July 15-18

ICAST 2014 Show 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

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
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
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.

Apparel Display 
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.

Show 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

Preview Reception: Tuesday, July 15, 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
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 2013 "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.

Guest Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker - Lee CorsoESPN’s Lee Corso

Our keynote speaker this year is ESPN’s college football guru, Lee Corso. Lee is also an avid angler and we’re looking forward to hearing what he has to say about the world of college football and fishing.

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.

Chairman's Industry Awards Reception

Wednesday, July 16, 6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
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.