Sevierville, Tenn. — The annual Pitman Creek Wholesale fall show went off as scheduled, in-person and without a hitch. And in keeping with PCW tradition, the wholesaler’s hundreds of retail partners in attendance voted on a plethora of new products in the annual New Product Showcase.
Unlike ICAST, only retailers are eligible to vote at the PCW show, so these awards reflect retailer sensibilities and the goal of selling product to consumers. In all, seven categories were represented, as follows.
Best Accessory: Smith’s Consumer Products Mr. Crappie Slab-o-Matic Electric Knife
This electric fillet knife features a professional grade 110-volt electric motorized handset, a 60-inch electric cord, 4- and 9-inch stainless blades, cut-resistant gloves and a marine grade mesh storage bag. MSRP $49.99.
Best Terminal Tackle: Gamakatsu Gika Rig
The Gika Rig is one of the latest crazes in the world of soft plastics bass fishing. It combines the natural presentation of finesse fishing with the speed of power fishing. It uses and offset shank worm hook with an elongated drop shot-style weight attached to the hook eye via a solid ring. It comes in six variations with hook sizes ranging from 2/0 to 4/0 and in weights from 1/8- to 3/8-ounce. MSRP $6.29.
Best Hard Lure: Rapala OG Slim 6
“OG” stands for Ott’s Garage, where former Bassmaster Classic champ Ott DeFoe designed this flat-sided balsa bait that features a medium wobble and tight side-to-side action. MSRP $9.99.
Best Soft Lure: Googan Baits Bandito Bug 3.3-inch
The popular Bandito Bug Creature is now available in a downsized junior version. Scented with “Slaunch Sauce,” it has a segmented body and removable appendages for easy customization. It’s available in 11 colors. MSRP $5.99.
Best Line: P-Line Topwater
P-Line’s Topwater features great buoyancy. It’s a copolymer designed for walking, twitching, popping and throwing big wake baits. It comes in 10-, 15-, 17-, 20- and 25-pound-test sizes. MSRP $10.99.
Best Reel: Shimano SLX70MGL
The latest entry in Shimano’s SLX series features a low-inertia MGL spool in a compact 70-size reel that the company says is ideal for flipping, pitching, cranking and finesse. MSRP $149.99.
Best Rod and Overall Best of Show: Favorite Fishing Defender Rod Series
Favorite’s Defender Series has been re-done for 2021. Featuring IM24T carbon blanks, it has upgrades that include a split grip cork handle and a new paint scheme. It comes in 12 models, casting and spinning. MSRP $99.99.