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ICAST 2021 Best-of-Category Fishing Gear Winners Named

Wednesday was a multi-win night for Pure Fishing, Plano Molding, AFTCO and Daiwa.

ICAST 2021 Best-of-Category Fishing Gear Winners Named

American Sportfishing Association President Glenn Hughes mugs it up with Costa Del Mar, which won the Eyewear Category for its Untangled Collection: New Frames Made From Old Nets. (Photo by Scott Bernarde)

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 Reel 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

Garmin, which has won numerous ICAST awards, won the Ice Fishing category with its new LiveScope Ice Fishing Bundle LI. (Photo by Scott Bernarde)

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

Plano Molding won four Best-of-Category Awards at ICAST 2021. (Photo by Scott Bernarde)

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

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