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Technology and Fishing

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I am curious to know y'alls opinions on this topic.

Technology is rapidly advancing and becoming more accessible to us as fisherman and helping us catch more fish. My question is do y'all think there is a point where it takes the sport out of it? Or makes it unfair to the fish? Should it all be allowed? I go back and forth on this topic.

For example, using drones to find schools of redfish. At first it seems like a really cool idea but then I start to not like it as it feels like it takes that side of fishing away that requires the angler to be in touch with the fish and the environment to understand their patterns and the reward of it all coming together and finding the fish tucked away in a creek or something like that. Seems like it creates so much pressure on fish because they can be found so much easier, and can start to drive fish away as they look for new areas to be safe.

To me it is almost like spotlighting deer. It's not fair to the animal.

To me fishing is about going out, dissecting water and understanding how the fish respond to conditions to eliminate water and find the fish. Yes we take the advantages we can get with satellite imagery, chart plotters, and sonar. However, they don't seem to have the same ability to do the work for us that a drone would provide. I think about flying the length of creek at low tide seeing if there are fish there in a matter of minutes vs how long it would take to properly direct a creek to find out if there are fish there. Just unsure how I feel about that and what it does to our sport.
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I think the more you fish the less you like the stuff, I have a 5" Garmin on my boat and I like to just shut it off and look around while I drive. Im glad I have it, but once you have been around its more fun just to look around. I have never even seen a fish that I caught on a fish finder....but probably because I Flyfish.

I own a drone, but have never used it for fishin. Id prefer to hunt them down, but I can see where people get desperate and don't find fish. I just went like 4-5 days without catching a fish lol. Im just lucky enough I get to go everyday. Lots of people only get that much a month and man that would get old!

I think the worst one is google maps. I come across people in the most out there places anymore and am just like how the heck did this guy find this spot.
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^I refuse to hire a guide to put me on a big tarpon. Im 4 years into boating a 100 pound+

Ironically after this thread I went to the mill house one and then listened to some of those while fishing today and Steve Huff was talking about how he would hire out Cessnas to fly around and find the fish then go fishing.
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