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July 15, 2017
Best New Products of iCAST: Day 3
by Craig RitchieOkuma Epixor XT
While the Epixor name has long been associated with Okuma spinning reels, the all-new Epixor XT adds a body built from C-40X long-strand graphite fiber for enhanced durability. Additional features include Okuma's slow oscillation system for optimal lime lay, 7+1 bearing construction and a multi-disc drag that can exert more than 22 pounds of drag pressure. Available in three sizes (20, 30 and 40 series) the Epixor XT comes with a one-year warranty. MSRP is $69.99
The fourth generation Revo low profile baitcasting reel, Abu Garcia's new Revo premier takes smoothness and durability to a new level with 10 stainless steel HPCR bearings plus 1 roller bearing, an alloy frame with carbon side plates, Abu's Carbon Matrix drag system and Infini II spool, and a lube port for easy maintenance. An oversized cranking handle and knobs provide greater leverage and comfort. MSRP is $299.95.
Doomsday D-Hop 90
2017 may well go down as the year of the frog at ICAST, with frog baits more prominent than ever. Leading the charge is Doomsday tackle's new D-Hop 90. Made from DuraFoam, the D-Hop 90 can never be filled with water no matter how many pike chew on it. Soft and pliable, yet buoyant enough to float any hook the angler chooses to use, it offers an easy walking action supported by floppy legs for enhanced appeal. MSRP is $7.49.
Simms Wader Maker Wallet
Show off your angler's pride all the time with the Wader Maker wallet by Simms. Made from the same Gore-Tex material used in the company's premium waders, this wallet features six card slots, two currency pockets and an embossed Simms trout logo in a slim fold, easy wearing design. It's also just plain cool. MSRP is $89.95.
Raffal Jerk Bait
The Raffal from Biwaa Fishing Performance is an all-new jerk bait design built using a resin body for extreme durability, yet matching wooden baits in terms of performance. The Raffal delivers an erratic or gliding action depending on the retrieve, and shimmies enticingly as it falls on a slack line. Photorealistic finishes using Clone Tech – Capture Life technology give these baits an irresistible appearance. MSRP for the 4-inch model is $14.99, while the 6-inch Raffal is $17.99.
Walleye, salmon and steelhead anglers will appreciate the new Haira Tiny from Lucky John USA. This shallow diving, thumbnail-sized wobbler floats at rest, providing an enticing action when retrieves in a slow stop-and-go. With a steady retrieve, the Haira Tiny vibrates quickly, delivering intense vibrations fish can sense at long distances. Lucky John's OSS system provides increased casting range as well. MSRP is $8.99.
Star brite's Magic Sponge scuff and streak eraser uses a non-abrasive texture to safely remove stains and scuff marks from fiberglass boat decks, vinyl, plastic and other surfaces. Individually, packed, the Magic Sponge is perfect for spot clean-ups in a boat, RV, garage or house. MSRP is $2.99.
Sea Eagle PackFish 7
The PackFish 7 from Sea eagle weighs just 21 pounds and packs down to a 20x20x5 inch package that can be worn as a backpack, allowing anglers to effectively fish even the most remote waters. The PVC ladder is protected by a thick 840 denier nylon fabric to protect against punctures. Standard features include oak locks, rod holders, a measuring tape and two large gear pockets with cup holders. Inflated, it supports up to 300 pounds of angler and gear. MSRP is $399 - $439.