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2015 ICAST Preview

2015 ICAST Preview
2015 ICAST New Product

This week the fishing industry’s top manufacturers, anglers, media members and retailers are gathering together for the annual ICAST trade show where the most exciting new products for anglers will be revealed to the public. FLW will be there to bring you full coverage of the coolest new products, as well as the annual, hotly contested New Product Showcase awards, where media representatives vote on the best new products in various categories. Before the crew explores hundreds of booths in search of all the latest and greatest, it put together a sneak peek at some of the products being released by 2014 New Product Showcase award winners.

Get full ICAST coverage here all week long.

 

Abu Garcia

2014 Best Freshwater Reel: Abu Garcia REVO Beast

Purposely designed for heavy-duty applications, Abu Garcia’s Best Freshwater Reel winner, the REVO Beast, has since lived up to its name for being able to take the torture of throwing heavy baits on braided line.

This year, Abu Garcia is continuing its tradition of building great spinning reels, which dates back 60 years, with the new-and-improved Revo MGX Spinning Reel. The Revo MGX benefits from advancements such as AMGearing and the Rocket Line Management System.

Abu Garcia Revo Spinning Reals

 

Berkley

2014 Best Line: Berkley Ironsilk

Said to be tough as iron and smooth as silk, Berkley’s Ironsilk monofilament was named Best Line for its extreme abrasion resistance and smooth casting ability. It might be a good choice for fishing with Berkley’s new soft plastics, including the new Havoc Change Up. Designed by FLW pro Scott Suggs, the elongated 4-inch body of the Change Up accommodates a 6/0 wide-gap hook, and was developed to be pitched into thick cover.

New Berkley Havoc Change Up

 

Minn Kota

2014 Best Boating Accessory: Minn Kota Ulterra iPilot Trolling Motor 

Revolutionizing boat control, the Ulterra with iPilot features Auto Stow and Deploy, Power Trim and Spot-Lock functions that can be controlled by the foot pedal or a wireless remote.

New for the back of the boat is Minn Kota’s new EO Series electric outboard motor, which is designed to replace smaller gas outboard motors used for recreational boating. Available in 1/2 or 1 horsepower models, the EO is engineered to run quietly and for up to nine hours at half speed. The motor also features a push-to-test battery meter, which will give boaters an instant reading of the battery life.

New Minn Kota EO Series

 

Lew’s

2014 Best Fishing Combo: Lew's American Hero Baitcast Combo

The best part of the Lew’s American Hero Baitcast Combo was the pledge that the company made to donate a portion of the profits from the series to help fund select programs that benefit veterans.

At ICAST 2015, Lew’s is back again with a new combo and a new mission to aid tomorrow’s anglers. The MACH 1 Speed Spool baitcast combo aims to provide the rapidly growing market of college and high school anglers with a premium product for less than $150.

With quality and affordability in mind, the MACH 1 combo features a 7.1:1 retrieve-ratio reel with 10 stainless-steel bearings. It’s paired with a 6-foot, 10-inch, medium-heavy rod on an all-purpose IM8 blank.

Lew's MACH 1 baitcast combo

 

Savage Gear

2014 Best Soft Lure: Savage Gear Crab

Normally people frown upon imitation crab – but not this one. Savage Gear won Best Soft Lure in 2014 by using 3-D scans of an actual crab to create a perfect imitator.  

The company has expanded on the series for 2015 with the 3-D TPE Mayfly Nymph. The bait comes pre-rigged on an internal jighead and is made from an exceptionally durable material.

Savage Gear 3D TPE Mayfly Nymph

 

SPRO

2014 Best Hard Lure: SPRO BBZ-1 Rat

Including the segmented tail, SPRO’s BBZ-1 Rat measures 10 inches long, but its lifelike swimming action was what amazed voters in 2014. This week the company is unveiling an expanded lineup that includes a 4-inch 40 Rat Jr. and a 3 1/4-inch 30 Rat Baby. Both feature the same walking and waking abilities as the original.

Along with the BBZ-1 expansion, SPRO is releasing the RK Star 55. This 1/2-ounce 55mm crankbait has a wide wobble and a natural hunting action. It dives 9 to 12 feet when fished on 10-pound-test line and comes equipped with Gamakatsu treble hooks.

SPRO RK Star 55

 

Stormr

2014 Best Apparel: Stormr Fusion Bib Pant

Stormr's breathable two-layer construction and DWR finish of its Fusion Bib Pant were developed to provide maximum protection in wet weather. Plenty of storage to keep personal items high and dry and stretchable kneepads are among the features that earned the bib Best Apparel in 2014.

New for 2015, the Stormr PRIME jacket is the improved offspring of the Typhoon and STRYKR lines. A brand-new water-sealing cuff and closure system, fleece-lined interior, extended interior collar and a whole new look are a few of the jacket’s features.

NEW Stormr PRIME rain jacket

 

Costa

2014 Best Eyewear: Costa Del Mar Hamlin with 580p Mirror Lens

Costa is a perennial contender in the Best Eyewear category and won the award in 2014 with the new Hamlin frames. The company is releasing several new styles for this year’s show, including the Cortez. The bold wrap shape and large fit of the Cortez are meant to shield the eyes from glare, and a linear venting system will thwart fogging. Realtree Xtra camo will be among the six color options for this model. 

New Costa Cortez

 

Columbia

2014 Best Footwear: Columbia Megavent Shoe

Fishing apparel giant Columbia created its Megavent Shoe specifically for on-the-water activities. Cooling vents, a water drainage system and more earned it the 2014 Best Footwear award.

Building on the success of the Megavent, Columbia has developed an enhanced model of the shoe. The Megavent Fly OutDry PFG features a ventilated, waterproof and breathable OutDry construction with a unique patented midsole that drains and vents. New styles and colors will also be available.

Colombia Megavent Fly OutDry PFG

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Matlock Flips Bushes for Title

Matlock Flips Bushes for Title

Tyler Matlock of Omaha, Arkansas, caught 11 pounds, 9 ounces of bass Saturday to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Arkie Division tournament on Greers Ferry Lake. For his efforts, Matlock took home $3,205. READ MORE »

Quaintance Makes it Two on Pickwick

Quaintance Makes it Two on Pickwick

Chris Quaintance of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Mississippi Division tournament on Pickwick Lake Saturday with five bass weighing 21 pounds, 5 ounces. Quaintance netted $4,119 for his victory. READ MORE »

Laufenberg Claims Mighty Miss Title

Laufenberg Claims Mighty Miss Title

Cade Laufenberg of Goodview, Minnesota, won Saturday’s T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Great Lakes Division opener on the Mississippi River at La Crosse presented by Navionics with five bass weighing 16 pounds, 7 ounces. For his day on the water, Laufenberg pocketed $4,355. READ MORE »

Chico Wins on Clear

Chico Wins on Clear

The Chico State University duo of Carson Leber of Dixon, California, and Chad Sweitzer of Chico, California, won the YETI FLW College Fishing event on Clear Lake presented by Costa Saturday with a five-bass limit weighing 17 pounds, 9 ounces. The victory earned the Wildcats’ bass club $2,000 and a slot in the 2020 FLW College Fishing National Championship. READ MORE »

Sales Earns Top Spot on Cherokee

Sales Earns Top Spot on Cherokee

Hunter Sales of Blaine, Tennessee, caught five bass Saturday weighing 14 pounds, 12 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Volunteer Division event on Lake Cherokee. Sales earned $3,455 for his efforts. READ MORE »

Burger Smashes 23-9 on Chesapeake Bay

Burger Smashes 23-9 on Chesapeake Bay

Jason Burger of Bridgeton, New Jersey, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Northeast Division opener on the Chesapeake Bay presented by Navionics Saturday with five bass weighing 23 pounds, 9 ounces. For his efforts, Burger pocketed $4,000. READ MORE »

Boehle Runs Shad Spawn, Points for W

Boehle Runs Shad Spawn, Points for W

Adam Boehle of Warrenton, Missouri, caught five bass Saturday weighing 20 pounds, 12 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) tournament on Lake of the Ozarks. Boehle pocketed $4,938 for his win in the event presented by Navionics and 250 points in the Ozark Division presented by Bassing Bob standings. The winner of the division’s Angler of the Year title after five tournaments will win $3,000. READ MORE »

Allman Wins on Wylie

Allman Wins on Wylie

Mike Allman of York, South Carolina, caught five bass Saturday weighing 14 pounds, 7 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) South Carolina Division event on Lake Wylie. Allman earned $2,500 for his efforts. READ MORE »

Lake County Drops 23-9 on Clear Lake

Lake County Drops 23-9 on Clear Lake

The Lake County High School Fishing Club duo of Cooper Goff and Nathan Phillips, both of Kelseyville, California, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 23 pounds, 9 ounces to win the 2019 Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Clear Lake Open. READ MORE »

Grover Grabs Clear Lake Title

Grover Grabs Clear Lake Title

Clear Lake is always a fun place to fish, but wind, rain and cooler temperatures made things tough for the second stop of the Costa FLW Series Western Division event presented by Ranger Boats, and the famed fishery wasn't as kind as it can be with many pros struggling as the week went on. Kyle Grover, on the other hand, only got better as the tournament progressed. READ MORE »

Top 5 Patterns from Clear Lake Day 2

Top 5 Patterns from Clear Lake Day 2

Drop-shotting tules was the main pattern for Uribe and knowing how to reach the fish made all the difference. Adjusting to the conditions was definitely key on day two, and no doubt the rest of the top pros had to go with the flow to stay in sight of the title. READ MORE »

Uribe in Charge on Clear Lake

Uribe in Charge on Clear Lake

When weather woes nixed Joe Uribe Jr.’s initial objective, the resilient angler from Surprise, Ariz., refocused his effort and sacked up a limit of 19 pounds, 5 ounces to take over the lead on day two of the Costa FLW Series Western Division event presented by Ranger Boats and hosted by Konocti Vista Casino Resort & Marina with a total weight of 41-13. READ MORE »

Clear Lake Midday Update – Day 2

Clear Lake Midday Update – Day 2

Clear Lake was in a foul, foul mood this morning for the second day’s launch of the Costa FLW Series Western Division event, which is presented by Ranger Boats and hosted by Konocti Vista Casino Resort & Marina. Absent was the drizzly rain of yesterday, but the tradeoff was a 15- to 20-mph northwest wind that turned the lake into a washing machine. READ MORE »

Top 5 Patterns from Clear Lake Day 1

Top 5 Patterns from Clear Lake Day 1

Lane Olson of Forest Grove, Ore., benefitted from a double dose of Clear Lake kickers when he found the right set of docks in a major spawning bay. Finesse baits did the trick up shallow for the day one leader at the Costa FLW Series Western Division event presented by Ranger Boats. Other slow presentations served his brief offshore work. Handling the day’s weather challenges was a big part of Olson’s success.  Here are the details of the rest of the top five. READ MORE »

Olson Out in Front at Clear Lake

Olson Out in Front at Clear Lake

Lane Olson of Forest Grove, Ore., was able to separate himself from the pack on day one of the Costa FLW Series Western Division event presented by Ranger Boats with a five-bass limit weighing 25 pounds. One of four anglers to crack 20 pounds, Olson leads second-place pro Joe Uribe Jr. by 2 1/2 pounds. The rest of the top 20 are packed together with just a few pounds separating them.  READ MORE »

Clear Lake Midday Update – Day 1

Clear Lake Midday Update – Day 1

The weather system pushing through northern California brought dreary, drizzly conditions interspersed with occasional steady spells of light rain for day one of the Costa FLW Series Western Division event, which is presented by ranger Boats and hosted by Konocti Vista Casino Resort & Marina. The sun made only a few peeking appearances, but there were several bright spots in the morning’s activity. READ MORE »

South Laurel Wins KHSAA Championship on Kentucky

South Laurel Wins KHSAA Championship on Kentucky

The South Laurel High School team of Shawn Coots and Trent Keltner weighed 19 pounds, 9 ounces on day one and 13-4 on day two for a 32-13 total and the win in the 2019 Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) State Bass Fishing Championship on Kentucky Lake. READ MORE »

Manson Nets Third Win

Manson Nets Third Win

Scott Manson of Covington, Ohio, brought five bass to the scale Saturday weighing 13 pounds, 4 ounces, to take top honors at the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Buckeye Division opener on Grand Lake-St. Mary’s presented by Navionics. For his efforts, Manson netted $4,046. READ MORE »

Herron, Rutland tie on Lay Lake

Herron, Rutland tie on Lay Lake

Dusty Herron of Alabaster, Alabama, and Chris Rutland of Wetumpka, Alabama, each caught five bass Saturday weighing 16 pounds even to tie for the win at the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Bama Division tournament on Lay Lake. After contingency awards, Rutland earned $3,435, while Herron took home $2,435. READ MORE »

Shad Spawn Takes Elrod to Top

Shad Spawn Takes Elrod to Top

Bryan Elrod of Mechanicsville, Virginia, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Piedmont Division tournament on Smith Mountain Lake presented by Navionics Saturday with five bass weighing 17 pounds, 1 ounce. For his efforts, Elrod pocketed $3,766. READ MORE »