July 21, 2021
One of the new gear items below will win the Best of Show award at ICAST 2021 in Orlando.
The 30 products won the Best of Category awards, handed out Wednesday night Chairman’s Industry Awards Reception at the Orange County Convention Center.
Four companies won multiple category winners: Pure Fishing, Inc. (5), Plano Molding (4), AFTCO (4) and Daiwa (2).
On Thursday, one of the 30 category winners will be named ICAST 2021's Best of Show, as media and other ICAST attendees will vote again, with the final results being announced around 2 p.m.
The Chairman’s Industry Awards Reception was hosted by the American Sportfishing Association and sponsored by St. Croix Rods.
ASA President Glenn Hughes was the event emcee.
ICAST 2021 Best of Category Winners
Saltwater Reel: Daiwa Corportion, Saltist MQ
Freshwater Reel: Daiwa Corporation, Zillion SV TW
Fly Reel: Pure Fishing, Inc., Grey’s Tital Fly Reel
Rod and Reek Combo: Pure Fishing, Inc., Abu Garcia Veritas Baitcast Combo
Saltwater Rod: Bull Bay Tackle Company, Banshee Rod/Bull Bay Rod
Freshwater Rod: Pure Fishing, Inc., Abu Garcia Zenon
Fly Fishing Rod: G. Loomis, NRX T25 8810-2
Saltwater Hard Lure: Pure Fishing, Inc., Berkley Choppo Saltwater
Saltwater Soft Lure: Savage Gear USA, Duratech Crab
Freshwater Hard Lure: Rather Outdoors, Strike King Chick Magnet Flat-Sided Crankbait
Freshwater Soft Lure: Pure Fishing, Inc., Berkley PowerBait Gilly
Fishing Line: Seaguar BasiX
Ice Fishing: Garmin, LiveScope Ice Fishing Bundle LI
Terminal Tackle: Sharkbanz Fishing, The Zeppelin - World’s First Shark Deterrent Tackle
Tackle Management: Plano Molding, Atlas Tackle Pack
Kids Tackle: Anything Possible Brands, ProFISHiency NERF 5FT, 6IN Micro Spincast Combo
Fishing Accessory: Kahuna Wagons, Sidekick Fishing and Beach Wagon
Fly Fishing Accessory: Plano Molding, EDGE Micro Magnetic Fly Box
Cutlery, Hand Pliers/Tools: Bubba, Pro Series Cordless Electric Fillet Knife
Electronics: Humminbird, MEGA Live Imaging
Soft and Hard Coolers: Plano Molding, Frabill Universal Bait Station
Cold Weather Technical Apparel: AFTCO, Barricade Elite 4L Waterproof System
Warm Weather Technical Apparel: AFTCO, Adapt Tactical Phase Change Hooded Shirt
Lifestyle Apparel for Men: AFTCO, AFTCO Rescue Regenerated Fishing Shorts
Lifestyle Apparel for Women: AFTCO, AFTCO Women’s Field Utility Overall
Eyewear: Costa Del Mar, Inc., Untangled Collection: New Frames Made From Old Nets
Footwear: XTRATUFF, Ankle Deck Boot Sport
Giftware: HitchFire, HitchFire Forge 15
Boats and Watercraft: BOTE, LONO Aero + APEX Pedal Drive
Boating Accessories: Plano Molding, Frabill Ultralight Conservation Net