From July 9 – 12, 2013, approximately 9,500 representatives from the global fishing industry converged on the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nev., for ICAST 2013, the world’s largest sportfishing tradeshow including thousands of buyers who came to check out the gear, accessories and apparel on display. In addition, more than 700 media representatives were in attendance to cover the show.
The 56th International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, better known as ICAST, produced by the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), represents the cornerstone of the sportfishing industry, driving sportfishing companies' product sales year round and is the showcase for the latest innovations in gear and accessories.
In 2013 ICAST and the International Fly Tackle Dealer show (IFTD), the fly tackle-specific show produced by the American Fly Fishing Trade Association (AFFTA), were co-located in the Las Vegas Convention Center.
“The energy and excitement generated during this year’s show was felt by everyone,” said ASA President and CEO Mike Nussman. “ICAST is our industry trade show. It’s very important to us that we create the show that the industry wants. The decision by the boards of directors of ASA and the American Fly Fishing Trade Association to co-locate ICAST and the International Fly Tackle Dealer show (IFTD) is a reflection of that. Our commitment to our member exhibitors, media and all show attendees is to listen and improve the trade show in any and every way we can.”
ASA would like to thank its generous members who signed on as ICAST sponsors. Our ICAST 2013 sponsors are: Gold – Crocodile Bay Resort; Fishing Tackle Retailer; NBC Sports Network; Rapala; and Take Me Fishing™. Silver – Dave Mercer’s Facts of Fishing; Gemini Custom Apparel; In-Fisherman; Koppers Fishing & Tackle Corp; and Pure Fishing. Bronze – Big Catch Tees; Buck Knives; Chums; Classic Fishing Products, Inc.; Columbia Sportswear; Holster Up; and L & L Outdoor Products.
Making up a special section of the 400,000-square-foot show floor, the ICAST New Product Showcase provides unique visibility for the latest innovations in sportfishing gear and accessories. The submitted products compete in the “Best of Show” competition where buyers and media members judge each new product.
This year the JL Marine Systems' Power-Pole Micro Anchor was voted by buyers and media as the best product in both the Boating Accessory category and the overall “Best of Show.”
The ICAST 2013 “Best of Show” awards were presented on Wednesday, July 10, during the Chairman’s Industry Awards Reception, sponsored by Rapala, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. As a special treat, National Baseball Hall of Fame member Johnny Bench, this year's State of the Industry Breakfast keynote speaker, presented the awards.
For more information about ICAST 2013 highlights, please contact Communications Director Mary Jane Williamson or (703) 519-9691, x227.