Ultrex: The Story of Overall Best of Show

RACINE, WI — Produced by the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades (ICAST), is the world’s largest sportfishing trade show and the annual destination for the global recreational fishing industry.
Held this past July 12 – 15 at the Orange County Convention Center Orlando, Florida, ICAST 2016 set new attendance records, with approximately 15,000 representatives from the global sportfishing industry attending to see the latest innovations in gear, accessories and apparel.

Attendees rushed to see the latest and greatest featured in the New Product Showcase sponsored by Fishing Tackle Retailer, which embodies the sportfishing industry’s innovative and entrepreneurial spirit and rewards that ingenuity through the “Best of Show” new product awards competition.

This year, more than 1,000 tackle products and accessories were entered by more than 240 companies into 24 “Best of Show” categories in the New Product Showcase, all vying for the overall ICAST 2016 “Best of Show” award.

This year, Johnson Outdoors, Inc. and its Minn Kota® Ultrex™ were voted by buyers and media as the best product in both the Boat Accessories category and the overall “Best of Show.”


“Speaking for the entire Minn Kota staff, we are very honored that attending buyers and outdoors media recognized our new Ultrex trolling motor as the best in Boat Accessories and the overall Best of Show,” says Brad Henry, Minn Kota Brand Manager.

He continues: “We continue to set the bar high for break-through innovations to help anglers catch fish. Ultrex is no exception. We’ve combined the reliability and responsive ‘wired-to-the-water’ feel of our tournament-proven Fortrex® with the GPS technologies of i-Pilot®, i-Pilot® Link™, and Spot-Lock electronic anchoring. It’s the best of both worlds.”

Ultrex Features:
  • Power Steering: Ultra-responsive control and reduces steering effort and foot fatigue
  • Steering Lock: Take your foot off the pedal and keep your motor heading
  • Ultrex Foot Pedal: Power steering with Spot-Lock and AutoPilot™ Buttons
  • Lift-Assist
  • Fortrex Mono Arm bracket
  • Coated stainless steel stow/deploy adjustable cable
  • Bluetooth®-enabled i-Pilot® or i-Pilot® Link™
  • Digital Maximizer
  • Universal Sonar 2
  • Composite Shaft
  • Weedless Wedge™ 2 Prop
The Minn Kota Ultrex product line-up comprises numerous i-Pilot- or i-Pilot Link- and US2-enabled combos, including 24-volt 80 lbs. thrust and 36-volt 112 lbs. thrust versions in 45”, 52” and 60” shaft lengths. Product available in late fall, 2016.
Ultrex MSRP: $2199.99-$2799.99.<https://youtu.be/WWCnwsZbJgE