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Saturday, July 19, 2008

• Here & There: ICAST

I think the dust has settled by now, but I'd like to talk about a few new products I've read about from ICAST this year. Course, I'm like the rest of you. I'm getting this stuff down the pipe from the usual places. I haven't seen everything there is to see. I suppose that's an incentive for actually going to the event.

I'll have to get this one out of the way right off the bat. It's the new Shimano Curado E of course. We all know by now that Shimano revamped the Curado. It's green, lighter than the D's, available with different pricing points, and above all, looks like a step in the right direction. It won Best of Show too. I'm not sure why. I mean it's just a very basic baitcaster. I think Shimano owes the award to all the buzz surrounding the new reel.

Another reel coming around the corner awfully fast is the Daiwa Hyper Speed Zillion. I say that because the new reel sports a 7.3:1 ratio bringing in 32" per turn. It's well out of my price range for the time being though and I'm not particularly fond of the color. Whether the speed is a gimmick or really a huge difference compared to the 7:1's already out there is still a question in my mind. Give me 8:1 and call me. Ever since I got my 7:1 Summit, I've been addicted to speed. A 7.3:1 reel out there in the wild will force other baitcasters to get a speed bump too. We just went through the speed race with computer processors. Now we might have to endure the same ludicrous fiasco in the fishing world.

Shimano isn't the only one cutting the fat. Quantum lost some weight too. Instead of 9 and 10oz reels, we're looking at reels in the 7 ounce range. Wonder how this will change the discussions online now. Can't argue about the weight anymore.

I've been keeping an eye out for a good crankbait reel with a 5.4:1 ratio. I heard about the Abu Garcia Winch a while back. It's a little heavier than I'd like and slightly more expensive than I'd prefer. I do my fair share of cranking, but not often enough to justify a $200 reel. I'd rather spend the extra money on something high speed. I do still need a good cranking reel though, so I'm keeping my eye on this one.

I'm interested to see if Gamma Technologies is going to bring out any new line. Same for PLine. I haven't heard anything. I'm also curious about new tackle boxes for the upcoming year. I know I just got one not too long ago, but I haven't taken care of the thing and it's showing some wear and tear. I may make the switch from hard plastic to a tackle bag.

The Strike King Rage Tail family has new brothers and sisters. There is a lizard, three new creature baits, and a stick worm among others. I want to see these things before I have my final say.

Wave Industries is going to have an eight inch lizard. I think we are all very tired of six inch lizards, but not eager enough to go throwing 9's. I'll have to check, but I don't think Wave Industries carries an equivalent to the Swim Senko. I've made Tiki Sticks my Senko replacement and would love to see some other copy-cats out there.

Did anything get your attention at ICAST?