ORLANDO— ICAST 2019 has come and gone, and while new trolling motors from Lowrance, Garmin and MotorGuide were the talk of the show, a boatload of new lure and gear innovations revealed themselves on the show floor. Let’s break down ten of the most fascinating new products at ICAST that were not trolling motors.
1. Yakima Bait Spinfish
Yakima Bait holds an iconic status in the industry thanks to some of the most recognizable fishing lures on the planet. Roostertail anyone? Their new hard lure design features a chamber for holding dead bait and dispensing scent in the water. Disgusting? Yes. Effective? Most likely.
2. Fishlab Bio-Gill
This all-new brand made its debut in Orlando. Fishlab is taking a science-based, field-tested approach to bait design. Their Bio-Gill series looks incredible.
3. LIVETARGET Erratic Shiner
The erratic shiner took home top honors for best hard lure, and it’s easy to see why. The bait features unique molding and design that’s poised to attract anglers and fish alike.
4. AFTCO Women’s Reaper Technical Fleece
The Reaper has taken the apparel world by storm, spawning a legion of lookalikes in the past year alone. AFTCO did a stellar job of adapting the Reaper into a technical fleece for lady anglers that helps bridge the gap in available technical fishing apparel between men and women.
5. Eagle Claw Trokar Ned/Finesse Jig Head
No freshwater fishing trend is hotter than the Ned Rig, and Eagle Claw is serving up a Trokar hook specifically designed for the technique.
6. Daiwa Lexa
The redesigned Lexa features an all-new clutch system and greased bearings for a super smooth retrieve and quieter cast.
7. SKB iSeries Lure Cases
SKB gets in on the corrosion resistance party with their new watertight, injection molded lure cases.
8. Lew’s Mach Smash
Lew’s took home yet another best rod and reel combo award for the Mach Smash combo.
9. St. Croix Mojo Bass Glass
St. Croix took home three best of show category awards at this year’s show, and Mojo Bass Glass is likely to be the best seller among the group.
10. Savage Gear Prop Walker
Savage Gear’s new pencil bait features collapsable props.