Should Real-time Imaging be Banned from Tournaments?

KVD at 2016 Bassmasters Classic

Real-time imaging sonar (e.g., Garmin Livescope, Lowrance LiveTarget) is a game changing technology that has been instrumental in tournament fishing recently. Anglers who have taken the time to “master” the technology have often scored huge wins while those who have yet to adopt this new approach have had difficulty at times keeping up. As a result, it is quickly becoming a prerequisite for tournament anglers in order to remain competitive.

There have been situations in the past where major tournaments have restricted usage of certain items that have created a substantial competitive advantage. For example, many bass fishing tournaments no longer permit the use of A-Rigs (Alabama Rigs).

In your opinion, should real-time imaging sonar be banned from tournaments?

After submitting your response, feel free to describe your reasons in the “Reply” section at the bottom of the page.

Comments 3

  1. Yes, because I feel that it will eventually hurt attendance at some tournaments (like youth, high school and college, and fund raising events), and we need to grow the sport for our young people. Fishing has gotten so expensive now it is keeping adults and kids from enjoying our wonderful sport.

  2. Yes, I think so. I grew up on the Santee Cooper lakes back in the 50’s and 60’s. My grandfather taught me to throw top water plugs on braided black Dacron line for bass and a cane pole and crickets for bream. We fished from a cypress boat with a 9.9 Johnson and oars. To catch fish, you had to know how to fish and find fish. You had to know your weather, your waters, your fish habits and your seasons if you wanted to consistently find and catch the fish and be a great fisherman.
    It’s really nothing to find fish with these new electronics, anyone can become a “fish catcher” with one of these on your boat. It has become like shooting fish in a barrel. It’s no longer outsmarting the fish or thinking like a fish, it’s only a matter of reading instructions.
    Catching fish off a screen doesn’t make you a fisherman or a champion.
    Pretty soon, they will come up with something that will make the fish jump into your boat so you can pick up the largest ones, show them off to the camera and proudly proclaim, “Look what I caught”! “Ain’t I the greatest”!……….In my humble opinion.

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