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Best New Products of ICAST 2021

What better way to survey trends in fishing tackle than to explore the New Product Showcase at the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, or ICAST?

Best New Products of ICAST 2021
The Berkley PowerBait Gilly took top spot in the soft freshwater lure category, as well as best of show.

Florida Sportsman Editor Jeff Weakley offers a look at what he found at this year’s ICAST showcase. The convention took place in Orlando at the Orange County Convention Center July 20-23. It’s organized annually by the American Sportfishing Association.

The New Product Showcase has hundreds of items, but the cream of the crop, so to speak, might be the 30 top picks in various categories, as voted by qualified media and buyers. The selections (quite a few of which Weakley voted for), reflect a pretty good cross-section of innovations which anglers will see in tackle shops and other retailers in the year ahead. Not all the products are available for sale as of July 2021—ICAST isn’t a retail show open to the public but rather a place where various wholesalers, distributors and retailers review and fill place orders for new products from tackle companies around the world. Members of the media are also invited.

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