We saw a lot of neat new gear.....Just a few comments from my point of view:
Really impressed with the new Daiwa reels coming out. They are pricey but nothing else can even come close to that technology. I think Penn won best reel award but it was not even in the same league.
The St Croix rods are very nice. They won best freshwater and best saltwater rod awards. Gloomis, Temple Fork and Daiwa all had some very nice rods as well.
Sebile continues to be the best hard baits on the water. It was interesting to meet Patrick Sebile. Not only does he tell you how the lure works, he explains why it works. I think the guy is part fish.
The best soft baits I saw were definitely the Lunkerhunt jerkbaits & swimbaits. They look like the real thing and are extremely soft as if all hand-poured.
The most interesting new item of the whole show was the Lure Hangar Tackle Management System. They use powerful magnets on a rack so that you can keep your favorite baits well organized and easily available.
This will be very useful up on the deck of a flatsboat or under the deck of a bassboat....but especially good for kayakers/canoers.
I also like the Tackle webs gear but I had seen that before on Steve & Chris's boats. I have yet to get around to getting me one but it seems like a standard product for a casting platform.
There were several other interesting baits out there from Asia. I think the influx of Japanese baits will increase.
Was happy to pick up a couple of Costa 580 sunglasses at a cheap show price. For those that have never used these glasses....THEY MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
Anything else I missed??