For some, fishing is all about competition and getting your limits. It’s about bragging rights and the ability to say you beat the river that day, or the ocean, or the bay. For others, though, it’s about something else entirely. These people shun cell phones and tablet computers and all of the other technological wonders that have supposedly made our lives so convenient. They also think, when it comes to technology, less is more. But where to draw the line? The consensus is that fish finders and weather apps are perfectly okay. But when does technological assistance become cheating? Good question. Though the following items might not be cheating technically, they certainly do take the fun out of fishing.
The Submarine Camcorder
This is the ultimate fish finder. Though underwater fishing cameras are nothing new, this baby ups the ante big time. It’s basically a SCUBA scooter built for an underwater camcorder. Using your laptop and the sub’s Wi-Fi connection, you can remotely control this puppy’s lift, thrust, and turning. And with a 100 foot cable tether, you can receive real time video in full color and vivid detail. Want to see exactly where the fish are and what they are biting? You got it. But how fun can that be? I’m guessing that it won’t be too much of an issue, since the Submarine Camcorder will set you back over 6 grand.
Some people have the opinion that we are all way too dependent on our smart phones. This product might go a long way to reinforce that opinion. Fish Sentry is a new device, so new the developers are still asking for public funding. Essentially, it’s a fishing rod that connects with a smart phone, telling the user when you have a bite via a text message. “Hello! This is your fishing pole…you might want to come here!” I want to be incredulous here. But the truth is, many fishers will like this gadget and probably use it. Each to their own. It just seems to me like the Fish Sentry would rob you of some of the thrill.
This is a device specifically designed for ice fishing, and it seems like a good enough idea. As the product description says, it sets the hook, you fight the fish. It also purports to increase your catch rate while being easy on fish by using slack in the line when it sets the hook. That’s good. Humane treatment of fish is essential. But how fun can this be? Sure, I can see using it to test if an area is live, if the fish are biting, but as a go-to rig it seems like too much technology and not enough real world experience.
Okay, so this last one is not an item you can purchase at your local sporting goods outlet. But you might be able to purchase what it catches. Who knows? You may have already bought something that was caught on the Atlantic Dawn and don’t even know about it. At 144 metres long, weighing 14,055 tons with a crew of sixty-three the Atlantic Dawn is the biggest – and most technologically advanced – trawler in the world. It has nets hundreds of meters wide, is outfitted with advanced low-frequency, long-range fish locating sonar, and includes a full fish processing center with on-board filleting, freezing and refrigeration facilities. When operating at full capacity the Atlantic Dawn can catch, process and freeze 400 tons of fish every 24-hours and hold a total of 7000 tons of frozen fish. Talk about taking the fun out of fishing.