Best Ice-Fishing Storage System: Shuttle Hard-Top

Best Ice-Fishing Storage System: Shuttle Hard-Top
Frabill

Instead of throwing your ice-fishing gear onto a toboggan or strapping it to the sides of a sled and risking damage, now you can store it in the secure moulded compartments of Frabill’s Shuttle Hard-Top. I especially like the rod locker, which can protect up to 10 ice-fishing rods and reels. The Shuttle comes in two models: the 31-pound Recon, with 10.5 cubic feet of storage, and the slightly bigger Trekker Shuttle. Designed to be pulled by hand or towed behind a snowmobile or ATV, both models fit easily into the back of a pickup or SUV. More Info: Frabill

Best Terminal Tackle: Spinshot

Best Terminal Tackle: Spinshot
Frabill

To drop-shot properly, it’s critical that your hook sits horizontally. You must also avoid line twist, which can be tricky because your bait spins when you reel in. The VMC SpinShot addresses both these details by placing the hook between two tiny swivels. No matter what knot you use, the hook will stand out perfectly every time. And because the hook spins rather than the line, line twist is completely eliminated. No wonder the SpinShot won ICAST’s Best Terminal Tackle award. More Info: VMC Hooks

Best Treblehook: Trokar Treble

Best Treblehook: Trokar Treble
Frabill

Trokar hooks offer better penetration with only half the pressure of most other hooks, even at the end of a very long cast. Unfortunately, they’ve only been available as singles, but now two treblehooks have been added to the lineup: the Round Bend TK300 and the Extra Wide Gap TK310. As surgically sharp as their single counterparts, the trebles are also honed to a three-sided point using a patented medical process to ensure razor-like sharpness. The trebles come in standard sizes 2, 4 and 6, as well as a new unique size 5 for fine-tuning presentations. More Info: Eagle Claw

Best Weight/Jig System: Fastach Football & Worm Weights

Best Weight/Jig System: Fastach Football & Worm Weights
Frabill

The weakest link in most jigs is the hook moulded into the head. It’s rarely first-class and almost never razor-sharp, as jig makers use stock hooks to keep costs down. Enter the Fastach Football and Worm Weights. Featuring quick-change Fastach clips, these jig heads enable anglers—for the first time ever—to add their own size, shape and style of hook. Available in ¼-, 3/8-, ½-, ¾- and one-ounce weights, these jig heads are brilliant. More Info: Stringease

Best Rod Storage: Bac Rac

Best Rod Storage: Bac Rac
Frabill

While many bass boats have a place for the boat operator’s rods, the co-angler is often left to stuff his rods between the seats where they’re always in the way, or worse—getting broken. Not with the Bac Rac. Simply slide the two portable aluminum racks into the edges on each side of the back deck hatch. No fasteners or tools are needed. You can safely store up to four rods horizontally across the back of the boat in the cushiony foam holders. More Info: Bac Rac

Best Bass Rig: Tungsten Carolina Rig

Best Bass Rig: Tungsten Carolina Rig
Frabill

The entire pre-assembled Tungsten Carolina Rig—including clacker, bead, weights and metal rigging—is smaller than a single comparable bullet weight. But the compact size is only one of the rig’s selling points. Available in ½,- ¾- and one-ounce sizes, the rigs can be easily switched out, allowing you to experiment with different weights. And don’t just think bass—I’m betting plenty of crappie, pike, trout and walleye anglers are going to find some ingenious ways to adapt this super-smart Carolina rig for their everyday fishing tactics. More Info: Bullet Weights

Best Line: Nanofil

Best Line: Nanofil
Frabill

NanoFil is so thin, smooth, sensitive, coil resistant and tangle-free, it won both the Best Line and Overall Best of Show awards at ICAST. Unlike any other line, Nanofil comprises hundreds of tiny Dyneema nanofilaments molecularly linked and shaped into a unified fishing line. There’s no question you can cast farther, feel bites easier and secure much better hooksets with this line, which comes in six-, eight-, 10- and 12-pound test. And since it doesn’t absorb water, it’s also great for ice fishing. More Info: Pure Fishing Canada

Best Weedless Hook: Weedless Split/Drop Shot Hook

Best Weedless Hook: Weedless Split/Drop Shot Hook
Frabill

Disclosure time: I’ve long thought Gamakatsu hooks to be the best in the industry. However, there was a gaping hole in the company’s lineup—no weedless models suitable for split-shotting and drop-shotting. Well, no longer. The new needle-sharp Weedless Split/Drop Shot Hook is made of ultra-fine, forged wire and features a hand-tied “hair-trigger” weed guard, making it the perfect hook for split- and drop-shotting in and around cover. Available in sizes 4, 2, 1, 1/0, 2/0 and 3/0, this new hook will also shine for wacky-rigging Senkos. More Info: Normark Canada

Best Freshwater Reel: Revo MGX

Best Freshwater Reel: Revo MGX
Frabill

It’s easy to see why Abu Garcia’s Revo MGX low-profile baitcasting reel won Best Freshwater Reel honours at ICAST. The high-performance reel weighs just 5.4 ounces thanks to a one-piece magnesium alloy frame and featherweight carbon sideplates. And with the Infinitely Variable Centrifugal Brake System, you can fine-tune the reel to cast much lighter lures than you normally would with a baitcaster. Featuring nine corrosion-resistant stainless steel bearings and the Carbon Matrix drag system, the Revo MGX comes in both right- and left-hand models. More Info: Pure Fishing Canada