The Smoker Craft Inc. annual dealer meeting is always the biggest event on the company’s calendar as dealers from around the world gather at the New Paris, Indiana plant to see the latest models in the Smoker Craft, Starcraft, Sylvan, SunChaser and Starweld lineups.
Some of the hottest fishing product this year was announced in the Smoker Craft line, with new graphics, new branding and a range of new features
Team Starcraft pro Jason Letherman recently spent a fantastic day introducing Pamela Wineland to Lake Michigan's awesome trout and salmon fishery, aboard a Smoker Craft "Salmon Phantom" - part of the American Angler Series. Pam did great for her first day on the big water, bagging a lake trout, a really nice steelhead, and she fought two other fish before giving them the long distance release. "She loved it and is hooked now!" says Jason. No kidding - Pam's smile says it all.
A new study by the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) and the Outdoor Foundation reveals that fishing remains the most popular on-water activity in the US.
According to the 2016 Special Report on Fishing, more than 2.5 million people enjoyed their very first fishing experience in 2015, and a total of 45.7 million Americans (15.6% of the US population) participated in fishing.
With the 2016 International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades (ICAST) show now having wrapped up at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, fishing tackle and marine equipment dealers will be placing orders for new product for the 2017 season. Many of those orders will be for products that won ICAST Best of Show awards.
This year, more than 1,000 new products were entered into 24 Best of Show categories by more than 240 different companies. The winners include:
Held in Orlando each July, the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trade Show – better known as ICAST – is the largest fishing tackle trade show in the world. It’s also a great place to see the latest in boat accessories, and particularly in the case of new electronics.
A move to align international standards for lifejackets and immersion suits is being applauded by boaters and seen as a positive step toward improving marine safety while potentially lowering the cost of personal flotation devices (PFDs).
Yamaha has introduced a new Talon SDS propeller designed specifically for pontoon boats with midrange power.
Built from polished stainless steel, the new Talon SDS Pontoon prop utilizes the company’s exclusive Shift Dampener System (SDS) for smoother operation by eliminating the familiar ‘clunk’ that’s often felt when shifting outboards into gear. It also includes the SDS hub system to reduce vibration for quieter operation.