ASA President: ‘Recreational fishing industry thrives on face-to-face interaction’
The eagerly-awaited return of a physical ICAST dawned yesterday with the now traditional On the Water curtain-raiser.
The 64th International Conventional of Allied Sportfishing Trades – better known as ICAST – is the first show of its kind to take place anywhere in the world this year following the cancellations of similar events globally because of the ongoing COVID pandemic.
“Despite all the technology at our fingertips, the recreational fishing industry thrives on face-to-face interaction,” said Glenn Hughes, President of the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), owner of the show.
“Since early spring, our members have been telling us that they want to get back to business and reconnect with colleagues and friends. Unquestionably, the energy and enthusiasm on the show floor and at today’s events is a great start to the week.”
‘Super Tuesday’ featured product demos outside the Orange County Convention Center, in Orlando, Florida, the MLF ICAST Bass Fishing Tournament and the New Product Showcase Preview Reception. With more than 475 exhibitors, ICAST is the largest showcase of fishing tackle, apparel and accessories in the world. It also includes the Marine Accessories Pavilion, hosted by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA). The event-proper kicks off today and runs until Friday.