ICAST 2010 is coming up and we’re already hearing about new fishing rods, reels, lures, and lines from the likes of Berkley, Penn, Abu Garcia, Shakespeare, and others. Yesterday I got the latest news release from Pure Fishing, which gave a rundown on some of their cool new goodies we’ll see in Las Vegas next week. Here are some of the highlights:
1. A new spinning reel from Abu Garcia called the Revo, which has a “NanoShield” finish that produces corrosion-resistant, abrasion-resistant parts that are 50 percent lighter and 300 percent stronger then graphite parts.
2. A line of surf rods from Penn, flying the Torque banner. They’re built with a spiral-wrapped graphite core.
3. The first braid/fluorocarbon combo line, from Spiderwire. Ultracast Fluorobraid is blended fluoropolymer strands and Dyneema. The claim: it casts like braid, and sinks like fluorocarbon.
4. Berkley PowerBait GULP! Shad Guts, a new GULP! designed for catfish fishing. I don’t know or care if this stuff works or not, because the name’s a total winner!
Stay tuned to the blog next week for real-time updates of what’s hot & new for the 2011 fishing year, coming direct to you from the ICAST show. I’ll blog as much as possible as I wander the show floor and find out what cool new stuff tackle manufacturers have come up with.