ICAST 2020 Best of Category winners announced

by Editorial Staff | July 16, 2020
ICAST 2020

ICAST (International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades) announced the winners of its “Best in” categories as this year’s virtual trade show continued on Thursday, July 16.

The sportfishing industry’s largest trade show normally held in Orlando, Florida moved online this year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It began Tuesday and wraps up Friday.

In addition to showcasing products, ICAST is offering business and conservation seminars, as well as a virtual scavenger hunt for registered attendees, for example.

Latest products highlighted

ICAST is produced by the American Sportfishing Association.

“Despite a change in venue, the New Product Showcase featured the latest innovations in gear, accessories, apparel and other products to ensure anglers will have a great day on the water,” stated association president Glenn Hughes.

The “Best of category” winners embody innovation and entrepreneurial spirit, organizers stated. Some 434 new products were entered by more than 180 companies this year.

2020 “Best of ” winners


Boating Accessories – Minn Kota
Product: Raptor Shallow Water Anchor

Boats and Watercraft – Johnson Outdoors Watercraft
Product: Old Town Sportsman Autopilot

Giftware – Garmin
Product: Garmin quatix 6X Solar

Footwear – Under Armour
Product: UA Micro G Kilchis

Eyewear – Costa Del Mar, Inc.
Product: Ferg
Lifestyle Apparel for Women – Simms Fishing Products
Product: Women’s Challenger Jacket and Bib

Lifestyle Apparel for Men – AFTCO/American Fishing Tackle Company
Product: Saba Recycled Seam-Free Boardshorts

Technical Apparel – Warm Weather – AFTCO/American Fishing Tackle Company
Product: Diffuse Air-0 Mesh Fishing Shorts

Technical Apparel – Cold Weather – AFTCO/American Fishing Tackle Company
Product: Reaper Windproof 3-Layer Softshell Jacket

Soft and Hard Coolers – YETI
Product: Roadie 24

Electronics – Humminbird
Product: CoastMaster Charts

Cutlery, Hand Pliers or Tools – Line Cutterz as Seen on Shark Tank
Product: Line Cutterz Dual Hybrid Micro Scissor

Fly Fishing Accessory – Plano Synergy
Product: Frabill Floating Trout nets

Fishing Accessory – American Tackle Company
Product: Tsuka Handle System

Kids’ Tackle – Pure Fishing, Inc.
Product: Abu Garcia Gen Ike EZ Cast Baitcast Combo

Terminal Tackle – Rapala
Product: VMC Crossover Rings

Tackle Management – Plano Synergy
Product: Plano EDGE Flex

Ice Fishing – Rapala
Product: StrikeMaster Lithium 24V

Fishing Line – Pure Fishing, Inc.
Product: Berkley FluoroShield

Freshwater Soft Lure – A Band of Anglers
Product: Hyperlastics Dartprop Pro SK

Freshwater Hard Lure – Z-Man Fishing Products
Product: ChatterBait JackHammer StealthBlade

Saltwater Soft Lure – 13 Fishing
Product: The Mullet

Saltwater Hard Lure – Shimano North America Fishing, Inc.
Product: SP-Orca 150 Flash Boost – Blue Sardine Color (XUS15TEBS)

Fly Fishing Rod – Pure Fishing, Inc.
Product: Hardy Zane Pro

Freshwater Rod – St. Croix of Park Falls
Product: Legend Xtreme spinning XFS76MF

Saltwater Rod – St. Croix of Park Falls
Product: Mojo Inshore JIC79XHMF

Rod & Reel Combo – Pure Fishing, Inc.
Product: Abu Garcia Virtual Casting Combo

Fly Reel – Pure Fishing, Inc.
Product: Hardy Ultradisc UDLA Reel

Freshwater Reel – Shimano North America Fishing, Inc.
Product: Vanford 2500 Spinning Reel (VF2500HGF)

Saltwater Reel – Pure Fishing, Inc.
Product: PENN Battle III Reels

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