Las Vegas, Nev. — The world’s largest sportfishing trade show once again was host to nearly 6,800 representatives of the sportfishing industry during the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, better known as ICAST, held July 14-16, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. ICAST, produced by the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), the sportfishing industry’s trade association, is the cornerstone of the sportfishing industry, helping to driving sportfishing companies’ product sales year round and is the showcase for the latest innovations in fishing gear, accessories and apparel.
ICAST 2010 featured 411 exhibitors filling 1,221 booths. More than 2,000 buyers and more than 525 media representatives were at the show along with 900 attendees from 63 countries represented.
Thank You ICAST 2010 Sponsors
ASA would like to thank its generous members who signed on as ICAST sponsors. Our ICAST 2010 sponsors are: Gold – Crocodile Bay Resort; FTR Media, LLC; Plano Moulding; TakeMeFishing.org; Zebco; Silver – Gemini Custom Apparel; In-Fisherman; Northwest Sportsman Magazine; Sébile; Fishouflage; Facts of Fishing; Bronze – Classic Fishing Products, Inc.; Engel USA; FishGillz Sunglass Co.; Gill North America; Girls Fish Too; Green Fish; Hatcams LLC; Irish Setter; Jonathan Paul Eyewear; Maui Jim Sunglasses; Mojo Sportswear Company; NoBarb Hooks; Southwick Associates; Tuscaroran Pro-Lures.
2010 New Product Showcase
In 2010, 210 companies entered 750 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 practically to select the “Best of Show” honors in 17 categories, as well as the overall “Best in Show” winner.
If you were unable to attend ICAST this year, or missed the Industry Breakfast, here are the state of the industry remarks by Jeff Pontius, ASA's Chairman of the Board, and Mike Nussman, ASA President and CEO. Pontius and Nussman describe the current state of our industry and how we plan to give our nation's 60 million anglers a voice through KeepAmericaFishing.
For more information about ICAST 2010, please contact ICAST Associate Kenneth Andres at (703) 519-9691, x231, or ICAST Director Maria del Valle Hamilton, x240, or e-mail ICAST@asafishing.org.