Halo which had some great looking new fishing rods.
Okuma Fishing unveiled 2 new inshore fishing rods to add to their already popular Shadow Stalker series of rods with the Epixor Inshore Series and the new Ricky Red Inshore series.
The Ricky Red Signature Series rods contain twelve models covering the most common techniques found in the area. There are eight spinning models including four 7-foot versions designed for precise and accurate casting with medium light, medium, medium heavy and heavy actions, as well as four 7-foot 6-inch versions designed for long casting to cover more water with medium light, medium, medium heavy, and heavy actions. There are four casting models in the lineup with three of those in the 6-foot 6-inch range with action ranging from medium light to medium heavy, as well as one 7-foot heavy model.
The components were hand chosen by Rick Murphy himself and feature Fuji aluminum oxide guide inserts for braided line use, premium Fuji reel seat for maximum reel support, durable swelled cork fore and rear grips for comfort and a stainless steel hook keeper on all models. Every aspect of the rod was thoroughly thought out. From the shorter butt sections designed to reduce tangles with loose fitting clothing on hot and windy days, to the extra length on the 7-foot 6-inch models to help in delivery of light jigs or shrimp to hungry bonefish, trout, redfish and snook.
Epixor Inshore Rod
The Epixor Inshore Rod features light weight and responsive 24-ton carbon rod blanks with Fuji aluminum oxide guide inserts with stainless steel frames. They feature durable and comfortable cork fore and rear grips on all models, and a stainless steel hook keeper on all rod models. The Epixor Inshore Rods come in 6 spinning models and retail for $69.99.
Shimano was business as usual this year at the ICAST show with new rods and gear that had anglers drooling. 2 new rod additions that we absolutely loved were the new GLF Inshore Rods and the new SLX rods.
GLF Inshore Rods
For easy access to truly great fishing, many say there’s nothing better than the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Anglers from the Florida Keys west to the Texas coast can now experience the Gulf waters with Shimano’s GLF inshore rods, a series of four casting and four spinning rods in the right actions and power to target speckled trout, redfish, flounder and other coastal Gulf species.
Keeping with its “Can’t Stop Fishing” idea in providing anglers with durable, lightweight, easy-to-use tackle, Shimano launches its new SLX rod series, a line-up including 9 casting and 7 spinning models in a versatile selection of lengths and actions. The rods offer tournament level performance to appease bass anglers of all abilities.
St Croix unveiled their latest in the Mojo series with their new Mojo Yak fishing rod. This rod feels just as good as it looks when you’re holding it. The grips not only feel great, but look great as well with their black and purple logo and look. We cannot wait to get our hands on this rod when it comes out.
We truly first learned about Halo Fishing a few weeks ago and made it a point to go meet these guys and check out their rods. In particular we were really interested in checking out their new Black Widow series of new fishing rods. The new Black Widow Bass Series is based on a quality performance Japanese graphite blank. The Black Widow is extremely lightweight and powerful with a unique taper for ultimate sensitivity and responsiveness.