2006 ICAST Coverage
ICAST Coverage Day 2 (Best of Show) - The votes are in and the winners are...
day one of the show all the buyers and media, including TackleTour, all judge
products based on their levels of innovation, execution, workmanship and
practicality to select "Best of Show" honors in 16 categories, as well
as the overall best of show winner. In all nearly 200 companies entered more
than 600 tackle products and accessories into the Showcase. The votes are in for
the 49th annual ICAST and the winners are...
Best of Show - Pure Fishing
Congratulations to Pure Fishing, the Berkley Fireline Crystal is truly a
breakthrough solution for superline aficionados
Best of Show: Pure Fishing-Berkley Fireline Crystal
A week before
the show we unveiled the Pure fishing lines. We received the most positive
feedback via email and on the forum on the one line in particular...the Fireline
Crystal. Sure enough the Fireline Crystal stole the show and took home top
honors for the "Overall Best of Show!" This new formula is the first
and only translucent superline, and offers anglers exceptional strength in
Saltwater Rod - Shimano
wowed the media with the Tiralejo saltwater series which features an adjustable
reel seat system and matching balancing kit for the ultimate balanced saltwater
Saltwater Reel - Penn
International Torque 300 has a super high drag capability due to integrated
right sideplate components in one rigid assembly. It retails for $399.99
Freshwater Rod - AiRRUS
Ken chills as AiRRUS wins an unprecedented 4th ICAST award in the freshwater rod
category for their much anticipated Pulsar GL
Freshwater Reel - Shimano
takes home top prize in this category for the wickedly advanced Calais DC.
Shimano remains undefeated in the reel category with 5 out of 5 wins since the
awards first existed! (For those who want to know the exact details, Stella FA
2002, Calcutta TE DC 2003, Chronarch B 2004, Torsa 2005, and Calais this year)
Terminal Tackle - C.A.G.I. Outdoor Products
CAGI fish call can be run inline with just about any lure and add action as well
as a unique resonance
Line - Pure Fishing
Fishing's Fireline Crystal takes home top honors in the line category as well as
best overall product!
Hard Lure - Megastrike
The Megastrike Evolution jig features skirt forward technology, innovative fluorocarbon
weedguard, recessed molded hookguard, and is made out of tin!
Soft Lure - AA/Optimum Bait Co.
Furbit series from Optimum makes use of multiple materials including real fur
and a blade to appeal to more fish senses
Tackle Management - Plano Molding Company
Laura Hess holds up Plano's new Flipsider Hybrid Satchel which builds upon the
successful original Flipsider box with a more compact solution
Kid's Tackle - Outdoor Adventure Kids
Outdoor Adventure kids impressed buyers with the affordable yet high quality Jr.
Boating Accessory & Giftware - Minn Kota
Minn Kota's new Terrova trolling motor features advanced Electric Steering
Best Fishing Accessory
- Swifty Manufacturing
Swifty's Nu-Skin Reel Armor is a quick and easy way to shield your valuable
reels from boat rash and the elements
Reel/Rod Combo - Okuma
The Okuma Avenger combo represents an excellent solution for anglers looking for a
great combo at a great price that can tackle a wide range of saltwater
Clothing - Shimano
Shimano wins it's third award at the show for their comfortable and light Evair
boots! Who would have guessed that the reel and rod giant would take the top
prize in the clothing category
Electronics - Hummingbird
impressed everyone with the 797 c2 SI combo with side imaging sonar, 640x480
ultra HD display, and 400W Peak output!
Eyewear - Costa Del Mar
WAVE 580 lens allows anglers to take in more of the light your eye should
thanks to our proprietary WAVE Technology, this lens raises the red,
blue, and green areas of the light spectrum to extraordinary levels, providing
unmatched definition and color saturation.
"The new product showcase is a remarkable display of innovation in
sportfishing gear and accessories unlike any other," said Mike Nussman,
ASA's president and CEO. "I congratulate all of the winners and thank those
who participated in the New Product Showcase, from the companies who displayed
their products to the buyers and media who served as judges." TackleTour
would like to echo that sentiment and congratulate all the ICAST Winners. Stay
with us as we continue our coverage with continuing in depth reports detailing
the latest and greatest tackle finds at the show, including further details of
many of these 2006 ICAST winning products.