July 15-18

ICAST 2014 Show Highlights and Events

Show Floor Destinations

Check out these “can’t miss” show floor destinations

New Product Showcase

The New Product Showcase is the number one reason why people come to the trade show. Only at the New Product Showcase can you see the latest gear, apparel and accessories before they are unveiled to the fishing public.

Once the “Best of Show” voting is over, the Showcase is open to all trade show attendees and exhibitors.
You don’t want to miss this once-a-year opportunity to see the latest and greatest innovations in the fishing industry.

Open to Buyers and Media-Editorial Badge Holders Only
Tuesday, July 15                      5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, July 16                 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Open to All Trade Show Attendees and Exhibitors
Wednesday, July 16                3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, July 17                    9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, July 18                         9:00 a.m. – Noon

ASA Resource Center
Open during show hours.

Stop by the ASA Resource Center to meet the ASA and consumer show staff and learn how you can take full advantage of your trade association membership. You can also learn more about ASA's national angler advocacy campaign - KeepAmericaFishing™ - and the role you can play in keeping our waters accessible now and in the future. You may also talk with the IRS consultants about the excise tax on fishing equipment and speak with ASA’s human resources consultant about issues impacting your company.

Cyber Lounge

The Cyber Lounge, offering complimentary Internet access, serves as ICAST’s business center and is prominently located on the show floor. Staff from the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation will be on hand to explain the connection between their efforts and increasing participation in recreational fishing and boating.

Lure Tank
Open during show hours

The ICAST Lure Tank showcases the latest in hard and soft lures. Attendees witness how lures perform underwater as well as on top of water. There is also an underwater camera that displays an up-close view of what is happening beneath the surface on a large television monitor.

Apparel Display 

The Apparel Lounge is located in the same area as the Cyber Lounge and the Lure Tank. Please stop by and see the new apparel offered by these exhibiting companies: Columbia, Gemini Custom Apparel, Holster Up Drink Holsters and Big Catch Tees.

Show Highlights and Events

All events take place at the Orange County Convention Center  unless noted otherwise.

New Product Showcase and Preview Reception

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The Showcase is open during show hours - July 16-18 – and to all attendees beginning at 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 16

Preview Reception: Tuesday, July 15, 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
The reception Open to Registered Buyers and Credentialed Media Only

There is no doubt that the single most important feature for exhibitors and attendees alike is the New Product Showcase, ICAST’s flagship feature. The Showcase offers buyers and members of the media a special opportunity to debut and preview hundreds of the next season’s innovations in fishing gear and accessories.

Only registered buyers and individuals with Media-Editorial badges are eligible to vote in the New Product Showcase. Exhibitors are not permitted in the Showcase during the voting period. The product with the most votes in each category is awarded "Best of Show" for that category and the product with the most votes overall wins the coveted ICAST 2013 "Best of Show" honors.

To meet the needs of buyers and exhibitors, the New Product Showcase competition includes awards in 21 product categories as well as the overall "Best of Show" award.

Voting begins on Tuesday, July 9, at 5:00 p.m. during the New Product Showcase Preview Reception and ends at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 10. Buyers and media who vote have a chance to win one of three drawings for a $500 cash prize.

State of the Industry Breakfast

Wednesday, July 16
Tickets required

Get the inside information on the state of our industry during the State of the Industry Breakfast.

Chairman's Industry Awards Reception

Wednesday, July 16, 6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Open to all badged trade show attendees.

Gregg Wollner, executive vice president of Rapala USA, and chairman of ASA’s Board of Directors, hosts our awards reception. During the reception, Wollner and ASA President and CEO Mike Nussman will present the New Product Showcase "Best of Show" awards. All ICAST and IFTD attendees are welcome to attend the awards reception.