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ICAST 2013 or Bust.....Best of Show !

Guest Blog by: Danny Barker 7/14/2013

Another ICAST in the books and as always it was a blast. Tons of new products, so many old friends reunited and many new one’s made. I had the chance to introduce a lot of folks to Fish and what the site has to offer coast to coast. 

 It was nip and tuck for a while if I was going to be able to go or not due to a last minute car repair bill. So I went on a wing and a prayer with it being my 5 th year in a row going. Lucky for me the next two will be in my backyard , Orlando !

  Here’s the best of show products for new 2013/2014 year…..

Apparel category: Shimano for Drydefender

Boating Accessories: JL Marine Systems Micro Anchor

Boats: Johnson Outdoor Watercraft’s Predator13,

Rod & Reel Combo: 13 Fishing for White Out

Electronics: Johnson Outdoors Bow Mount 360

Eyewear: Costa’s Tuna Alley,

Fishing Accessory: American Tackle Company Tidal Wave Micro Wave

Best Accessories: FishSmart Foreverlast for the G2 Floating Wading Net

Fly Fishing Accessory: Columbia Henry’s Fork V Vest

Fly Fishing Reel: Beam Outdoors for the Elite 21 Reel,

Fly Fishing Rod : G. Loomis for their PRO4x

Freshwater Reel : Shimano for their CHRONARCH C14+

Freshwater Rods : G. Loomis for their NRX umbrella rig rod

Giftware category : Rapala Original Floating Bottle Opener

Kid’s Tackle : Pure Fishing GX2 Kids Combo

Line : PowerPro Zero-Impact,

Hard Lure : Koppers LIVETARGET BaitBall

Soft Lures : Lunkerhunt Lunker Frog,

Saltwater Reels : Shimano’s Stella SW 3000

Saltwater Rods : St. Croix Legend Xtreme Inshore

Tackle Management : Plano 3700 Guide Series Tackle Bag

Terminal Tackle : Mustad’s Grip-Pin Swim

OVERALL BEST OF SHOW:,JL Marine Systems for the Power-Pole Micro Anchor. My all around favorite was the NuCanoe Hybrid Kayaks …  Check out the pictures below for a snap shot of some of my other top picks…until next time my friends “Stay on Em “

Hi my name is Danny Barker I'm a NorCal tranplant living in North Central FL Ocala to be exact. I cut my teeth fishing the Cailf Delta, Clear Lake and Folsom Lake for 40 years, some of the best bass fishing waters in the country. My personal best 14.63 lb LM was caught and released on Folsom Lake which ranks in the top 5 fish ever caught on the lake. I've been in FL for 5 years now and love it here, the bass fishing here is outstanding as well. My main focus will be targeting big fish with an emphasis on catch and release and resource management. I want to help all the guys and gals out there looking to catch their personal best bass. This area is loaded with huge fish and I'm looking forward to helping each of us in our pursuit of big bass. Danny Barker
Snag Proof`s Bleeding Frog with the new stinger hook and Mike Long`s new Poppin Flip in the Bird lure..Teckle Frog , what I like about his product is that on the back he shares his mission statement about taking care of the fish we love to catch and release.The first and only fishing lure to feature an internal sound chamber that emits the sound of an injured baitfish upon contact with water. A deadly combination, guaranteed to catch more fish.Realis Jerkabit 120SP produces an intense flash that will be sure to gain any fish`s attention.
This Yo Zuri craw ia a versatile lure that can be fished either as a jig or crankbaitFor the first time ever, you can now add a skirt to any of your existing treble hook lures.ICAST 2013 Overall Best of Show – JL Marine Systems, Inc.  Product - Power-Pole Micro AnchorSebile Lipless vibrating crankbait / vertical jigging lure ....Here`s 3 great Husband and Wife Teams that were at ICAST, who have awesome products to boot !! Steve and Amber Fill with Reel Adrenaline , John and Jennifer with Gear Grabbar and Terri and Rick who rep serveral companies including ZipTailz
Versatile, stable, and customizable hybrid kayaks.... 
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