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November 26, 2007

2008 Fishing-Gear Premiere

A roundup of cutting-edge tackle and accessories

On the verge of another new year, the editors of Sport Fishing celebrate the latest tackle innovations introduced at the 2007 International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades - ICAST. Most of the gear we checked out at this past summer's event in Las Vegas will be on store shelves by January 1.

We noted both old and new trends:
? Tackle manufacturers continue to support the vertical-jigging craze with dedicated new rods, reels and lures.
? At least one company - Shakespeare - has become more serious about building tackle for women.
? Reels keep getting smaller and tougher for handling braided line and big fish. More rod companies incorporate these techniques into their designs.
? Kayak fishing keeps growing as a subsport of saltwater angling.
? The number of sunglass manufacturers competing for the fishing market continues to expand, thus offering better total protection for our eyes.

Here's a glimpse at some of the brand-new-for-2008 products we saw at ICAST: