Day 2 and 3 of ICast were full of more great products. I took the opportunity to look at some products we currently do not carry and to revisit the Old Town Booth, as those guys had just won a pile of awards at the New Product Showcase.
I also had the opportunity to pose down with Bear Holeman, in the Astral booth, which was pretty cool. He was a great dude and a good sport, and him and his brother, Travis, have a pretty baller fishing show at Kings Of Game.
Another great surprise was running into some friends I used to rock climb with in WV. One of them had started up a new lure company called Riot Baits. It was cool to hang with my old climbing buddies in the middle of the largest fishing show.
I checked in with Old Town Canoe and Kayak after they won Best In Show Boat Category and Best In Show overall for the Predator XL Minn Kota Kayak. It is one impressive looking piece of machinery. Old Town also introduced a bunch of new colors.
The booth was abuzz with industry media.
You can get the Predator XL with a variety of different consoles, which is nice.
ExtraSport also had some new PFDs which looked very good!
I found a lot of cool stuff that we currently do not carry, but still felt compelled to check out.
Release Reels are Virginia made fishing reels. This is a great company with cool folks at the helm. Check them out when shopping for your next reel. I had the chance to meet and talk with Justin Mayer who handles their warranty stuff, (Release Reels carry a Lifetime Warranty). According to Justin, they get a very infinitesimal amount back for repair, which is a true testament to the quality of their product.
I've used one of the Release Reels SGs and it is on my short list of new toys I want to own.
I swung by the Bote Board booth and was impressed with their line-up and the slick graphics. Curious how much interest people have in their stuff? These SUPs were pretty rock'n'roll.
Next up I checked out Viking Kayaks, particularly the ProFish model. This is another coastal offshore rig. It was good to see so many offshore boats. The kayak fishing realm has been over run by large platforms and it's cool to see the sleek kayaks coming back. The ProFish looked to have some potential.
I stopped by the Diablo PaddleSports booth and was instantly drawn to this modified stripping basket that Thomas, the owner, had made right before the show. Pretty tight!
Engel Coolers won Best In Show Tackle Management for this sweet little rig.
The Fish Hunter, cast-able fish finder, was a neat little invention.
And I have to mention the GoPro dog harness. I'm not sure how much you want to know about your dogs habits, but you can find out everything now.
There was plenty more to see. I looked at a lot more than I remembered to take photos of and many things peaked my interest. Ultimately, ICast was a very rewarding and successful experience. The kayak fishing community is one large family and it was great to see that family so well represented in the wider fishing world.
Stay tuned for more info as these new products and kayaks start rolling into our stores.