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.
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?
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.
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.
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?