The Best of ICAST 2023 Gear Roundup

The premier showcase for the latest innovations, ICAST never disappoints

The premier showcase for the latest innovations in gear, tackle, accessories and apparel, the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades—better known as ICAST—is a cornerstone of the global sport-fishing industry, as well as a year-round driver of recreational-fishing-product sales. Once again, this year’s show in Orlando, Florida, did not disappoint. Here are some of our editors’ top picks.

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Best Fishing Apparel from ICAST

Grundéns Women’s Shorebreak Hoodie

Grundéns Women’s Shorebreak Hoodie isolated on a white background
Grundéns Women’s Shorebreak Hoodie Courtesy Grundéns

The feel of cotton with the performance of synthetics—with an airy, comfortable and quick-drying fabric—the Grundéns Shorebreak hoodie has a polyester/cotton knit blend that dries four times faster than cotton alone, plus permanent Freshguard odor protection and UPF 30 sun protection. The upper yoke is a woven ripstop polyester blend for extra durability when layered under bib straps, with the added benefit of light wind and weather protection. There’s even a scuba-style snap-closure hood.

AFTCO Channel Hooded Fishing Shirt

AFTCO Channel Hooded Fishing Shirt in blue isolated on a white background.
AFTCO Channel Hooded Fishing Shirt Courtesy AFTCO

Delivering industry-leading ventilation to keep you cool on the hottest days, the Channel Hooded Fishing Shirt from AFTCO features a 100 percent recycled polyester that doubles down on the cooling factor with quick-drying and moisture-wicking properties. It has UPF 40 sun protection and the company’s signature SpeedVent active hood channels to prevent the hoodie from blowing off in windy conditions. It was also a winner in the Warm Weather Technical Apparel for Men category at this year’s show.

Huk Icon Performance Knit Shirt

Huk Icon Performance Knit Shirt isolated on a white background
Huk Icon Performance Knit Shirt Courtesy Huk

The Icon X—rebranded as the Huk Icon performance knit shirt—boasts an enhanced update, now with a full-mesh back section that maximizes breathability, allowing for optimal airflow and moisture management during long hours on the water. To further enhance functionality, the Icon features raglan sleeves for an increased range of motion and unrestricted movement. There are also integrated antimicrobial properties in the fabric, while the quick-drying capabilities contribute to its exceptional performance by swiftly wicking away sweat and moisture.

Best Sunglasses from ICAST

Fin-Nor Sportfisher

Fin-Nor Sportfisher sunglasses with blue lenses isolated on a white background.
Fin-Nor Sportfisher Courtesy Fin-Nor

With Lateral Line lens technology engineered to enhance sight without distortion, the new Sportfishers are designed to decrease blue-light transmission and glare for exceptional vision in foggy, hazy, and sunny conditions. An oleophobic/hydrophobic coating on both sides of the lens reduces smudging, dust and spray to prevent permanent scratching; a multilayer anti-reflective coating blocks 99.7 percent of reflections and 100 percent of UVA and UVB rays. They are available in gray or copper glass or polycarbonate lenses; blue, green or silver mirror; and in matte black or matte sienna tortoise frames.

Costa King Tide 8

Costa King Tide 8 sunglasses with yellow lenses isolated on a white background.
Costa King Tide 8 Courtesy Costa

The Best of Category winner for Eyewear, the King Tide 8 from Costa Sunglasses is the result of five years of research. Just a few of the many technical features are removable side shields to block excess glare, additional venting to achieve a nearly impossible zero-fog effect, top-of-the-line sweat management, and the introduction of nonskid hooding to keep your frames exactly where you want them. Costa celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2023.

Best Boating and Fishing Shoes from ICAST

Xtratuf Women’s Vintage Deck Boot

Xtratuf Women’s Vintage Deck Boot isolated on a white background
Xtratuf Women’s Vintage Deck Boot Courtesy Xtratuf

One of the bestselling brands in the category, Xtratuf is often seen as the standard for deck boots for the recreational-fishing market. The Women’s Vintage 6-inch ankle deck boot has a lightweight silhouette that incorporates the same nonmarking, slip-resistant chevron outsole as the brand’s iconic legacy boots, combined with a proprietary Xpress Cool lining, which is perfect for warmer climates. New for 2024 is the vintage sage color.

AFTCO Ankle Deck Boot

AFTCO Ankle Deck Boot isolated on a white background.
AFTCO Ankle Deck Boot Courtesy AFTCO

A winner of Best of Category in Footwear, AFTCO’s new Ankle Deck Boot was designed to exceed the high demands of the AFTCO pro team, captains, guides and others who need a professional-grade product. Features include an inner neoprene liner that is ­quick-drying and fully flexible, which is paired with a custom, compression-molded antimicrobial insole for the perfect amount of cushion, rebound, and arch support, season after season.

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Best Tackle from ICAST

Shimano Talica II

Shimano Talica II sport-fishing reel isolated on white background.
Shimano Talica II Shimano

The benchmark for small two-speed lever-drag reels, the all-new Talica 12IIA and 16IIA series raises the bar thanks to Shimano’s innovative Infinity Drive technology, which increases drag force while reducing side-load pressure to produce up to 30 percent lighter rotation during high-drag situations. Also included is the popular light-line drag cam for added versatility with a lower drag curve for anglers using lighter monofilament.

Tantrum Lures Jet Pack

Tantrum Lures Jet Pack assorted fishing lures isolated on a white background.
Tantrum Lures Jet Pack Courtesy Tantrum Lures

Since 2004, Nick Durham has been producing some of the finest Hawaiian lures under the Tantrum banner. This season, after several years of on-the-water product development and refinement, he introduced the Jet Pack at ICAST. Best-suited for medium to heavy tackle and offered in medium and large sizes and a variety of colors, this jetted bullet shape is perfect for the long rigger and shotgun positions. And while it’s fine in the calm waters of Kona, it also swims very well in rough seas. The full line of Tantrum Lures is available through Fish Razr.

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