Best new fishing products announced

The Garmin Force™ Trolling Motor was selected from the 29 “Best of Category” winners announced Wednesday night during the ICAST New Product Showcase Awards Reception. Garmin took top honors in the Boating Accessories category. (L to R): Carly Hysell, Garmin PR Manager; David Dunn, Garmin Director of Marine Sales; Glenn Hughes, American Sportfishing Association President. (Photo courtesy ICAST)

ICAST is the national trade show featuring virtually every major manufacturer in the fishing industry. Today (July 12) is the final day of the show held every year in Orlando, Florida. Manufacturers routinely use the ICAST platform to introduce their latest innovations and products. The thousands of buyers and media vote on what they consider the best of all the products in 29 individual categories, plus an overall "Best of Show."

Wednesday night, the ICAST 2019 “Best of Category” winners were announced during the awards reception. One of those 29 category winners on Thursday was named "Best of Show". This year's "Best of Show" was awarded to the Garmin Force™ Trolling Motor.

Garmin says thanks to its unique brushless motor, Force operates with almost undetectable levels of sonar and steering noise both below and above the water. It’s also the first trolling motor to include built-in industry-leading Garmin CHIRP traditional and Ultra High-Definition ClearVü and SideVü scanning sonars. The Garmin Force retails for just over $3,000.

For ICAST 2019 a total of 1,004 new products were entered by 303 companies. Reflecting trends in sportfishing retail, four new categories were added this year: Ice Fishing; Technical Apparel – Warm Weather, Technical Apparel – Cold Weather; Coolers and Bait/Storage; and Cutlery, Hand Pliers or Tools.

“We congratulate last night’s winners for contributing their ideas and hard work to the innovative spirit that keeps our industry growing,” said Blake Swango, ASA’s vice president for Trade Show and Membership. “We’re pleased that ICAST once again serves as a showcase for the best in sportfishing and the entire outdoor, on-the-water experience.”

ICAST 2019 New Product Showcase Best of Category Award Winners

Best of Category – Boating Accessories – Garmin USA

  • Product: Force™ Trolling Motor
  • Contact: Carly Hysell

Best of Category – Boats and Watercraft – Hobie

  • Product: Mirage ProAngler 14 with 360 Drive Technology
  • Contact: Sean Douglas

Best of Category – Eyewear – Costa Del Mar, Inc.

  • Product: WaterWoman
  • Contact: Heather Miller

Best of Category – Footwear – Frogg Toggs

  • Product: Skipper
  • Contact: Missy Thompson

Best of Category – Giftware – 13 Fishing

  • Product: Fillet Table Beverage Management System
  • Contact: Stacie Lowe

Best of Category – Lifestyle Apparel – AFTCO/American Fishing Tackle Company

  • Product: Yurei Air-O-Mesh Performance Shirt
  • Contact: Denny Le

Best of Category – Technical Apparel – Cold Weather - Simms Fishing Products

  • Product: M's G4Z Stockingfoot Wader
  • Contact: John Frazier

Best of Category – Technical Apparel – Warm Weather – AFTCO/American Fishing Tackle Company

  • Product: Overboard Submersible Shorts
  • Contact: Denny Le

Best of Category – Ice Fishing – Johnson Outdoors Marine Electronics, Inc.

  • Product: Ice Helix 7 Chirp GPS G3N All-Season
  • Contact: Sandra Galis

Best of Category – Cooler and Bait/Storage – Plano Synergy

  • Product: Frabill Magnum Bait Station 30
  • Contact: Angelica Vazquez

Best of Category – Cutlery, Hand Pliers or Tools – Bubba

  • Product: 110V Electric Fillet Knife
  • Contact: Logan Waddell

Best of Category – Electronics – Johnson Outdoors Marine Electronics, Inc.

  • Product: MEGA 360 Imaging
  • Contact: Sandra Galis

Best of Category – Fly Fishing Accessory – Simms Fishing Products

  • Product: Dry Creek Z Sling Pack
  • Contact: John Frazier

Best of Category – Fishing Accessory – American Tackle Company

  • Product: MW20 Finesse Set
  • Contact: Darrin Heim

Best of Category – Fishing Line – PowerPro

  • Product: Moon Shine Braid
  • Contact: John Mazurkiewicz

Best of Category – Kids’ Tackle – Anything Possible Brands

  • Product: The Bumblebee by ProFISHiency
  • Contact: Jason Bauer

Best of Category – Tackle Management – Plano Synergy

  • Product: Plano EDGE
  • Contact: Angelica Vazquez

Best of Category – Terminal Tackle – Rapala

  • Product: VMC Bladed Hybrid Treble Short
  • Contact: Julia Lindberg

Best of Category – Freshwater Soft Lure – Lunkerhunt

  • Product: Phantom Spider
  • Contact: Jesse Bleeman

Best of Category – Saltwater Soft Lure – LIVETARGET

  • Product: Slow-Roll Shiner
  • Contact: Susan Koppers

Best of Category – Freshwater Hard Lure – LIVETARGET

  • Product: Erratic Shiner
  • Contact: Susan Koppers

Best of Category – Saltwater Hard Lure – LIVETARGET

  • Product: Flutter Sardine
  • Contact: Susan Koppers

Best of Category – Freshwater Reel – Shimano

  • Product: SLX DC Baitcasting Reels
  • Contact: John Mazurkiewicz

Best of Category – Saltwater Reel – Shimano

  • Product: Stradic FL Spinning Reel
  • Contact: John Mazurkiewicz

Best of Category – Fly Reel – SEiGLER Reels

  • Product: SF (Small Fly)
  • Contact: Liz Seigler

Best of Category – Freshwater Rod – St. Croix of Park Falls

  • Product: Mojo Bass Glass MGC72HM Rip N' Chatter Rod
  • Contact: Rich Belanger

Best of Category – Saltwater Rod – St. Croix of Park Falls

  • Product: Avid Surf VSS80MMF
  • Contact: Rich Belanger

Best of Category – Fly Fishing Rod – St. Croix of Park Falls

  • Product: Imperial Salt IS908.4
  • Contact: Rich Belanger

Best of Category – Rod & Reel Combo – Lew’s Fishing

Product: Lew's Mach Smash Baitcast Combo

Contact: Tony Mehrl

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