Below are the category winners from the New Product Showcase at this year’s ICAST event in Orlando, Florida. Check them out and then take a look at all of Sport Fishing‘s photos and videos from this year’s ICAST show.
13 Fishing Ambition Combo (Kids’ Tackle)
The winner of the Kids’ Tackle category, the new Ambition Combo rod from 13 Fishing has features found on many full-sized rods.
Berkley Fireline Ultra 8 (Fishing Line)
The winner of the Fishing Line category, the Berkley Fireline Ultra 8 is thermally fused line with four times more abrasion resistance than the origina Fireline from Berkley. Pound tests range from 4 pounds to 30.
Bote Rover (Best in Show and Boats and Watercrafts)
The Bote Rover was the Boats and Watercrafts category winner and the Best in Show winner at the event. It blurs the lines between paddleboard and skiff. At 14 feet long, it has a removable motor-rack system that transforms it from stand-up paddleboard to motorized personal skiff boat. And with no bolts or tools needed.
Costa Sunrise Silver Mirror Lens (Eyewear)
Costa’s new Sunrise Silver Mirror Lens sunglasses won the Eyewear category. They 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
Daiwa Tactical Backpack (Tackle Management)
Daiwa’s Tactical Backpack, the Tackle Management category winner, is a versatile travel option for anglers on the go. It is centered on a three-box stack system accessible from the side. A non-collapsible frame, double-reinforced stitching and corrosion-resistant zippers make this backpack stingy against all conditions.
Eagle Claw 2017 Flounder Sample Pack (Fish Smart)
The Eagle Claw 2017 Flounder Sample Pack was the Fish Smart category winner. It promotes increased conservation efforts for summer flounder and catch-and-release practices.
Frogg Toggs Prym1 Series Pilot II Jacket and Bibs (Lifestyle Apparel)
The new Frogg Toggs Prym1 Series Pilot II Jacket and Bibs follows up the Pilot II release with the Prym1 style, a camo pattern coming in shoreline blue, silver mist and blackout options. Sizes range from small to XXXL.
Price: $189.99 for jacket, $169.99 for bib
Frogg Toggs Sierran Transition Wader (Technical Apparel)
The winning entry in the Technical Apparel category, the Frogg Toggs Sierran Transition Wader has a zippered flip-out chest pocket and oversized multi-function pocket with a zip/fly tray with pile backing for fly and tool storage. Adjustable x-back suspenders have locking buckles and D rings. An external fly storage area for gear is another feature. Color options are slate and gray and sizes range from small to XXL.
Huk Attack Fishing Shoe (Footwear)
The Huk Attack fishing shoe, the winner of the Footwear category, 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 (Electronic Product)
Winner of the Electronic Product category, the Humminbird Solix 15 Chirp Mega SI GPS 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.
Lew’s Mach Crush Speed Spool Combo (Rod and Reel Combo)
Lew’s Mach Crush Speed Spool Combo, the winner of the Rod and Reel Combo division, has a 32mm aluminum spool, 10-bearing system and dual-braking magnetic and centrifugal cast control. A graphite frame and sidecovers is another feature. The Mach Crush has a 20-pound carbon-fiber drag system with orange highlights going with a black style. It’s made for right- and left-handed anglers.
LiveTarget Hollow Body Mullet Soft Lure (Saltwater Soft Lure)
The LiveTarget Hollow Body Mullet soft lure, the winner of the Saltwater Soft Lure category, 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
Pure Fishing Pflueger Supreme QRS Fly Reel (Fly Fishing Reel)
The top Fly Fishing Reel at this year’s ICAST was the Pure Fishing Pflueger Supreme QRS Fly Reel. It offers an interchangeable large arbor cassette spool with a unique identification system. The polycarbonate cassettes are secured in the spool carrier by an advanced locking system enclosed with stainless steel and alloy construction. Each reel comes with two large and two medium-sized cassette cartridges to allow up to four different line weights.
Rapala X-Rap Magnum 40 Hard Lure (Saltwater Hard Lure)
The Rapala X-Rap Magnum 40 was the winner of the Saltwater Hard Lure division. It 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 (Saltwater Reel)
The Sustain Reels C4000/5000 are a new series of fishing reels from Shimano — and was the Saltwater Reel category winner. 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.
Simms G3 Guide Stockingfoot Wader (Fly Fishing Accessory)
The winning item of the Fy Fishing Accessory category, the Simms G3 Guide Stockingfoot Wader features an all-new four-layer Gore-Tex pro-shell fabric in the legs and three layers up top. The wader is the most breathable line of waders Simms has built yet doesn’t sacrifice durability. It comes with a chest pocket, hand-warmer pockets, integrated utility tabs and front and back leg seams.
St. Croix Imperial USA (Fly Rod)
The winner of the Fly Rod category, the St. Croix Imperial USA is available in 24 single-hand and four-switch models. An uplocking-machined aluminum reel seat is set within a cork handle, among other features.
St. Croix Legend Tournament (Saltwater Rod)
Doubling up with another category win, this one the Saltwater Rod division, the St. Croix Legend Tournament is great for serious tournament anglers or hardcore weekend enthusiasts. It comes in 10 models, seven spinning and three casting, with a TVS (spinning) or PTS (casting) reel seat and Kigan titanium hook-keeper. It’s made of SCIV graphite material.
Trapper Tackle Trapper Round Bend Treble (Terminal Tackle)
The Trapper Tackle Trapper Round Bend Treble hook, which won the Terminal Tackle category, will penetrate quick and lock in tight with the Trapper design and piercing point. It’s the replacement for standard treble hooks.
Price: $6.99-$8.99 per pack
YETI LoadOut Bucket (Boating Accessory)
The new LoadOut Bucket from YETI won the Boating Accessory category for its all-purpose style, no matter if you’re cleaning or whatever else you’re doing.
YETI Panga Duffel Bag (Fishing Accessory)
YETI’s new Panga Duffel Bag was the winner of the Fishing Accessory category. The non-insulated gear is designed for long fishing trips, back-country adventures, fly-fishing excursions or hunts into the wild. The air-tight closure makes the bag waterproof and keeps moistrure, and many other outdoor intruders, out. The tough exterior fabric makes it durable to last many trips and the straps make it easy to haul or drag on the dock — or even chuck on or off your boat.
It’s available in three sizes — 50, 75 and 100.
Price: $299.99 for the 50, $349.99 for the 75, and $399.99 for the 100