It’s been two years since the last ICAST brought industry professionals together to get a firsthand look at the advancements in the sportfishing world. From July 20 to July 23, companies and brands showcased the latest and greatest products for both fresh and saltwater anglers. We’ve highlighted some new, innovative and just plain interesting products that were on display at this year’s event.
Visser Reels Introduces the Model S series
Visser Reels, July 17, 2021—Visser Reels is introducing the Model S series, a higher-level reel from its current number series. The reels will be available in 6 different sizes from the No. 3S to the No. 8S. The all-machined aluminum reels will be manufactured at our Seymour Connecticut location with about 60% valued content from outside the United States.
American Sportfishing Association Cancels Physical ICAST Show
American Sportfishing Association — For more than 80 years, the American Sportfishing Association has created a legacy of working hard to ensure our industry’s future. Nowhere is this more evident than at ICAST, our industry’s trade show, where lasting friendships and business partnerships have been forged and fostered.
However, given the ongoing stay-at-home orders and the desire to keep the health and safety of everyone in our recreational fishing family first in the decision-making process, ASA’s board of directors made the decision to cancel the physical ICAST Show that was scheduled for July 14-17, 2020, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.
Two weeks ago, we asked for your patience as we strived to make the best business decisions we could on behalf of our exhibitors, members, staff and all our show attendees. Cancelling this year’s show was the only decision that could be made when considering everyone’s well-being and the impact the pandemic is having on the sportfishing industry and our economy.
Despite cancelling our in-person show, we are committed to keeping all of us connected as a global community this July. As the largest sportfishing industry trade show in the world, we look forward to producing ICAST 2020 Online, our version of a “virtual trade show,” that will provide a wide variety of tools and a wealth of information that you’ve come to expect from us. We will share more with you very soon!
We ask for a little more patience as we shift gears. Please allow us to reach out to each of our exhibitors to discuss their options, including a full refund if desired.
There is no doubt that we are in unchartered waters, but we are confident that we will get through this together and stronger than ever! As we always have.
From all of us at the ASA, please stay safe and stay healthy.
2019 ICAST Wrap Up: InTheBite Editor’s Choice
Check out our Editor’s Choice of the latest new products at the annual ICAST show. Each year we attend the show to stay informed on the latest news, trends and equipment in the fishing industry. You’ll see most of the new products start to hit the shelves this fall and early 2020.
Live at the 2019 ICAST in Orlando, Florida – John Drouet shares with us the new product line of Diamond Fishing Products and maker of Hi-Catch monofilament fishing line. Diamond Fishing Products is dedicated to providing Fishermen and Women with the highest quality materials engineered to exceed the demands of fishing.
Eyewear – Costa Del Mar, Inc.
Clarion Marine Systems
Live at the 2019 ICAST – Steve Martin shares the latest and greatest coming from FishRazr Teasers.
Bubba – Fishing Net
Shimano – 2019 SpeedMaster 12 LDII & 16 LDII
Decorative Concepts – Supreme Canvas Line
Live at 2019 ICAST – Mike Milford, Owner of PlayAction and Braid Products, shares the newest products with a shoulder harness and HD rod belts.
Gerber Gear – Saltwater Fishing Tools & Knives
Bote – Inflatable Chair
SubSafe – Because nobody likes a soggy sub sandwich!
Luna Sea – Cushit Rod Butt and Floater
Step Towards Kicking Plastic at Casa Vieja Lodge
July 9, 2018- MIAMI, FL- Casa Vieja Lodge is entering its third phase of the Kick Plastic Campaign pioneered by Costa del Mar. This fall, Casa Vieja Lodge will become a plastic-free campus by eliminating all single-use plastic bottles both at the lodge, and aboard their 10-boat fleet.
All anglers will receive a YETI 36oz Rambler Bottle upon arrival at Casa Vieja Lodge, their lifeline to water consumption. Two Elkay Water Fountain and Bottle Filling Stations were installed at the lodge, where clients can refill their YETI Ramblers during their stay. This water goes through a 4-stage filtration system, including a UV purification process and the solution to pure, clean drinking water at Casa Vieja Lodge.
“The largest consumption of single-use plastic water bottles is on our fleet. We average about
6 bottles a day/person. That equates to 60,000 a season just on the boats, add the consumption at the lodge and we are at 80,000 plastic bottles. That’s just wrong for the environment we rely so heavily on.” said Captain David Salazar.
Aboard the boats clients can refill their same Ramblers from the YETI Silo, a 6-gallon water cooler that keeps water cold for hours. Tried and true, anglers are able to keep their Rambler in direct Guatemalan sunlight while they are fighting billfish and return to their same ice-cold beverage.
Last season bamboo straws replaced the normal plastic straws in all beverages, which have proven deadly to many marine animal life. “Our fishery here in Guatemala is so amazing and so unique in itself that it’s our responsibility here at Casa Vieja Lodge to kick plastic even where the odds are completely against us. We really don’t see why you can’t do this in your own backyard.” said Kristen Salazar.
To get more information and inspiration on how you can make a difference visit the Casa Vieja Lodge Team at the 2018 ICAST Show in Orlando, FL July 11-13th at Booth #1611.
New Tackle For 2017
Here’s a look at the latest new products which won awards at the annual ICAST show(Trade Show for Fishing Tackle). Each year we attend the show to stay informed on the latest news, trends and equipment in the fishing industry. Although the show tends to be 75% related to freshwater fishing, its still interesting to see all the latest tackle in the industry. You’ll see most of the new tackle start to hit the shelves this fall and early 2018.
Best of Category
Boating Accessories – Yeti Coolers, LoadOut Bucket. Info: http://yeti.com/
Boats and Watercraft – Bote, Rover. Info: https://www.boteboard.com/
Eyewear – Costa, The Sunrise Mirror Lens. Info: https://www.costadelmar.com/
Footwear – Huk Performance Fishing, Attack. Info: https://www.hukgear.com/
Giftware – The Catch and Release Print Shop, Fish Prints Actual Size. Info: https://prints.fish/
Lifestyle Apparel – Frogg Toggs, Prym1 Series Pilot II Jacket & Bibs. Info: https://www.froggtoggs.com/
Technical Apparel – Frogg Toggs, Sierran Transition Wader. Info: https://www.froggtoggs.com/
Electronics – Johnson Outdoors Marine Electronics, Inc., Solix 15 Chirp Mega SI GPS. Info: https://www.johnsonoutdoors.com/
Fishing Accessory – Yeti Coolers, Panga Duffel. Info: http://yeti.com/
Fly Fishing Accessory – Simms Fishing Products, G3 Guide™ Stockingfoot Wader. Info: https://www.simmsfishing.com/
Fishing Line – Pure Fishing Inc., Berkley Fireline Ultra 8. Info: http://www.berkley-fishing.com/
FishSmart – Eagle Claw Fishing Tackle, 2017 Flounder Sample Pack. Info: https://www.eagleclaw.com/
Kids’ Tackle – 13 Fishing, Ambition Combo. Info: http://www.13fishing.com/
Tackle Management – Daiwa Corporation, Tactical Backpack. Info: http://www.daiwa.com/global/en/
Terminal Tackle – Trapper Tackle, Trapper Round Bend Treble. Info: https://trappertackle.com/
Freshwater Hard Lure – Okuma Fishing Tackle Corp., Savage Gear 3D Topwater Bat. Info: http://savage-gear.com/
Saltwater Hard Lure – Rapala, X-Rap Magnum 40. Info: http://www.rapala.com/rapala-lures/
Freshwater Soft Lure – Lunkerhunt LP, Prop Series. Info: http://www.lunkerhunt.com/
Saltwater Soft Lure – LiveTarget, Hollow Body Mullet. Info: https://www.livetargetlures.com/
Fly Reel – Pure Fishing, Inc., Pflueger Supreme QRS Fly Reel. Info: http://www.pfluegerfishing.com/
Freshwater Reel – Shimano American Corp., Curado K Baitcasting Reels. Info: http://fish.shimano.com/
Saltwater Reel – Shimano American Corp., Sustain Reels C4000/5000. Info: http://fish.shimano.com/
Rod & Reel Combo – Lew’s Fishing Tackle, Mach Crush Speed Spool Combo. Info: http://www.lews.com/index.php
Fly Fishing Rod – G. Loomis, Inc., IMX-Pro Fly Rod. Info: http://www.gloomis.com/
Freshwater Rod – 13 Fishing, Fate Black. Info: http://www.13fishing.com/
Saltwater Rod – St. Croix Rods, Legend Tournament Inshore. Info: http://stcroixrods.com/
First Runner-Up – Boating Accessories – Johnson Outdoors Marine Electronics, Inc.
Product: Talon Shallow Water Anchor – 15 ft
First Runner-Up – Boats and Watercraft – Live Watersports
Product: Live L4Expedition – Realtree Edition
First Runner-Up – Eyewear – Maui Jim Sunglasses
Product: Kanaio Coast Style #766
First Runner-Up – Footwear – Simms Fishing Products
Product: Challenger Mid Boat Shoe – Waterproof
First Runner-Up – Giftware – L’il Sucker Products, Inc.
First Runner-Up – Lifestyle Apparel – Simms Fishing Products
Product: SolarFlex® Armor Shirt
First Runner-Up – Technical Apparel – Simms Fishing Products
Product: Contender Insulated Jacket
First Runner-Up – Electronics – Lowrance-Navico
Product: Lowrance HDS Carbon 16
First Runner-Up – Fishing Accessory – Rapala
Product: Mag Spring Pliers
First Runner-Up – Fly Fishing Accessory – Phoenix Inventors, LLC
Product: The SimpliFLY
First Runner-Up – Fishing Line – Rapala
Product: Sufix 832 – Coastal Camo
First Runner-Up – FishSmart – Adventure Products, Inc.
Product: EGO Kryptek S2 Slider Landing Net – Medium Clear Rubber
First Runner-Up – Kids’ Tackle – Anything Possible
Product: Steinhauser Tangle-FREE Pocket Combo
First Runner-Up – Tackle Management – Plano Synergy
Product: KVD Signature Bag
First Runner-Up – Terminal Tackle – American Tackle Company
Product: JIGSKINZ “ProSkinz Color Series”
First Runner-Up – Freshwater Hard Lure – Rapala
First Runner-Up – Saltwater Hard Lure – Yo-Zuri America, Inc.
Product: Hydro Minnow LC
First Runner-Up – Freshwater Soft Lure – LIVETARGET
Product: BaitBall Spinner Rig
First Runner-Up – Saltwater Soft Lure – Chasebaits Australia
Product: Smash Crab JNR
First Runner-Up – Fly Reel – Zebco Brands
Product: Van Staal VFHD 8-10-12 Wt
First Runner-Up – Freshwater Reel – 13 Fishing
Product: Concept Z
First Runner-Up – Saltwater Reel – Pure Fishing
Product: PENN International VI – 50VISW
First Runner-Up – Rod & Reel Combo – 13 Fishing
Product: Fate Black and Origin FB Reel
First Runner-Up – Fly Fishing Rod – St. Croix Rods
Product: Imperial USA
First Runner-Up – Freshwater Rod – G. Loomis, Inc.
Product: CONQUEST Bass Rods
First Runner-Up – Saltwater Rod – Lew’s Fishing Tackle
Product: Tournament Performance TP1 Inshore