A trip to ICAST will undoubtedly spark the need to begin a running Christmas list almost five months in advance. At the top of my list -- a paddleboard.
Imagine fishing on one of those: It's just you, a small tacklebag, rod and paddle. On a paddleboard, you're closer to the water than ever. It requires skill, balance and precise movements to reel in a lunker while standing on a board. Bote has an excellent display of paddle boards here at ICAST (be sure to check out Bote's booth in the ICAST booth photo gallery) that will literally change the way people fish. Surprisingly, it includes all of the necessary essentials: rods holders, drink holders, paddle clips and coolers.
Also, Wild River has some has introduced a line of soft tacklebags good enough for the top spot on anyone's Christmas list. I love the Nomad lighted backpack because it has all the features you could ever need, an integreated LED light, special storage compartments for sunglasses, tools and accesories. It also holds up to 10 various size storage trays. Not to mention, it's so good-looking.
If only Santa could make the trek to sunny Orlando and visit ICAST this year, everyone could take a seat on his lap and put in personal requests.