2016 ICAST Best of Show Winners Announced

ORLANDO, Fla.— The industry has spoken. After the final votes were counted at the fishing industry’s largest trade show, these products walked away with coveted ICAST Best of Show awards.

  • Best Freshwater Rod: St. Croix Rods – Legend Glass Rod
  • Best Saltwater Rod: Lew’s Fishing Tackle – Lew’s Mach Speed Stick
  • Best Fly Fishing Rod: St. Croix Rods – SOLE
  • Best Freshwater Reel: Lew’s Fishing Tackle – Custom Pro SLP
  • Best Saltwater Reel: Pure Fishing – PENN Slammer III
  • Best Fly Reel: Pure Fishing- Pflueger President
  • Best Hard Lure: Savage Gear USA- 3D Suicide Duck
  • Best Soft Lure: Squidnation – Longtail Flippy Floppy
  • Best Lifestyle Apparel: Under Armour Men’s USA Fish Stalker SS
  • Best Technical Apparel: Plano Synergy –  Frabill I-Float Suit
  • Best Boating Accessory: Johnson Outdoors, Inc. – Minn Kota Ultrex
  • Best Boat: Johnson Outdoors Watercraft – Old Town Predator PDL
  • Best Rod & Reel Combo: Lew’s Fishing Tackle – Mach II Speed Spool Combo
  • Best Electronics: Johnson Outdoors – Humminbird HELIX 10 Si
  • Best Eyewear: Costa – Rafael
  • Best Fishing Accessories: YETI Coolers – Hopper Flip 12
  • Best Fishsmart: Adventure Products: EGO – Kryptek S1 Genesis Medium Clear Landing Net
  • Best Fly Fishing Accessory: Boomerang – Retractable Fly Box
  • Best Footwear: Shimano American Corporation- Flats Wading Boots
  • Best Giftwear: Weego- Weego Jump Starter 44
  • Best Kid’s Tackle: Steinhauser, LLC – 48″ Starter Rod Combo
  • Best Fishing Line: G. Pucci & Sons – P-Line Tactical Flourocarbon
  • Best Tackle Management: Cobra Garage Door-Storage Cobra Garage Door Storage Pack
  • Best Terminal Tackle: Trapper Tackle – Dropshot/Live Bait/Finesse Hook

Overall Best of Show: Johnson Outdoors – Minn Kota Ultrex

Categories were voted on Tuesday night and Wednesday at the ICAST New Product Showcase sponsored by Fishing Tackle Retailer. Johnson Outdoors walked away with the most victories by winning four awards spread out over three brands (Humminbird, Minn Kota and Old Town). Other multiple ICAST Best of Show award winners included Lew’s Fishing Tackle, St. Croix Rods and Pure Fishing.

Industry newcomers Trapper Tackle and Cobra Garage Door Management took home victories in their first ever appearances at ICAST.