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
- Product: Dryfender Insulated Raingear
Best of Show — Boating Accessory: JL Marine Systems, Inc.
- Product: Power-Pole Mirco Anchor
Best of Show — Boats: Johnson Outdoors Watercraft, Inc.
- Product: Predator 13
Best of Show — Combo: 13 Fishing
- Product: White Out
Best of Show — Electronics: Johnson Outdoors
- Product: Humminbird Bow Mount 360 Imaging
Best of Show — Eyewear: Costa
- Product: Tuna Alley
Best of Show — Fishing Accessory: American Tackle Company
- Product: Tidal Wave-Micro Wave System
Best of Show — Fishsmart Tackle: Foreverlast, Inc.
- Product: G2 Floating Wading Net
Best of Show — Fly Fishing Accessory: Columbia Sportswear
- Product: Henry's Fork V Vest
Best of Show — Fly Fishing Reel: Beam Outdoors
- Product: Elite 21 Reel
Best of Show — Fly Fishing Rod: G. Loomis, Inc.
- Product: PRO4x
Best of Show — Freshwater Reel: Shimano American Corporation
- Product: CHRONARCH C14+
Best of Show — Freshwater Rod: G. Loomis, Inc.
- Product: NRX Umbrella Rig
Best of Show — Giftware: Rapala
- Product: Original Floating Bottle Opener
Best of Show — Kids’ Tackle: Pure Fishing, Inc.
- Product: Shakespeare Ugly Stik GX2 Youth Combo
Best of Show — Line: PowerPro
- Product: PowerPro Zero-Impact
Best of Show — Hard Lure: Koppers Fishing & Tackle Corporation
- Product: LIVETARGET Baitball
Best of Show — Soft Lure: Lunkerhunt
- Product: Lunker Frog
Best of Show — Saltwater Reel: Shimano American Corporation
- Product: Stella SW 30000
Best of Show — Saltwater Rod: St. Croix Rods
- Product: Legend Xtreme Inshore
Best of Show — Tackle Management: Plano Molding Company
- Product: 3700 Guide Series Tackle Bag
Best of Show — Terminal Tackle: Mustad
- Product: Grip-Pin Swim
ICAST 2014 will be held at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla., July 15–18, 2014.