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  • ICAST Tackle Show

    The biggest tackle trade show of the year is currently taking place in Orlando, Florida. The Orlando Convention Center is a gear geek's paradise, with tackle manufacturer's from all over the world introducing their new rods, reels, lures, fishing apparel, and much more.

    One interesting item, the XFish SUP Recon is billed as a fishing stand-up paddle board. But while most such paddle boards are made of roto-molded plastic, the Recon is fiberglass and is built like a shrunken inshore boat, complete with rails, under-deck storage, rod holders, and a fishing chair, as well as a high-quality cooler. A trolling motor completes the package, which retails for $3250. Visit for more information.

    Berkley Fishing introduced a new fishing rod with a unique handle called the Stability Lug System. An adjustable weight slides up and down a groove in the handle, allowing the angler to adjust the center of balance on the rod to aid in fishing with different lures and techniques. The $89 rod will be available this fall.

    One literally cool accessory introduced at the show is the Big Ice Tray, which makes 6 cubes of ice that measure 4' each. The 6 cubes make over 10 pounds of ice, so one tray provides more than a small bag of ice (7-8 pounds), and the company says the big cubes take twice as long to melt. The trays will retail for $19.

    Most of the products introduced at this show will be available this fall.

    Brian Cope
    SC Sportsman Field Reporter