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Tackle Week 2015: 7 Essential New Angling Accessories

These Motors, Electronics and Tools Will Help You Find, Hold On To and Even Release Your Trophy Fish

The massive International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades Show (or ICAST) is like Disney World for anglers, and not just because it was held in Orlando, Florida. With so much great gear it was harder than ever to pick the best, but here are my favourite new accessories. Also see the year’s best new rods and reels, and must-have new baits.

Best Trolling Motor

Ulterra trolling motor

Ulterra

With the push of a button on the remote control or foot pedal, you can automatically deploy, stow and adjust the height of Minn Kota’s new Ulterra trolling motor. That means you never have to actually touch the unit, saving both time and your back muscles. Available in 24- and 36-volt systems, with 45- or 60-inch shafts and up to 112 pounds of thrust, the Ulterra also has an AutoPilot feature that “locks onto any heading you choose and delivers you there.” It’s really a no-brainer why it won Best Boating Accessory honours at ICAST.

More Info: Minn Kota, 1-800-227-6433

Gord Pyzer

Gord Pyzer

Fishing Editor Gord Pyzer is widely regarded as Canada's most scientific angler. Known in fishing circles as Doctor Pyzer, he worked for 30 years as a senior manager with Ontario's Ministry of Natural Resources before devoting all his energies to fishing. A member of the Canadian Angler Hall of Fame, the award-winning writer is also an internationally sought out speaker, tournament angler and field editor with In-Fisherman Magazine and Television. As well, he co-hosts the Real Fishing Radio Show with Bob Izumi. Catch Gord on the Outdoor Journal Radio Show live every Saturday morning 8:05AM EST. If you're in southern Ontario, tune your radio to Sportsnet 590 The FAN AM or visit www.fan590.com and listen live online.