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 2

  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.

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