Ron Mc wrote:I guess the biggest thing, they keep guys like you employed, right?
It's been a dozen and maybe two years, but we had a great offshore trip with a guide in a 30' cutty out of Port O. My friend won the trip in a church auction. The Cap'n used his electronics for everything, and it was impressive to watch him find the artificial reefs with his GPS and sounder. However, we didn't catch fish there, and tore them up at an offshore platform, which didn't need the electronics to find, though, he still used electronics to navigate home.
I would say in freshwater reservoirs, sounders for finding underwater structure make the difference between fishing topwater in the early morning and going home, vs. staying out all day
You can blame the guy with the electronics for keeping you out on a hot boat.
Especially in shallow e. Texas reservoirs, electronics will let you find the slope of the old river channel, where the fish are cooling themselves as well as eating.
Planning trips fresh or salt, internet reporting is everything.
Before you drive 100 mi to fish a hill country river, you need to check USGS, 24-hour precipitation, and current doppler radar.
At the coast you need tides and today's wind/weather.
Surf fishers can get surf forecast for planning. Everybody on corpusfishing and half of TKF should be at the beach yesterday.
Ron Mc wrote:The 3 largest sports entertainment markets on the planet are cycling, golf and fishing in that order. While more people participate in fishing than golf, golf is expensive, so the dollar value of its market exceeds fishing.
Rather than targeting new participants, all 3 target their marketing at repeat buyers, touting "technology" (actually pseudo-science) and feigning that everything purchased last year and before is now obsolete.
The last great advancement in bicycles was standardization of the chain. (though brakes are nice)
Fishing is fishing.
1918 rod and c. 1940 reel work just fine today. Though it is easier to keep up a modern line than old braided silk - but it's still possible to fish the old braided silk, because it will last indefinitely if it's kept from mildew.
I went to the trouble one day to fish a varnished silk line (spent a month stripping and re-varnishing it), with silk-gut leader, pre-tied eyeless hooks in an English 3-fly dropper rig - just to do it.
Caught a double. (I wonder if anybody's ever caught a triple.)
People's skill levels may change over time, but their inane talents are just that.
I have a lifelong friend, cycling, kayaking, camping, fishing - plus our daughters grew up together doing these things.
You really want him at any campsite, and he's watched me catch fish for as long as I can remember.
I headed a fly fishing life group from my church, and for 6 years, guided 4-14 people somewhere in the hill country every other week.
Some of my friends are wizards. Jimbo eats a jolly rancher every 5 fish and counts the wrappers at the end of the day.
Others, though they've been fishing all their lives, are just happy to be there. They go out, tinker with the tackle, have fun, and occasionally catch a fish. They don't have the skills of reading water or thinking like a fish.
But they're going to have just as good a day as anybody, because they're fishing.
Bring a camera.
Ron Mc wrote:Certainly a lot of us attack this sport with something to prove - I have probably always been somewhere in between - friends, family, the gestalt and the escape have always been important to me. I don't think about anything in the outside world when I'm fishing.
I've fished with many of the best - there's a tendency for the infectious to infect each other. Many fishing buddies have made fun of my relaxed style and especially my camera.
After you run out of things to prove, the fish are entirely gravy.
Technology is nothing more than an edge - like a carbon bicycle with electronic shifting. It's still the motor of the bike and the senses of the angler that make the difference.
So, yes, anyone beginning fishing with a dependency on electronics will eventually figure out the balance between that edge and their senses, and over time, their priorities will adjust as well - all part of growing up.
There's a simple answer to why Jesus recruited so many fishermen - because fishing is an act of faith.
larry long shadows wrote:years ago i bought a dept/fishfinder i played with it all day and did very lil fishing so ..so i decided i didnt need it
Cuervo Jones wrote:Technology is helpful some times. It needed others. The last 3 trips of mine have been with a bum sonar unit. I know the lake and I know the fish though. So I still caught plenty. Electronics are a distraction some (most?)times I’m starting to think.
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