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.
Humminbird has released a new downloadable software update which brings new, enhanced capabilities to its ONIX products.
The version 2.700 software, a free download through the Humminbird Select Program, allows existing ONIX units and transducers to use CHIRP 2D sonar technology. With no additional hardware purchase or change in installation, ONIX units with the upgrade provide better target separation and greater image clarity.