STORIES ICAST 2015 Posted Aug 25, 2015 'Best of Show' Award Winners at ICAST 2015 eddlyline wins 'Best of Show' during the world's largest sportfishing trade show Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla. – The world’s largest sportfishing trade show, the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, better known as ICAST, is being held July 14 – 17, at the Orange County Convention Center Orlando, Fla. Produced by the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), the industry’s trade association, ICAST - in its 58th year as the industry’s trade show – is the annual destination for the global recreational fishing industry. More than 12,000 representatives from the global sportfishing industry are in Orlando to see the latest innovations in tackle, gear, accessories and apparel. The single most important feature for ICAST exhibitors and attendees alike is the New Product Showcase. The New Product Showcase embodies the sportfishing industry's innovative and entrepreneurial spirit and rewards that ingenuity through the "Best of Show" new product awards competition. This year, 270 companies submitted 889 products in the New Product Showcase, all vying for the “Best of Show” award in 24 categories and for the overall ICAST 2015 “Best of Show” award. Making up a special section of ICAST’s half a million gross square feet show floor, the New Product Showcase provides special visibility for the industry’s latest innovations in gear, apparel and accessories. Best of Show Awards This year, first time exhibitor eddyline kayaks and their C-135 YakAttack Edition, was voted by buyers and media as the best product in both the Boat category and the overall “Best of Show.” “We are still a family-owned company, after 44 years,” said Tom Remsing, eddyline kayaks Sales manager. “With limited resources and a lot of drive, our staff worked very hard to bring this product to fruition. It’s an honor to win the Best of Show.” This year’s New Product Showcase winner’s also included first-time ICAST exhibitors Under Armour, Lifeshirt, RinseKit and YOLOtek. “I congratulate all of the winners and everyone who participated in the New Product Showcase. Every year it’s amazing to see all the creativity and ingenuity our member companies use to add curiosity, excitement and discovery to the adventure of fishing,” said ASA President and CEO Mike Nussman. “I also thank Fishing Tackle Retailer for their sponsorship of this important event.” The ICAST 2015 “Best of Show” awards were presented on Wednesday, July 15, during the Chairman’s Industry Awards Reception at the Orange County Convention Center. ICAST 2015 Overall Best of Show – eddyline kayaks Product: eddyline C-135 YakAttack Edition Best of Show – Freshwater Rod – G. Loomis, Inc. Product: E6X Bass Best of Show – Saltwater Rod – St. Croix Rods Product: Avid Inshore Best of Show – Fly Fishing Rod – St. Croix Rods Product: Mojo Bass Fly Best of Show – Freshwater Reel – Shimano American Corporation Product: STRADIC C3000HG-K Best of Show – Saltwater Reel – Pure Fishing, Inc. Product: PENN Clash Best of Show – Fly Reel – Pure Fishing, Inc. Product: New Pflueger Medalist Fly Reel Best of Show – Hard Lure – Savage Gear Product: Hard Shrimp Best of Show – Soft Lure – Koppers Fishing Product: LIVETARGET Hollow Body Sunfish Best of Show – Lifestyle Apparel – Under Armour, Inc. Product: UA Storm Covert Pant Best of Show – Technical Apparel – Lifeshirt Product: Aegis Lifeshirt Best of Show – Boating Accessories – YETI Coolers Product: YETI Hopper 20 Best of Show – Boats – eddyline kayaks Product: eddyline C-135 YakAttack Edition Best of Show – Combo – Lew’s Fishing Tackle Product: Mach 1 Combo Best of Show – Electronics – Johnson Outdoors Product: Humminbird HELIX 7 SI Best of Show – Eyewear – Costa Product: Rooster Best of Show – Fishing Accessory – RinseKit Product: RinseKit Best of Show – FishSmart – Release Ruler Product: Freshwater Release Rulers Best of Show – Fly Fishing Accessory – Simms Fishing Products Product: G3 Guide Stockingfoot Best of Show – Footwear – Simms Fishing Products Product: Current Shoes Best of Show – Giftware – YOLOtek Product:PowerStick Best of Show – Kids’ Tackle – Steinhauser, LLC Product: Tangle-FREE Combo Best of Show – Line – PowerPro Product: Maxcuatro Best of Show – Tackle Management – Eposeidon Outdoor Adventures, Inc. Product: KastKing Rack ‘em Up Rod Racks Best of Show – Terminal Tackle – Eagle Claw Fishing Tackle Product: Lazer Sharp Fillet Knife ICAST 2016 will be held at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla., July 12 – 15, 2016.