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ICAST 2019 Coverage


List of ICAST 2019 BEST OF SHOW Category Winners


Date: 7/10/19
Location: Orlando, FL
Admission: Buyers & Press Only
Manufacturer: All
Reviewer: Team TT

Introduction: Minutes ago the 2019 Best of Show category winners were announced at ICAST in Orlando. After voting by buyers and industry media the best of show category winners have been announced and will now compete in another round of voting for the overall Best of Show, which will be announced tomorrow at 2:00PM (EDT).


There were some surprises, and a number of manufacturers that absolutely dominated their respective segments.



Shimano and their brands had a very strong showing with the SLX DC taking the freshwater reel category, the Stradic FL in saltwater, and PowerPro Moonshine taking home top honors in fishing line.



LIVETARGET continued their domination in the lure categories with their new Slow-Roll Shiner, Erratic Shiner, and Flutter Sardine winning the Best of Show for saltwater soft lure, freshwater soft lure, and saltwater hard lure respectively. 



St.Croix also continued their ICAST winning tradition with three wins across multiple rod categories including the Mojo Bass Glass Rip N Chatter Rod for Best Freshwater Rod, the Avid Surf for Best Saltwater Rod, and Imperial Salt for Best Fly Fishing Rod.



Other hotly contested segments included the trolling motor wars in which the Garmin Force won in the Boasting Acessory category, Plano winning the storage category for their slick new EDGE series, and AFTCO taking home multiple wins across garment apparel segments.



Who will win the overall Best of Show? We will find out together tomorrow, and we are also excited to unveil our own TackleTour Best of Show Awards which are voted on by our own editorial staff, and will be announced at the end of the show. Updates for all the awards will be posted as they go live.


UPDATED 7/11/19 2:00PM (EDT) - Garmin and their Force Trolling Motor has been awarded "Best of Show" overall at the 2019 New Product Showcase.


Carly Hysell, PR Manager; David Dunn, Director of Marine Sales; Glenn Hughes, ASA President with the Garmin Force, the overall Best of Show Winner (Photo Credit - asafishing.org)


Complete list of category winners:

Best Freshwater Reel : Shimano SLX DC Baitcasting Reel

Best Saltwater Reel : Shimano Stradic FL Spinning Reel

Best Freshwater Rod : St. Croix Rods Mojo Bass Glass Rip N Chatter Rod

Best Saltwater Rod : St. Croix Rods Avid Surf

Best Rod & Reel Combo : Lews Mach Smash Baitcast Combo

Best Freshwater Soft Lure : Lukerhunt Phantom Spider

Best Saltwater Soft Lure : LIVETARGET Slow-Roll Shiner

Best Freshwater Hard Lure : LIVETARGET Erratic Shiner

Best Saltwater Hard Lure : LIVETARGET Flutter Sardine

Best Terminal Tackle : VMC Bladed Hybrid Treble Short

Best Fishing Line : PowerPro Moonshine Braid

Best Tackle Management : Plano Edge

Best Boating Accessory : Garmin Force Trolling Motor

Best Lifestyle Apparel : AFTCO Yurei Air-O-Mesh Performance Shirt

Best Technical Apparel Warm Weather : AFTCO Overboard Submersible Shorts

Best Technical Apparel Cold Weather : SIMMS Ms G4Z Stockingfoot Wader

Best Eyewear : Costa Water Woman

Best Footwear : Frogg Toggs Skipper

Best Electronics : Humminbird MEGA 360 Imaging

Best Ice Fishing : Humminbird ICE HELIX 7 CHIRP GPS G3N

Best Cooler and Bait Storage : Frabill Magnum Bait Station 30

Best Cutlery Hand Pliers & Tools : BUBBA 110V Electric Fillet Knife

Best Fishing Accessory : American Tackle Company MW20 Finesse Set

Best Kayak Accessory : Hobie Mirage 360 Angler

Best Kids Tackle : ProFISHiency Bumblebee

Best Giftwear : 13 Fishing Fillet Table Beverage Management System

Best Fly Reel : SEiGLER Reels SF

Best Fly Fishing Rod : St. Croix Rods Imperial Salt

Best Fly Fishing Accessory : SIMMS Dry Creek Z Sling Pack









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