New Hard-Plastic Fishing Lures at the ICAST International Tackle Show

Stickbaits, topwaters and twitchers stood out among new and coming intros in fishing-lure exhibitors’ booths at the 2018 ICAST international tackle trade show in July.

Some exciting new designs were in evidence in the booths of lure manufacturers at the 2018 ICAST tackle trade show. I noticed more stickbaits than ever, reaffirming a growing interest in this category of saltwater hard lure. Smaller lures included quite a few new twitchbait designs. Another notable trend, as this gallery shows, is the increasing use of inline single hooks in place of trebles. Many anglers who favor this approach say hooked fish stay hooked, and fish are far easier to unhook so better for them and anglers. Prices are rounded to the nearest dollar.

13 Fishing Dual Pitch topwater pencil lure

  • Dual sound chambers are built into a weight-transfer system for longer casts. Mustad KVD TripleGrip trebles are standard.
  • 12 color patterns
13 Fishing Dual Pitch topwater
13 Fishing Dual Pitch topwater
$10 for 94mm; $12 for 108mm (MSRP)
Availability unknown
Doug Olander / Sport Fishing

Bomber AW Jointed Wake Minnow

  • Bomber's Wake Minnow long popular with anglers, fresh and salt; this smaller lure measures 4 ½ inches. Designed to create distinct V-wake; includes internal rattle, and comes with #4 black nickel hooks.
  • 10 color patterns
Bomber AW Jointed Wake Minnow
Bomber AW Jointed Wake Minnow
$9 MSRP
Available now
Courtesy Bomber
Wake Minnow
The new Wake Minnow is available in 10 color patterns.Doug Olander / Sport Fishing

Cotton Cordell Pencil Popper

  • Another lure caught in the downsizing trend, this new version of the familiar Pencil Popper is 4 ½ inches, intended for a wide variety of inshore fishing. It offers a weighted tail for distance and sits in the water nearly vertically.
  • 12 color patterns
Cotton Cordell Pencil Popper
Cotton Cordell Pencil Popper
$8 MSRP
Available now
Courtesy Cotton Cordell
Pencil Popper
The new Pencil Popper is available in 12 color patterns.Doug Olander / Sport Fishing

Fathom Offshore Jet Head Trolling Lure

  • This heavy metal-head jet lure is designed for trolling at high speed for wahoo, particularly. It channels water through four openings inside its cupped head to attract additional attention.
  • Nine colors (all with Mylar)
Fathom Offshore Jet Head trolling lure
Fathom Offshore Jet Head trolling lure
$70 MSRP
Available August 2018
Doug Olander / Sport Fishing
Fathom Offshore Jet Head trolling lure
Four holes in the back of the cupped metal head throw additional water.Doug Olander / Sport Fishing

Fish Tornado Stickbait

  • Fish Tornado is a new line in the umbrella of Japan's Sea Falcon lures. The Fish Tornado lures are designed by famed Japanese big-fish hunter Kozo Okubo.
  • Available in 200- and 240-mm sizes.
Fish Tornado Stickbait
Fish Tornado Stickbait
$104 MSRP
Availability unknown
Doug Olander / Sport Fishing

Halco Max 220 Trolling Lure

  • A classic design in a larger package, the new Max 220 (its length in millimeters; a bit over 8 ½ inches) is designed to troll at up to 20 knots. It's built for wahoo and tuna strikes, with reinforced side walls, Halco's 7XX split rings and Mustad 9/0 inline single hooks.
  • 14 color patterns
Halco Max 200 trolling lure
Halco Max 200 trolling lure
$32 MSRP
Available late summer or fall 2018
Doug Olander / Sport Fishing

Halco Slidog Stickbait

  • Halco's entry into the stickbait market is this 150-mm (nearly 6-inch), weighing about 3 ounces for long casts. Like the larger Max 220, the sinking Slidog features reinforced side walls, 7XX split rings and Mustad 7/0 inline single hooks.
  • 9 color patterns
Halco Slidog 150 stickbait
Halco Slidog 150 stickbait $20 MSRP
Available late summer or fall 2018
Doug Olander / Sport Fishing

MirrOlure Skin Series Suspending Twitchbait

  • These new suspending lures are offered in three finishes, designed to perfectly mimic the look of three particularly important forage fishes — pilchard, pinfish and shad.
  • Three color patterns
MirrOlure Skin Series suspending twitchbait
MirrOlure Skin Series suspending twitchbait
$9 for 2 5/8-inch size; $9.50 for 3 1/8-inch size
Available Sept. 1, 2018
Courtesy MirrOlure

Nomad Design Tackle Dartwing Topwater

  • From Australia comes a surface lure like no other — the Dartwing which Nomad lure designer Damon Olsen calls "the ultimate surface skipping popper." Its winged head give it a unique action; its weighted belly helps during retrieve and in allowing long-distance casts. The Dartwing measures 6 ½ inches and weighs 1.25 ounces.
  • 12 color patterns
Nomad Design Tackle Dartwing topwater
Nomad Design Tackle Dartwing topwater
$19.99
Available now
Doug Olander / Sport Fishing
Dartwing
The Dartwing is available in 12 in striking color patterns.Doug Olander / Sport Fishing

Nomad Design Tackle Madscad Stickbait

  • Key design feature such as the flattened head, scalloped sides and small tail wings combine to give this sinking stickbait — styled on the deep-bellied baitfish so prevalent around the world — a dynamic action. It can be twitched hard and fast or worked more slowly for a gliding side-to-side action.
  • 14 color patterns (for smallest size)
Nomad Design Tackle Madscad stickbait
Nomad Design Tackle Madscad stickbait
$14 (95mm) to $35 (190mm) (TackleDirect)
Available now
Doug Olander / Sport Fishing
Madscads
Madscads come in up to 14 colors.Doug Olander / Sport Fishing

Rapala Saltwater X-Rap Twitchin' Mullet 6

  • With a "relaxed side-to-side" action, the slow-sinking Twitchin' Mullet ofers a wide walking action, with a glide-and-drop retrieve particularly effective. It uses VMC Coastal Black inline single hooks.
  • 16 color patterns
Rapala Saltwater X-Rap Twitchin’ Mullet 6
Rapala Saltwater X-Rap Twitchin' Mullet 6
$10 MSRP
Available now
Doug Olander / Sport Fishing

Savage Gear Mack Stick

  • Savage Gear's new slow-sinking stickbait is based on a scan of a real mackerel, and the realistic profile and superb detail show. Inside the reinforced body is stainless-steel through-wiring. Standard with ST66 trebles; extra-strong single hooks supplied.
  • Five color patterns
Savage Gear Mack Stick
Savage Gear Mack Stick
$18 (130mm/5.1 inches); $20 (170mm/6.7 inches); $22 (210mm/8.3 inches) — MSRP
Available by year's end, 2018
Doug Olander / Sport Fishing
Savage Gear Mack Stick
Savage Gear Mack Stick
$18 (130mm/5.1 inches); $20 (170mm/6.7 inches); $22 (210mm/8.3 inches) — MSRP
Available by year's end, 2018
Doug Olander / Sport Fishing

Westin Swim Saltwater Glide Bait

  • Westin's newest suspending lure is designed to offer a unique S-shaped swimming pattern during a steady retrieve. It's also effective with a short jerking retrieve. Featuring 3X hooks and through-wire construction, the 4 ¾-inch, 2 1/8-ounce lure is designed for saltwater game fish such as redfish, stripers and snook.
  • Eight color patterns
Westin Swim saltwater glide bait
Westin Swim saltwater glide bait
$17 MSRP
Available January 2019
Doug Olander / Sport Fishing

Yo-Zuri Crystal 3D Minnow

  • While the popular Crystal Minnow isn't new this year, its "real" colors are. The lure is now offered in real bunker, real glass minow and real mullet patterns. Combined with the Crystal 3D Minnow's famed 3D-prism finishes and the erratic side-to-side action, the lure imitates a strikingly realistic-looking injured baitfish.
  • Three (new) color patterns
Yo-Zuri Crystal 3D Minnow in new finish
Yo-Zuri Crystal 3D Minnow
$11 to $20 MSRP
Available August 1, 2018
Courtesy Yo-Zuri