According to information released by the American Sportfishing Association, the 2012 ICAST had a total of 9,000 attendees, which includes 3,000 buyers and more than 760 media representatives.
Check out the products named this year's best of the best at ICAST in Orlando!
ICAST's doors may be closed, but we've still got great products to show you from the show!
Simms introduced multiple new items at ICAST, but a couple of standouts are the Contender jacket and bib and the SolarFlex tee, according to Simms' Diane Bristol. The Contender offers high-quality Gore-Tex protection at a lower price point than some of the company's prior offerings. The jacket has several pockets, a storm hood and adjustable cuffs. It retails for $349.95, and the bib for $299.95. "Sun protection is a huge deal," said Bristol. "We have a broad range of solar protective products."
I got an education in what Gore-Tex is today. It's a membrane that's waterproof and breathable. And to prove that to me, the Gore-Tex guys put me in a Gore-Tex rain jacket, pants and booties and stuffed me into a room where torrential rains poured from the ceiling. I stayed dry, except for my hands, which were exposed. Afterward, the rainsuit went straight into the dryer.
Tired of your buddies poaching on your marker buoys? Check out Northland's Hot Spot marker buoy, which is available in black, making it less visible to prying eyes. Traditional colors are available as well.
Greg Vinson has his hands on the newest NetBait colors, an array of triple laminates of the most natural tones. Currently the T-Mac is the only plastic available in these colors, but other designs will follow.
Rather than introducing new products, Live Target introduces new species. New for 2012 is the crappie, which is available in a lipped and lipless model.