Brian Holland

Technology or Not

When does fishing stop becoming fishing?

The primitive idea of a hunter feeding his family food with the knowledge of the waters around him.

Has technology now been so accepted in our lives and pastimes that we do not have hours, days and months working out a body of water and we now have succumbed to knowing where the fish are in minutes and then dropping the bait straight on their heads?

After watching an episode of Zanderpro on YouTube this question plagued my thoughts, I will get back to that later.

I personally have no electronic equipment that aid my fishing, call me old fashion or stupid but I would rather spend a few blank sessions working out the lake that I am fishing.

But knowing that you can rock up to a swim put out a finder and see if there is fish, weed, gradients, depths and then walk away to the next swim if you do not see what you like, is that fishing.

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Once you find a swim you then can load a bait boat and drive it across the lake to a spot underneath snags that can not be cast to and now with GPS you can return to spots in open water to dispense of your load time and time again without having to navigate the boat. Do you need to learn to cast a rod anymore?

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About not actually having to go to the lake to have a search for fish, we are talking drones. What better than to pull up in a car park get out of the car put up a drone and buzz the lake using the live feed to view the signs of any fish prior to unloading the car. There is a Facebook page ‘Drone Fishing Community’ which has 22 thousand members.

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Not to put people down everyone is entitled to their own approached but what really compelled me to write this was Zanderpro where a team of two fisherman go after their quarry across lakes, now under the competition rules they are allowed to use electronics to find spots, But Westin went one stage further where one man fished and the other man directed him on not only where to cast, but the speed of the cast, slowing or speeding the drop though the water depending on how the fish was moving in the water, he could monitor the lure and the fish to the point of telling him when to strike, Lets be serious is this really fishing.

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Do not get me wrong, people have little time in their fast hectic lives and want to be as productive on the bank but how far do you go before you might as well save even more time by just staying at home and watching it on YouTube.

What are your thoughts, has fishing become past just an enjoyable recreational pastime of having pleasure on the bank or must have to catch a fish to share on Facebook or Instagram at any cost a priority?

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6 replies on “Technology or Not”

you make a very good point…there is one extra on top of all that and that is bolt rigs…so they don’t even have to strike….might as well take a butler to play the fish for you.

I returned to fishing about 10 years ago after a break of over 30 years. I was shocked. Bivvies, bait boats, barrows, boliies, pellets, bolt rigs, bait boats, commercials, carp everywhere, with their pet names, sizes and intimate details of their lives plastered all over the internet. Echo sounders, drones, spods , chods ( what the hell is a chod?) EVERYONE catches big fish these days, (not just the better specimen hunters), and the fish are not only so much bigger, there are far more of them. Anglers cloned all along the banks, fishing in what are effectively carp and barbel fish farms. Tackle shops with great gear you don’t have to make yourself, and half full of stuff whose purpose still escapes me. Match anglers fishing for carp …with roach poles! Bed chairs, no losing sleep, bivvies with television and cannabis. Magazines, books, the internet, blogs, mobile phones, all telling you how to fish, how to catch (success guaranteed if you read the mags), and who caught what and where. Modern anglers know so little outside of the mandatory pre-defined railway tracked norm: I met a dedicated carp angler who had never heard of Dick Walker! It has all changed. Angling has become a spoon fed sport, dumbed down, no need to think, directions laid out for all to see in big dayglo letters. All the mystery gone, simplified, all that matters is the fish in the net…oh and the photos. What a complete and sad shame! Luckily I don’t need to join in.

I have only “basic” tackle, 3 11 or 12′ rods, a couple of reels, loads of floats, hooks, split shot and a landing net and that’s about it. So I only fish for fish, don’t care if it’s a carp, bream roach or rudd with a bonus perch every know and then, started fishing in 73 on a little river for gudgeon and whatever else took the bread bait, returned to the bank two years ago and was horrified by the amount, and cost, of what others ship to there swim and do they catch more than me, very rarely! Hi tech gear does not improve your skill.
Just my honest simple opinion.

I don’t mind what other anglers do, they are free to bivvy bitealarm and bollie to their hearts content, I just wish there was some alternative to carp.

It’s like the whole country suddenly decided there is only one fish worth catching and so filled every puddle in the land with an almost equal volume of mud pig.

Commercial places just follow the money, and that means carp – fine, they are a business and it is their choice. I will avoid them.

What angers me is that now club waters are all carp dominated. Clubs should try at least to keep one lake pig free.

I am detecting a whiff of change. Lately, I’ve seen lakes free of carp, especially crucian and tench waters, being created and advertised. Fishing club memberships have increased over the last (COVID) year. River fishing seems much more popular again. Let’s hope it lasts.

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