ICAST Preview: 24 New Fishing Lures, Rods, and Reels for 2015

Each year, the International Consortium of Allied Sporting Trades (ICAST) debuts the newest tools and toys that fishermen need (read: want) for the pursuit of their finned opponents. This year’s show will be held July 14-17 in Orlando, Fla., and it promises plenty of cool items to beef up every angler’s wish list. Here’s a sampling.
BERKLEY FUSION19 HOOKS
$3.99-$5.99 / berkley-fishing.com
Dressing its new hook lineup with a polymer coating called Slickset, Berkley promotes easier penetration with less force. The Fusion19 family offers nine bass-specific designs including extra-wide gap (EWG), superline EWG, weedless EWG, weighted EWG, offset worm, dropshot, heavy cover, swimbait and weighted swimbait hooks.
BERKLEY POWERBAIT SHAKY SNAKE
$4.99 / berkley-fishing.com
Lighter is better in today's finesse fishing world, but when picky bass require a different look, the Shaky Snake delivers with a beefed-up head tapering into an egg sack just above a corkscrew tail with lots of surface area for maximum scent dispersion.
BOOYAH BANK ROLL
$4.99 / booyahbaits.com
This standup jig features a flattop and top-heavy design that ensures upright posture to mimic a defense posture with craw trailers or a bottom-feeding look with baitfish or beaver style trailers. The jig pairs this with specially designed, multicolor skirts for maximum attention.
GENE LAREW WHEELER'S PUNCH OUT CRAW
$5.49 / genelarew.com
Designed by bass fishing phenom Jacob Wheeler, this compact 3.75-inch bait features a sleek profile for sneaking into tight spots and an oversized flapper tail for gliding performance. Separate the arms and claws for optional kicking, swimming action on chatterbaits or the Larew HardHead jig.
BANDIT MISTAKE
$6.99 / lurenet.com
No, you're not seeing things; Bandit has intentionally expanded on its "Mistake" color pattern concept (different color schemes on either side) by adding three new mistakes. The Crossbreed combines a baby bass pattern with river bream, while the Malfunction pairs brown craw/orange belly with spring craw. The third new pattern, called Mistaken Identity finds the vibrant fire tiger opposite the muted root beer pattern.
STRIKE KING SWINGING SUGAR BUZZ
$6.99 / strikeking.com
Expanding the current trend of hinged or swinging designs to this topwater presentation, the Sugar Buzz combines the back-end motion of a free-moving skirt and trailer with the gurgle of a buzz blade. The hinging also reduces the leverage a fish has to throw the bait.
VMC GLIDING JIG
$6.99 / vmchooks.com
Who said finesse has to be boring? Not VMC, the company introducing this new Gliding Jig. Falling quickly with an enticing side-to-side flashing action, this unique look might be just the ticket for triggering tough bite. Available in 1/8- and 3/16-ounce sizes, the Gliding Jig can be fished alone or with a soft plastic trailer, the Gliding Jig.
CASEY'S CLASSIC RUNNER
$7.99 / ttiblakemore.com
Inspired by the homemade underspin jig that Casey Ashley used in his Bassmaster Classic win, the newest member of the Roadrunner lineup features a premium hook, prism eyes, and shad inspired colors – including the pearl color that Ashley used in his Classic victory. Available in ¼- and 3/8-ounce sizes.
FREEDOM MINNOW XL
$7.99-$11.99 / freedomlures.com
Made for maximum motion and flashy presence, the Freedom Minnow comprises a high-quality metal spoon with a metal shaft holding one of two treble hooks set perpendicularly through its center line. Use this novel bait for casting, jerking or vertical jigging presentations. Sizes 3 ½-inch and 5-inch.
STORM ARASHI TOP WALKER
Size 11, $8.99; Size 13, $9.99 / stormlures.com
Built for longer glides and pronounced wakes, the Top Walker features a low roll action that keeps the hooks under the bait where they can do their job. For audible appeal, multiple rattles deliver a cadence sound with variable pitch frequency that mimics schooling bait. Available in 4 ¼- and 5 1/8-inch sizes. Sizes 11 (4 ¼-inch) and 13 (5 1/8) sizes.
TERMINATOR WALKING FROG
$9.99 / terminatorlures.com
Addressing the key element of topwater frog success (i.e. hook exposure), Terminator puts the weight all the way aft so the extra-soft body compresses easily to reveal premium wide-gap VMC hooks for solid connections.
LIVE TARGET HOLLW BODY SUNFISH
$13.49 / livetargetlures.com
A different look for topwater fishing, the Hollow Body Sunfish features a realistically molded form with authentic bluegill and pumpkinseed color patterns. Designed with custom double Trokar hook, this bait goes into the deep, gnarly stuff where the big ones live, but it also skips under docks just as well.
SUFFIX NANOBRAID
150-yard spool, $24.99 / suffix.com
Wide angle braiding technology creates higher tension on the braiding process and that yields a tighter weave with impressive strength and a silky smooth finish. Available in 2-, 3-, 4-, 6-, 8- and 10-pound test.
PELICAN 3310PL
$39.95 / pelican.com
Photo luminescent technology makes this compact LED flashlight easier to locate on those night fishing trips, while 234 lumens, a 190-hour run time, and high/low/flashing modes provide solid performance.
PLANO A-SERIES QUICK TOP
$69.99-$79.99 / planomolding.com
Made with speed and efficiency in mind, this hybrid soft/hard design features a molded ABS lid with two smoked, see-through covers that unlatch on either side for quick access to cell phone, keys and frequently used tackle items. Available in both 3600 and 3700 sizes, the A-Series Quick Top offers lots of exterior storage and interior space for four tackle trays.
RIPPIN LIPS SUPERCAT LONG RANGE SERIES RODS
$74.99-$84.99 / rippinlips.net
Designed with the shore-bound angler in mind, these two extended-length rods equip the boatless catfisherman with the casting distance to reach big fish and the strength to land what the hook. Available in 10- and a 12-foot medium-heavy action models, the SuperCat Long Range rods feature S-glass blanks made for the optimal blend of blank strength, smoothness and sensitivity.
SIMMS CURRENT SHOE
$99.95 / simmsfishing.com
Maximum breathability complements the all-day comfort and support of SIMMS' Right Angle Footbed technology, which features a cupped heel and dramatic arch support. Seamless TPU welded construction means no stitches in the upper for a durable, comfortable fit, while quick dry upper mesh keeps the water out.
QUANTUM ICON PT
$119 / quantumfishing.com
Providing the serious bass angler with a performance-packed reel at a price that won't break the budget, the Icon PT features a tough aluminum frame, lightweight graphite side covers, and an external ACS cast control with numerous settings to accommodate a wide range of scenarios. Built with 11 bearings, a floating pinion design, a multi-disc drag, and oversized padded EVA handles, the Icon PT comes in 6.3:1 and 7:1 gear rations.
ST. CROIX MOJO BASS FLY ROD
$150 / stcroixrods.com
Built for dedicated bass anglers, this miniseries of 7-foot, 11-inch fly rods feature lightweight blanks that load fast and allow precision casts in tight quarters. Made with premium cork handles, the Mojo Bass rods accommodate large, wind-resistant flies like nymphs, poppers, frogs, crawfish and minnow patterns.
SHIMANO "HAGANE DESIGN" STRADIC REELS
$199.99 to $229.99 / fish.shimano.com
The Hagane design concept boasts performance and durability with the Hagane Gear providing power from a cold forged drive gear; X-Ship packing power and smooth rotation from large precision cut gears and the Hagane Body enhancing reel rigidity and impact resistance. Further, CoreProtect provides water resistance by sealing key areas without affecting rotation feeling. Available in five sizes.
G.LOOMIS E6X STEELHEAD SERIES
$199.99 to $239.99 / gloomis.com
Steelhead anglers should find the right length for any action for their preferred techniques in the new G. Loomis E6X Steelhead rod series. With 19 models, the series includes eight casting and nine spinning drift rods, a float spinning rod and a light-duty 'Hot Shot' plug rod. Central to the E6X designs is G. Loomis' Multi-Taper Technology, which emphasizes line control and accuracy, rod balance and lightweight blank construction, along with tip-light sensitivity and fish-fighting power.
LEW'S TOURNAMENT PRO G AND PRO MAGNESIUM REELS
Pro G, $199.99; Pro Magnesium, $279.99 / lews.com
In addition to the precision engineering and lightweight designs for which Lew's is known, these new reels feature the patent-pending Speed Dial line indicator, a cheat sheet for line type and weight. Also included is the handy Speed Keeper–a hook holder positioned beneath the reel's front edge, where it folds inward between uses.
ABU-GARCIA REVO MGX
$299.95 / abugarcia.com
The MGX expands on the Revo line introduced in 2009 and features the Rocket Line Management System for longer casts and better line control, along with the AMGearing system with a finely tuned, machined gear for better endurance and performance.
AQUA-VU MICRO 5 PLUS
$499.99 / aquavu.com
An ice-fishing staple with plenty of open-water applications, this handheld underwater camera gets significant upgrades with a new 1-mp micro camera, improved cable durability for easier handling, and the ability to interface with video-in equipped sonar units for live video right on the sonar screen.

Check out the latest fishing products introduced at ICAST in 2015. Stay tuned for more coverage from the show.