Every year, thousands of fishing industry leaders assemble for
the largest sportfishing trade show in the world. The International Convention
of Allied Sportfishing Trades (ICAST) is a showcase of the newest products from
various manufacturers worldwide. ICAST is produced by the American Sportfishing
Association (ASA). ASA’s main objective is to represent tackle manufacturers’
Hundreds of manufacturers will be gathering in the Orange
County Convention Center July 15th through 17th in Orlando, Florida, to show
off their latest and greatest products. Vendors like Rapala, Shimano, Simms,
Okuma and Strike King will all be in attendance. This event also receives a
tremendous amount of attention from the media. Outdoor writers will be mingling
and gathering as much information as they can for future articles. Hundreds of fishing
pros will be working with their respective sponsors to shoot videos on new
products. Many retailers, like FishUSA, will be attending the show to view new
product as well as build relationships with vendors.
The International Fly Tackle Dealers Show (IFTD) will also
be taking place simultaneously with the ICAST show. For years, the two shows
were held separately. The change has been well received, and allows retailers
to kill two birds with one stone.
The ICAST and IFTD shows are not open to the public,
though I do encourage anglers to follow the ICAST website, as well as FishUSA’s
website and Facebook page, to see the new releases. FishUSA will be posting
plenty of pictures and videos from the show!
For over 60 years, Thomas Lures has been producing quality
lures for Trout, Pike, Walleye, Salmon, and Bass. I’ve had the pleasure of
working closely with Thomas Lures owner, Peter Ridd, for the past three years.
Once you have a conversation with Peter, you’ll quickly understand why Thomas
Lures is so successful.
It’s well known that Pennsylvania
has some of the best Trout fishing in the country. Thomas Lures is a staple
product for all trout anglers, and thousands of Thomas lures will be cast into
your local stream or lake on opening day. Not only is Thomas a recognized brand
locally, but they are highly recognized outside of the Northeast region as well. It’s well
known that California and Colorado are huge Trout states. FishUSA
sells a significant amount of Thomas Buoyant Spoons in California, while the Thomas Colorado Spoons are a key product in Colorado (I think the name is very fitting for the
Whether you’re a novice or expert Trout angler, you should
have Thomas Lures in your box. This product is made in Hawley, Pennsylvania,
and all products are available for purchase at FishUSA.
Capt. Doug Straub
So many times I hear anglers say, “I need to buy lures that
have a tighter wobble.” Or, “I need a lure that has a more erratic action.”
Since I was a child, I’ve always tinkered with lures to make
them run exactly how I want. Sometimes I destroy the lure, but I gain valuable
information that’s helped me in my professional fishing career. We all know why
we need different lure actions for certain situations, but it’s not commonly
known that we can achieve this by simply making minor changes to our baits.
The easiest way to change the action of your lure is to
either remove a hook or add a larger hook. If you have a lure that has three
hooks, like the Renosky Crystalina Shallow Diver,
you can remove the front hook closest to the head of the bait to achieve a
wider, more erratic action. If you are looking to achieve a tighter wobble,
simply try adding larger hooks.
These little tricks don’t work with all baits as some are
very sensitive to the number and size of hooks. But, give it a shot. You may
find that you can have a number of lures built into one.
Capt. Doug Straub
When fishermen hear the name Rapala, they think of original floaters, husky jerks, and jigging raps. Most anglers are unaware that Rapala also manufacturers an extensive line of fishing rods and reels.
FishUSA.com has always been a well known retailer in the salmon and steelhead market. This fall FishUSA will be offering a variety of spinning rods, casting rods, float roads, and center pin reels from Rapala. FishUSA.com is committed to offering anglers with the best gear at a low price, and it was a no brainer for us to offer these products for the salmon and steelhead community.
The FishUSA.com staff had the opportunity to “play” with the new Rapala rods and reels. We’re blown away with the quality and the features that are present on this gear, and we highly recommend these rods and reels to the novice angler or seasoned pro.
For more information regarding these products, please visit www.FishUSA.com or call us at 800.922.1219.
Capt. Doug Straub