Kicking off ICAST 2017 is the always-popular New Products Showcase event, where media members and other attendees vote on their favorite new products showcased at this year’s event.
Below are some of the highlights from some of the biggest names in the industry.
AFTCO Barracuda Geo Cool LS Performance Shirt
The Barracuda Geo Cool LS Performance fishing shirt features sun protection, the Geo Cool fabric that utilizes mineral-infused cooling technology. It also has mesh panels for extra breathability, flatlock seam construction, 50+ sun protection, and an AFGUARD stain release.
It’s available in Gray Heather, Sky and Vapor colors and will be released in Spring 2018.
Raymarine Axiom Pro 12 RVX MFD
The new Axiom Pro is the latest release from Raymarine in its multifunction displays. It features a RealVision 3D sonar system, a built-in 1kW chirp sonar with low, medium and high frequency bands and a Quad Core processor. It also is fitted with standard Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, RayNet and NMEA2000 networking. It comes in 9- and 16-inch versions.
Berkley Snap Jig
The Berkley Snap Jig is designed to make novice anglers good and good anglers great. Its versatile action jig head can be paired with your favorite soft plastics and fished vertically over structure or suspended in open water. It also can be cast or retrieved for side-to-side, backward, and forward dynamic darting action.
Bluefin USA Mens All Over Print Swimwear
The Bluefin USA Mens All Over Print Swimwear is available in multiple print choices of offshore fish in different colors.
Columbia PFG Dorado CVO Shoe
Columbia calls its PFG Dorado CVO Shoes the most-technical fishing footwear it has made. The shoes have a proprietary outsole design, quick-drying material, speed lacing and a plush insole for endless comfort. They also features a water- and stain-resistant technology and wet-grip technology with razor siping, making it good for on and off the water.
Columbia PFG Solar Shade Zero Woven Shirt
The Columbia PFG Solar Shade Zero Woven Shirt features the Omni-Shade Sun Deflector technology and the Omni-Freeze Zero sweat-activated cooling to keep anglers cool and protected for long days on the water. The Sun Deflector is applied to vulnerable zones on the shoulders, back and collar to deflect the hot rays of the sun and reduce heat absorption. Vents, zippered chest pockets and rod tab holders round out the features.
Costa Sunrise Silver Mirror Lens
The new Costa Sunrise Silver Mirror Lens sunglasses have optimal and balanced light technology, giving anglers a competitive advantage in the early and sunset hours of a fishing day. The silver mirror gives an additional layer of coated protection in hazy, indirect or low-light conditions.
Price: Starting at $189
Eagle Claw 2017 Flounder Sample Pack
The Eagle Claw 2017 Flounder Sample Pack promotes the safe catch and release of summer flounder.
Garmin Quatix 5 Sapphire Marine Smartwatch
With built-in Wifi and GPS and a wrist-based heart rate, the Garmin Quatix 5 Sapphire Marine Smartwatch features a lot of intriguing options for anglers. It connects to Garmin chartplotters and other devices to provide autopilot control, remote waypoint marking and data streaming to be informed on speed, depth, temperature and wind. It also has a QuickFt band system and preloaded activity profiles for all sports and outdoor adventures.
Batteries last up to two weeks in smartwatch mode, 24 hours in GPS mode and 60 hours in UltraTrac mode.
Garmin VIRB 360 Action Camera
The Garmin VIRB 360 Action Camera provides anglers a rugged, waterproof 360-degree camera with 5.7k/30fps resolution and 4K spherical stabilization. It can get up to 15-megapixel resolution and has four built-in microphones to capture all-around audio. The Buint-in sensors provide G-Metrix data and the camera can connect to a Garmin chartplotter to stream the video — where anglers can start and stop recording from the chartplotter or take photo screenshots, plus view battery life or change video settings.
Grundéns Deckhand Hoodie
The Grundéns Deckhand Hoodie has a quick-dry fabric, CoolCore chemical-free cooling yarn, four-way stretch and a drop hood.
Halco Max 110
The Halco Max 110 is the newest member of the Halco Max family. The 4 1/4-inch-long hard lure weighs just more than one ounce. The slender profile casts like a bullet into strong breezes and is heavy enough to run straight up to 7 feet below the surface during rough conditions.
The design allows for maximum hook exposure, a critical aspect of lure design. The effective operating envelope ranges from fast-spinning retrieve to 12 knots while trolling. It’s available in nine sleek colors.
Hobie H-Crate Jr.
The Hobie H-Crate Jr. compact storage crate allows you to carry extra cargo behind the seat of your fishing kayak or on the deck of a SUP. It attaches to the deck of a Hobie watercraft via four heavy-duty straps and keeps gear organized. Integrated rod holders with shock-cord retainers at each corner gives you room and storage for four rods. The grid wall has molded nut spaces for easy installation of additional rod holders. The rail-mounting system gives anglers a platform for any H-Rail accessory, such as rod holders, a tackle bin, cup holder or camera mount.
The crate also collapses flat for compact storage or travel. It’s 14 inches by 14 inches and weighs just more than 5 pounds.
Huk Attack Fishing Shoe
The Huk Attack fishing shoe provides all-day comfort and support and bullet-proof durability with its GripX Wet Traction non-marking outsole, upper-support cage and performance lacing.
Humminbird Solix 15 Chirp Mega SI GPS
The Humminbird Solix 15 Chirp Mega SI GPS touchscreen display takes fish-finding sonar to the megahertz range for clear underwater views. Chirp Digital Sonar shows improved fish detail and target separation, and the Cross Touch Interface allows anglers to operate the unit via touchscreen or keypad, while customizing the screen with up to four viewing panels.
Live Target Hollow Body Mullet Soft Lure
The Live Target Hollow Body Mullet soft lure has a realistic profile and life-like color patterns to go with its versatile swimming action. Walk the dog with ease or flip it across the surface for a bubble trail. The hollow-body, snag-proof design allows anglers to fish it through mangrove cover, floating grass or slop, or under docks. Its extra-strong forged hook gives it powerful penetration and durability.
Price: $13.49 to $14.59
Lowrance HDS Carbon 16
The new Lowrance HDS Carbon 16 is a 16-inch HD display combined with StructureScan 3D imaging technology and Dual-Channel Chirp Sonar. It also has the speed to simultaneously run chartplotter features such as Broadband Radar and Sirius XM chart overlay.
Ocean Kayak Malibu Pedal
Ocean Kayak’s new Malibu Pedal is an innovative recreational propeller-driven fishing kayak. It comes with a kid jump seat for family fun and has plenty of room for dogs who also enjoy fishing. The PDL drive system is capable of hitting 5.5 mph and also doubles as a splash-resistant storage with a 6-inch hatch.
The Malibu Pedal is 12 feet in length and 34.5 inches wide. The kayak weighs 100 pounds and can hold 450 pounds maximum.
Okuma Coronado CDX Reel
Okuma’s Coronado CDX reel has a bait-feeding system where anglers can disengage their spool and allow bait to run freely. The new reel also features the Cyclonic Flow Rotor Technology, heavy-duty brass DFD and a spool shaft stabilizer, corrosion-resistant stainless steel bearings and many additional features.
Price: $99.99 to $119.99
Okuma Savage Jerk Minnor Hard Lure
The new Savage Jerk Minnow hard lure from Okuma uses a long-cast weight-transfer system to help anglers cover a larger area of water and get the most from their retrieval. The mid-water twitching action will attract many fish, and the hard lure is available in six patterns.
Price: $8.99 to $9.99
Pelagic Exo-Tech Hooded Shirt
The Pelagic Exo-Tech Hooded Shirt is part sunshirt, part hoody and part face-shield. The long sleeves protect anglers from harmful UV rays and other features include a built-in mesh face shield, vented mesh hoody and secure front-zipper storage pocket.
Pelagic Fish Hook LTD Dorado Sunglasses
Pelagic’s new sunglasses, the Fish Hook LTD Dorado, features fishing-specific lens material to protect itself from salty and ever-changing conditions. Other features include zero-glare polarization, scratch protection and hydro and oleophobic coatings.
Pelagic Hydro-Lite Pro Boardshort
The Pelagic Hydro-Lite Pro Boardshort includes dual-front and single-back zipper pockets and a right-hip plier pocket. The shorts were constructed using ultra-lightweight, quick-drying stretch fabric and feature stain-release and hydro-repel coating.
PENN International VI 50 VISW Reel
After 15 years, PENN’s big-game reel gets a big makeover. The new International VI reel series features upgrades including a weight reduction on key sizes, a new silent anti-reverse technology and an adjustable and improved Dura-Drag system.
Pure Fishing Ugly Stick Scout Sunglasses
The new Ugly Stick Scout Sunglasses from Pure Fishing feature sturdy semi-rimless wrap frames, 1.1-millimeter polarized lenses for glare reduction, soft-grip temple pads and vented soft-grip nose pads. The sunglasses are available in black with gray lenses, black with copper lenses or camouflage with gray lenses.
Rapala XRap Magnum 40 Hard Lure
The Rapala XRap Magnum 40 hard lure can be trolled as fast as 13 knots for big game fish and features a textured, translucent, x-style plastic body and internal scale pattern. The massive lip helps the XRap Magnum 40 dive unassisted 40 feet below the surface. It’s 7 inches long and weighs nearly 3 1/2 ounces. It’s available in 20 big-water color patterns and comes with two steel hooks.
Shimano Sustain Reels C4000/5000
The Sustain Reels C4000/5000 are a new series of fishing reels from Shimano. Shimano Hagane gear technology and body design and six 2-to-1 gear ratios are just some of the features. It’s ideal for anglers targeting stripers, bonefish, redfish and small billfish or tuna. The 4000XG pulls in 39 inches, and the C5000 — the same body size as the C4000 — takes in 41 inches per crank.
Shimano Coltsniper Walk Topwater Hard Lure
Shimano’s new Coltsniper Walk topwater pencil baits offer easy walk-the-dog design and the 110F Hi-Pitch baits are made from glass-fiber material to create its rattling sound. The 110S silent baits have translucent bodies in clear waters.
The baits are 4.3 inches in length and feature three high-durability hooks. The 110F Hi-Pitch version comes in colors including purple chartreuse, bone white, pink silver, root beer, gold chartreuse, glow chartreuse, green chartreuse and red white. The 110S silent baits come in blue sardine, bone white, mint grunion, green mackerel, trans chartreuse, trans purple chartreuse, trans red white and white-and-silver shad.
Soft Science Fin Mesh Boot
The Soft Science Fin Mesh Boot has fast-drying features with drainage and a non-marking outsole to give anglers style and comfort for all-day fishing.
Strike Pro Hali Bandit Soft Lure
The Strike Pro Hali Bandit Soft Lure is a new soft-body swimbait for halibut and coalfish. The slim profile gives it an effective belly-flash swimming action and cuts through water easily. It sinks fast and can be used in heavy current or for trolling. The bait comes rigged with a “Paddle Tail” body and has a sharp and strong hook and extra eye for attaching a stinger rig.
Xtratuf South Shore Performance Sandals
The Xtratuf South Shore Performance Sandals feature non-marking, slip-resistant outsoles and molded foot cradles to hold your feet in the flip-flop while you fight the fish on the other end of the line. It’s a great alternative for anglers who prefer flip-flops to shoes when fishing all day.
YETI Hopper Flip 8/18
Adding to its Hopper Flip series, YETI introduced the Hopper Flip 8 and Hopper Flip 18. Over-insulated and engineered to be tough, these fishing accessories are made to survive in the most extreme conditions.
Price: $199.99 for the Hopper Flip 8, $299.99 for the Hopper Flip 18
YETI Rambler Jug and Mug
The YETI Rambler Jug comes in half-gallon and gallon sizes, and the Rambler 14-ounce mug is made of stainless steel for added durability to strap outside of your backpack and go. The mug features a full-loop TripleGrip Handle and will keep coffee hot or water cold for hours — and still has the No Sweat Design and double-wall vacuum insulation features.
The Rambler Jug is puncture- and rust-resistant and features the innovative MagCap harnesses to keep the cap secured on the lid while pouring or sipping. The extra-wide mouth opening makes the jug easy to load and clean.
Price: $99.99 for the YETI Rambler Jug half-gallon size, $149.99 for the YETI Rambler Jug full-gallon size, and $24.99 for the YETI Rambler 14-ounce mug
Zebco Star Wars Kylo Ren Rod
The Zebco Star Wars Kylo Ren rod is designed for kids ages 6 to 9 years old. The 4-foot rod is rightsized for kids and their coordination. And it is based off the popular new Star Wars character with its light-saber design.
The product also features a tangle-free tip and patented t-ring to create a hastle-free user experience. Other features include a safe-hook design and floatability. The rod launches with the upcoming Star Wars movie, which will be released December 8, 2017.
Zebco Star Wars R2D2/BB8 Bobbers
The Star Wars bobber mix pack allows fans to bring along their favorite droid characters, R2D2 and BB8, from the historic movie series. A scratch-proof coating prevents the imprinted graphics from wearing off.
Accurate Valiant BVL-600 and BVL-600W
The Accurate Valiant BVL-600 and BVL-600W light-line reel was specifically developed for anglers fishing for sailfish with 16- and 20-pound monofilament in tournaments, as well as anglers chasing fishing records around the world.
The light-weight design is coupled with Accurate’s TwinDrag feature and makes it the perfect reel for lengthy battles with tough game fish. The BV:-600 and BVL-600W have plenty of line for multiple hookups and carries 650 yards of 20-pound mono and 750 yards of 20-pound mono, respectively.
The reel takes up 61.58 inches of line per crank with its 7-to-1 gear ratio and weighs only 19 ounces.