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ICAST 2014 – July 15-18, Orange County Convention Center Orlando, Fla.

Excitement awaits you at ICAST 2014 being held July 15-18, at the Orange County Convention Center in beautiful Orlando, Fla. IFTD will co-locate with ICAST for a second year creating the world’s largest recreational fishing tradeshow. The International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, better known as ICAST, is the world’s largest sportfishing trade show annually […]

ICAST Day Three II

ICAST’s doors may be closed, but we’ve still got great products to show you from the show! read more Read More from BASSMASTER.com >

Simms’ standout products

Simms introduced multiple new items at ICAST, but a couple of standouts are the Contender jacket and bib and the SolarFlex tee, according to Simms' Diane Bristol.   The Contender offers high-quality Gore-Tex protection at a lower price point than some of the company's prior offerings. The jacket has several pockets, a storm hood and […]

Rain, rain, stay away

I got an education in what Gore-Tex is today. It's a membrane that's waterproof and breathable. And to prove that to me, the Gore-Tex guys put me in a Gore-Tex rain jacket, pants and booties and stuffed me into a room where torrential rains poured from the ceiling.   I stayed dry, except for my […]

ICAST Day Three

Check out what’s hot at ICAST 2012. read more Read More from BASSMASTER.com >

The worm empire

Not completely unexpectedly, I found live worms on the ICAST show floor. Silver Bait owner Bruno Durant talked to me a little bit about what it takes to grow millions of worms.   read more Read More from BASSMASTER.com >

Word of mouth

By far the best way to draw a crowd to your booth at ICAST is by having something truly "new" and innovative. It happens at every show. Something different comes along and it creates a buzz. Instead of stumbling across it by accident, someone you know sees you in the aisles and says, "Hey, Ken, […]

The buzzword is "new"

The word you probably hear more than any other at ICAST is "new." This bait comes in three "new" colors. That reel comes in two "new" gear ratios. Another line is offered in a "new" bulk spool.   Quite often the manufacturers play pretty fast and loose with the term, and you realize that it's […]

So much to see, so little time

Another ICAST is winding down and I feel like I've seen maybe 1 percent of the stuff here. That's not an exaggeration, either. There's lots to see and relatively little time to do it. Between chasing down products, writing photo gallery cutlines and doing some BASScams, there's absolutely no time to just walk the floor and […]

‘Dream’ week at ICAST

I’ve spent the last few days at the tackle trade show in Orlando talking to buyers and media from around the world about my sponsors’ new products for 2013.      One item that’s getting a lot of attention is the Strike King Dream Shot, a 4-inch soft plastic drop-shot that my nephew Jonathon used to […]