ICAST 2013 Live Blog

Rain fears me

5:22 pm PDT, Jul 11, 2013

What better way to demonstrate that a jacket is waterproof than to put it under running showerheads all day long?

That's what Frabill did with its F4 Cyclone Jacket and Bibs. The green rainsuit is water resistant, breathable and windproof. Almost everything on it cinches, clips, pulls, seals or zips for the perfect fit.

The F4 comes in sizes S to 3X.

Right lens for the right conditions

4:20 pm PDT, Jul 11, 2013

Berkley has jumped into the sunglass market with 12 frame styles and a choice of lenses specifically targeted toward fishermen.

"Sunglasses are an important tool for anglers to have on hand," said Scott Thomas, Berkley senior product manager, "and we wanted to make them better for fishermen." Thomas added that Berkley focused on comfort and functionality when designing the glasses.

The sunglasses range in price from $25 to $45. Wearers get four lens color options plus mirror coating options.

Where the pros are

4:18 pm PDT, Jul 11, 2013

When you're walking through the convention hall for ICAST 2013, you can't help but turn your head at every pro you see. And when you see top-notch Bassmaster Elite Series pros Kevin VanDam and Skeet Reese chatting, you have to interrupt and snap a photo.

In the buff

3:47 pm PDT, Jul 11, 2013

The XL Buff was introduced this year at ICAST to help the anglers who felt the original Buff protective headwear to fit too snugly.

Put simply, the XL version is good for "guys with big melons," said Matt Crawford of Buff USA.

The XL Buff comes in many of the same colors as the original.

Keep 'em cold

2:34 pm PDT, Jul 11, 2013

A cooler that can hold 85 beers? Yes, please!


The new Yeti Tank is like the largest party bucket you've ever seen. Designed for outdoor entertaining such as tailgating and picnics, the Tank is foam insulated with a tie-down system that's perfect for the deck of a boat. Boasting the ability to hold any number of items (98 slices of watermelon, 1 keg), the Tank is sold without a lid and comes with a drain plug on the side. "This is for beer and good times," says Chris Keller, Yeti director of new product development.

Jason Christie sunglasses

12:10 pm PDT, Jul 11, 2013

XCalibur is entering the sunglass market this year, and the company is naming it after one of the season's top pros, Jason Christie. The lenses are polarized and offer 100% UV protection. They sell for a budget-friendly $14.99.

Options for the eyes

11:28 am PDT, Jul 11, 2013

Flying Fisherman has introduced more frames, lenses and options this year than in previous years, fitting all price points.

The biggest departure for the brand is the Morocco, a sunglass that comes with a striking crystal frame, or in a matte black option. It's fitted with the company's polycarbonate Rhino Lens. It retails for $69.99 to $79.99.

Flying Fisherman's new introductions range in retail price from $15 to $149.95.

Pipkens shows off Damiki Air Frog

10:34 am PDT, Jul 11, 2013

It's Day 2 at ICAST 2013 in Las Vegas and one thing is for certain: I'm not going to get enough sleep while I'm here. But it's worth it!


This morning I got a pick-me-up when I stopped by the Dimiki Fishing Tackle booth to watch Bassmaster Elite Series pro Chad Pipkens demonstrate Dimiki's new Air Frog. The 4-inch frog has two air chambers that help it self-regulate — as Pipkens showed me when he dropped the bait in the tank upside down, only to watch it quickly right itself. Pipkens, who is very friendly and knowledgeable, also showed off Damiki's new Gizzard Shad, Ghost Shad and Water Crawler. Great new soft plastics from a great angler and brand.

Jason Christie receives accomplishments award

6:40 am PDT, Jul 11, 2013

Jason Christie, a Bassmaster Elite Series pro from Oklahoma and arguably the hottest angler in the country, continues to receive accolades. Lew's Tackle President Gary Remensnyder presented Christie with a new award for "angler accomplishments." One would think the award was created with Christie in mind. In the past 12 months, he's won five major tournaments, including the Ramada Quest Elite Series tournament on Bull Shoals, Ark., two Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens, and two FLW tour events. Christie received the award at a press briefing during the ICAST show in Las Vegas Wednesday. Afterward, the Elite Series rookie also got some advice from Team Lew's pro Peter Thliveros. "Peter T" told Christie he should immediately begin building an oversize trophy room onto his home.

A three-for-one photo

6:35 pm PDT, Jul 10, 2013

I'd call this photo "3 for the price of 1." On the right we have Elite Series legend Kevin VanDam. On the left we have BASS publishing legend Dave Precht. And in the center we have new BASS sponsor Diet Mountain Dew. A triple crown.


Moments later Kevin got up on stage and talked about the new Hummingbird 360 Bow Mount. He called it "X-ray vision around the boat."