Awards handed out at sportfishing convention

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The global sportfishing industry converged this week on the Las Vegas Convention Center for the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, better known as ICAST.

Produced by the American Sportfishing Association, this year’s show drew 6,900 representatives from the sportfishing industry in Las Vegas to see the latest innovations in gear, accessories and apparel.

“Recreational fishing has a heritage and tradition that is part of its ongoing allure and mystique,” ASA president and CEO Mike Nussman said in a statement. “However, the other side of the sport is the incredible time and effort that established companies and entrepreneurs alike devote to improving the angling experience, which is exemplified in the New Product Showcase. My congratulations go to the winners and to all the companies who worked hard to develop these innovations and the buyers and outdoor journalists who served as judges.”

Sponsored by Fishing Tackle Retailer, the New Product Showcase honors innovative new products. The ICAST 2011 “Best of Show” awards were presented on Tuesday during the chairman’s Industry Awards Reception.

ICAST runs through today.

Click here for the list of award winners.


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