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July 11, 2013

Best of Show Products from ICAST 2013

The Power-Pole Micro Anchor was named overall “Best of Show” product at the sportfishing trade show.

Each July, the best new products and accessories are introduced at the world’s largest sportfishing trade show. Officially called the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades — but better known as ICAST — this years's event is being held July 9–12 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Probably the single most important feature for ICAST exhibitors and attendees is the New Product Showcase. The showcase highlights innovative sport fishing products, accessories and apparel via the "Best of Show" awards competition. Nearly 200 companies entered more than 700 items into this year's event.

This year, the JL Marine Systems' Power-Pole Micro Anchor was voted by buyers and media as the best product in both the Boating Accessory category and the overall “Best of Show.”

"The quality and ingenuity of the new products that are unveiled at the New Product Showcase continue to amaze me,” said Mike Nussman, American Sportfishing Association's president and CEO. “I congratulate all of the winners and everyone who participated in the New Product Showcase, from the companies who worked hard to develop these innovations to the buyers and media who served as judges. I also thank Fishing Tackle Retailer for their sponsorship of this important event.” 

The ICAST 2013 Best of Show awards were presented on Wednesday, July 10, during the Chairman’s Industry Awards Reception. National Baseball Hall of Fame member Johnny Bench presented the awards as this year's State of the Industry keynote speaker.

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 

  • ProductDryfender Insulated Raingear 

Best of Show — Boating Accessory: JL Marine Systems, Inc.

  • ProductPower-Pole Mirco Anchor

Best of Show — Boats: Johnson Outdoors Watercraft, Inc.

  • ProductPredator 13

Best of Show — Combo: 13 Fishing

  • ProductWhite Out

Best of Show — Electronics: Johnson Outdoors

  • ProductHumminbird Bow Mount 360 Imaging

Best of Show — Eyewear: Costa

  • ProductTuna Alley

Best of Show — Fishing Accessory: American Tackle Company

  • ProductTidal Wave-Micro Wave System

Best of Show — Fishsmart Tackle: Foreverlast, Inc.

  • ProductG2 Floating Wading Net

Best of Show — Fly Fishing Accessory: Columbia Sportswear

  • ProductHenry's Fork V Vest

Best of Show — Fly Fishing Reel: Beam Outdoors

  • ProductElite 21 Reel

Best of Show — Fly Fishing Rod: G. Loomis, Inc.

  • ProductPRO4x

Best of Show — Freshwater Reel: Shimano American Corporation

  • ProductCHRONARCH C14+ 

Best of Show — Freshwater Rod: G. Loomis, Inc.

  • ProductNRX Umbrella Rig

Best of Show — Giftware: Rapala

  • ProductOriginal Floating Bottle Opener

Best of Show — Kids’ Tackle: Pure Fishing, Inc. 

  • ProductShakespeare Ugly Stik GX2 Youth Combo

Best of Show — Line: PowerPro

  • ProductPowerPro Zero-Impact 

Best of Show — Hard Lure: Koppers Fishing & Tackle Corporation

  • ProductLIVETARGET Baitball

Best of Show — Soft Lure: Lunkerhunt

  • ProductLunker Frog 

Best of Show — Saltwater Reel: Shimano American Corporation

  • ProductStella SW 30000

Best of Show — Saltwater Rod: St. Croix Rods

  • ProductLegend Xtreme Inshore

Best of Show — Tackle Management: Plano Molding Company 

  • Product3700 Guide Series Tackle Bag

Best of Show — Terminal Tackle: Mustad 

  • ProductGrip-Pin Swim

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