Who Won Best-of-Category Awards at ICAST 2018?

ICAST 2018's Best of Show competition attracted more than 950 new products. (Photo by Scott Bernarde)


ORLANDO — Some of sportfishing's best-known manufacturers were Best of Category winners at ICAST 2018, but none fared better than St. Croix Rods, which snagged three awards Wednesday night at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

The Wisconsin-based rod company won the Best Fly Fishing Rod, Best Freshwater Rod and Best Saltwater Rod categories — the only manufacturer to win that many.

Reel-maker Shimano, LIVETARGET lures, YETI Coolers, and apparel-maker AFTCO each won two awards.


See all the winners below.

Each of the 25 category winners are eligible for ICAST 2018's Best of Show award, which will be voted on and announced Thursday.

ICAST 2018 Best of Category Award winners

Best Boating Accessory


  • Johnson Outdoors' Minn Kota Ultrex

Boats & Watercraft

  • Jackson Kayak's 360 Angler

Best Eyewear

  • Costa Sunglasses' Baffin

Best Footwear

  • Rivers Edge Products' Fish Sandals

Best Giftwear

  • Number 6 Brands' Cauldryn Coffee

Best Lifestyle Apparel

  • AFTCO's Hexatron Performance Fleece

Best Technical Apparel

  • AFTCO's Hydronaut Heavy Duty Waterproof System

Best Marine Electronics

  • Garmin's Panoptix LiveScope

Best Fishing Accessory

  • YETI's Tundra Haul

Best Fly Fishing Accessory

  • YETI 's Panga Backpack 28

Best Fishing Line

  • Power Pro's SuperSlick V2 Braid

Best Kids Tackle

  • Anything Possible's Kids Casters DUDE PERFECT Fishing Kit

Best Tackle Management

  • Tak Logic's Lure Lock Lure Locker

Best Terminal Tackle

  • Rapala's VMC Neko Skirt

Best Freshwater Hard Lure-

  • Westin's Freddy the Frog

Best Saltwater Hard Lure

  • 13 Fishing's Octopi

Best Freshwater Soft Lure

  • LIVETARGET's Hollow Body Crawfish

Best Saltwater Soft Lure

  • LIVETARGET's Fleeing Shrimp

Best Fly Fishing Reel

  • Seigler Reels' Siegler MF Fly Reel

Best Freshwater Reel

  • Shimano's Curado DC

Best Saltwater Reel

  • Shimano's Tekota 500 Levelwind Reel

Best Rod and Reel Combo

  • Lew's Custom Black LFS Combo

Best Fly Fishing Rod

  • St. Croix Rods' Mojo Trout

Best Freshwater Rod-

  • St. Croix Rods' Legend Glass

Best Saltwater Rod

  • St. Croix Rods' Mojo Yak

Official winners' list courtesy of Fishing Tackle Retailer, sponsors of the awards.

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