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The ICAST trade show hype is in full swing, and I love it. I know there are some kayak fishing folks out there who get a little jaded about the orgy of media that happens surrounding this event, and I hear ya, but you also have to remember what that means. The recreational fishing industry has a $115 billion impact on our country's economy and adds close to 1 million jobs. So if the week of ICAST, and all the hype, does any thing to raise awareness of that impact, then I'm all for it. Often times I hear folks lament the lack of outdoor enthusiasm from the gaming and tv generation. Well, shows like ICAST provide a perfect opportunity to showcase how cool outdoor recreation can be and help to lure more kids outside. And what is the most accessible way to get cash strapped folks on the water? Kayak fishing.
As you can probably tell, I have no reservations about the pageantry and circus of ICAST.  It gives me the chance to meet up with friends, and industry partners and brainstorm ways to keep folks engaged in the industry and the outdoors. That is good not only for my job security but the job security of close to a million other folks. It also gives me the opportunity to highlight for our customers all the hot new stuff coming out and address any of the questions that may result. So it's a win - win.

That said, here are some of the big teasers that I've seen leading into ICAST. Take a look and let us know on our Facebook, or Instagram post about what you want to see, or what questions you want me to ask. Thanks!
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New Products:

According to FeelFree Kayaks : The New Torpedo 125 OD - will be shown at the upcoming ICAST show next week. The 125 will initially be offered in a 38" wide beam x 12'6" and followed up with 32" wide model. Powered by Feelfree - the Torpedo is the next generation of fishing kayaks - based on a modern Cathedral style hull. The Torpedo will come with Feelfree's Patent pending gravity seat, the Overdrive Pedal system (Motor is option only), integral pre-wired lights, rudder with joystick control, storage for plenty of tackle, and an immense standing platform. The unique hull design allows for amazing stability for standing - and very tolerant from bow to stern weight distribution. Fast, stable, comfortable - the Torpedo will be available winter 2018.

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The Concept Z reel from 13 Fishing. Watch this thing rip:

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Ocean Kayak has dropped a teaser on a new kayak....it looks like a pedal driven recreational model in those fun OK colors. Check it!

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Seigler Reels are releasing their latest, the big fluffchucker fly reel! This thing looks beastly and beautiful.

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Bonafide Kayaks is the brainchild of Central Va's own, Luther Cifers. This is a big ripple in the waters around kayak fishing, and we'll know next week how well this new paddle-craft will fare in an industry pushing the envelope of innovation.