ICAST 2022 Wraps Up With “Best” New Product Awards - The Fisherman

ICAST 2022 Wraps Up With “Best” New Product Awards

First time exhibitor PacBak wins coveted Best of Show award at ICAST in Orlando in July.)

Produced by the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades (ICAST) is the world’s largest sportfishing trade show, where new fishing tackle is unveiled for tackle buyers and the international fishing media.  Keep in mind that some of the latest, greatest fishing gear and accessories will be released towards the end of 2022 and into 2023, but in many instances some of the new gear and apparel is already available in local shops.

One of the highlights of the annual event – which ran from July 19-22 in Orlando, FL – is the New Product Showcase and awards.  Or as ASA put it in their annual write-up after this year’s event, “The recreational fishing industry’s brightest stars gathered beneath the stage lights to see which products would carry home one of the coveted ICAST awards selected by credentialed buyers and media at the industry’s largest trade show.”

This year, more than 900 new products were entered in 30 categories voted on by industry peers, tackle buyers and members of the media as best of the best every year.  This year’s winning product entries were officially announced at the Chairman’s Industry Awards Reception on Wednesday night, where ASA President Glenn Hughes presented the 30 winners with their awards.

“One of the winners told me he spent 365 days on this,” Hughes said, adding “Then, he told me that he is starting on next year’s tomorrow. That’s how much this means to some manufacturers.”

In addition to the 30 “Best of Category” winners, one winner is annually selected by voters to win the coveted ICAST Best of Show Award for the year’s top new product overall.  In 2022, upstart product developer Brian McKinnon became the new king of ICAST after Pacbak, a self-designed portable cooler and vacuum sealer out-dueled more than 900 entries in the New Product Showcase and some of the biggest brands in fishing.


Best Soft and Hard Coolers(Best of Show)

P88-MK Combo | PacBak



Best Saltwater Reel

PENN Authority Spinning Reel | Pure Fishing, Inc.



Best Freshwater Reel

Shimano STELLA FK | Shimano



Best Saltwater Rod

Ugly Stik Carbon Innshore Rod | Pure Fishing, Inc.



Best Freshwater Rod

Legend Tournament Bass Rod | St. Croix Rod



Best Rod & Reel Combo

Shimano Spheros SW Combo | Shimano



Best Fly Fishing Rod

Banshee Fly | Bull Bay Tackle Company



Best Fly Reel & Fly Fishing Accessories

Hardy Fortuna Regent Saltwater Fly Reel | Pure Fishing, Inc.



Best Fishing Accessory

Frabill WITNESS Weigh Net | Pure Fishing, Inc.



Best Tackle Management

Plano EDGE Frog Box | Pure Fishing, Inc.



Best Terminal Tackle

DieZel Eye Jigheads | Z-Man Fishing Products



Best Custom Tackle and Components

RBS Pro G2 Power Wrapper | Mud Hole Custom Tackle



Best Fishing Line

SpiderWire DuraBraid Hi-Vis Yellow | Pure Fishing, Inc.



Best Saltwater Soft Lure

Kicker CrabZ | Z-Man Fishing Products



Best Saltwater Hard Lure




Best Freshwater Soft Lure

Berkley PowerBait PowerStinger | Pure Fishing, Inc.



Best Freshwater Hard Lure

Berkley Slobberknocker | Pure Fishing, Inc.



Best Eyewear

Roca | Baijo Sunglasses



Best Footwear

AFTCO Ankle Deck Boot | AFTCO



Best Lifestyle Apparel for Women

Women’s Reaper Softshell | AFTCO



Best Lifestyle Apparel for Men

CocoBoardies Boardshorts | AFTCO



Best Cold Weather Technical Apparel

Barricade Rain Suit Acid Camo Colorway | AFTCO



Best Warm Weather Technical Apparel

SolarFlex Guide Cooling Hoody | Simms Fishing Products



Best Electronics

MEGA Live Imaging TargetLock | Humminbird, Johnson Outdoors Marine Electronics



Best Cutlery, Hand Pliers or Tools

BUBBA Saltwater Multi-Flex Fillet Knife | BUBBA



Best Boating Accessory

Frabill ReCharge, Deluxe Aerator | Pure Fishing, Inc.



Best Boats and Watercraft

BOTE Rackham Gatorshall + APEX Pedal Drive | BOTE



Best Ice Fishing

Garmin LiveScope Plus Ice Fishing Bundle LI | Garmin USA



Best Kids’ Tackle

Kid’s Tributary Wader | Simms Fishing Products



Best Novelties and Wellness

Garmin Quatix 7 Smartwatch – Sapphire Edition | Garmin USA



You’ll get to learn more about a lot of the new products unveiled at ICAST 2022 in our weekly New Product Spotlight videos posted every week at TheFisherman.com; be sure to sign up for our free email alerts from The Fisherman Magazine to grab an up close and personal look at the many new rods, reels, lures, lines, apparel and technical gear coming out of ICAST 2022.