Hall of Fame basketball coach Bob Knight, keynote speaker at the annual ICAST Industry breakfast this morning, acknowledged two legendary anglers from the bass fishing world as having had a profound impact on him and the sport of fishing: Bill Dance and Jerry McKinnis, co-owner of B.A.S.S. Knight said one of the achievements of which he’s most proud is the fact that he has appeared on more “Fishing Hole” programs with McKinnis.
It's going to be an exciting day - Day One of ICAST 2012 and my 23rd birthday all wrapped up in one! Just thirty minutes after the doors have opened on Day One of ICAST 2012, the room is buzzing with media and industry members. Spending my birthday emersed the activity of the show and with my friends and colleagues is exactly where I want to be. I'm glad to be at my first ICAST. I can't wait to see what the show has in store for us! Time to go check it out.
The 2012 ICAST show is underway and if the hardbait selections are any indication of what’s to come
The show is about to begin! B.A.S.S. is set up and ready for the top manufacturers, wholesalers and media in the fishing industry to come visit. We have reporters on site, and we'll be posting blog entries, BASSCam videos and photo galleries over the next three days. Enjoy watching! Let us know in the comments box what you would like to see from the show.
Nearly everyone is getting more technology in their life. The same can be said for anglers. I think it's fair to say that using the right technology in the boat can help you catch more fish. Here's a photo of just a few of the high tech products from the New Product Showcase. We'll give you a closer look at how fishing technology is advancing during the next three days at ICAST.
Thanks to Panther Vision, you can just wear a ball cap and be good to go -- in the dark.
I just found the Kids' Tackle table at the New Product Showcase, and my eyes lit up! It's fun to see a youth-generated category here at ICAST, home of the best new fishing gear. The Barbie and Spider-Man Shakespeare Hide-A-Hook Bobber kit and Animal Planet fishing rods make me wish I was six again and throwing out my first line. The Kids' Tackle table is drawing a lot of interest, and I'm hoping that's a good sign for youth fishing this year.
Apparel function -- SPF, microfiber, antimicrobial, etc. -- is definitely important. But shirts with cool designs? We dig those too! Hogfish and Skittlefish are the subjects of new artistic designs by Bigfin Apparel. The designs were hand-drawn by Ray Domingo. They come in sizes for ladies, who will enjoy the pastel collages.