The ICAST 2021 “Best of Category” winners were announced during the Chairman’s Industry Awards Reception, sponsored by St. Croix Rod. The winners in 30 product categories were selected by credentialed buyers and media who voted for the best of the new product entries.
One of the most popular featured events at ICAST, the New Product Showcase, sponsored by Fishing Tackle Retailer, is a once-a-year opportunity to see the latest and greatest innovations all in one place. This year, 686 new products were entered by 218 companies in 30 categories.
“I want to congratulate the ICAST 2021 Best of Category winners whose creative ideas and hard work contribute to the innovative spirit that keeps our industry growing,” said ASA President Glenn Hughes.
ICAST is produced by the American Sportfishing Association (ASA). ASA is a national, non-profit trade association whose member companies share a stake in promoting sportfishing for the well-being of their businesses and to grow recreational fishing.
The ICAST 2021 New Product Showcase Best of Category Award Winners are as follows:
Best of Boating Accessories – Plano Molding – Frabill Ultralight Conservation Net;
Best of Boats and Watercraft – BOTE – LONO Aero + APEX Pedal Drive;
Best of Footwear – XTRATUF – Ankle Deck Boot Sport;
Best of Eyewear – Costa Del Mar, Inc. – Untangled Collection: New Frames Made from Old Nets;
Best of Lifestyle Apparel for Women – AFTCO/American Fishing Tackle Company – AFTCO Womens Fields Utility Overall;
Best of Lifestyle Apparel for Men – AFTCO/American Fishing Tackle Company – AFTCO Rescue Regenerated Fishing Shorts;
Best of Technical Apparel – Warm Weather – AFTCO/American Fishing Tackle Company – Adapt Tactical Phase Change Hooded Shirt;
Best of Technical Apparel – Cold Weather – AFTCO/American Fishing Tackle Company – Barricade Elite 4L Waterproof System;
Best of Soft and Hard Coolers – Plano Molding – Frabill Universal Bait Station;
Best of Electronics – Hummingbird – Hummingbird MEGA Live Imaging;
Best of Cutlery, Hand Pliers/Tools – Bubba – Pro Series Cordless Electric Fillet Knife;
Best of Fishing Accessory – Kahuna Wagons – Sidekick Fishing & Beach Wagon;
Best of Tackle Management – Plano Molding – Atlas Tackle Pack;
Best of Terminal Tackle – Sharkbanz Fishing – The Zeppelin: World’s First Shark Deterrent Tackle;
Best of Fishing Line – Seaguar – BasiX;
Best of Saltwater Soft Lure – Savage Gear USA, Inc. – Duratech Crab;
Best of Saltwater Hard Lure – Pure Fishing, Inc. – Berkley Choppo Saltwater;
Best of Saltwater Rod – Bull Bay Tackle Company – Banshee Rod: Bull Bay Rod;
Best of Saltwater Reel – Daiwa Corporation – Saltist MQ.
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