ORLANDO, Fla. – The single most important feature for ICAST exhibitors and attendees is the New Product Showcase, which saw sportfishing industry buyers and media vote on more than 700 tackle products and accessories.
Sponsored by Fishing Tackle Retailer, the competition to determine the best products in a number of categories and best overall can end up being lucrative for the manufacturer.
"Each year, I am amazed by both the quality and ingenuity of the new products that are unveiled at the New Product Showcase, and this year was no different," said Mike Nussman, ASA's president and CEO. "I congratulate all of the winners and everyone who participated in the New Product Showcase, from the companies who worked hard to develop these innovations to the buyers and media who served as judges. I also thank Fishing Tackle Retailer for their sponsorship of this important event."
This year the Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 12 by Hobie Cat, was voted as the best product in both the Boat category and the overall "Best of Show."
This year's winner's also included first-time ICAST exhibitor SeaQualizer. Two returning ICAST exhibitors were also first-time winners. They are: Luna Sea and Magnetic Marine. Eight 2011 showcase winners also won Best of Show honors in 2012: Hobie Cat, JL Marine Systems, Inc., Pure Fishing, Johnson Outdoors, Costa, G. Loomis, 3D Picture Store and Koppers Fishing & Tackle Corporation.
Check out the category winners: