Best Fishing Gear of ICAST 2022

The top new products from this year's big industry trade show in Orlando, Florida

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The International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, better known as ICAST, is one of the highlights of summer in the marine industry. This year, there was a slew of great new products on display—here are some of our editors’ top picks.

AFTCO Ankle Deck Boot

AFTCO Ankle Deck Boot
AFTCO Ankle Deck Boot AFTCO

A Best of Category “Footwear” winner, the new deck boot from AFTCO features a neoprene inner liner that is eco-friendly, hypoallergenic, quick drying, and fully flexible. It’s paired with a custom compression-molded antimicrobial insole that offers the proper amount of cushion, rebound and support, season after season.

Yeti Roadie 48

Yeti Roadie 48
Yeti Roadie 48 YETI

Whether you’re packing bait or brews down the dock, a Yeti cooler is always handy to have. The new Roadie 48 has a unique handle setup that makes it even more maneuverable, along with all the other key features, plus extreme durability that you’ve come to expect from this industry-leading brand.

Shimano SW Saragosa BFG

Shimano SW Saragosa BFG
Shimano SW Saragosa BFG Shimano

The counterpart to the tournament-proven Talica BFC, the latest from Shimano has an optimized drag for fighting sails and other billfish on light-line applications with a lower overall drag and less drag spike. The new SW Saragosa BGF also has the fastest retrieval rate of any bluewater spinning reel at 56 inches of line per turn.

AFTCO Cocoboardies

AFTCO Cocoboardies
AFTCO Cocoboardies AFTCO

Constructed using Cocotex fabric—an amazing performance polyester that’s infused with activated charcoal from repurposed coconuts—the new Cocoboardies boardshorts repel water, resist odor and dry quickly. This was a Best of Category “Lifestyle Apparel for Men” winner at this year’s show.

Fin-Nor North Drop Sunglasses

Fin-Nor North Drop Sunglasses
Fin-Nor North Drop Sunglasses Fin-Nor

When they added sunglasses to their innovative product line earlier this year, Fin-Nor wanted to set themselves apart from the rest. They introduced North Drop at ICAST, which uses their exclusive Lateral Line lens technology, delivering 99 percent polarization and virtually eliminating glare created by light reflected off the surface of the water. It’s available in three frame colors, choice of glass or plastic lenses in either gray or copper, and three mirror finishes.

Huk A1A Pro Guide Pants

Huk A1A Pro Guide Pants
Huk A1A Pro Guide Pants Huk

More captains and anglers are turning to long pants these days for added sun protection, and these from Huk caught our eye at the show. There’s abrasion-resistant fabric on the sides to reduce wear and tear, with breathable UPF 50-plus construction, an eight-pocket design that includes side cargo and zippered back pockets, and a water-repellent finish.

Costa Jose Pro

Costa Jose Pro
Costa Jose Pro Costa

Named in honor of Jose Wejebe, this new design from Costa has several new innovations to help anglers manage sweat, reduce fogging, and keep their frames locked in place. There are metal keeper slots, side-shield hooding, fully adjustable nose pads, improved materials and more in the Pro series.

Roswell Telescoping Helm

Roswell Telescoping Helm
Roswell Telescoping Helm Roswell

One of the truly unique products at this year’s show was the new Rise telescoping helm from Roswell. Using patented technology, the helm can be elevated to any preferred height with the touch of a button to customize control of the vessel while standing or seated. When used in conjunction with the telescoping-seat system, the operating position can be elevated even higher for improved 360-degree visibility and comfort.

AFTCO Women’s Reaper

AFTCO Women’s Reaper
AFTCO Women’s Reaper AFTCO

Having a good jacket is imperative, and the women’s Reaper is a winner. It’s constructed from a durable, three-layer stretch soft-shell ripstop with Hexatron fleece lining. The built-in face mask features an adjustable shock-cord anchoring system for a secure and comfortable fit. Laser-cut ventilation in the underarm area and an easy-access side zipper complete the package. It was a Best of Category “Lifestyle Apparel for Women” award winner.

Magma Grills Pizza Oven

Magma Grills Pizza Oven
Magma Grills Pizza Oven Magma

Add the optional pizza oven to the propane-powered Crossover Firebox burner, and you’ve greatly expanded your culinary options on board. The pizza oven is capable of reaching 700 degrees Fahrenheit and includes a half-inch-thick removable stone. The curved inner liner circulates heat and maintains temperature for even cooking of crust and toppings, and it’s constructed of mirror-polished 304 stainless steel.

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