Conference & Events: July 14-17, 2015
Exhibition: July 15-17, 2015

ICAST 2014 Highlights and Events

Show Floor Destinations

Check out these “can’t miss” show floor destinations. All events are held at the Orange County Convention Center unless otherwise noted.

New Product Showcase
Sponsored by Fishing Tackle Retailer
Booth 3553

The New Product Showcase is the number one reason why people come to the trade show. Only at the New Product Showcase can you see the latest gear, apparel and accessories before they are unveiled to the fishing public.

Once the “Best of Show” voting is over, the Showcase is open to all trade show attendees and exhibitors.
You don’t want to miss this once-a-year opportunity to see the latest and greatest innovations in the fishing industry.

Open to All Show Attendees and Exhibitors

Wednesday, July 16 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, July 17 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday, July 18 9:00 a.m. - Noon

ASA Resource Center
Booth 3547
Open during show hours.

Stop by the ASA Resource Center to meet the ASA and consumer show staff and learn how you can take full advantage of your trade association membership.

Lure Tank
Located adjacent to the New Product Showcase
Open during show hours

The ICAST Lure Tank showcases the latest in hard and soft lures. Attendees witness how lures perform underwater as well as on top of water. There is also an underwater camera that displays an up-close view of what is happening beneath the surface on a large television monitor.

Click here for the Lure Tank Schedule

Apparel Display 
Located near the Tiki Bar
Sponsored by Columbia

The Apparel Lounge is located on the show floor near the Tiki Bar. Please stop by and see the new apparel offered by several exhibiting companies.

Highlights and Events

All events take place at the Orange County Convention Center  unless noted otherwise.

New Product Showcase and Preview Reception
Sponsored by Fishing Tackle Retailer

Tuesday, July 15, 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Booth 3553
The reception is open to registered buyers and credentialed media only

The Showcase offers buyers and members of the media a special opportunity to debut and preview hundreds of the next season’s innovations in fishing gear and accessories.

Only registered buyers and individuals with Media-Editorial badges are eligible to vote in the New Product Showcase. Exhibitors are not permitted in the Showcase during the voting period. The product with the most votes in each category is awarded "Best of Show" for that category and the product with the most votes overall wins the coveted ICAST 2014 "Best of Show" honors.

To meet the needs of buyers and exhibitors, the New Product Showcase competition includes awards in 21 product categories as well as the overall "Best of Show" award.

Voting begins on Tuesday, July 15, at 5:00 p.m. during the New Product Showcase Preview Reception and ends at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 16. Buyers and media who vote have a chance to win one of three drawings for a $500 cash prize.

The Showcase is open during show hours - July 16-18 – and to all attendees beginning at 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 16

ICAST 2014 State of the Industry Breakfast

Wednesday, July 16, 7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m
Orange County Convention Center, Hall B W311, third floor

Breakfast attendees will hear from ASA President and CEO Mike Nussman and ASA Board of Directors Chairman Gregg Wollner, executive vice president, Rapala, about the challenges and opportunities facing the recreational fishing industry.

The State of the Industry Breakfast is being held Wednesday, July 16, 7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m., at the Orange County Convention Center, Hall B W311, third floor. Tickets are required.

Tickets can be purchased online through Experient, our registration company, or by calling (301) 694-5243. Only registered exhibitors and attendees may purchase tickets.

State of the Industry Breakfast Guest Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker - Lee CorsoESPN’s Lee Corso

Lee Corso, is this year’s State of the Industry Breakfast keynote speaker.

Lee Corso, one of college football's most knowledgeable, opinionated and entertaining analysts, is a key member of ESPN's college football production team. Corso, who joined ESPN in 1987 after 28 years of football coaching experience at the college and professional levels, including 17 seasons as a head coach serves as a game analyst for Thursday night telecasts and as a studio analyst for College GameDay and the half-time and scoreboard shows.

Chairman's Industry Awards Reception
Sponsored by Rapla

Wednesday, July 16, 6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Orange County Convention Center, Hall B W311, third floor
Open to all badged trade show attendees.

Gregg Wollner, executive vice president of Rapala USA, and chairman of ASA’s Board of Directors, hosts our awards reception. During the reception, Wollner and ASA President and CEO Mike Nussman will present the New Product Showcase "Best of Show" awards. All ICAST and IFTD attendees are welcome to attend the awards reception.

Engaging New or Underserved Audiences in Recreational Fishing: Learn from Major Companies and Branding Experts
Presented by the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation

Thursday, July 17, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
**Attendance is By Invitation Only**

The face of America is changing and emerging minority groups, such as Hispanics, who are projected to comprise 20 percent of the U.S. population by 2020, will have a significant impact on spending and revenue. During this invitation-only business session, recreational fishing and boating industry leaders will meet with a panel of marketing and branding experts from The Walt Disney Company, ESPN Deportes, Wal-Mart, Lopez Negrete Communications and Colle+McVoy who will focus on how to engage new and underserved audiences. Industry leaders will hear from about the steps these companies have taken to reach out to multicultural and underserved audiences and how it has benefitted their bottom lines. Now is the time for fishing and boating industry leaders to learn how to engage these new customers from experienced companies and branding experts. This is an invitation-only event.