Rods and Reels from ICAST 2015

by • July 25, 2015 • Product Reviews, Rods and Reels ReviewsComments (0)3508

Rods and reels are our bread and butter when it comes to fishing. We simply just gotta have ’em! Of course, that just adds to the eagerness that we angler’s already have when it comes to new fishing gear. ICAST certainly disappoint with the new rods and reels coming out this year.


Rods and Reels


St. Croix came out strong at ICAST 2015 with 2 new fishing models: Mojo Bass Fly and Avid Inshore.


The Mojo Bass Fly rod took home the hardware for “Best Fly Rod” at ICAST 2015, and earned a lot of attention. Deservedly so, as the Mojo Bass Fly is a great fly rod whether you’re a bug slinging pro or an entry level fly angler.

Mojo Bass Fly

  • 3 models: 7wt, 8wt, 9wt
  • SCII graphite 2-peice blanks
  • black cherry metallic in color
  • Kigan Master Hand 3D stripper guides
  • MSRP: $150

Avid Inshore

The Avid Inshore series rods have everything you’d expect to find from St. Croix rods; stylish looks, great action, and lots of backbone.

  • SCIII Graphite Blank
  • Kian Master Hand Zero Tangle Guides
  • 22 model series: Casting & Spinning
  • MSRP: $230-$290


Redbone has always offered high quality fishing rods with a great price. The new modulus inshore series offers ultra sensitivity and performance.

Inshore High Modulus Graphite

  • IM7 high modulus graphite blank
  • Fuji reel seats and guides
  • Cork Handles
  • Triangle hook keeper
  • Spinning & Casting models


Much like Redbone, Hurricane Tackle has always offered quality fishing rods geared toward performance, but without the hefty price tags with their Calico Jack series.



  • IM7 Graphite Blank
  • Fuji guides
  • Hook keeper
  • Genuine cork handle



The Clash from Penn Fishing took home the award for “Best saltwater reel” at ICAST 2015.

Penn Clash reel

Penn Clash reel

  • Full Metal Body
  • CNC Gear Technology
  • Leveline Oscillation System
  • HT-100™ carbon fiber drag washers
  • 8 Sealed stainless steel ball bearing
  • Instant Anti-Reverse bearing
  • Heavy-duty aluminum bail wire
  • Braid ready spool
  • MSRP: $179.95 – $259.95



Shimano is easily one of the most recognizable names in fishing reels. The new Stradic FK simply looks like a winner.

Stradic FK

Stradic FK

  • Hagane body & gear
  • Super Stopper II anti-reverse
  • 6 S A-RB bearings
  • CF Aluminum Cold Forge Spool
  • X-Ship gear durability
  • Propulsion Line Management System



Okuma Fishing has grown into one of the premiere fishing gear companies in the US with good reason; high quality reels to fit whatever fishing style you may have.

Okuma Inspira

Okuma Inspira

Delivering incredible new technologies in combination with Okuma mainstays of performance, including all-new Cyclonic Flow Rotor, Centrifugal Disc Bail and Torsion Control Armor, Inspira will energize freshwater and inshore saltwater fisheries across the globe.

  • Precision Elliptical Gearing
  • 8 Ball Bearings plus Roller Bearing
  • Forged Aluminum Handle
  • Braid-ready machined aluminum spool
  • Hydro-Block water-tight drag
  • Colors: black/blue or white/black
  • MSRP: $79.99 – $89.99


Calera “A” Series Low-Profile Baitcast Reel

Okuma Fishing Tackle prides itself on creating entry points where all anglers can access gear that inspires participation and enjoyment of the sport. The Calera low-profile baitcast reels have been upgraded with a new body style, a new cast control system, and updated cosmetics to create a fierce entry in the $79 price category.

  • A6061-T6 machined aluminum, anodized V-shaped spool
  • Seven bearing plus one roller bearing
  • multi-disc drag system
  • MSRP: $79.99


The SG (Small Game) is a top-notch lever drag reel that is small-but-powerful. Whether you’re near shore or offshore, the SG gives you the ability to catch everything from fluke and flounder to the most powerful Amberjack or Groupers.


Truth SG Reel

  • WEIGHT: 13.2 OZ
  • GEAR RATIO: 6:1
  • 38” PER CRANK
  • MAX DRAG: 28#
  • CAPACITY: MONO 20# 275 YDS
  • MSRP: $250.00





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