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ICAST 2018 Quick Roundup

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ICAST 2018 is in full swing and a number of exhibitors have chosen the largest sportfish trade show in the world to once again show off their latest wares. 
As always, there is a little bit of everything for fishing enthusiasts to look forward to, including brand new kayaks from some of the top brands along with the usual assortment of tools and gear. Check out our roundup of some of the most exciting new launches at ICAST 2018.

The New Topwater Fishing Kayak Series From Old Town

Old Town has proudly unveiled their new Topwater Series of kayaks at ICAST 2018. These kayaks were designed with the emphasis firmly on stability and performance, thanks to features like the DoubleU™ hull. All of them will come fully equipped with onboard tackle and rod management as well as a universal transducer mount. Paddle enthusiasts can look forward to the Topwater 106 and Topwater 120, while a pedal-driven model, in the form of the Topwater PDL, will also be available. The MSRP for the Topwater 106 is $899.99, while the Topwater 120 will retail for $999.99. Anglers interested in the Topwater PDL, weighs only 18.5 lbs despite the inclusion of a PDL™ Drive, can expect to fork over $1999.99. To make these kayaks even more enticing Old Town is running a promotion where customers can get a free fish finder with their purchase. This could either be a Humminbird PiranhaMAX 4 or Humminbird Helix 5 CHIRP GPS, depending on the kayak you buy. We will be taking an in-depth look at these new kayaks on the block soon, but first impressions are definitely favorable.

The New Mojo Yak Rod From St. Croix Rod

St. Croix is a rather well-known brand in the fishing rod world and they have now turned their attention to kayak anglers with the new premium "Mojo Yak" series. According to their Director of Engineering, Jason Brunner, the design of this series has been one of the most challenging in the history of the company, but also one of the most rewarding. The result is a rod that is tailor made for kayak anglers, with features such as Kigan Master hand 3D guides with slim, strong aluminum-oxide rings and black frames, comfortable, shock absorbent handle and a shorter split-grip. St. Croix has studied the challenges that kayak anglers face and came up with rods to enhance instead of hinder the experience. Even small details, such as intelligently crafted blanks and reduced tip weight for better rod balance are all aimed at making like easier for kayak anglers. The new Mojo Yak series starts at just $150 and is available in six spinning along with two casting models. They range from 7' to 7'6" in medium-light, medium and medium-heavy powers. Eager anglers will have to wait until September 2018 when these rods are expected to hit store shelves. 

The Micro 4.3 Stealth From Aqua-Vu

Anglers who were keen on getting a closer look at what the fish were up to may remember the launch of the original Aqua-Vu micro Underwater Viewing System nearly eight years ago. It was a pocket-sized camera that finally offered anglers an affordable way to glimpse beneath the surface of the water where they were paddling. Aqua-Vu has been very busy in the meantime and has now unveiled the brand new Micro 4.3 Stealth. It is not just their most portable underwater camera yet, but also their most affordable. Compared to their previous entry-level underwater camera, the micro 4.3 Stealth has a brighter and sharper view screen, which is now also 4.3-inches, instead of 3.5. The device is still portable enough to fit in the palm of your hand, but sports a host of upgrades to the camera optics, including better resolution for greater clarity and detail. Even in dark or dirty water the infrared lighting, which auto-activates, can provide a better view of what is happening. Other notable features include a rechargeable lithium-ion battery with on-screen indicator, magnetic battery charger, adjustable trolling camera fin and clip-on weight and RCA video out. Enhancements to the design has also ensured that the LCD is now completely IP67-waterproof. Look out for the new Aqua-Vu micro 4.3 Stealth Underwater Viewing System late this summer at a retail price of $229.99.

Face Guards by Fish Monkey

One of the most annoying things to deal with when wearing a mask for face protection is ending up with sunglasses that are fogged up. Fish Monkey has come up with the solution to this problem by creating face protection that actually breathes. Their new Face Guard has a large, vented mouth zone that has been laser-cut to ensure that your breathe is expelled without fogging up your sunglasses. The advanced polyester-spandex material of the Face Guard features a special 4-way stretch construction for comfort and UPF 50+ sun protection for safety. Look out for the Face Guard in fourteen different colors next February at a MSRP of $22.95.
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