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ICAST 2021 Saltwater New Product Showcase Winners

This year’s top new tackle, electronics, apparel and gear for anglers.

July 26, 2021

Every July, fishing tackle makers and dealers gather to share new product lines for the coming year at the ICAST trade show. The new gear — everything from fresh and saltwater tackle to apparel, electronics and gizmos — competes for Best in Show honors. Here are 19 of the winners in categories relevant to saltwater fishing. The 2021 overall show winner was a freshwater soft bait from Berkley, the PowerBait Gilly.

Daiwa Saltist MQ won best saltwater spinning reel
Daiwa Saltist MQ Chris Woodward / Sport Fishing

Best Saltwater Reel: Daiwa Saltist MQ

Daiwa redesigned and upgraded its popular Saltist reels. The new versions feature a one-piece Monocoque (MQ) aluminum body. The traditional sideplate and screws have been replaced by an engine plate with a larger drive gear. Saltist MQs also come with a Zaion Air Rotor, Digigear and an aluminum round-knob handle. MSRP: $299.99.

Bull Bay Banshee Rod won best saltwater rod
Bull Bay Banshee Rod Chris Woodward / Sport Fishing

Best Saltwater Rod: Bull Bay Banshee Rod

Bull Bay says it developed this line of rods to emphasize faster, more responsive actions. Each comes with an extra-fast tip and progressive backbone for long casts and high performance. The rods come in 6-foot-8- to 7-foot-10-inch lengths and in medium-light to medium-heavy power for lines up to 17-pound test. They have custom EVA grips with flared edges and double locking reel seats. MSRP: $159.99 to $179.99.

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Berkley Choppo won for best saltwater hard lure
Berkley Choppo Chris Woodward / Sport Fishing

Best Saltwater Hard Lure: Berkley Choppo

This Best of Show win serves to reinforce Berkley’s foray into the saltwater hard bait category. The new Choppo features a durable tail propeller that helps deliver topwater spray. It also comes with heavy-duty split rings and 3X anti-rust Fusion19 hooks. Available in 16 colors, in sizes from 75 to 120 mm, and in weights from 1/2 to 1 ounce, Choppo swims straight at a variety of speeds. MSRP: $12.99.

Savage Gear Duratech Crab won for best saltwater soft lure
Savage Gear Duratech Crab Chris Woodward / Sport Fishing

Best Saltwater Soft Lure: Savage Gear Duratech Crab

Savage Gear’s Duratech material gives this new bait durability, but its lifelike shape, weight placement and scent combine to make it attractive to predators. The Crab comes in lengths from 3/4 to 1 1/2 inches and in weights from 1/4 to 1/2 ounce. It features a 3X black nickel hook. MSRP: $8.99.

Sharkbanz Zeppelin won for best terminal tackle
Sharkbanz Zeppelin Chris Woodward / Sport Fishing

Best Terminal Tackle: Sharkbanz Zeppelin

The issue of shark predation on recreationally caught fish in Florida waters has become widely known. Sharkbanz says its Zeppelin has been proven to reduce the number of bottomfish lost to sharks. The 6.5-ounce device requires no batteries or charging; it can be tied into the leader, used as a sinker or deployed after hookup, using a carabiner or swivel to slide it down the line. MSRP: $69.99.

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Bote Lono Aero + Apex Pedal Drive won for best boats
Bote Lono Aero + Apex Pedal Drive Chris Woodward / Sport Fishing

Best Boats and Watercraft: Bote Lono Aero + Apex Pedal Drive

Bote says its new Lono Aero delivers speed, packability, portability, versatility and durability. The 12-foot-6-inch pedal-drive inflatable fits into a travel bag. The hull features four chambers with a flared bow and a keel guard. MSRP: $2,298

Plano Atlas Tackle Pack won for best tackle management
Plano Atlas Tackle Pack Chris Woodward / Sport Fishing

Best Tackle Management: Plano Atlas Tackle Pack

Plano’s new Atlas Tackle Pack blends the light weight of a soft tackle bag with the strength of a molded box. The waterproof base is surrounded by durable EVA panels. Plano also created a magnetic Dropzone on top of the bag that automatically anchors metal tools and hooks in place. Other features include rod holders, tool holders, water-resistant cellphone storage, internal zippered mesh pockets and molded clamshell side pockets. MSRP: $199.99.

Frabill Ultralight Conservation Net won for best boating accessory
Frabill Ultralight Conservation Net Chris Woodward / Sport Fishing

Best Boating Accessories: Frabill Ultralight Conservation Net

The hoop for Frabill’s ultralight conservation net measures 21 by 24 inches. Low-resistance coated mesh and a carbon-fiber handle make the net easy to manipulate with one hand. MSRP: $139.99

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Bubba Pro Series Cordless Electric Fillet Knife won for best cutlery
Bubba Pro Series Cordless Electric Fillet Knife Chris Woodward / Sport Fishing

Best Cutlery, Hand Pliers or Tools: Bubba Pro Series Cordless Electric Fillet Knife

Bubba’s electric knife contains a state-of-the-art brushless motor that the company says delivers 21 percent more torque and 22 percent more motor efficiency. The knife comes with four different blades and two batteries. MSRP: $214.99

Humminbird MEGA Live Imaging won for best electronics
Humminbird MEGA Live Imaging Chris Woodward / Sport Fishing

Best Electronics: Humminbird MEGA Live Imaging

Anglers can see fish and structure in real time with Humminbird’s MEGA Live Imaging. Twist the transducer, which mounts to the trolling-motor shaft, to deliver down, forward or landscape viewing modes. MEGA Live is compatible with select Helix, Solix and Apex multifunction displays. MSRP: $1,499

AFTCO Adapt Tactical Phase Change Hooded Shirt won for best warm weather apparel
AFTCO Adapt Tactical Phase Change Hooded Shirt Chris Woodward / Sport Fishing

Best Warm Weather Technical Apparel: AFTCO Adapt Tactical Phase Change Hooded Shirt

AFTCO says Adapt’s bio-based phase-change fabric automatically reacts to changes in body temperature with dynamic cooling or warming. Other features include UPF 50 sun protection, a SpeedVent active hood, an integrated face mask, mesh panels and thumb holes. MSRP: $85

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AFTCO Barricade Elite 4L Waterproof System won for best cold weather apparel
AFTCO Barricade Elite 4L Waterproof System Chris Woodward / Sport Fishing

Best Cold Weather Technical Apparel: AFTCO Barricade Elite 4L Waterproof System

Barricade Elite foul-weather gear employs four-layer 100 percent nylon construction designed for salt water. The jacket comes with a SpeedVent hood, YKK AquaGuard chest zippers, double cuff with hook-and-loop adjustment, and brushed tricot hand-warmer pockets. The bibs come with a nylon-lined utility pocket, jacquard elastic shoulder straps, knee-high side zippers and more. MSRP: $848

Xtratuf Ankle Deck Boot Sport won for best footwear
Xtratuf Ankle Deck Boot Sport Chris Woodward / Sport Fishing

Best Footwear: Xtratuf Ankle Deck Boot Sport

Xtratuf’s new Sport ankle deck boots weigh 30 percent less than other similar 6-inch models, the company says. Built from a new high-performance foam Pro Lite material, Sports feature a one-piece outsole. MSRP: $130

Costa Untangled won for best eyewear
Costa Untangled Chris Woodward / Sport Fishing

Best Eyewear: Costa Untangled

Costa has delivered the next generation of its Untangled sunglasses, which are made from recycled fishing nets. The collection includes four new frames for anglers designed to offer maximum coverage and protection on the water. MSRP: $219

Frabill Universal Bait Station won for best cooler
Frabill Universal Bait Station Chris Woodward / Sport Fishing

Best Soft and Hard Coolers: Frabill Universal Bait Station

The universal bait station from Frabill features a side-mounted aerator and insulated construction. The waterproof nonslip base keeps this soft-sided cooler in place on deck. The quick-access bait door makes grabbing a fresh bait easy. The station holds up to eight quarts of water. MSRP: $59.99

Greys Tital Fly Reel won for best fly fishing reel
Greys Tital Fly Reel Chris Woodward / Sport Fishing

Best Fly Reel: Greys Tital Fly Reel

The Greys Tital series debuts a lineup of new fly reels—for rod sizes from 3 to 10 weight—made from machined bar stock. Titals feature waterproof, sealed, multi-disc carbon drag systems, large arbors for fast line pickup and a narrow spool for line control. MSRP: $259.99

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G. Loomis NRX+ T2S won for best fly fishing rod
G. Loomis NRX+ T2S Chris Woodward / Sport Fishing

Best Fly Fishing Rod: G. Loomis NRX+ T2S

Designed for saltwater anglers, the NRX+ T2S is made from a fusion of materials, technology and design to increase the casting distance “sweet spot.” The two-piece tournament configuration delivers one-piece performance with transportability. Components include recoil snake guides and titanium SiC stripper guides as well as AAA grade cork grips. MSRP: $895

Plano Edge Micro Magnetic Fly Box won for best fly fishing accessory
Plano Edge Micro Magnetic Fly Box Chris Woodward / Sport Fishing

Best Fly Fishing Accessory: Plano Edge Micro Magnetic Fly Box

The Micro fly box offers three layers of storage in one box. Soft pads in the top two levels hold smaller flies or larger streamers. The base features a magnetic Dropzone. MSRP: $29.99

Anything Possible ProFISHiency Nerf Micro Spin Cast Combo won for best kid's tackle
Anything Possible ProFISHiency Nerf Micro Spin Cast Combo Chris Woodward / Sport Fishing

Best Kids’ Tackle: Anything Possible ProFISHiency Nerf Micro Spin Cast Combo

ProFISHiency partnered with Nerf to create a two-piece combo with a 5-foot-6-inch medium-action fiberglass rod and a 4.1-to-1 gear ratio micro spincast reel prespooled with 6-pound mono. Each combo comes with a practice casting plug in the shape of a Nerf dart. MSRP: $39.99

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