ICAST Preview: 13 Hot New Fishing Products to Keep an Eye On
Christmas morning is coming five months early. All the new fishing tackle, tools, gadgets and gear will be on display...
Christmas morning is coming five months early. All the new fishing tackle, tools, gadgets and gear will be on display next week in Orlando when the American Sportfishing Association hosts the International Consortium of Allied Sporting Trades (ICAST). It’s the fishing industry’s show of shows. Here’s a sneak peek of what’s coming.
The Craw Father covers a wide variety of applications, suitable for flipping, for punching, for Carolina rigging, and as a jig trailer. The new craw will come in 8 of Missile Baits’ top-selling colors, including Green Pumpkin Flash, Bruiser Flash, and Superbug. ($3.99, MISSILEBAITS.com)
Ned Rigs may not be new, but they’re hotter than hot. The 3.75-inch Ned Rig Inch Worm features a large head and fast-tapering body that ends with a short straight tail and tiny swim foot. ($3.99; genelarew.com)
Strike King adds the enhanced action of its patented Rage Tail technology to a new swimbait available in 3 ¾- and 4 ¾-inch versions, each in 10 swimbait-specific colors. ($6.99; strikeking.com)
The V-Rap belly design works like a boat’s keel and greatly influences this 4-inch, 1/2-ounce bait’s action. Quick rod snaps yield drastic direction changes, followed by soft, long glides on slack line. Its single ball bearing emits a unique, fish-attracting clickety-clack noise. ($8.99; rapala.com)
This lipless crankbait is built to shimmy and shake, even at the slowest retrieve speeds. A self-tuning line tie keeps the bait on track, and a soft-knock rattle creates a single-cadence, low-pitch sound that attracts attention without alarming tentative fish. ($6.99; rapala.com)
Known mostly for freshwater baits, Strike King occasionally crosses into the saltwater market, as with this combination of its Glass Minnow with an underspin design and premium needlepoint hook. Available in 1/8 and ¼ oz. sizes, as well as 8 trout-specific colors. ($4.99; strikeking.com)
This sleek, wireless kill switch removes obstacles and excuses to boating safety with a design made for maximum wearability. Clip it to your life vest/belt, tuck it in your pocket, wear it as a wristband, or wear it around your neck with a lanyard. Base pack includes wireless FOB and HUB with cables. ($179.99; fellmarine.com)
Built on a light, compact frame, the Smoke HD boasts a generous 200-size spool that holds 180 yards of 12-pound test. Available in 7.3:1, 6.6:1 and 5.3:1 models, this baitcaster packs the pulling power needed for deep crankbaits and Alabama rigs, but also handles your flippin’ and pitchin’ duties. ($199; zebcobrands.com)
The second-generation fiberglass Glowstick rods are built with extended rubberized shrink-wrapped handles and a one-touch, battery-operated LED optimized with a fiber-optic cable that creates a full glow to the rod tip. Freshwater and saltwater models range from 6 to 8 feet. ($49.99; berkley-fishing.com)
Lew’s pairs a Super Low Profile (SLP) reel featuring graphite frame and side plates, premium 10-bearing system, externally adjustable MCS Magnetic Cast Control and Winn Dri-Tec handle knobs with a quality IM8 graphite rod at a price that won’t break the budget. ($179.99; lews.com)
For stronger connections that don’t weaken your line, this floating, water-resistant, lithium-ion-powered device fastens monofilament, fluorocarbon or braid. Designed with interchangeable welding heads, the LineWelder minimizes grass pickup by leaving no tag end. ($199.99; tautensports.com)
Tired of plastic cup holders retaining water and succumbing to sun damage? The TackleWebs Hook and Loop Cup Holder provides a sturdy option for holding beverage containers, as well as wallets, keys, and cell phones. Ready to install with peel-and-stick marine-grade hook-and-loop fasteners and dependable glue. ($14.99; tacklewebs.com)
We’ve all leaned rods or guns against the vehicle while prepping for the day’s outing, but that risks scrapes, scratches and gear damage. The Sportsman Bumper eliminates such mishaps with clips to hold rods, rifles or shotguns. Embedded magnets stick to the side of your vehicle, while pre-drilled holes allow for easy home mounting. ($19.99; sportbumper.com)