ICAST 2008 Highlights

ICAST 2008 Highlights

ICAST 2008

The International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, better known as ICAST, is the world’s largest sportfishing trade show. ICAST is the cornerstone of the sportfishing industry, helping to drive sportfishing companies’ product sales year round. From buyers to media to exhibitors, ICAST annually attracts 7,000 members to the world’s largest sportfishing trade show.

2008 Industry Breakfast
This year, more than 500 people attended the Industry Breakfast. In their comments, Mike Nussman, ASA President and CEO, Randy Lemcke, ASA Board of Directors Chairman, Darrell Lowrance, ASA Board of Directors and Government Affairs Committee Member and Frank Peterson, RBFF President and CEO, addressed the importance of access and participation in the sportfishing industry.

2008 New Product Showcase – ICAST’s Flagship Feature
In 2008, 190 companies entered 695 of the industry’s newest innovations in gear and accessories in the New Product Showcase, ICAST’s flagship feature. The products in the New Product Showcase were entered into the “Best of Show” competition where buyers and members of the media judged each product based on its level of innovation, execution, workmanship and practicality to select “Best of Show” honors in 17 categories, as well as the overall “Best of Show” winner.

Thank You ICAST 2008 Sponsors
ASA would like to thank its generous members who signed on as ICAST sponsors. Our ICAST 2009 sponsors are: Gold – Crocodile Bay Resort; FTR Media, LLC; Versus Country; Plano Moulding; Townsend and Townsend and Crew, LLPSilver – Fishing & Hunting News; FLW; Gemini Custom Apparel; In-Fisherman; Bronze – Alphatan International Inc.; Center for Coastal Conservation; Classic Fishing Products, Inc.; Duncan McIntosh Company/FishRap; First Light Net; Fishworks, Inc.; Glacier Glove; The Habanna Company; Native Sun Sports-Get Reel…Get Fish!; Pelagic, Inc.; Saltwater Sportsman; Sperry Top-Sider.

Anglers’ Legacy Innovations Awards
In 2008, the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) celebrates 75 years of serving the sportfishing industry. To celebrate this momentous event, ASA developed a comprehensive list of the products that have changed the way people fish over the past 75 years. Working with the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF), this list was sent to the foundation’s thousands of Anglers’ Legacy Ambassadors, the country’s most avid anglers, who voted for the top 10 innovative sportfishing products over the last seven and a half decades.

Contact Information
For more information about ICAST 2009, please contact ICAST Associate Kenneth Andres at 703-519-9691, x231, or ICAST Director Maria del Valle, x240, or email icast@asafishing.org.