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Check out all the great new products which won coveted “Best of Show” awards in the ICAST 2019 New Product Showcase.
By The American Sportfishing Association  |  July 15, 2019
(L to R): Carly Hysell, PR Manager; David Dunn, Director of Marine Sales; Glenn Hughes, ASA President.

The winner was announced today at 2:00 p.m. EDT, in the New Product Showcase at the Orange County Convention Center. The Force Trolling Motor was selected from the 29 “Best of Category” winners announced Wednesday night, July 10, during the New Product Showcase “Best of Category” Awards Reception, sponsored by SiOnyx. Garmin took top honors in the Boating Accessories category.

The New Product Showcase, sponsored by Fishing Tackle Retailer/Decode, is a once-a-year opportunity to see the latest and greatest innovations in tackle, gear, apparel and other products that enhance the on-the-water experience.

The “Best of Show” and “Best of Category” winners were selected by credentialed buyers and media from around the world who vote in the New Product Showcase. ICAST 2019 drew a record 1,004 entries entered by 303 companies.

ICAST 2019, produced by the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), is the largest sportfishing trade show in the world. ICAST is in its 62nd year.

“My congratulations go to Garmin for winning this year’s top honors as “Best of Show” for ICAST 2019 with their Force Trolling Motor,” said ASA President Glenn Hughes. “Taking top honors at ICAST has a significant impact on every company who wins.”

Hughes further said, “I also want to thank everyone who participated in the New Product Showcase. The record number of products submitted this year really ratcheted up the competition as well as the visibility for all these new products. The high level of innovation is good for our industry and benefits the anglers and outdoors enthusiasts who buy and use them.”

Hughes also noted “Although we had more than a thousand entries, this is just a small fraction of the thousands of other innovations that can be found all across the vast show floor.”

ICAST 2019 New Product Showcase “Best of Category” Award Winners

Best of Category – Boating Accessories – Garmin USA
Product: Force Trolling Motor

Best of Category – Boats and Watercraft – Hobie
Product: Mirage ProAngler 14 with 360 Drive Technology

Best of Category – Eyewear – Costa Del Mar, Inc.
Product: WaterWoman

Best of Category – Footwear – Frogg Toggs
Product: Skipper

Best of Category – Giftware – 13 Fishing
Product: Fillet Table Beverage Management System

Best of Category – Lifestyle Apparel – AFTCO/American Fishing Tackle Company
Product: Yurei Air-O-Mesh Performance Shirt

Best of Category – Technical Apparel – Cold Weather - Simms Fishing Products
Product: M's G4Z Stockingfoot Wader

Best of Category – Technical Apparel – Warm Weather – AFTCO/American Fishing Tackle Company
Product: Overboard Submersible Shorts

Best of Category – Ice Fishing – Johnson Outdoors Marine Electronics, Inc.
Product: Ice Helix 7 Chirp GPS G3N All-Season

Best of Category – Cooler and Bait/Storage – Plano Synergy
Product: Frabill Magnum Bait Station 30

Best of Category – Cutlery, Hand Pliers or Tools – Bubba
Product: 110V Electric Fillet Knife

Best of Category – Electronics – Johnson Outdoors Marine Electronics, Inc.
Product: MEGA 360 Imaging

Best of Category – Fly Fishing Accessory – Simms Fishing Products
Product: Dry Creek Z Sling Pack

Best of Category – Fishing Accessory – American Tackle Company
Product: MW20 Finesse Set

Best of Category – Fishing Line – PowerPro
Product: Moon Shine Braid

Best of Category – Kids’ Tackle – Anything Possible Brands
Product: The Bumblebee by ProFISHiency

Best of Category – Tackle Management – Plano Synergy
Product: Plano EDGE

Best of Category – Terminal Tackle – Rapala
Product: VMC Bladed Hybrid Treble Short

Best of Category – Freshwater Soft Lure – Lunkerhunt
Product: Phantom Spider

Best of Category – Saltwater Soft Lure – LIVETARGET
Product: Slow-Roll Shiner

Best of Category – Freshwater Hard Lure – LIVETARGET
Product: Erratic Shiner

Best of Category – Saltwater Hard Lure – LIVETARGET
Product: Flutter Sardine

Best of Category – Freshwater Reel – Shimano
Product: SLX DC Baitcasting Reels

Best of Category – Saltwater Reel – Shimano
Product: Stradic FL Spinning Reel

Best of Category – Fly Reel – SEiGLER Reels
Product: SF (Small Fly)

Best of Category – Freshwater Rod – St. Croix of Park Falls
Product: Mojo Bass Glass MGC72HM Rip N' Chatter Rod

Best of Category – Saltwater Rod – St. Croix of Park Falls
Product: Avid Surf VSS80MMF

Best of Category – Fly Fishing Rod – St. Croix of Park Falls
Product: Imperial Salt IS908.4

Best of Category – Rod & Reel Combo – Lew’s Fishing
Product: Lew's Mach Smash Baitcast Combo

Be sure to check-in each week at The Fisherman Magazine's Tackle & Gear Review section as we roll out nearly 40 different videos shot on-site at ICAST 2019.