July 17, 2020
By Game & Fish Staff
An innovative kayak won the top award at the 2020 ICAST trade show, held digitally this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Old Town Sportsman Autopilot kayak, from Johnson Outdoors Watercraft, won the annual award, beating a field of 434 new products from more than 180 companies in 30 categories. The Autopilot won the Best of Category Award in the Boats and Watercraft category earlier this week.
The motorized kayak ($3,799.99 to $3,999) uses Minn Kota's GPS Spot-Lock technology to allow kayakers to get to their honey holes quicker and then stay locked on those spots, even during adverse conditions.
Touch control is possible using the i-Pilot remote, allowing you to pay more attention to your gear and fishing presentations.
The Autopilot features an integrated 45-pound thrust 12-volt Minn Kota motor that is compatible with lead acid or lithium ion batteries.
"My congratulations go to Johnson Outdoors Watercraft for winning this year’s top honors as Best of Show for ICAST 2020 Online,” American Sportfishing Association President Glenn Hughes said in a news release. "Millions of anglers across the U.S. enjoy the fishing experience from a boat or other type of watercraft. This year’s win helps to highlight that close connection."
Info on all of the entrants in the ICAST New Product Showcase are available for viewing through the ICAST website and on the ICAST app.