As much as we talk about not wanting technology to take over everything, it’s pretty much inevitable. Looking at fishing, you used to go out on your boat or sit at the shore and cast your line in the water until you get a bite. Though a huge percentage of fishers still do this, it’s made it’s way into virtual reality and video games which almost takes away the integrity of the sport (especially according to hardcore fisherman). You have your simulators you can sit and play at your computer, the arcade games you spend a token or 2 to play for 5 minutes or less, and even virtual reality fishing now.
There is a very interesting new addition to the fishing world. You don’t even have to go out on the water to do it. Virtual reality basically brings you to a whole new visual world and puts you in control of your surroundings. Technological advances have made it all a very convincing experience. With the new VRF1.0 (virtual reality fishing experience), people are getting the same sort of visual and auditory relaxation they get from real fishing. Of course, this hasn’t yet incorporated the feeling of lake air or anything, but even life-long fisherman are saying how convincing they find it.
Technological advances in real life fishing have also come a long way in a short amount of time. Going from blind fishing where people have basically just cast their line and waited, to using GPS devices, depth finders, and sonar-like devices to identify what’s below the surface, fishing has come a long way in the past century. If you want to go back even more, tens of thousands of years ago they didn’t even have the fishing rod or line, it was basically underwater hunting with spears and harpoons. The fishing rod itself is huge advancement itself.
Going back to fishing technologies, fishermen have many more advantages than they did not long ago. In the 1970′s it began with a little flashing light that helped identify where the bottom of the lake was. It grew into paper graphs that virtually drew the lake floor and everything between you and it. LCD displays and GPS’s are on almost every fishing boat nowadays, showing you clear as day what is below you and where you are, which helps make it easier to return to great fishing spots day after day or year after year. The more advanced units these days are actually pre-loaded with basically anything you’ll ever need. Lakes, islands, streams, tiny bodies of water, ocean, countries, pretty much the whole world at your fingertips.
There is a lot of controversy regarding all the advances (most understandably the virtual reality), however there are plenty of professional fisherman and more casual folk who find these very helpful. Whether it’s to help find a densely populated area of the lake, or to find your way home from out in the woods, we can’t really say too many bad things about them. If you don’t like them, just don’t use them!