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ICAST: New Gear & Accessories

Gear intros from the country’s largest industry trade show.

July 20, 2020
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New gear and fishing products at ICAST
Last week’s ICAST fishing-tackle trade show launched hundreds of new products for anglers debuting this summer into next year. Here are some of the latest products in the gear and accessories categories. Chris Woodward

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Shimano Borona Bag

Shimano Borona Bag for storing tackle
Shimano Borona Bag Courtesy Shimano

Shimano’s new Borona Tackle Bag is made from a black rip-stop fabric with reinforced stitching and heavy-duty TPU zippers to create the ideal transportation for fishing tackle. The front-loading compartment provides storage for up to three 3700-size trays for lure and terminal tackle plus extra room for a spare reel or rain jacket. The bag also features side pockets for storing leader material and additional tools. Slip-resistant plastic feet on the underside of the bag help keep it in place. The Borona costs $139.99.

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Minn Kota Raptor Shallow-Water Anchor

Minn Kota Raptor Shallow-Water Anchor at ICAST
Minn Kota Raptor Shallow-Water Anchor Courtesy Minn Kota

Minn Kota’s new Raptor is a hydraulically actuated anchor that debuts two industry-first technologies: Active Anchoring, which monitors anchoring force and adjusts to stay pinned to the bottom, and Auto-Bottom Mode, which automatically detects bottom hardness to determine the right amount of anchoring force. Raptor will be available in 8- and 10-foot lengths and in black, white, red and silver. Prices range from $1,499.99 to $1,899.99.

Plano Z-Series Waterproof Duffel

Plano Z-Series Waterproof Duffel provides tackle storage
Plano Z-Series Waterproof Duffel Courtesy Plano

New to the Z-Series line of tackle bags and lure wraps, the Plano Waterproof Duffel is a 500D PVC roll-top dry bag that’s completely waterproof and provides dependable storage for plenty of gear. Included straps can convert the duffel into a backpack. The bag features welded seams, MOLLE attachment points, and a mesh side pocket. It measures 23.6 inches long by 11.8 inches high and 19.7 inches wide, and costs $89.99.

Garmin Panoptix LiveScope Perspective Mode Mount

Garmin Panoptix LiveScope Perspective Mode Mount for real-time scanning
Garmin Panoptix LiveScope Perspective Mode Mount Courtesy Garmin

LiveScope technology delivers real-time scanning sonar images of structure, bait and fish swimming around and below the boat, even while the boat is stationary. By adding the new Perspective Mode Mount to an LVS32 transducer, anglers can see a perspective view that delivers greater overhead visibility, perfect for shallow water. This one mount delivers three unique vantage points; no additional transducer required. $99.99.

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Z-Man Bait LockerZ™

Z-Man Bait LockerZ™ keeps tackle organized
Z-Man Bait LockerZ™ Courtesy Z-Man

Z-Man’s Bait LockerZ, made from 600-denier waterproof fabric with adjustable interior dividers, offers ample room to house more than 50 packages of ElaZtech softbaits. Interior, clear storage compartments house terminal tackle, and an exterior mesh pocket holds larger items like tools and leader spools. Top flaps with magnetic closures prevent the lid from blowing open and keep water out, while a rugged rubberized base prevents deck slippage. Bait LockerZ cost $59.99.

AFTCO x Böker Flex Fillet Knives

AFTCO x Böker Flex Fillet Knives stay sharp
AFTCO x Böker Flex Fillet Knives Courtesy AFTCO

AFTCO now offers 7- and 9-inch flex-fillet versions of its knives, built in collaboration with Böker Germany. The new knives deliver precise cuts for delicate species such as flounder that require adequate flex for proper processing. Flex-fillet knives are made with Böker 4116 German stainless steel, AFTCO gold TiN/PVD corrosion resistance, and a full tang with a TPR wet grip. They cost $69.

Ugly Stik Marine Shears

Ugly Stik Marine Shears cut through everything
Ugly Stik Marine Shears Courtesy Ugly Stik

From cutting chunks to fin snipping and rope cuts, new Ugly Stik Marine Shears can handle a wide variety of tasks. Non-slip Ugly Tuff Grips offer control in wet and slippery conditions, and 420 Stainless Steel blades separate for easy clean up. Marine Shears feature a scaler for exposing bait oil and fish cleaning, a fin snip for modifying bait action, and a scale for quick measurements. An air-through sheath protects blades when not in use. The shears cost $24.99.

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Frabill Ultralight Conservation Net

Frabill Ultralight Conservation Net makes landing fish easy
Frabill Ultralight Conservation Net Courtesy Frabill

Frabill’s Ultralight Conservation net features a 48-inch carbon-fiber handle with a molded rubber grip, the company’s patented Pow’R Lok yoke, and unique hoop shape . To best protect fish for release, the ultralight comes with a completely knotless mesh netting, and a flat linear bottom to reduce fish rolling. The meshguard hoop resists wear and reduces lure catch points. The hoop measures 18-by-21 inches and is 18 inches deep. It costs $129.99.

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