The hardware has been handed out at ICAST 2019.
The “Best of Category” winners of the New Product Showcase were announced during a reception held Wednesday night as part of the world’s largest sportfishing tradeshow, which runs through Friday at the Orange County Convention Centre in Orlando, Florida.
The “Best of Show” award was then awarded to Garmin’s first-ever freshwater trolling motor, Force, on Thursday afternoon. Garmin had already taken top honours in the boating accessories category.
Winners were selected in 29 categories by credentialed buyers and media from around the world who vote for the best of the new product entries.
Ontario OUT of DOORS magazine Managing Editor Ray Blades is at the show, which features thousands of products in more than 650,000 square feet of showroom floor.
ICAST (the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades), which began Tuesday, is produced by the American Sportfishing Association – a national, non-profit trade association made up of more than 800 members.
Some 1,004 new products were entered by 303 companies. Four new categories were added this year: Ice Fishing; Technical Apparel – Warm Weather, Technical Apparel – Cold Weather; Coolers and Bait/Storage; and Cutlery, Hand Pliers or Tools.
“We’re pleased that ICAST once again serves as a showcase for the best in sportfishing and the entire outdoor, on-the-water experience,” ASA Vice President for Trade Show and Membership Blake Swango stated.
Category winners included:
Boating Accessories – Garmin USA
Product: Force Trolling Motor
Boats and Watercraft – Hobie
Product: Mirage ProAngler 14 with 360 Drive Technology
Eyewear – Costa Del Mar, Inc.
Footwear – Frogg Toggs
Giftware – 13 Fishing
Product: Fillet Table Beverage Management System
Lifestyle Apparel – AFTCO/American Fishing Tackle Company
Product: Yurei Air-O-Mesh Performance Shirt
Technical Apparel – Cold Weather – Simms Fishing Products
Product: M’s G4Z® Stockingfoot Wader
Technical Apparel – Warm Weather – AFTCO/American Fishing Tackle Company
Product: Overboard Submersible Shorts
Ice Fishing – Johnson Outdoors Marine Electronics, Inc.
Product: Ice Helix 7 Chirp GPS G3N All-Season
Cooler and Bait/Storage – Plano Synergy
Product: Frabill Magnum Bait Station 30
Cutlery, Hand Pliers or Tools – Bubba
Product: 110V Electric Fillet Knife
Electronics – Johnson Outdoors Marine Electronics, Inc.
Product: MEGA 360 Imaging
Fly Fishing Accessory – Simms Fishing Products
Product: Dry Creek® Z Sling Pack
Fishing Accessory – American Tackle Company
Product: MW20 Finesse Set
Fishing Line – PowerPro
Product: Moon Shine Braid
Kids’ Tackle – Anything Possible Brands
Product: The Bumblebee by ProFISHiency
Tackle Management – Plano Synergy
Product: Plano EDGE
Terminal Tackle – Rapala
Product: VMC Bladed Hybrid Treble Short
Freshwater Soft Lure – Lunkerhunt
Product: Phantom Spider
Saltwater Soft Lure – LIVETARGET
Product: Slow-Roll Shiner
Freshwater Hard Lure – LIVETARGET
Product: Erratic Shiner
Saltwater Hard Lure – LIVETARGET
Product: Flutter Sardine
Freshwater Reel – Shimano
Product: SLX DC Baitcasting Reels
Saltwater Reel – Shimano
Product: Stradic FL Spinning Reel
Fly Reel – SEiGLER Reels
Product: SF (Small Fly)
Freshwater Rod – St. Croix of Park Falls
Product: Mojo Bass Glass MGC72HM Rip N’ Chatter Rod
Saltwater Rod – St. Croix of Park Falls
Product: Avid Surf VSS80MMF
Fly Fishing Rod – St. Croix of Park Falls
Product: Imperial Salt IS908.4
Rod & Reel Combo – Lew’s Fishing
Product: Lew’s Mach Smash Baitcast Combo