BLOCK ISLAND, RI July 20th, 2008 Fishing gear company, Old Harbor Outfitters (OHO) takes top honors at ICAST, for the second year in a row. This year, OHO wins the award for their new line of premium fishing sunglasses with Beneath the SurfaceTM polarized lens technology.

Each year, the premier trade event known as the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades (ICAST) produced by American Sportfishing Association (ASA) awards the best New Fishing Products of the year. In their 51st year, the New Product Showcase has become the flagship feature of the event and becomes more competitive each year. 190 companies entered 695 tackle products and accessories into the New Product Showcase.
The new sunglasses feature Beneath the SurfaceTM lens which is designed to withstand the harsh elements experienced by serious offshore anglers and feature new advancements in Ultra Violet Protection, Anti-Fog, Water Repulsion, Polarization and Frame Material technologies.
The new lenses (Super Thin Glass and NXT) feature triple polarization technology that allow anglers to see further Beneath the SurfaceTM of the water, making spotting marlin in the spread and bonefish in the flats, much easier. OHO sunglass frames feature the latest advancements in A9 composite and TR90 technology. Several of the frames are patent pending concepts built for functionality, durability, and made to aggressively deter the corrosive effects of the salt sea air.
"It’s a real honor to be recognized for all the hard work we put into our new premium sunglass line. This award is especially meaningful for us given the competition of some well-known brands and their presence in the industry” said Steve Tempini, CEO of OHO.
Making up a special section of ICAST's 350,000-square-foot show floor, the New Product Showcase gives the industry's latest innovations in gear and accessories special visibility during the show. There are more than 7,000 representatives of the global sportfishing community in attendance with nearly 2,000 buyers and over 400 media representatives in Las Vegas for the world's largest sportfishing trade show.
"Each year, the competition for top honors in the New Product Showcase gets more intense and the products get more innovative," said Mike Nussman, ASA's president and CEO. "My congratulations go to all of the winners for being judged as best of show by the buyers and media attending ICAST. I also want to thank everyone who participated in the New Product Showcase who worked hard to develop these new innovations in gear and accessories."
Buyers and media representatives judged the products based on their levels of innovation, execution, workmanship and practicality to select "Best of Show" honors in 17 categories, as well as the overall "Best of Show" winner.
Founded in 2006, Old Harbor Outfitters develops state-of-the-art products for today’s serious fishermen. The company is committed to bringing only the highest quality products to market. All products are rigorously tested aboard some of today’s most successful sport fishing boats to ensure that Old Harbor Outfitters’ products will provide customers with optimal, on-sea, performance.
Old Harbor Outfitters will continue to offer anglers only the highest grade, most innovative fishing products on the market. For more information on the New England-based company, visit or call 203/540-5150.