ICAST 2014 officially opened today in Orlando and it’s bigger and better than ever. A fisherman’s playground, ICAST debuts the latest and greatest in fishing technology, advancements, and ideas. This year members of the media and buyers are getting an up-close look of some of the new products that will be hitting store shelves in the near future. Florida Sportsman is in on the action and will be providing daily updates.
Check back in on the website and Facebook page for more from ICAST 2014. For now, here is a little sneak peak of some items that are debuting in the New Products Showcase.
Penn Battle II Spinning
The predeccessor is the Battle, the Battle II has enhanced corrosion protection due to the use of five sealed bearings and one anti-reverse bearing. Line capacity rings let the angler know when the spool is full, utilizes HT-100 drag system, full metal body, heavy duty bail wire, and more. Retails for $99.95 - $125.95.
3-TAND TF-70 Sealed Fly Reel
This waterproof, lightweight reel only is 4.6-ounces but holds up-to 200 yards of WF6F 20-pound Dacron. Machined from 6061 T-6, then cold forged and tempered. The double NanoCF Drag works hard to slow down bonefish, redfish, baby tarpon, and more. Retails for $209.95.
13 Fishing Concept E
The new Concept E from 13 Fishing features frame and side plates made out of featherweight magnesium, weighing in at a mere 5.78-ounces. Packed inside are 11 bearings and a 22-pound Bulldog drag. Retails for $380.
Berkley Inshore Saltwater Rod
Berkley's all-new Inshore rod series is designed with blanks and components built for the rigors of the saltwater environment. Features 24-ton, 100-percent carbon fiber contraction, Fuji guides, rubberized cork split handle, and an ergonomically designed reel seat. Retails for $59.95.
Buff Pro Series Stripping Guards
Don't let stripping burns or line cuts shorten your time on the water. Designed to glide smoothly over your fingers, Fly Line Stripping Guards eliminate stripping cuts and keep fly line clean. Made from durable poly Lycra, the stripping guard slips onto your finger and is sewn with a Kevlar seam to minimize seam burnout. Retails for $8.
Columbia Megavent PFG
The Megevent PFG is a quick-drying, lightweight, and supportive shoe designed to keep anglers cool and protected on warm days spent in or around the water. Breathable and ventilated construction keeps feet securely locked down while facilitating airflow. The fast draining midsole also encourages ventilation with ample ports designed to move air as well as water. Razor-siped rubber soles ensure optimum traction on wet surfaces. Retails for $105.
Engel Cooler/Dry Box
Engel's Cooler/Dry box with rod holders makes it easier to get to your fishing spot with an armful of rods and reels. Inside, you can keep drinks and snacks chilled and use the hanging basket to keep cell phone, wallet, and keys dry while out on the water. Retails for $84.99.
Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 17T
The Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 17T allows two anglers to fish from the same boat. It's human powered by Hobie's MirageDrive pedal system, easy to launch and easily glides into shallow waters. Adjustable Vantage XT seating can be configured for in-line tandem, face-to-face social tandem, or solo. Fishing rod storage for up to 12 rods and the new H-Rail system allows anglers to customize accessory placement. Fishfinder ready with thru-hull plugs, pivoting tackle management in rectangular hatches, drop down skeg, rudder control, and more. Retails for $5,299.
DeLorme inReach Explorer
The world's only truly global satellite communicator now has navigation with waypoints and routing. Navigate, create waypoints, log your track, and find your way back. Send and receive text messages, and more. Retails for $379.95.
LIVETARGET Yearling BaitBall
The newest addition to the LIVETARGET BaitBall series. The inline grouping of yearling baitfish school clustered in a protective pattern. Available in two sizes that suspend and feature realistic colors for variable wage conditions. Retails for $17.99.
Okuma Metaloid Lever Drag Reel
Features: - Rigid one piece frame and left side plate construction - 6061 T-6 machined aluminum frame and side plates - Corrosion resistant coating process - Four corrosion resistant SS ball bearings - Two-speed or single speed versions - Carbonite drag system - Etc. Retails for $189.99.
Smith Optics Dockside with ChromaPop Lens
Perfect for spotting bonefish on the flats or summiting a late spring peak in the Rockies. Crafted in Italy using the award-winning ChromaPop lenses, the Dockside is designed to maximize coverage while eliminating side glare. The ChromaPop lenses provide a true color experience, resulting in increased definition, enhanced detail, and reduced eye-fatigue. Retails for $209.
The Bucket Grip minimizes sliding, toppling, and damage that can occur from pails sliding around boats and RV's. Retails for $9.99.
The T-REIGN Retractable Gear Tether keeps the quality pair of included pliers within easy reach and out of the water. Retails for $49.95.
Friday Lab: Deeper - Smart Fishing 2.0
The world's first wireless, smart fishfinder designed for professionals, compatible with smartphones and tablets. Smart Imaging technology ensures optimal performance in deep or shallow water. No need for any cable connection! Retails for $199.
Z-Man Pop ShadZ
Made possible due to its naturally buoyant, 10X Tough ElaZtech construction, the new Pop ShadZ is a first-of-its-kind soft plastic topwater bait. Its weedless design allows anglers to fish a baitfish style popper through grass and other surface cover without snagging. Its cupped face kicks up maximum commotion, causing it to pop, spit, and chug when walked across the surface. Retails at $5.99.