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Friday, July 3, 2009

• ICAST 2009 Previews

ICAST is the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades. Try saying that three times fast. Yeah. It's a trade show. It's being held in Orlando this year from July 15th to the 17th. I'm not going, but thousands usually attend this big event.

Because most of us won't be going, we need to get the inside info. We want a sneak peek at what is coming. I have been trying to dig up all I can find about what's going on at ICAST 2009, but there is very little info out there giving sneak previews of products. So far, only a few products have been mentioned on the web and in magazines.

So here's what I've found so far. Feel free to share your findings by posting a comment below. If I knew I had permission, I would have posted images of some of the new products, but most of the links I will provide have good photos already.

Being the Pflueger guy that I am, TackleTog's mention of the Patriarch XT caught my attention. My Patriarch has been in my arsenal for a while now and here Pflueger decides to release a 6.8oz version with a carbon fiber handle and EVA knobs. I already want one, but I'm already loaded up with reels as it is. I also read on the TackleTour forum that a lefty Patriarch is in the works for ICAST. Can anyone confirm that one?
Link 1
Link 2 with photo
New Photo: Gag reflex Johnny Morris-esque bright blue sideplates, aluminum frame, 6.4:1 gear ratio, 12/100, carbon fiber drag, 9+1 bearings (one less than the regular Patriarch?)
No, I'm not happy with the blue sideplates. If Pflueger is going after the Shimano Core with this reel, I think they dropped the ball in the looks department. A 7:1 version had better be in the works too. Pricing points are similar.

Rich Lindgren has posted a quick ICAST preview on the Versus Country Blog. He really only covered a few baits, including the Mad Maxx hollow body frog, Tru Tungsten Flea Flicker weighted wacky rig hooks, and Berkley PowerBaits like the Ripple Shad swimbait, a Finesse Worm, Ribbon Tail Power Grubs, and a Curtail Worm.
Read his VS blog post:

I read about the Ripple Shad in the latest issue of Bassmaster Magazine. It is available in 3 and 4 inch sizes and it's called the Ripple Shad because it has segmented ribs along the sides. This might be the swimbait I have been searching for. I want to see it in person to find out how big the lure really is.

A few other products were also mentioned in the latest issue of Bassmaster and I suspect that although most, if not all of them are available now, they will be on display at ICAST. XCalibur is bringing out the Xr25 lipless crank in 1/4oz available in 18 colors. Booyah has another spinnerbait called a 1/8 ounce Micro Pond Magic. Berkley is unveiling a new monofilament line that you can already purchase called Trilene TransOptic. It changes color in and out of water, turning a hi-vis gold outside of water and invisible beneath the surface.

By way of BassFan, I was able to read about a new Quantum Tour baitcaster. KVD is behind this reel. It's a high speed 7.3:1 reel with a lot more line capacity. What stands out is the pricing point and the line recovery. At a projected cost of $299, it appears Quantum is taking aim at Daiwa and with a line recovery of 34 inches, the Quantum reel might smack around the high speed competition. The new ACS 3 casting control is some sort of self adjusting braking mechanism. It should allow anglers more time to fish and less time fiddling with brake adjustments. On the down side, there is no lefty version and it weighs about 8.5 ounces.
BassFan (item is listed towards the bottom of the page)
Wired2Fish Link

Wired2Fish has recently posted an article on a new Yamaha outboard called the F150 Jet Drive. If they're at ICAST, they'll probably be showing it off. Read more about it at the following link:
Wired2Fish Link

TackleTour must also be holding out on us because I can find very little on their main page at this point. I found an article on some new Penn saltwater spinning reels. There are other articles on the Reaction Innovations buzzbait called the Squeaky Dolphin as well as articles related to Sebile Baits, Skeet Reese Tessera rods, and Mattlures swimbaits. Whether or not these items are good enough for ICAST is beyond me.
TT Link

Rumors have been flying around about Abu Revo modifications, so although I'm not a big Revo fan, it'll be interesting to see where they go with any changes. Also look out for the Vendetta rods.
Revo Mods
Revo Redesigned
Vendetta Rods

A really neat addition to the list has to be these SpinTech Treble Hooks that rotate 360 degrees. (spintechhooks.com)

As ICAST gets closer, I'm sure we'll be hearing more about new products on the horizon.

Be sure to read my next post from the 15th. Listed a few new products I was particularly interested in. Will also try to update that post with more items as the evening progresses.
ICAST 7/15/09 - Play by play


Stacy said...

Hey, great site. I'm with Stubby Steve's... this is going to be our first time at iCast and we'll have our lure in the "New Product Showcase".

and since you're a bass man,... here's a link to
our "Chubby Stubby" for bass which isn't for sale yet. (Our original Stubby Steve's catches bass anyway so we don't know if we'll go further with the other)


Have a July 4th!