Early indications are that it is as big as ever…
The largest fishing trade show in the world—the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades of ICAST launched yesterday with Super Tuesday, an activity-filled day that featured On The Water product demos, sponsored by Take Me Fishing, the Major League Fishing ICAST Cup Bass Fishing Tournament and the highly competitive New Product Showcase, sponsored by Fishing Tackle Retailer.
More than 12,000 industry representatives are expected to descend on Orlando, Fla. and the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) for the event.
Produced by the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), the national non-profit association that represents the business interests of the sportfishing industry, ICAST showcases array of tackle, gear, apparel and accessories.
From ASA: Now in its 65th year, ICAST is the face of the multi-billion-dollar recreational fishing industry. Nationally, recreational fishing has a $128 billion impact on the economy supporting 825,000 jobs. In Florida – The Nation’s Sportfishing Capitol – anglers and boaters have a $13.8 billion economic output supporting 119,678 jobs.
“I want to thank our exhibitors and sponsors for their commitment to ASA and to the ICAST Show” said ASA’s President Glenn Hughes. “The booth fees and sponsorships go to support ASA’s efforts to help ensure clean water, abundant fisheries and access to both.”
Hughes further noted, “This year’s show floor is going to be electric. More than 12,000 industry professionals and 20% more exhibitors are excited to participate in the greatest – and largest – fishing tackle trade show in the world.”
“One of the most talked about and anticipated ICAST events is the New Product Showcase,” said ASA Trade Show and Membership VP Blake Swango. “This year, more than 900 products are entered, all vying for one of 30 “Best of Category” awards and the coveted “Best of Show” recognition. The showcase generates year-long media content for all who enter.