Technology rules at Vegas convention
by Charles Johnson
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Not long ago fishing was a much more simple sport. All an angler needed was a cane pole, a hook and line and a can of live red worms. The angler would grab a shady spot along the creek bank and begin to drown the worms. Today, technology seems to be the rule for fishing.

A couple of weeks ago, fishing tackle dealers, manufacturers and anglers from around the world gathered in Las Vegas at the International Convention of Sport Fishing Trades. Anything that had to do with fishing was showcased at ICAST. Attendees got to see the newest gadgets and gear for fishing.

From the reports and press releases I have received, it appears electronics and technology is in the front of the line for this year¹s new stuff. Most products introduced at ICAST will be released on the market in the next few months. Let¹s take a look at some of the more interesting gadgets for


A new style fish-finder on the market is the Deeper. The device is about the size of a tennis ball. Anglers connect the unit to their line and cast it out. The Deeper is sonar device the anglers can use to pinpoint their fishing spot. The unit transmits water depth, fish locations and water

temperature through Wi-Fi signal.

The angler can use an application on a smartphone to receive the data and view the underwater structure and fish on the phone screen. The signal will transmit up to 50 yards out. The sonar unit has a light for night operation.

Humminbird has improved on the 360 Imaging units with a new trolling motor mount. The new mount allows the special transducer to be installed on the bottom of a trolling motor. With the 360 unit, the angler is able to view fish and structure out in front of the boat.

The unit allows anglers to see fish, stumps, rocks or structure without having to pass over the top. Distances to the fish or other points are indicated on the screen. The angler then knows how far to make his cast.

In trolling motor advancements, Motor Guide has introduced a unit with built-in GPS technology. Once programmed, the electric trolling motor can hold boat in position on the water regardless of wind or current. The device also can be programmed to follow a specific route. This would definitely be helpful fishing river and creek ledges.

The Alabama Rig has seen even more modifications from ICAST. Booyah Baits has released several different models or variations of the A-Rig. To appease the regulations is some states spinner blades have been added with only lure/hook position.

One model has five willow style blades with a long wire form the center for attaching a single lure or soft-plastic bait. Another version uses small grubs, less hooks with a wire from the center of the head attaching single bait. Other companies have released similar style A-Rig lures in various


Other new releases are casting reels with an 8:1 gear ratio. Line manufacturers have improved or at least modified some of their braided and fluorocarbon lines.

These and other high-tech products are coming to a tackle store near you.

Charles Johnson is the Star¹s Outdoor Editor. You can reach Charles at
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