Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center hosts ICAST, the world’s largest sport fishing trade show with more than 15,000 attendees from 71 countries.
This year, 974 new products from 331 companies were entered in the New Product Showcase. That number represents a fraction of the new products this year. Consider: Berkley alone launched more than 1,000 new products this year.
So which products stood out? Here are my choices for eight of the best.
There’s a reason Garmin’s LiveScope took Best of Show honors. This latest generation of Panoptix is the first product to deliver real-time sonar images covering forward, backward, sideways and below the boat, even when stationary. The unit highlights bottom contours — cover like trees and grass, and, of course, fish, up to 200 feet away.
But it’s LiveScope’s resolution that is what’s so amazing. In many cases, it’s so clear you can determine what species of fish are on screen — anglers have dreamed of that for years — and now it’s a reality.
The Panoptix LiveScope system includes a small GLS 10 Black Box with compact transducer that plugs into any compatible Garmin chart plotter (sold separately). Trolling motor and transom mount kits are available. Suggested retail: $1,499.