The world of sport fishing gathered in Orlando this past July for ICAST 2018.

The show was full of exciting new gear related to our industry including new kayaks, and rod/reel  technology from some of our favorite brands, such as Old Town, Bonafide, and Shimano. Stay on the look out for more content on these innovative new products!

Old Town Topwater PDL

The all-new Topwater series offers large fishing kayak performance in a compact, lightweight package. A marriage of stability and performance, the Topwater, with the all-new ultra-stable DoubleU Hull, quietly glides through any water condition while providing a stable, comfortable stand-up fishing platform.

Equipped with thoughtful on-board tackle and rod management and a revolutionary universal transducer mount, even the saltiest of anglers will be impressed by the overall fishability of the new Topwater series.

The PDL uses Old Town’s slide-lock system, which slides forward or backward to dial your leg length for pedaling, and comes equipped with multiple rod holders, a front storage hatch, and tracks for customization. Through the end of September, get a FREE Humminbird Fishfinder with the purchase of a Topwater kayak through mail-in rebate. Preorder now, shipping in August.

Bonafide RS117 Fishing Kayak

The ALL-NEW RS117 from Bonafide is still a prototype, but this kayak fishing machine is going to be available at the angler friendly price point of only $999!

You can expect this kayak to share the same qualities as the SS series from Bonafide, with exceptional stability and high paddling/tracking performance.

Feelfree Dorado 125 w/ Overdrive

The Dorado is Feelfree’s newest Overdrive Pedal Powered kayak with features unlike any other including the fully integrated electrical system with navigation and cockpit LED lights and ready for the optional Motordrive options, fish finder and more.

The kayak is designed from the ground up with a focus on stability, tracking and propulsion made possible by the innovative cathedral tri-hull. The cathedral tri-hull features two outer pontoons along with a central pontoon with deep channels in between giving way to optimal on the water performance.

The Dorado Overdrive Kayak features an integrated Overdrive, Stern Navigational Lights, a Bow Storage Area w/Bungee System & Transducer Hole, a Cathedral Hull design that is Fast, Stable & has Optimal Tracking, Oversized Bow Electronics and Storage Console, Rod Tip Holders, FeelFree’s Patented Adjustable Gravity Seat, Raised Blow Molded Gunwale Rails, Bow Uni-Track Rail System, Gunwale Storage Areas, Intuitive “8 Ball” Steering, Integrated Oversized Rudder- Patented Gravity Seat with Forward/Backward Adjuster- Prewired Electronics System, Dedicated Utility Battery Box w/Wiring System and AUX Port (Requires 12v Battery), Four Flush Mounted Rod Holders, Cockpit Lights, Oversized Stern Tankwell w/Bungee System, Stern Uni-Track Rail System, Stern Light, Patented Keel in the Wheel, Molded in Kayak Handles.

Shimano DC Casting System

Built on the legacy of durability, dependability and versatility that Curado is known for, now with Shimano’s unique DC braking technology.

Shimano’s new Digital Control braking system utilizes a microcomputer to monitor spool speed 1,000 times every second and apply the perfect amount of brake to prevent backlash and maximize distance. Anglers of all skill levels will appreciate less thumbing and trouble-free casting in all conditions. Pre-order for September 2018 release.

Pure and simple, the Shimano® Metanium Casting Reel is built for effortless operation. Now with Shimano’s new DC braking system, get the most out of your reel. The new Metanium DC comes equipped with our new DC brake system called “I-DC5.” “I-DC5” has 2 sets of dial adjustment. With the inside dial, you can select the type of line used (Nylon, Flurocarbon, & PE Line).

The outside dial adjustment is based on the lure type. Big Lures (18-30g), Medium Lures (10-20g), Small Lures (8-12g), & Finese Lures (5-8g). There is also the “AUTO” function, letting the onboard DC decide optimal brake setting. “I-DC5” is a new DC braking system that uses more magnets to assist braking that previous system.

Yakima Racks HD Products and EasyRider Trailer

2019 is going to be a BIG year for Yakima Racks! With a complete overhaul of their truck rack systems and a new trailer to handle all your kayak fishing adventures. The new truck racks will be offered in an ALL NEW ‘HD’ version featuring strengthened bars as well as a rugged powder coat finish.

The new trailer will be ready to host two full size fishing kayaks utilizing their new kayak saddles, with a heavier weight capacity that any of their previous saddles. Be on the look out for these products from Yakima in 2019!