New Fishing Rods from ICAST 2017

A quick look at some of the newest rods showcased at this year's ICAST show.

New spinning, conventional and fly fishing rods geared to saltwater anglers were introduced at the 2017 ICAST international tackle trade show in Orlando. (Keep in mind that not all tackle companies introduce new saltwater fishing rods each year.) Below, nine different options from top rod manufacturers. Some are available already; others will be available later this year or early next.

The ICAST Floor

ICAST 2017 fishing tackle trade show floor
ICAST 2017Sam Hudson / sportfishingmag.com

For four days each July, the Orange County Convention Center is packed with media members, exhibiters and fishing personalities. The U.S. trade show is the place to be to display the newest fishing tackle or to learn about it.

Fenwick Elite Tech Inshore

Fenwick Elite Tech saltwater inshore fishing rods new 2017 2018
Fenwick Elite Tech InshoreSam Hudson / sportfishingmag.com

Key Features

  • High modulus blank
  • Kigan tangle free stainless steel guides with Zirconium inserts
  • AAA Cork full grip handle with heavy duty TAC fighting butt
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty

MSRP: $149.95 - $199.95

Fenwick HMG

Fenwick HMG saltwater fishing rods new 2017 2018
Fenwick HMGSam Hudson / sportfishingmag.com

Key Features

  • Premium grade full cork grips
  • Sea-Guide soft touch reel seat with positive lock design provides a secure platform for all types of reels
  • Carbon Bound blanks are spiral wrapped with carbon thread
  • Fuji Guides with stainless steel deep pressed Alconite inserts
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty

MSRP: $99.95 - $119.95

G. Loomis Conquest

G. Loomis Conquest saltwater casting spinning fishing rods new 2017 2018
G. Loomis ConquestSam Hudson / sportfishingmag.com

Key Features

  • Eight casting rods with fast-action tapers, four fast-action spinning rods
  • Shimano Spiral X and Hi-Power X blank manufacturing
  • Spinning rods utilize Shimano's proprietary CI4 reel seats
  • Ten-percent lighter than G. Loomis NRX rods

MSRP: $650-$675

L.L.Bean Streamlight Ultra II Fly Rod

L.L.Bean Streamlight Ultra II saltwater fly fishing rods new 2017 2018
L.L.Bean Streamlight Ultra II Fly RodSam Hudson / sportfishingmag.com

Key Features

  • M3 resins combined with 30t carbon fiber allow lightweight and stronger blank
  • All models are 4-pieces
  • Flor grade cork handles, full wells for saltwater
  • Available 4 to 9 weights

MSRP: $149 - $199

Okuma Cortez Sabiki Rod

Okuma Cortez sabiki saltwater fishing rods new 2017 2018
Okuma CortezSam Hudson / sportfishingmag.com

Key Features

  • Spinning and casting models, both 7 feet, 3 inches
  • Rated 15- to 30-pound, medium-action
  • Two pieces

MSRP: $59.99

Okuma PCH Custom Series Rods

Okuma PCH Custom Series saltwater fishing rods new 2017 2018
Okuma PCH Custom Series RodsSam Hudson / sportfishingmag.com

Key Features

  • Unidirectional Fiber Reinforcement technology
  • Fuji K-guides with Alconite inserts on the Medium, Medium Heavy, and Heavy models
  • ALPS HXH guides with Zirconium inserts on the Extra Heavy models
  • All models feature ALPS CAH reel seats
  • The 7-foot and 7-foot 6-inch models feature tapered TPE fore and rear grips; 8-foot models feature tapered shrink tube

MSRP: $199.99

PENN International VI

PENN International VI saltwater fishing rods new 2017 2018
PENN International VISam Hudson / sportfishingmag.com

Key Features

  • Ideal pairing with the new PENN International VI reel
  • Lightweight fiberglass blanks with updated actions
  • Updated Fuji turbo guides and Aftco roller guides (pictured)
  • All rods have Aftco Wind-on Roller guides with exception of 20- to 30-pound rods (pictured)
  • Machined Stuart butts and real seats
  • Cosmetics that match both Gold and Silver reels
  • Made in USA with imported and domestic components
  • 13 models – 5 bent butts and 8 stand up straight butts

MSRP: $279.95 - $799.95

Shimano OCEA Plugger

Shimano OCEA Plugger saltwater fishing rods new 2017 2018
Shimano OCEA PluggerSam Hudson / sportfishingmag.com

Key Features

  • Offered in three lengths and strengths - 8'2" medium heavy power, and 8'3" and 8'8" heavy power models
  • Incorporate Shimano's Spiral X and Hi-Power X blank construction technology
  • Use with Shimano's Orca pencil baits and poppers to pelagics
  • All two-piece models, the rods feature Fuji tangle free SiC K guides

MSRP: $599.99

Wright & McGill Flat Blue Saltwater Inshore

Wright & McGill Flat Blue Saltwater inshore fishing rods new 2017 2018
Wright & McGill Flat Blue Saltwater InshoreSam Hudson / sportfishingmag.com

Key Features

  • Patented double trigger reel seat
  • S-Curve technology for a sensitive build
  • Oversized fighting butt
  • New cork handles
  • Also available in a Flats Pink color

Price: $99.99 (from Tackle Direct)