More than 15,000 representatives from the domestic and international recreational fishing and boating community converged on the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando, Fla., July 10-13, for the 61st International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, better known as ICAST.
ICAST is produced by the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), the sportfishing industry’s trade association. This was Glenn Hughes’, former Vice President of Industry Relations, first ICAST as President of the association.
ICAST, along with the International Fly Tackle Dealer Show and the Marine Accessories Pavilion, encompassed 220,000 net square feet of its new location in the North/South Building. ICAST hosted 626 exhibitors. There were more than 15,000 people registered for the show, including 1,154 people from 71 countries, which translates into a significant opportunity for exhibitors to do business on a global scale.
ICAST 2019 will be held in the North/South Building at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla., July 9 – 12, 2019.
Find out more about the world’s largest sportfishing trade show at www.ICASTfishing.org.
On the Water product demonstrations, held on the OCCC grounds outside the north side of the exhibit hall, was an excellent venue for buyers and media to check out and demo exhibitors’ gear, tackle and accessories and where three lucky attendees won a GoFish Cam and App.
The ICAST Cup – Industry Bass Fishing Tournament, sponsored by FLW, paired professional anglers with media representatives and other industry professionals. It was held on Lake Toho, in Kissimmee, Fla. With a tie win, congratulations go to the teams of Lew’s Fishing with John Carmen, Peter Thliveros and Matthew Mattingly and Co-angler.com with Thomas Gomez, Billy Benedetti and Cesar Jaimes.
Florida Sportsman’s Bass & Birdies Classic, the fifth, annual golf/fishing tournament, was also held on Tuesday. Congratulations to Ricardo Ortiz, Drew Gregory, Greg Boston and Kyle Weisenburger for winning the 2018 Bass & Birdies Classic.
These events gave buyers and media additional opportunities to try out product and network with industry representatives. The proceeds from these events support Keep America Fishing (KAF), ASA’s angler advocacy program. The FLW ICAST Cup raised $12,000 for KAF.
ASA would like to thank its generous members who signed on as ICAST sponsors. Our
ICAST 2018 sponsors are:
Garmin USA’s Panoptix LiveScope was voted by buyers and media as the best product in both the Electronics category and the overall Best of Show.
The ICAST 2018 Best of Category awards were presented on Wednesday, July 11, during the New Product Showcase Awards Reception at the Orange County Convention Center.
Click here for the ICAST 2018 award recipients.
For more information about ICAST 2017 highlights, please contact Communications Director Mary Jane Williamson or (703) 519-9691, x227.