American Tackle Company Wins “Best Of Show” At ICAST 2023 - The Fisherman

American Tackle Company Wins “Best Of Show” At ICAST 2023

A decade of design work paid off on July 13 as American Tackle Company took home “Best of Show” honors at sportfishing’s largest trade show with a sleek, nearly weightless custom rod component: the Tsuka 2 Complete Carbon Handle.  “Components are often overlooked,” said American Tackle Company’s Darrin Heim, while adding “But at this point, it’s hard to overlook them because this is true innovation.”

This year’s ICAST New Product Showcase featured 1,087 new products from 292 companies. After 37 category winners were crowned on the Wednesday night of ICAST, American Tackle Company came out on top as the sole owners of “Best of Show.” “It’s great to be representing the rest of the custom rod builders and rod component companies in the industry,” Heim added.


Best of Rods

Freshwater Rod

St. Croix Mojo Bass TRIGON | St. Croix Rods


Saltwater Rod

NRX+ Inshore | Shimano


Rod & Reel Combo

Abu Garcia ZATA Baitcast Combo | Pure Fishing, Inc.


Best of Reels

Freshwater Reel

Stradic FM | Shimano


Saltwater Reel

Seapower 1200 | Daiwa Corporation


Best of Lures

Freshwater Soft Lure

Berkley PowerBait Nessie | Pure Fishing, Inc.


Saltwater Soft Lure

Mulletron LT (Line Through) Swimbait | Z-Man Fishing Products


Freshwater Hard Lure

ChatterBait Elite EVO | Z-Man Fishing Products


Saltwater Hard Lure

MIrrOlure The Duke Dog | L&S Bait Company


Best of General Tackle

Fishing Accessory

ENGEL USB Rechargeable Lithium-Ion XL Live Bait Aerator Pump | ENGEL Coolers


Soft and Hard Coolers

Flop Box 10 | Flop Industries



Westin EscapeCam | Westin Fishing


Cutlery, Hand Plies or Tools

BUBBA Pro Series Smart Fish Scale | BUBBA


Kids’ Tackle

ProFISHiency Next Gen Crazy Combo | Anything Possible Brands


Tackle Management

Pontoon Boat Tackle Center | Boat Outfitters


Terminal Tackle

VMC Swingin’ Ned Rig Jig | Rapala


Custom Tackle and Components

American Tackle Tsuka 2 Complete Carbon Handle | American Tackle Company


Fishing Line

Mastiff Fluorocarbon | Shimano


Best of Fly Fishing

Fly Fishing Waders & Wading Boots

G4Z Stockingfoot Wader | Simms Fishing Products


Fly Lines, Leaders, Tippet and Line Accessories



Fly Fishing Packs, Bags & Luggage

Flyweight Vest Pack | Simms Fishing Products


Fly Fishing Technical Apparel and Accessories

Master M6014 Edition | Renzetti, Inc.


Fly Fishing Reel

Cheeky Spray Fly Reel | Cheeky Fishing


Fly Fishing Rod

Hardy Marksman Z | Pure Fishing, Inc.


Best of Fishing Lifestyle 

Motorized Boating Accessories

PowerPole Move ZR | Power-Pole


Non-Motorized Boating Accessory



Boats and Watercraft

Old Town Sportsman BigWater ePDL + 132 | Johnson Outdoors Watercraft, Inc.



Ankle Deck Boots – Black | AFTCO


Ice Fishing

LiveScope Plus Ice Fishing Bundle LI with ECHOMAP UHD2 93sv | Garmin USA



King Tide 8, Black 580G Blue Mirror | Costa Sunglasses


Lifestyle Apparel for Women

Women’s Coverup Dress | Huk Performance Fishing


Lifestyle Apparel for Men

Ocean Bound Hooded Performance Shirt | AFTCO


Warm Weather Technical Apparel for Women

Mojeaux 1/4 Zip Performance Shirt | AFTCO


Warm Weather Technical Apparel for Men

Channel Hooded Performance Shirt | AFTCO


Cold Weather Technical Apparel for Women

Women’s Barricade Rain Suit | AFTCO


Cold Weather Technical Apparel for Men

Gale Pullover | Blackfish Gear


Novelties and Wellness

The GoMist Drink and Misting Bottle | ExtremeMist Personal Cooling Systems


To see some of these products up close and personal on your home computer or cellphone, look for biweekly New Product Reviews sent to your email address from The Fisherman Magazine on Mondays and Thursdays through 2024.  For details go to



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