Glimpses of ICAST

When you're working the show, the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades (ICAST) can be a whirlwind. A lot happens over just four days. There are lots of people to see, lots of new products to look at, lots of press releases to read, lots of conferences to attend and lots of dinners to eat. Since it's practically impossible to wrap it up in a single column, I thought I'd share some of my most salient moments from ICAST 2009.

Here they are, in no particular order.

Chris Brown and Tommy Akin of Strike King have not only assembled the finest pro staff in the industry (Kevin VanDam, Denny Brauer, Mark Davis, Shaw Grigsby, Mark Menendez, Greg Hackney and too many other great anglers to mention) but they're off the map nice and work flawlessly with the media. It's an honor to call them each "friend."