ICAST 2012 Sneak Preview

An advance peek at hot new fishing gear available in coming months

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While most anglers look forward to Father’s Day or Christmas to sample new fishing toys, the tackle industry unlocks the new-product treasure chest for dealers and media in mid-July. That’s the month manufacturers come together for the premier U.S. tackle trade show — the ­International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades (ICAST). This year’s event occurs July 11 to 13 in Orlando, Florida. To give you an early look at some of the cool new stuff your favorite manufacturers plan to debut, we asked our sources to step forward with just a few details. Here are 14 soon-to-be-retailed tackle toys to look for in the coming months.
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Rapala
What's hot: Clackin' Magnum
The buzz: Troll this 6¼-inch rattling lure up to 15 mph; the lip pulls it to depths of 20 feet. At 2¼ ounces, it comes in 10 colors.
Available: Fall 2012
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Shimano
What's hot: Calcutta D
The buzz: New D series round bait-casting reels feature better free-spool and cranking power for heavy-duty inshore saltwater use. Coming in six models with left- or right-hand retrieve.
Available: July 2012
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Yo-Zuri
What's hot: Crystal 3-D Minnow Jointed
The buzz: Yo-Zuri is making two models of this Crystal 3-D lure: a ¾‑ounce floater and a 7/8‑ounce deep-diver. Both measure 5¼ inches and feature a jointed body that imparts darting action.
Available: December 2012
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Penn
What's hot: Regiment Inshore rods
The buzz: Penn debuts 11 spin and four bait-casting sticks in a range of actions. The rods feature Fuji K guides with Alconite inserts, Fuji reel seats and tacky-to-the-touch TAC cork grips.
Available: Fall 2012
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Plano
What's hot: Hydro-Flow Satchel
The buzz: New two-sided storage system features adjustable compartments and two removable utility boxes strapped together. Boxes feature small holes that allow ­circulation and an easy rinse.
**Available: **January 2013
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Abu-Garcia
What's hot: Revo INS spinning reels
The buzz: Revo spinners feature a NanoShield body that's much stronger than graphite yet lighter than aluminum. Available in two sizes, these cool-blue reels fish 10- and 14-pound braid.
Available: Fall 2012
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Fin-Nor
What's hot: Marquesa 40s and 50s
The buzz: These larger sizes of the popular conventional reel will come in single- and two-speed lever-drag models. Look for super-fast free-spool and 45-plus pounds of drag.
Available: Late-summer 2012
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Williamson
What's hot: Gomame Jig
The buzz: An S shape in the body creates wounded-baitfish action that attracts reef fish and pelagics. Foiled finish adds flash. Three sizes and seven colors cover most conditions.
Available: Fall 2012
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Calcutta
What's hot: Performance Wear
The buzz: Line includes shorts, polo shirts, rain gear and technical shirts (pictured). The stain-resistant tech shirt is made from antimicrobial crinkle dobby polyester with SPF 50.
Available: July 2012
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Berkley
What's hot: ProSpec fluorocarbon leader
The buzz: Berkley's newest 100 percent fluoro leader comes in clear but also in pink and tannic-brown tints that reduce sparkle underwater in different fishing conditions. Expect enhanced durability and crimp strength too.
Available: Fall 2012
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Columbia
What's hot: Airgill Chill Zero Long Sleeve
The buzz: Employing next-generation Omni-Freeze ZERO technology for sweat-activated cooling, the vented shirt dries quickly and offers UPF 50 sun protection. Comes in vivid blue or white.
Available: February 2013
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Quantum
What's hot: Redesigned Cabo PT
The buzz: Built for braided line, the new Cabos (40, 50, 60 and 80 sizes) feature a Magnum CSC ceramic/carbon-fiber drag system and oversize, optimized ­components for high loads.
Available: Late 2012
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Okuma
What's hot: Andros 5NII
The buzz: A narrow version of the popular Andros reel with 6.4- and 3.8‑to-1 gear ratios. Features a carbonite drag system with Cal's drag grease.
Available: N/A