The first day of ICAST dawned with the typical sunshine day at the 'On The Water' event. Companies like Jackson Kayak, Hobie, Old Town, Torqueedo, YakAttack and more had products out for folks to test.
First look was the new Hobie Passport R aka a rotomolded Passport with GT Kick up fins. This is going to be a great price option for those interested in a pedal drive kayak. MSRP of $1,649 and $1,869 for the 10.5 and the 12 models
We also got another look at the Jackson Knarr Kayak. It got a thumbs up from Jim Sammons after his ride in Jameson Redding's sporty red Knarr. It is the best iteration of the Jackson Flex Drive and has some good speed.
I'm not even sure what this is? I was scared to ask.
After the heat of the Demo we had an invite to the Hobie field trip to Osceola Outback Adventures about an hour outside of Orlando. It is the only licensed barramundi fishing spot in America. Spencer and I (Vince) got a chance at our first catch of this exotic species famous in Australia. No luck from the kayak but we found a few from the bank. It was a super fun excursion and a fun fighting fish!
Fishing by Polaris is sweet.
Big thanks to Hobie for the adventure!
Then after a shuttle back to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, we raced to the New Product Showcase at ICAST.
Here are just a few things we saw. Today we will post much more and cover more ground regarding product. But in the meantime, enjoy this new Saltwater Soft Lure. "I don't need a ride, I need ammo."
We have lots of Appointments with vendors today and we will be posting from the floor as well as posting a recap. Stay tuned.