2018 NEW TACKLE, GEAR AND ACCESSORIES
First Look at the Latest in Technology and Innovation
Fishing tackle, gear and electronics sales closely follow angler preferences. Manufacturers listen to loyal customers and develop gear that matches their tastes and interests. At this year’s International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades — held this summer in Orlando, Florida — Sport Fishing editors saw an ever-growing market in small craft such as paddleboards and kayaks. We also saw increasingly ingenious electronics and boating and fishing accessories, as well as an explosion in new sunglasses and coolers. Rods and reels continue to follow the trend toward lighter, smaller, stronger products. We have even started seeing more tackle and technical-clothing options for women anglers. To provide you a glimpse of what’s just now stocking retail shelves, and what will debut this winter and spring, we compiled this gallery of gear so you can begin to make your next shopping choices. Here are 33 items we coveted during ICAST. We’ve also listed many of the saltwater-related winners from this year’s Best of Show competition.