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ICAST 2011 Coverage

It's a Wrap! Rods, Lures, and Terminal Tackle from ICAST 2011

Date: 8/11/11
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Admission: Buyers & Press only
Manufacturer: Various
Reviewer: Zander

Before we return to our normally scheduled review editorial it is time to make one final sweep of ICAST 2011. There was just so much to cover and so little time. We only were able to cover about 50% of what we hoped to before the lights went off. While we wish we could have had just one more day with the manufacturers we did see a lot new tackle this year. Was there anything totally mind blowing? No. But there certainly was a lot of very good product.


Another ICAST in the books


Part of what makes ICAST so great is not just the product but the opportunity to meet all the people behind the product, including the designers from all over the globe, the professional anglers that lend their expertise from the field, and the product managers that ultimately launch the product.


Robby has another winner in the Terez Rail Rod


Shimano: We covered Shimano's reels on the very day of the show and are already beginning reviews of some of the company's rods. One that definitely deserves highlighting is the Terez Rail Rod which took home Best of Show in the Saltwater Rod category. Robby Gant, Rod Product Manager at Shimano, has put together a number of big wins year after year and the new Rail rods continue that tradition. There are three new rail rods which are designed primarily for West Coast tuna fishing. These reels pair up with Shimano's Talica 20II and new Talica 50II. Offered in three actions – heavy, extra-heavy and XX-heavy, “the ratings dictate the top shot set-up to use in conjunction with PowerPro braid,” said Robby Gant, rod product manager for Shimano. The Terez H was built for fishing with 80- to 130-pound PowerPro with a top shot in the 60- to 80-pound range. The XH was built for fishing 100- to 150-pound PowerPro with a top shot of 80- to 100-pounds, while the Terez XXH rail rod has a PowerPro rating of 130- to 200—pound to cover top shots above 100-pound.


The Rail Rod makes use of TC4 blank construction for performance and durability


All of these Terez rail rods feature Shimano’s TC4 blank construction, and come strapped with Fuji K frames with Alconite inserts. Shimano utilizes EVA grips which are ergonomically shaped with flat sides to tuck under your arm, and a flat side on the bottom was integrated to lay flat on the rail. As with all Terez rods, the rail rods are offered in five color options which include aqua, sunset red, fighting lady yellow, emerald green and pearl white.


Castaway introduces new rods with the Microwave guide


Castaway: We caught up with the team at Castaway that was highlighting their newest Skeleton rods which make use of a hybrid guide design which includes the Doug Hannon Microwave Guide and micro guides. These rods are available in a range of models which includes application specific sticks including a cranking rod, a flipping stick, and even a grass master braid rod. There are three saltwater rods as well which are designed for everything from inshore to wading applications. All of these rods retail for $179.99 each.


Gena shows us the new Skeleton rods equipped with micro guides


Strike King: KVD expanded his bait line this season with the new KVD Sexy Frog. This frog features a fully sealed nose to minimize water entry and avoid the nose from slipping past the line tie. It also features free-floating rattle for greater sound emission. One of the biggest issues with any frog is water seepage problems, the KVD Sexy Frog addresses this with a self-draining channel in the rear of the frog to prevent having to squeeze out water.


KVD's new "Sexy Frog"


KVD was instrumental in the design of this bait and utilizes it when fishing both open water and heavy cover applications. There are a range of patterns available including black and yellow, white, green, and Strike King also plans on introducing new clear water colors for lakes with excellent visibility, and when a little more finesse is required to incite topwater strikes. These new frogs will be available this quarter.


Pro Angler Shaw Grigsby shows us the new Strike King Frogs

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