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Video Look: ICAST 2022 Best of Category Winners

Here's a video roundup of the best new fishing gear unveiled at ICAST 2022 in Orlando.

Video Look: ICAST 2022 Best of Category Winners

The new PENN Authority Spinning Reel was one of 30 best-of-category winners at ICAST 2022 in Orlando. (Photo by Scott Bernarde)

As usual, the best new fishing gear of the year featured at the annual ICAST fishing trade show in Orlando has something for nearly every angler.

That's especially true in the trade show's New Product Showcase, in which more than 900 new products from more than 500 manufacturers were featured in this year's show in July.

From rods, reels and lures to hooks, lines and sinkers, new items in 30 categories were considered for Best of Category awards (as well as the overall Best of Show). While there was plenty of new gear not featured in the New Product Showcase, it represents the products that companies wanted anglers to see first.

After voting by media and other show attendees, 30 category winners were named, and then advanced to a final vote for Best of Show.


Newcomer PacBak Coolers stole the show by winning the top prize, an upset of sorts in a competition that's normally won by well-known manufacturers. PacBak's Best of Show winner, P88-MK Combo, is an all-in-one mobile kitchen that allows anglers to process their catch on the water or at camp.


Big companies also did well: Pure Fishing brands won nine Best of Category awards, while AFTCO won four, and Garmin, Simms, Z-Man and Shimano each won two.

Here's a deeper look at ICAST’s Best of Category winners:

St. Croix Legend Grasp

  • Category: Freshwater Rod

St. Croix's exclusive GRASP reel seat helps anglers fish longer, harder, and in control while fishing with oversized lures. The Legend Tournament Bass features St. Croix’s next-gen technologies — hybrid carbon blended SCIV+ blanks and iCAST Glass, a combination of carbon and linear S-Glass in select models. $360

READ MORE: Check out all of our coverage of ICAST 2022


Berkley Slobberknocker

  • Category: Freshwater Hard Lure

The unique Slobberknocker bladed jig features a through-head connection design unlike other bladed jigs. The design delivers a consistent vibration even through heavy cover. A sharp Fusion19 hook, signature PowerBait silicone skirts, and forage matching colors make the Berkley Slobberknocker the ultimate bladed jig. $13.99

Berkley PowerBait PowerStinger

  • Category: Freshwater Soft Lure

Built for bladed jigs, the Berkley PowerStinger introduces a new honeycomb molding technology to PowerBait. Designed with both profile and action in mind, the PowerStinger’s dense head prevents tear out while the honeycomb construction drives action translating the movement from the vibrating jig throughout the trailer. Available in 12 standard and four HD Tru colors. $9.99

WATCH: More than 40 product videos from ICAST 2022

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Bubba Saltwater Multi-Plex Interchangeable Knife Set

  • Category: Cutlery, Hand Pliers or Tools

The ultimate fillet knife, with an easy-to-use, squeeze-and-slide mechanism that allows you to switch blades quickly and seamlessly. The Flex-Change locking system keeps the blade safe and secure. Features two full-tang blades (9" serrated flex and 9" stiff) and non-slip grip handle, premium hard-sided carry case with a watertight seal. $99.99

Frabill Witness Weigh Net

  • Category: Fishing Accessory

The Frabill Witness Weigh Net is the first all-in-one fish net, scale and ruler for fresh and saltwater anglers. With a built-in 30-pound scale, you quickly get the weight of a fish while in the net and be able to release it without having to hang the fish on a handheld scale. Features tangle-free Micro-Mesh netting and a flat bottom. The 48-inch handle has an integrated 30-inch ruler to measure your catch. $149.99

Frabill ReCharge Deluxe Aerator

  • Category: Boating Accessories
Frabill ReCharge Deluxe Aerator
The Frabill ReCharge Deluxe Aerator (left) keeps your bait lively. (Photo by Scott Bernarde)

The Frabill ReCharge Deluxe Aerator is a mobile livewell aeration system to keep bait lively. This aerator features rechargeable Lithium batteries, water-resistant gasket design, a super quiet induction motor, and anti-backflow check valve to prevent siphoning. A digital three-position switch provides options for high or low speed, as well as an intermittent mode. Also features a universal hang-on clip with stability posts. $69.99

AFTCO Barricade Rain Suit Acid Camo Colorway

  • Category: Cold Weather Technical Apparel

AFTCO's Barricade in new Green Acid Camo is built with high-end features: durable three-layer construction, 20K waterproofing, 15K breathability, SpeedVent hood and more.Double Dry adjustable cuffs prevent water from seeping up the arms. A plier pocket on the bibs with 500D nylon keeps tools at the ready. Adjustable shoulder straps along with a waist side adjustment system helps make a comfortable fit. $478

AFTCO Reaper Softshell

  • Category: Lifestyle Apparel for Women
AFTCO Reaper Softshell
AFTCO Reaper Softshell

The women's Reaper softshell is constructed from a durable stretch ripstop softshell fabric that has a DWR finish and keeps the windchill out. It has a built-in face mask that is lined with ultra-warm Hexatron fleece material. Laser-cut ventilation in the underarm area and an easy-access side zipper are also featured. For the angler in search of a comfortable super warm softshell that provides wind protection. $119

AFTCO CocoBoardies Boardshorts

  • Category: Lifestyle Apparel for Men
AFTCO CocoBoardies Boardshorts
AFTCO CocoBoardies Boardshorts

Recycled plant-based fishing shorts, the Cocoboardies feature Cocotex infused polyester with charcoal-activated properties. Cocoboardies provide UPF 40 sun protection, quick-dry properties, and four-way stretch. The utility pocket keeps a pair of pliers, pocketknife, pack of jigheads/hooks at the ready. $69

AFTCO Ankle Deck Boot

  • Category: Footwear
AFTCO Ankle Deck Boot
AFTCO Ankle Deck Boot

AFTCO's new deck boot that was designed from the ground up to fulfill the high demands of the company's pro team, guides, and customers. A neoprene inner liner is eco-friendly, hypo-allergenic, quick drying, and fully flexible. Custom compression-molded anti-microbial insoles offer cushion, rebound, and support. $119

MEGA Live Imaging TargetLock

  • Category: Electronics

MEGA Live Imaging TargetLock from Johnson Outdoors (Humminbird, Minn Kota) gives you independent control of your MEGA Live and trolling motor, so you don't sacrifice boat control. TargetLock locks on to structure, even while your boat is moving or using Spot-Lock. TargetLock debuts MEGA Live Sweep, a sweeping, 120-degree view of structure and fish, and Minn Kota Steer to control both your Ultrex and the MEGA Live at the same time using the Ultrex foot pedal. $2,999.99

Hardy Fortuna Regent Fly Reel

  • Category: Fly Reel and Accessories

Designed for the most demanding conditions, the Hardy Fortuna Regent is built around a multi-pad, carbon-fiber disc drag system housed within a fully sealed, waterproof hub. Drag is adjusted via a tensioned one turn regulator that results in positive, clean drag application with fine increments. The ultra large arbor spool delivers exceptional line pick up and the narrow spool profile ensures easy level stacking of the line. Available in three sizes. $850

PacBak P88-MK Combo

  • Category: Soft and Hard Coolers

Winner of ICAST's Best of Show Award, the P88-MK Combo includes an 88-quart, multi-chambered, roto-molded cooler and a first-of-its-kind, removable and rechargeable battery-operated vacuum sealer. Anglers can to fillet and seal their fish right there on site. Also features three insulated chambers of separation, a built-in cutting board and a multi-position table creating an all-in-one mobile kitchen. $899.

Plano EDGE Frog Box

  • Category: Tackle Management

The innovative Plano EDGE Frog Box allows for storage of up to 50 topwater frog baits by vertically hanging the baits for perfect protection and organization. This allows the legs of each bait to quickly dry off and maintain their shape for long-term use. Also features WaterWick divider with a reusable moisture-wicking packet, a Dri-Loc O-ring seal, Rustrictor technology, and EZ Label system. $54.95

Garmin Quatix 7 Smartwatch

  • Category: Novelties and Wellness
Garmin Quatix 7 Smartwatch
Garmin Quatix 7 Smartwatch Sapphire Edition

Purpose-built for life on the water and beyond, the Quatix 7 – Sapphire Edition multi-sport GPS smartwatch has all the features you need on and off your boat, including a bright always-on touchscreen AMOLED display, comprehensive connectivity with Garmin marine electronics, and wearable tech for everyday fitness and wellness. Advanced smart features and long battery life. $999.99

BOTE Rackham Gatorshell + APEX Pedal Drive

  • Category: Boats and Watercraft
BOTE Rackham
BOTE Rackham Gatorshell + APEX Pedal Drive

The reimagined BOTE Rackham Gatorshell paddleboard is now compatible with the APEX Pedal Drive. This all-new hull features a pedal port offers evolutionary adaptability between board and kayak. Everything you want out of a paddle board with everything you need out of a kayak. $3,249

Ugly Stik Carbon Inshore Rod

  • Category: Saltwater Rod
Ugly Stik Carbon Inshore Rod
Ugly Stik Carbon Inshore Rod

Ugly Stik not only makes saltwater rods, its Carbon Inshore Rod was voted best at ICAST. Ugly Tech rod construction features a 24-ton, 100-percent graphite blank, with a solid graphite tip for a lightweight well-balanced rod with crisp actions and increased sensitivity. The rod features one-piece stainless steel Ugly Tuff guides that eliminate insert pop-outs and is finished with an Ugly Stik Solid Graphite Tip to provide increased sensitivity. 7-year rod warranty. $99.95

Shimano Spheros Combo

  • Category: Rod/Reel Combo
Shimano Spheros Combo
Shimano Spheros Combo

The Spheros SW Combo is designed for versatility and performance in saltwater, featuring the redesigned Spheros SW A spinning reel with Infinity Drive technology to provide unparalleled cranking power and increased smoothness when targeting hard-fighting game fish. The durable blank construction features an EVA handle and large reel seats for throwing artificials or using bait. $229.99

Shimano Stella FK

  • Category: Freshwater Reel

Shimano Stella FKShimano Stella FK

The Shimano Stella spinning reel debuts industry-leading technologies. INFINITYXROSS: Unequaled gear durability extends the gear tooth horizontally to evenly distribute load across the gear tooth. INFINITY DRIVE: Increased cranking power under load. DURACROSS: Up to 10 times the durability, provides the smooth performance of felt but the toughness of Cross Carbon. ANTI-TWIST FIN: The elastic polymer on the underside of the roller reduces line twist for superior line management. $749.99

PENN Authority Spinning Reel

  • Category: Saltwater Reel
PENN Authority Spinning Reel
PENN Authority Spinning Reel

The PENN Authority Spinning Reel features best-in-class smoothness and sealing, setting a new standard in saltwater fishing reels. With IPX8-rated sealed body and spool, no water will reach the internals, even when submerged. Utilizing CNC Gear technology, the precision-cut stainless steel gear train paired with the Dura-Drag system, will give you the power to tame anything from within the deep blue. Available in several sizes and gear ratios. $499.95

Garmin LiveScope Plus Ice Fishing Bundle LI

  • Category: Ice Fishing
Garmin LiveScope Plus
Garmin LiveScope Plus Ice Fishing Bundle LI

Garmin breaks new ice with the LiveScope Plus Ice Fishing Bundle LI, with the latest in LiveScope technology, LiveScope Plus offers improved resolution, reduced noise, clearer images and better target separation in Forward and Down modes to see up to 200 feet below the ice in any direction. The bundle includes the ECHOMAP UHD 93sv, the LiveScope Plus System with swivel pole mount for the transducer, and a lightweight lithium-ion battery. $3,249.99

Simms SolarFlex Guide Cooling Hoody

  • Category: Warm Weather Technical Apparel
Simms SolarFlex
Simms SolarFlex Guide Cooling Hoody

For the hottest days on the water, Simms’ SolarFlex Guide Cooling Hoody features Brr Triple Chill Effect technology to keep anglers cool and in the moment. Mobility boosting stretch, UPF 50 sun protection and quick-drying/moisture wicking. A three-panel hood and integrated sungaiter features a stay strap to allow maximum coverage and a zippered back pocket for storage of small essentials. $129.95

Simms Kid's Tributary Wader

  • Category: Kid’s Tackle
Simms Kids Tributary Wader
Simms Kid's Tributary Wader

Kid's Tributary Waders are built to keep the next generation of anglers hooked. Constructed from breathable and comfortable, waterproof polyester (three-layer upper; four-layer lower), this wader features adjustable suspenders, built-in gravel guards with gathered elastic bottom hems and anatomically engineered left and right stocking feet. Available sizes S-L. $179.95

Bajio Roca Sunglasses

  • Category: Eyewear
Bajio Roca Sunglasses
Bajio Roca Sunglasses

Bajio Roca sunglasses (Roca means rock in Spanish) are named for the productive Roca Flat near Campeche, Mexico. Made with tough, bio-based nylon, this full wrap frame with vented side shields and proprietary LAPS lens technology protects eyes for all-day wear. $249

SpiderWire DuraBraid Hi-Vis Yellow

  • Category: Fishing Line
SpiderWire DuraBraid
SpiderWire DuraBraid Hi-Vis Yellow

SpiderWire DuraBraid is 25 percent tougher than competitive conventional braids. Designed to be fished around rocks, docks, boat hoists, heavy vegetation, and timber, DuraBraid is incredibly supple while offering industry-leading abrasion resistance. New Hi-Vis Yellow color ideal for visually detecting the lightest of bites. $13.99

Mud Hole Custom Tackle RBS Pro G2 Power Wrapper

  • Category: Custom Tackle and Components
Mud Hole Custom Tackle
Mud Hole Custom Tackle RBS Pro G2 Power Wrapper

The second generation of CRB Pro RBS-PRO Power Wrapper & Dryer provides rod builders the ultimate tool to build their rod-building business. With features like aircraft grade aluminum construction, indexed chuck face, adjustable motor with digital voltage readout, built-in rod dryer and additional mounting points for tools. $399.95

Z-Man Fishing DieZel Eye Jigheads

  • Category: Terminal Tackle
Z-Man Fishing
Z-Man Fishing DieZel Eye Jigheads

Built for big, tough predators, the DieZel Eye Jighead features Eye Strike 3D eyes to create a prominent strike target. Custom, heavy-duty 6/0 or 8/0 black nickel, needlepoint hooks are ‘tri-forged’ on three sides for superior strength and sharpness. Dual, conical keeper barbs grip ElaZtech plastics securely; a molded retainer collar accepts Z-Man EZ Skirts for dressing up soft-plastic presentations. Matches larger 5- and 7-inch ElaZtech baits. 3/8- to 3-ounce sizes. $5.99

Z-Man Fishing, Kicker CrabZ

  • Category: Saltwater Soft Lure
Z-Man Fishing, Kicker CrabZ
Z-Man Fishing, Kicker CrabZ

First of its kind side-swimming crab, the Z-Man Kicker CrabZ mimics the side-swimming antics of a live crab for big redfish and other inshore predators. Realistic anatomy includes lifelike kicker claw, segmented legs, eyes and antennae. Angler-friendly design yields easy rigging (with hook pocket.) $4.99

LiveTarget, Live Shrimp

  • Category: Saltwater Hard Lure
LIVETARGET Live Shrimp
LiveTarget Live Shrimp

No inshore fish can resist the first shrimp imitation that both looks and acts alive. The LiveTarget Live Shrimp mimics an exposed shrimp in open water falling toward the bottom. A unique swing weight system delivers a horizontal fall with three interchangeable weights to adjust the fall speed. Buoyant legs provide lifelike fluttering action. Equipped with a low-frequency knocker and a stout Mustad hook, and available in two sizes and eight colors. $14.99

Bull Bay Banshee Fly

  • Category: Fly Fishing Rod
Bull Bay Banshee Fly
Bull Bay Banshee Fly rod

Banshee Fly offs top level performance and value to the fly rod world, while adding something unique. Custom grip is specifically designed with rings at the top of the grip to indicate the rod weight so you can quickly grab the correct rod while on the run or under pressure. Featuring a numbered ring system that differentiates the line weight from 3 weight up to 10 weight. $399.99

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