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ICAST 2019 Coverage


TackleTour's Best of ICAST Award Winners


Date: 7/11/19
Location: Orlando, FL
Admission: Buyers & Press Only
Manufacturer: Varied
Reviewer: Team TackleTour

This 2019 ICAST show has been filled with interesting products, new entrants into mature segments, and even some bold innovations. While There are countless entrants worthy of consideration, these are the products in each category that the Editors at TackleTour highlight as the "Best of ICAST."


Casting Reel : Shimano SLX DC


Best of ICAST - Casting Reel : Shimano SLX DC Once reserved only for the Shimano's highest end reels the DC braking system was introduced to mainstream anglers for the first time with last year's introduction of the Curado DC. The Curado DC was the first baitcaster to make use of the easier to operate I-DC4 digital brake system, which made it easier than ever for a much wider range of anglers to take advantage of the technology. Retailing at $189.99 each the SLX DC has the unique distinction of being the first domestic reel to make use of the company's DC system and retail for under 200 dollars, and puts the series well within reach of just about all anglers and all budgets. If you didn't pick up a Curado DC, or haven't tried a DC equipped reel yet, the SLX DC really makes it easy to experience the technology for the first time. Cast away and let the module whine!


Spinning Reel : Daiwa Certate LT


Best of ICAST - Spinning Reel : Daiwa Certate LT There are a lot of spinning reels out there but how many have the level of refinement and can cause genuine reel envy like the Exist can. Reels like the Exist are the stuff of dreams for anglers that love a good spinning reel, and while the Certate has always played second fiddle to the Exist, the line has always been a bit more "accessible." This season the Certate makes a huge leap forward and cements status as an elite spinning reel with implementation of a new aluminum monocoque body design similar to the Exist, a Zaion Air Rotor, Air Bail, Magsealed bearings, and digigears that are smooth and precise. The reel's cold forged and digitally milled gearing provides accurate gear to tooth interaction with the brass pinion, making for smooth operation and incredible power transfer. The Certate LT will be available in sizes from 2500 to 5000 and retails from $449 to $499 dollars. This may seem like a big investment but with all of these features, and retailing for over three hundred dollars less than the Exist, this elite reel is sure to make it into the arsenals of many spinning enthusiasts. Anglers may buy more Tatulas and Stradics, but they dream of owning reels like the Certate LT.


Casting Rod: ARK Rods Reinforcer


Best of ICAST - Casting Rod : ARK Rods Reinforcer The Reinforcer Series is the new flagship of ARK Rods. The top of line un-sanded rod blank is made of 46T HM carbon-fiber enhanced with carbon nano tube in between the carbon-fiber layers and constructed by our ARK high pressure carbon-fiber rolling technology. Not only you can see our logo through the whole blank but also it makes the rod incredible light, stronger and sensitive. It also come with Fuji PTS/TVS reel seat with soft touch layer, Titanium guides, Portuguese AAAA grade cork handle and lifetime warranty. MSRP : $349.95



Spinning Rod : Daiwa KAGE


Just in case you want to complete the combo Daiwa also introduced the KAGE spinning reels for $199


Best of ICAST - Spinning Rod : Daiwa did something special this year when they created a new series called the KAGE and made it exclusive for independent dealers. Not only have they created a desirable new series but they continue to support local dealers that are looking to differentiate and offer something unique to their customers. The KAGE Series of rods are ideal for finesse and light techniques and makes use of X045 Bias carbon construction that is strong and loads evenly, and will not twist under pressure. The rods feature a extra-fast Meagtop tip that has no spine and is solid, thin, strong, and sensitive. The rods are finished with a Fuji VSS reel seat and Fuji Alconite Rings in Fuji's proven Tangle-Free Guides. These are idea tout, panfish, and finesse bass rods and retail for a reasonable $189 to $219 dollars depending on length and configuration. Looking to complete the combo? Daiwa has anglers covered with a brand new matching KAGE reel, which retails for right about the same, and comes with a very slick JDM-esque cork barrel handle knob.

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