ICAST 2023 New BFS Reels

New BFS Reels Unveiled at ICAST 2023: My Top Picks!

Hey there, fellow fishing enthusiasts! Today, I’m excited to talk about five incredible new BFS reels that will soon hit the market. As a dedicated bait finesse angler who loves the thrill of fishing finesse-style, I understand how important it is to have access to the latest and greatest gear right here in the United States. And that’s exactly what ICAST, the renowned fishing trade show, delivers each year!

So, without further ado, let’s dive into my top picks for the best New BFS reels showcased at ICAST 2023:

  1. Shimano Aldebaran BFS: Undoubtedly, the Shimano Aldebaran BFS stole the show at ICAST. Widely considered one of the finest bait finesse reels on the market, it boasts a lightweight design, making it a breeze to cast even with one gram lures. While it may carry a price tag of around $450 to $470, the convenience of purchasing it locally from authorized distributors and the added warranty make it a worthy investment.
  2. Abu Garcia Xenon LTX BFS: Another standout BFS reel is the Abu Garcia Xenon LTX. Equipped with a highly tunable braking system and two different size magnets, this reel offers impressive casting performance. However, with a price point of $550, it might be on the pricier side compared to its overseas counterparts.
    • Most people consider this to be exactly the same reel that was released in 2022. At least one of my YouTube viewers insists it’s an entirely new reel. If that is the case, then maybe the price tag is a little easier to swallow. But that is unconfirmed info from one viewer.
  3. Ark Gravity BFS: For those looking for an affordable yet high-performing BFS reel, the Ark Gravity is a top contender. Priced at just $150, it provides tunability and exceptional casting capabilities, making it an enticing option for finesse anglers on a budget.
    • One interesting point on the Ark Gravity is it appears to be the same reel as the Haibo Arise Air without the drag clicker. The Arise Air is often available at $115-$120 from AliExpress. So you may be paying a small premium for the warranty coverage ion this case – and giving up the drag clicker.
  4. Flight Feather or Kingfisher: A real hidden gem at ICAST 2023 was the Flight Feather, also known as the Kingfisher. Featuring the lightest production spool in the world, weighing in at only 3.4 grams, this reel is optimized for ultra-light finesse fishing. Retailing at $159, (Now $169) it’s an excellent choice for those seeking top-notch performance at a competitive price point.
    • The only major drawback on this reel so far is that there is also no drag clicker. But it’s being sold in the USA by Nako – who is already known for high-quality tungsten products.
  5. Kistler Bait Finesse Reel: Last but not least, I am thrilled to announce that Kistler is working on its own bait finesse reel! As an angler who has tested the prototypes, I can confidently say it offers some unique features that set it apart from the competition. With an anticipated release in the fall, this reel will cater to finesse enthusiasts with its mid-range pricing and outstanding performance.
    • The Kistler is still being finalized, but it is expected to launch this fall sometime. the link will be updated once it’s out!

In conclusion, the ICAST 2023 showcased an array of exciting new BFS reels that are sure to enhance your fishing experience. From top-tier options like the Shimano Aldebaran BFS and Abu Garcia Xenon LTX to more budget-friendly choices like the Arc Gravity and Flight Feather, there’s something for every angler’s preference and budget.

If you’re as enthusiastic about bait finesse fishing as I am, I encourage you to keep an eye out for the release dates of these reels. Whether you prefer a top-of-the-line option or a cost-effective gem, the future of bait finesse fishing looks incredibly promising with these new additions to the market.

So, which one of these new BFS reels has caught your attention the most? Let me know in the comments below, and stay tuned for exciting head-to-head battles as I put these reels to the test on the water!

Tight lines and happy fishing!

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