From every corner of the globe, 11,000 exhibitors, buyers and media converged on the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) for the world’s largest recreational fishing trade show. Held July 15-18, 2014, the 57th International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, better known as ICAST, is the global showcase for the latest innovations in gear, accessories apparel as well as other products and gear for the novice and avid angler including boating accessories and apparel and boats, such as kayaks.
In addition, close to 1,000 representatives, covering a wide-range of media outlets, were at the OCCC to cover the exhibits and products offered by 480 exhibitors on a show floor that covered 500,000 gross square feet.
Find out more about the world’s largest sportfishing trade show at www.ICASTfishing.org.
Again in 2014 ICAST and the International Fly Tackle Dealer show (IFTD), the fly tackle-specific show produced by the American Fly Fishing Trade Association co-located in Orlando, Florida from July 15-18, at the Orange Country Conveniton Center.
ASA would like to thank its generous members who signed on as ICAST sponsors. Our ICAST 2014 sponsors are: Gold – Crocodile Bay Resort; Fishing Tackle Retailer; Rapala; and Take Me Fishing™.
Silver – Chevrolet; Columbia Sportswear; Dave Mercer’s Facts of Fishing; Gemini Custom Apparel; In-Fisherman; Koppers Fishing & Tackle Corp; and Marolina Outdoors, Inc./Spanish Fly. Bronze – Beyond Coastal; Buck Knives; Chums; Classic Fishing Products, Inc.; DeLorme; FLW, LLC; Glo-Pro Lures; K.B. White Company; L & L Outdoor Products; M-80 Marine Products; NuCanoe, Inc.; and Sunsect, Inc. The list is current as of July 2014.
Making up a special section of the 500,000-gross-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 Johnson Outdoors Watercraft Predator XL kayak was voted by buyers and media as the best product in both the Boat category and the overall “Best of Show.”
The ICAST 2014 “Best of Show” awards were presented on Wednesday, July 16, during the Chairman’s Industry Awards Reception, sponsored by Rapala, at the Orange County Convention Center.