Lansky Sharpeners has come up with a really handy new pocket utility tool for knives: the Blade Medic. It's 4 sharpeners in one, including serrated blade and hook sharpeners.. and it fits in your pocket.
Withe their Hightail Series, Kicker Fish Bait Co. has a patented technology that allows floatation without the use of "floatation" plastics that would restrict the options for color and flexibility. The result is a series of worms and creature baits that are highly visible and lifelike.
Daiwa's new Cielo rod makes use of a new manufacturing process that wraps the lower end in a binding of strong woven fibers similar to those in a heavy-duty water hose. The result is a rod that is much stronger than its weight and sensitivity would imply.
Daiwa's new Lexa 300 baitcasting series has been designed to accommodate more line... a lot more. 240 yards of 40-LB braid, in fact. It also has an open design that makes it easier to work with the line on the spool.
D.O.A. Lures' Mark Nichols invented the soft plastic shrimp lure that has been knocked off by countless competitors. Mark's response is to package his made-in-America originals in a too-good-to-pass-up value pack.
Humminbird's new 360 Imaging offers unprecidented views for anglers. The ethernet-connected module works with current Humminbird side-imaging models and allows a full radius view surrounding your boat, out to 150 feet (and 150 deep).
Columbia showed their revolutionary fabric, Omin-Freeze Zero. This high-tech fabric uses Sweat Activated Cooling to provide a chilling effect in hot weather. Polymers in the fabric absorb sweat and in the process expand, creating a noticeable cooling affect. The fabric is available in shirts, neck gators, caps and even in footwear.
Berkley has designed a series of jigheads specifically for Gulp! baits, and as John Prochnow (the inventor of Gulp!) says, they didn't just want to make another jig... this one had to be special. And it is.
Denny Brauer has partnered with Ardent to design a series of signature rods that include 9 baitcasting actions, plus a spinning version. Best of all... they've been put to the test by Denny on Texas lakes.
Legendary bass pro Denny Brauer showed us two of Ardent's reel series. The F700 is a dedicated flippin' & pitchin reel with a fixed level-wind eye, narrow spool and built-in permanent 22.5-lb. drag. The new Edge series features Ardent's Drag Tracking Technology, which keeps the drag positioned perfectly with the movement of the level-wind eye for consistency.
G Loomis unveiled two newly redesigned rod series at 2012 ICAST: a GLX flippin' rod series, and a GLX crankbait rod series. Both series benefit from the GLX construction, combining strength with unprecedented sensitivity.
Mustad, the legendary maker of hooks, brought out a series of new tools and accessories designed with Kevin VanDam. They also featured a new hook series designed with Denny Brauer for soft plastic bait.
Fish Vector has a patented system that combines underwater light with sound technology to produce a fish-caatching environment in 20 minutes. Both dock mount and portable systems enable you to attract fish from as far as 5 miles.
Spiderwire has also come out with a new braided line: Zilla Braid, for MONSTER fish. The braid combines the strength of Dyneema -- the strongest fiber on earth -- with the durability an stretch of Cordura.
Spiderwire has a new line series aimed at entry-level anglers. It includes EZ Flurocarbon, a line that is designed to give less experienced anglers the benefits of fluorocarbon without some of the tricky drawbacks.
Shimano has redisigned their Saros spinning reel, incorporating a new high-performance graphite that is 200 times stronger than standard graphite. The result is a strong, corrosion-proof reel that stands up to any punishment a fish, or the elements, can dish out.
Shimano came to ICAST with a brand-new design for its highly popular Calcutta line of baitcast reels. This new Calcutta features a revoltionary drag system and a equally innovative body style that makes this "round style" reel fit the hand more like a low-profile reel.
One of the most impressive new products at 2012 ICAST was one of the simplest: Shakespeare's Hide-A-Hook Bobber. This clever little bobber lets a kid handle his or her own fishing line without fear of hooking either themselves, or anyone else.
Tommy Martin and Paul Elias, two legendary names in competitive bass fishing, are both still going strong. One reason is their success with S-Glass rods from Seeker. These lightweight fiberglass rods give them a more sensitive, stronger casting action -- especially Paul, who has garnered a late career reputation as the king of the Alabama rig--which needs a special rod to cast all day long.
Yakima Bait nailed it in designing a spinnerbait for redfish (despite the fact that they are based in Washington State, nowhere near prime redfishing country!). With Elaztec body material, super-strong wire, and an innovative TIN head, the bait should perform red-catching miracles in Texas saltwater.
Chester Moore caught up with his fishing buddy, legendary pro Jimmy Houston to discuss US Reel's new Liberty baitcaster, a true work of innovation for its near friction-free casting technology (as well as for its under-$100 price tag).
Okuma's new Helios spinning reel is made from a carbon fibre material that is stronger and lighter than standard graphite. It also has Okuma's Alumalite gear system (lighter, stronger) and their Hydro Block water tight drag seal.