See which new products won the prestigious Best of Show awards at the world's largest sportfishing trade show.
July 14, 2016
Best Saltwater Reel
Penn Slammer III
The Penn Slammer II has a full metal body, side plate and rotor, plus the new IPX6 Sealed System to keep water out of its gear box and drag system. Max drag is between 30 and 60 pounds.
MSRP: $249.95-349.95Devin Golden
Best Soft Lure
Squidnation, Long Tail Flippy Floppy
The innovative Long Tail Flippy Floppy from Squidnation teases marlin, sailfish, tuna, wahoo and mahi mahi. It depicts a fish attacking a small school of bait and causing the baitfish to shower away in a desperate move to escape. This action intends to trigger an aggressive response from pelagic fish.
MSRP: $99.99Devin Golden
Best Terminal Tackle
Trapper Tackle, Dropshot/Live Bait/Finesse Hook
Trapper Tackle’s Dropshot/Live Bait/Finesse Hook won the Best Terminal Tackle award with its right-angle box, restricting the fishing hook’s ability to rotate out and difficult for fish to overcome. The box also improves bait retention to allow more casting.
MSRP: $3.14/6 pack, $12.72/25 packDevin Golden
Old Town Predator
The Old Town Predator fishing kayak won the Best Boat award by continuing Old Town’s lineup of high-performance fishing kayaks.
MSRP: n/aDevin Golden
Shimano Flats Wading Boots
Shimano’s Flats Wading Boots are a combination of expertise in cycling shoes with decades of fishing knowledge. Shimano expanded its footwear lineup with this Best Footwear winner, which features Vulcanized rubber and 5-millimeter neoprene. Each boot features a corrosion-resistant nylon front zipper with a wide opening for easily putting-on and taking-off.
MSRP: $79.99Devin Golden
Best Electronic Product
Humminbird HELIX 10 SI
The Humminbird HELIX 10 SI includes full networking options for Minn Kota’s i-Pilot Link, radar, NMEA 2000 and AIS. Auto Chart Live to make detailed digital maps live on the screen comes standard.
MSRP: $1,499Devin Golden
Best Fishing Accessory
Yeti Hopper Flip 12
The Yeti Hopper Flip 12 has a wide-mouth opening and leakproof zipper made for easy loading and access to your food and drinks throughout the fishing experience. Plus, it is compact and provides portability, never holding you back from getting the most of your fishing or kayaking time.
MSRP: $279.99Devin Golden
Best Fishing Line
G Pucci & Sons Inc. P-Line Tactical Fluorocarbon
The G Pucci & Sons Inc. P-Line Tactical Fluorocarbon fishing line ushers in new advancements for casting, invisibility, softness and the pinnacle of sensitivity combined with strength and durability.
MSRP: $19.99-29.99Devin Golden
Costa Sunglasses Rafael
Costa’s Rafael Sunglasses combine efficiency and style, with the venting system and Hydrolite temple tips and nose pads. The weight is reduced and the frame holds shape in extreme temperatures. As for the fashion side, frame colors include Bkackout, Matte Retro Tortoise, Matte Olive Teak and Matte Black Teak. It is offered in multiple color-enhancing polarized 580 lenses.
MSRP: $249Devin Golden
Best Fly Fishing Accessory
Boomerang Tool Company, Retractable Fly Box
The Retractable Fly Box from Boomerang Tool Company is a double-sided box that holds 170 flies and is waterproof, perfect for fly-fishing enthusiasts.
MSRP: $24.95Devin Golden
Best Saltwater Rod
Lew’s Mach Speed Stick Inshore
Lew’s Mach Speed Stick inshore saltwater fishing rod has exclusive Carbon Nano Tube construction that gives an additional layer of structural support.
MSRP: $79.99Devin Golden
Best FishSmart Product
Adventure Products Inc., Kryptek S1 Genesis Medium Clear Landing Net
The new Kryptek S1 Genesis Medium Clear Landing Net won Best FishSmart Product for its lightweight clear rubber mesh, detachable handle and the ability to float.
MSRP: $69.99Devin Golden
Best Rod and Reel Combo
Lew’s Mach II Speed Spool Combo
Lew’s took back-to-back awards with the Best Rod and Reel Combo, given to its Mach II Speed Spool rod-and-reel combo. The reel features a new Super-Low-Profile design with matching graphite frame and sideplates. The 10-bearing reel has a machined double-anodized aluminum spool, externally adjustable Magnetic Cast Control and 95-millimeter power handle.
MSRP: $179.99Devin Golden
Best Fly Rods
St. Croix Rod Sole
St. Croix Rod Sole won Best Fly Fishing Rod with its cutting-edge path to one-piece performance. All nine Sole models are 9 feet long and include two 28-inch tip sections.
MSRP: $340-360Devin Golden
Best Tackle Management
Cobra Garage Door Storage Rack
The Cobra Garage Door Storage Rack utilizes your garage door to store your rods and equipment, keeping them from being stacked in a corner and occupying precious space and risking damage.
MSRP: $35Devin Golden
Weego Jump Starter 44
The Weego Jump Starter 44 took the Best Giftware award with its innovative product, which eliminates the need for jumper cables, bulky jumper packs or calling for a tow. The Weego Jump Starter 44 can — living by its name — jump start any vehicle with a gas engine up to 6.4 liters and a diesel up to 3.2 liters. It also charges phones and other USB devices and lights the way with a 500-lumen flashlight.
MSRP: $149.99Devin Golden
Best Technical Apparel
Plano Synergy Frabill I-Float Suit
The newest addition to Plano Synergy’s I-Series apparel is the Frabill I-Float Suit, a flotation-assisting ice fishing jacket recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard as a USCG Certified Personal Flotation Device. The suit includes mesh self-drainage openings and ice picks with holsters to assist in emergency water evacuation.
MSRP: $299.99Devin Golden