More than 12,000 representatives from the global sportfishing industry converged on Orlando, Florida recently for the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades. Coming out of the four-day event were the winners of the highly coveted New Product Showcase Awards. This year, 270 companies submitted close to 900 products all vying for the “best of show” award in 24 different categories.
Taking the honors for the overall best of show was Eddyline Kayaks with their YakAttack model. “We are still a family-owned company, after 44 years,” sales manager Tom Remsing said in a press release. “With limited resources and a lot of drive, our staff worked very hard to bring this product to fruition. It’s an honor to win the Best of Show.”
In case you missed it, here is a rundown of the winners for the best new products of 2015:
Overall Best of Show
C-135 YakAttack Edition
This versatile YakAttack Edition kayak is designed for the hardcore fisherman with a customized lightweight design and comfortable seating. The kayaks patented GearTrac allows the user to easily add a variety of aftermarket accessories.
G. Loomis, Inc.
The E6X Bass rod caught the attention of the judges in the freshwater rod category. Made by G. Loomis, the rod boasts a lightweight design that’s easy to cast. The rod reportedly transmits vibration rather than absorbing it, giving the user a profound advantage.
St. Croix Rods
The St. Croix line of Avid Inshore rods stands out as a rod that reverts to past success. No need to ruin a good thing. That’s the motto at St. Croix where time-tested design is respected. With graphic rods and stainless steel handles, the rods stand up well to saltwater conditions.
Fly Fishing Rod
St. Croix Rods
Mojo Bass Fly
For a high-performance value-priced freshwater rod, the judges again chose a product by St. Croix in its Mojo Bass Fly fishing rod.
Lew’s Fishing Tackle
Mach 1 Combo
This baitcast combo by Lew’s Fishing Tackle delivered the best performance in the category for its quality and affordable price. It features a 10-bearing speed spool and dual cast control braking system.
Shimano American Corporation
Building on its longstanding tradition of quality fishing reels, this year’s “best of show” in freshwater reel went to Shimano’s Stradic C3000 line. Incredibly strong and super smooth, this Shimano builds on generations of fishing knowledge.
Pure Fishing, Inc.
New Pflueger Medalist Fly Reel
With the Medalist Fly Reel, Pfeuger is relaunching one of America’s most iconic fly reels. Redesigned with full machined aluminum and multi-position click and pawl system, this reel is a modern twist on a classic design.
Pure Fishing, Inc.
A long-time fishing tackle manufacturer, the PENN Clash features everything you would expect from a quality producer. The gear train in this saltwater reel offers more durability and longer lasting with nine sealed bearings and a full metal body.
Savage Gear set out to make one of the most realistic shrimp lures in its hard shrimp design. Utilizing 3D imagery, these lures might even perform better than the real thing.
LIVETARGET Hollow Body Sunfish
The LIVETARGET Hollow Body Sunfish offers the perfect lure for bass fishing on a slope. With a steady twitch and a trail of bubbling attraction, this lure is irresistible to a hungry bass.
With 25 percent thinner than its existing PowerPro lines, the Maxcuatro line caught the judges attention this year for its strength and improved casting distance. Its advanced 4-carrier braid utilizes the latest technology.
Eposeidon Outdoor Adventures
KastKing Rack ‘em Up Rod Racks
This super light and rust resistant fishing rod rack offers easy assembly and a lightweight design. The largest model holds 24 rods.
Simms Fishing Products
The latest active footwear from Simms features a lightweight design with elastic laces that are perfect for th boat or around the water. But they aren’t due out until October.
Eagle Claw Fishing Tackle
Lazer Sharp Fillet Knife
This 8.5 inch bladed knife has a white rubber grip handle and protective sheath. It’s also equipped with a lanyard and a built-in sharpener for getting the smoothest, most efficient cuts on your recent catch.
The PowerSTick by YOLOtek is the selfie-stick to end all selfi-sticks. Equipped to power devices through a USB port and fasten into the navigation light port on any boat, this is the perfect accessory for any self-documenting adventure.
The Aegis Lifeshirt debuted its lifeshirt at the iCast this year to much highly anticipated fanfare. Billed as the next step in life jacket technology, the lifeshirt is an inflatable life jacket-type device that offers comfort and reliability.
Fly Fishing Accessory
Simms Fishing Products
G3 Guide Stockingfoot
With 25 percent more breathable GORE-TEX fabric, Simms G3 wader has been revamped with convenience and comfort. Equipped with reach-through warming pockets and a micro-fleece lining, these waders will keep you high and dry.
Under Armour, Inc.
UA Storm Covert Pant
Water-resistant, light and extremely durable, these camo pants caught the judges attention.
This portable pressurized shower by Rinsekit is like having a garden hose in the field. You can use to clean your fish or yourself in an outdoor environment.
These durable sunglasses have side-cupped frames to help you fight off the sun’s glare and peer into the water with 100 percent polarized and UV light blockage.
YETI Hopper 20
When it comes to holding ice, the YETI Hopper 20 took the prize. It’s a portable soft-sided design can keep things cold for days.
Humminbird HELIX 7 SI
The HELIX 7 Series is the latest addition to the HELIX family of compact fishfinders, featuring a best-in-class, widescreen color display and powerful, professional-grade features.