Its been quite a while since I've had the time to sit online and cruise around to check out all the latest gear. However, the bait monkey doesn't rest on his laurels for too long before he gets the best of me and returns to bring forth the temptations of tackle addiction. Surfing the net this past week I was pleasantly surprised to see that the upcoming 2009...
South Florida is best known for its beaches, golf and of course, fishing. Bass fishing especially, since you can basically fish almost anywhere - from the canals off the highways, the backyards of residential housing and the Everglades being convieniently nearby. Not to mention the tons of lakes where large mouth bass are lurking. GC and I took a trip to the IFGA Museum, IGFA meaning the International...
This is the last post of my ICAST 2008 “I want that” list 3) Daiwa Steez 7.1:1 baitcasters 103SHA and 100SHA Its hard to deny the power the Daiwa Steez has over bass fisherman. The first time I had the chance to hold one I was instantly amazed at the fact that a bass fishing reel could be so small and so light and look so stylish. I knew my days out...
This is a continuation post of my ICAST 2008 “I want that” list 6) Lucky Craft: Big Bait Special Bulldog Wake Bait Sure Lucky Craft was proudly displaying their new Kelly Jordon Signature Prop bait and Sammy 105, but this new addition (though I'm not entirely convinced this is new for 2009) seemed much more interesting. This floating monstrosity comes in at 4” in length, weighs 2 oz ,...
It has been a few weeks since ICAST 2008 concluded and the after effects are starting to take their toll. (This is the first part of a series entitled ICAST 2008 The Aftermath.) There’s an inherent problem every tackle junkie encounters as they peruse the Internet daily whilst constantly searching for information on the latest and the greatest. That problem essentially surfaces when something catches your eye. Then...
Here’s a quick rundown of the ICAST 2008 New Product Showcase winners crowned Thursday morning: Category: Overall Best of Show and Freshwater Reel Winner: Shimano Curado E Notes: A huge improvement over the Curado D the new Shimano Curado E brings back and improves upon what bass anglers loved about the old “Green” Curados. Palming this bad boy was bass fishing bliss. $179.99 retail automatically puts it in...
The first day of the show proved to be an interesting affair as there were numerous retailers itching to share the latest in product information and, surprisingly enough, some rather nonchalant about what was taking place around them. None the less, as a bass angler I could not help but be most excited about the hottest new bass tackle from many of the biggest names in the industry. Of course, I was also more than interested in what everyone else had or wanted to share with me as well.
The convention center was essentially an amalgam of fishing tackle enthusiasts, buyers, sellers, mangers, professional anglers, photographers, press, and a plethora of new product running the gamut from new rods, reels, lures, lines, electronics, tools, and accessories. With fishing tackle eye candy abound I honestly felt like I did the first time I ever set foot in a Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World. I ultimately came to the realization today that covering the event in its entirety would surely prove to be an exercise in futility. However, it is still fun to learn what I can and share it with the world. Below are some shots from this morning, expect more to follow tomorrow.
I would like to extend a sincere thank you to those vendors who took their valuable time to share information and passion about their product with me yesterday and today. I truly appreciate your kindness.
New Shimano Curado
New Quantum Energy PT
New Quantum Tour KVD Cranking Rod
Daiwa Zillion and 4.9 Information Display
Daiwa Zillion 50th Anniversary Hyper Speed Special Edition
New Team Daiwa Zillion Rod
Spro Mc Stick
Culprit Ultimate Series
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The new product showcase at ICAST 2008 took place earlier today with a myriad of companies presenting their latest and greatest. The crowd was composed of a few brave new souls to the market and a number of veterans with new endeavors. This was a gathering in which buyers and media were able to learn and judge for the “Best of Show” competition. As a newcomer to the event I couldn’t help but be a bit overwhelmed by the amount of people and product. A rather interesting thought to entertain, as this event was just a sampling of what I could expect over the next few days. Some big names in bass fishing were amongst the crowd including Bill Dance, Hank Parker, Ish Monroe, and Boyd Duckett. I also have to say that many of the product designers and marketers that I came across were very welcoming and were more than happy to answer all of my questions and comments pertaining to their product. I am certainly excited to be here in Las Vegas and can’t help but be enthusiastic about getting to see what else ICAST 2008 has in store. More to follow.
Here’s a peek at what was being shown at the new product showcase. I apologize in advance as photography is not my forte.
Jackall Poison Rods (retail approximately $450)
Xtools Grip n Weigh Talking Scale
Let your scale do the trash talking!
(why omit the expandable jaws from the previous generation?)
New rods from a new Company “Big Bear” (http://www.bigbearfishingrods.com)
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