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How Far Has Fishing Technology Come?

Fishing has certainly come a long way thanks to both technology and the capabilities of the Internet. Today, the latest advances in depth finders and GPS trackers can map any lake in the world, and ultrasound technologies allow you to see the fish beneath the water, pinpointing their exact location. No more trial and error, no more wasting hours looking for fish.

These GPS units show a great deal of detail, and are amazingly accurate.

One new piece of technology that many sport fishermen will be interested in is the concept behind Maptech's i3 module. This was the first of its kind, with a touch screen interface. The high-res touch screen allows users to see the types of fish that are swimming under the boat, in clear imagery and in real time.

And it's not just electronic gadgets that are helping fishermen reel in these fish, it is the newest in fishing line technology, too.  Take monofilament fishing line for example; stronger than traditional line, it is actually made from a single fiber of plastic, made by mixing several polymers together.  The line is strong, and it comes in a variety of colors, but most prefer the transparent which is nearly invisible over the water.

Another way that fishing technology has advanced is via Internet lessons. Fishermen who wanted to learn to fly fish used to have to find a shop that specialized in this sport, and hope that someone there could give them a lesson. Not so today. Those who are interested in fly fishing can take lessons online (evening using games to practice).

And speaking of the Internet, today the best and newest in fishing gear is available to buy online, and those who are willing to search can find the best prices, something not always available in a brick and mortar store.

Fishermen can also buy rods that optimize performance, cast straighter, that are lightweight, come with extended warranties and use resin technology to be more accurate. The cost has risen along with these technological advances, though. Users will pay more to get more.

No matter where fishermen look, they will find a new piece of technology that can help them fish more accurately, waste less time, and come home with a bigger catch. Of course, new fishing technology does cost a bit more, but in the end, the advances to the sport seem worth it.

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How Far Has Fishing Technology Come?