2005 ICAST Special Coverage
ICAST Coverage Special Report - There's more to the story...
Not too long ago the TT staff awarded Save Phace's Fish Hedz masks an Editors
Choice award. Here is a product that can save you the sting of rain and mist
while running on the ocean, or coming face to face with bugs or even a wayward
bird at 50+ mph while cruising in your bass boat.
displayed unreleased new masks designed to specifically complement bass rigs
There is just about no more prized possession to hard core bass anglers than
their lavish bass rigs, and for 2006 Save Phace is working closely with the
leading boat manufacturers to design and manufacture co-branded Fish Hedz masks.
With just as much style as the most pimped out rigs these new masks are sure to
be a big hit among hard core bass anglers. A date hasn't been specified for the
release of the new masks but our bet is it won't be very long before anglers
will be cruising the waterways in style.
Fish Hedz staff couldn't resist sporting the new Triton and Ranger masks
ZPI: While visiting Lucky Craft we were shocked to discover that ZPI
actually had a presence at the show. ZPI had a corner stand within the Lucky
Craft booth. It would have been no surprise to meet the high performance
tuning parts manufacturer at the Tokyo show, but to see them here at ICAST was
quite a treat.
The modified by ZPI AE74 and ZPI
bearing kit is among the most exciting round reel projects ever
This is the first time that import enthusiast offerings have been revealed here
at ICAST. ZPI's president, Tsuyoshi Kato, showed us the newest tuning parts
which included Mg spools and bearings for the "modified by ZPI" Abu Garcia AE74.
We also got a glimpse of a new ZPI tuned Daiwa TD-Z with a new ultralight spool
setup. Of course all the reels were outfitted with ZPI's own sleek carbon
handles. While most of these products are still made available to anglers via
importers, the fact that a team from ZPI came to meet buyers and media here in
the US is a good indication that the company is very serious about not only
expanding brand awareness but support for the US market as well.
F-O oil air spray for high
performance reels makes use of nano-technology
ZPI F-O Super "Lub: ZPI now has a racing concept lubrication that
is packaged in a spray bottle with a tube (similar to a mini can of WD-40). This
spray makes use of nano-technology to get into the minuscule imperfections
within the surfaces of all gearing. In Japan numerous reels were tested both
with and without Friction-Zero. Those that had been treated demonstrated
increased casting distance, a smoother feel, and an overall longer lifespan.
A new ZPI
spool design for the TD-Z is designed to improve casting distance and
Conclusion: ICAST 2005 may be over, and this special report wraps up our
official coverage, but the real story doesn't have to end here. In the last
three weeks since the conclusion of the actual ICAST event a number of
manufacturers have already released several of the products they showcased on
the exhibit floor. These official launches will continue throughout the rest of
the calendar year, so if there was something in particular that really caught
your attention in any of our ICAST reports rest assured that the product you
crave will make an appearance on a e-tail page, or on a store shelf before long.
Signing off from Las Vegas...Team