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Reaching Optimum Madness in Big Baits!
If you've followed our coverage of ICAST in the past, you'll know that while Optimum Bait Company has products under their own name, they are also the distributors of many other popular bait brands including Kahara, Deps, AA Worms, Reins and ima. Keeping the baits and names all straight can be a challenge so this year, we're going to discuss just a few key baits within this large umbrella.
Hanging Out with Molix
When it comes to innovative or just plain interesting product, Molix always has something up their sleeves for us at ICAST. We look forward to visiting with this Italian manufacturer each and every year to get a taste of their unique flair and style. Once again we were not disappointed.
Pflueger Doubles Down on Value
Pflueger's motto has always been to provide solid performing reels at price points that make it easy to adopt their brand. They further their quest in that goal this year with a refinement of their already popular and very value driven spinning reel lineup.
Simms Takes On The Challenge Of... Everything
Each and every year Simms just about overwhelms us with new product. How this manufacturer continues to up their game each and every year is really quite astounding, but of course, many more budget minded anglers dismiss the company right away for the cost of their product. Simms is aware of the grumbling and has a new rain suit that's a bit more affordable than their top end ProDry rainsuit. Let's take a look!

Denali Doubling Down and Going on the AttaX
Denali has slowly and steadily been revamping their rod lineups over the last couple of years. They've continued that trend this year with the refinement of their popular Kovert series of rods and extending their technique specific reach with a series of sticks to support the big bait trend.

Gliding Along with Lucky Craft USA
Keeping things simple this year, Lucky Craft has a single bait debut this year but several new colors extending throughout their existing lineup of baits. Let's take a look.
The Swiss Army Knife of Emergency Batteries
This year, Weego introduced a unit that's more than just an emergency starter battery making it more likely for you to have around when you're in the outdoors.
G-Rods Looks to Change the Game with Their New Mid-Tier Bass Rods!
Perhaps no company made a bigger splash with us at last year's ICAST thank G-Rods International, so we were anxious to see what this relatively new manufacturer had in store for ICAST 2016.
In Search of Practical or Elite? Abu Has an Answer for Both
Seven years ago, at ICAST 2009, Abu Garcia debuted their Vendetta bass rods - a series that would set the tone for others to come in both style and value. This year, they re-imaged this series and introduced a more affordable version of their flagship Fantasista.
Missile Bait's Offer They're Betting Few Bass Can Refuse
We caught up with BASS Elite Series Pro Ish Monroe in the Missile Baits booth to lean what's new with the manufacturer for 2017. For Missile Baits, it's all about that craw.
New Baits from Megabass
Riding their successful introduction of the Levante series of rods last year, Megabass turned their focus to new bait introductions for 2017. We take a look at six baits that are new to the US market, but not necessarily worldwide.
New Colors and Packable Rain Suits from Huk Gear
Thanks to their now signature camouflage pattern licensed from Kryptek, Huk Gear is one of the fastest growing apparel manufacturers in the fishing industry. The combination of aggressive styling, attractive patterns and colors, and garments that are super comfortable to wear has hit an accord with consumers.

An UltraFast Spincast Reel from Zebco/Quantum
With recent, exciting introductions like the EXO and Smoke reels, we never know quite what to expect at Quantum from year to year. This year we were greeted by none other than KVD himself who took the time to walk us through what the company has planned for 2017.

River2Sea is Going Mad and Doubles Down on the Plopper!
We were somewhat disappointed last year to find our friends over at River2Sea had nothing new to share. This year, while the manufacturer did have some new stuff to show us, they still chose to keep things relatively low key with only two new bait introductions and some new colors to be made available throughout their bait lineup.

Spro's New Spittin' Shad
Another booth that's normally hopping with new product introductions is Spro. This year the company extended their topwater offerings with a new, spitting frog and new colors for an established frog bait. They then simply extended the utility of a couple of bait lineups with new colors. Let's take a look.
Abu Garcia Goes to the Xtreme in Both Weight and Speed
The long-standing threshold for a bass-sized low profile baitcasing has been six (6) ounces. Break this threshold and you've entered the realm of highly coveted and often, difficult-to-afford flagship reels. This year, one manufacturer has shattered that barrier by introducing a sub-five ounce (-5oz) reel! Introducing the 4.5 ounce Abu Garcia REVO MGXtreme!
Jackall of All Trades - New Gantia Swimbaits and Gavacho Popper Frogs
Is there any lure category that Jackall can't address? It sure doesn't seem like it as the brand continues to expand their already very robust offering year after year. Fresh off their successful Ganteral Jr. and Rhythm Wave soft swimbait spring launches the team at Jackall surprised us at ICAST with more offers designed to target big and aggressive fish.
Phenix Goes Back Out on Recon
Phenix original Recon and subsequent Recon 2 series of rods are arguably their most popular suite of bass rods, so we were a bit surprised when the company debuted yet another revision to this line at this year's show. Here's a look at the new Recon Elite series of rods from Phenix.
Old School is New Again with St. Croix's Legend Glass
If there's one thing that's been missing in St. Croix's extensive lineup of bass rods, it's a series of rods dedicated to moving baits. This top tier manufacturer addressed that oversight this year at ICAST in a big way. So big, in fact, that they won Best in Show Freshwater rod with their brand new Legend Glass sticks.
BBB Makes a Bid for the Squad with their Suicide Shad
Big Bite Baits is quietly and effectively becoming a huge player in the soft bait market. While the company's Real Deal Shad variations have been a success, what's been missing in their arsenal is a hollow body paddletail swimbait. Enter this year's ICAST introduction, the Suicide Shad.
They Hybrid Tech Fueling Kistler's Feel n Reel Rod Series
How do you breathe new life into an already top selling rod line? If you're Kistler Custom Rods, you introduce a subset of composite blank sticks that answer the call of anglers wanting the versatility of a moving bait stick with the power of a traditional worm and jig rod. Introducing the "Feel and Reel" S2 KLX rods by Kistler.
Stormr's New Lightweight Garments Protect Anglers From the Sun and Rain
STORMR started with neoprene based foul weather gear designed to tackle the toughest conditions including surf and offshore fishing. While those garments were extremely robust they were overkill for certain fishing situations. While there is absolutely a place and time for those jackets and bibs this season Stormr is introduces lighter more packable garments.
ICAST 2016 New Product Showcase Best of Show Winners!
Day two of ICAST is in the books and the New Product Showcase Winners have been announced. It was a great year for Minn Kota, Lew's who won in multiple categories, Pure Fishing who took home top honors in fly and saltwater reels, and Savage Gear won for the third year in a row with their Suicide Duck.
A Balance Between Form and Function, the Exciting New 13 Fishing Muse Rods
13 Fishing's rod's have always had an edgy feel to them, and even the more affordable rods look and perform like they should be competing in a higher segment. This ICAST the big rod announcement was the introduction of the updated Muse Series, a new lineup that is tailored to offer a balance of form and function at a great price.


Get Low! Lew's New Super Low Profile (SLP) Series Gets Down
Lew's continues to roll out notable new products season after season and this season when it comes to baitcasters that had one goal in mind, to deliver an even lower profile baitcaster. Today at ICAST they introduced the new Super Low Profile (SLP) Series.
Okuma Uses Advanced Materials to Make the New Helios SX Spinning reels Lighter and Tougher
As time goes on reel manufacturers gain access to new technologies and materials so there are more opportunities to make reels not only lighter but more durable, and while it may sound like an oxymoron, that is exactly what Okuma sought to do with the new Helios SX spinning reels.
Souped up and Ready to Crank, the New 13 Fishing Concept A3 Baitcasters
13 Fishing's Concept baitcasting Series continues to undergo refinement and upgrades each season and this year the company that isn't afraid of taking chances turns things up in a big way when it comes to souped up gearing and drag systems.
G.Loomis Ushers in the New GLX Rod Series
Three letters that every Loomis fan knows… GLX, the rod series that redefined the brand all the way back in 1993. This ICAST G.Loomis introduces the next generation with the introduction of 35 new GLX bass rods, offered in lengths, powers and actions for jig and worm, all-around G. Loomis Mag Bass, spin jig, flip-punch, ShakyHead and drop shot fishing situations.
It's Getting Hot in Here! Meet the Updated Tatula CT Reels
The Daiwa Steez may get all the attention but when it comes to which reel the company sells a whole lot more of we need to turn to the more mainstream oriented workhorse reel known as the Tatula. The Tatula Series has become more refined over time and Type R variants really started to blur the lines between mainstream and premium level performance.
Going Lighter, Quieter, and More Responsive – Shimano’s New Stradic CI4+ and Metanium MGL
In usual Shimano fashion the company made a big splash this ICAST at the new Product Showcase rolling out two new freshwater reels designed to really up the ante in not just performance but ergonomics. These new products included the Stradic CI4+ and the arrival of the ultra-refined Metanium MGL.
The New Daiwa Steez Gives You Wings
A flagship reel should be refined, over engineered, dare I say it...sexy. The Daiwa Steez Series is all of these things and over the seasons the Steez reels have been paired with some of the most premium rods on the market to create some of the lightest combos known to bass anglers. So what's in store for the latest generation of Steez reels? T-Wing.
Does One Plus One Equal More than Two? Meet the Lunkerhunt "Link"
Lunkerhunt has long been known for their realistic looking lures and this ICAST the company is blending that ultra-realistic design with some good old fashioned innovation. Meet the dual bodied "Link" Series which features two lures connected together to create a unique fish attracting topwater action.

Penn Prepares to Roll out a Brand New Slammer Spinning Reel
ICAST 2016 is just a week away and some of the manufacturers are starting to introduce some of their new reels in advance of the show. One such example is the return of the Penn Slammer, a heavy duty spinning reel that is back by popular demand.

The Best of Nylon and Fluoro Combined? Yozuri Hybrid Copoly
It's been a very long time since I've fished this line, so it was nice to get reacquainted with it for the purpose of this review. I spooled both 10lb and 12lb test on some casting reels, and 6lb test on a spinning reel for a recent trip to the California Delta...
TackleTour Tournament Interview : Shin Fukae
In our continuing series of interviews, we're sitting down with different pros and going through their tackle selections for each day of our tourney, one at a time. Today, we sit down with Shin Fukae, FLW Tournament Pro. Shin Fukae's sponsors include Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits, Gamakatsu, Ranger Boats, Shimano, Fish Arrow, YGK.
Unleashing Abu Garcia's Original REVO Beast
While some manufacturers are spending their design dollars going smaller and lighter, in 2014, Abu Garcia focused their attention on going stronger. We're a little overdue but here now is our look at Abu Garcia's REVO Beast casting reel.
Going Old School with PLine's PF Original Copoly
Twenty five to thirty (25-30) years ago, PLine was the first "exotic" brand of line I came across. At that time, their PF Original was relatively new and touted as being thin, yet strong. I bought it on recommendation of the owner of my local tackle shop and really enjoyed the performance of the six pound (6lb) on my spinning gear. It's about time I revisit this line and put it through our new line test regimen.











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