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Bote wins ultimate ICAST award with Rover

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Winner: Lew’s Fishing Tackle – Rod and Reel Combo.
↑ Winner: Humminbird – Best Electronics.
↑ Winner: G.Loomis - Best Fly Rod.

It’s a stand-up paddle board, it’s a micro-skiff, it’s a powered ride… and now it’s the ICAST 2017 Overall Best of Show award winner!

The Rover, manufactured by Florida company BOTE, won the ultimate accolade at this evening’s prestigious presentation evening in Orlando.

And BOTE wasn’t the only young company to have cause for celebration at the world’s biggest trade show. Relative newcomer 13 Fishing captured two awards – Best Fishing Accessory and Best Freshwater Rod – while Trapper, which crowned its ICAST debut with an award in 2016, repeated the feat this year in the terminal tackle category.

More predictably, Shimano maintained its reputation as a supreme maker of reels by winning both the freshwater and saltwater awards. Yeti became another double winner on the night by taking home both the boating accessory and fishing accessory awards.

The full list of award winners is as follows:

Boating Accessory

Yeti, Loadout Bucket

Boats and Watercraft

BOTE, Rover


Costa, Sunrise Mirror Lens


HUK, Performance Takwear


Catch and Release Gift Shop, Fish Prints

Lifestyle Apparel

Prym I Pilot II, Jacket and Bib

Technical Apparel

Frogg Toggs, Transition Wader


Humminbird, Sonix 15 Chirp

Fishing Accessory

Yeti, Panga Duffel

Fly Fishing Accessory

Simms, G3 Guide Stockingfoot Wader


Pure Fishing, Berkley Fireline Ultra 8


Eagle Claw, 2017 Flounder sample pack

Kids Tackle

13 Fishing, Ambition Combo

Tackle Management

Daiwa Corporation, Tactical Backpack

Terminal Tackle

Trapper, Round Bend Treble

Freshwater Hard Lure

Okuma/Savage Gear, 3D Top-water Bat

Saltwater Hard Lure

Rapala, X-Rap Magnum 40

Freshwater Soft Lure

Lunkerhunt, Frog Series

Saltwater Soft Lure

LIVETARGET, Hollow Bodied Mullet

Fly Reel

Pure Fishing, Pflueger Supreme QRS

Freshwater Reel

Shimano, Curado K Baitcasting reel

Saltwater Reel

Shimano, Sustain C400/5000

Rod and Reel Combo

Lew’s, Mach Crush Speed Combo

Fly Rod

Loomis, IMX-Pro

Freshwater Rod

13 Fishing, Fate Black

Saltwater Rod

St. Croix, Legend Tournament Inshore.

Best of Show

BOTE, Rover

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