Fishing is the sport of champions and champions increasingly rely on on hi-tech gear to help them win, or, in this case, land the big one. Several such gadgets are already available for all your fishing needs, making the age-old battle between man and fish all the more devastating.
A remote control from Minn Kota Motors allows daring fishermen to control the boat's motor speed right from the fishing pole. It's designed to run silently, lest you disturb the big flounder with your racket.
To get a better feel for what's going on under the waves, Hummingbird's SmartCast, a watch with an internal antenna to communicate with a sonar buoy, lets you comb the water up to 120 in depth. The software is so advanced that it can recognize a fish, prompting an adorable icon to pop up on the watch's display.
What's the point in fishing if nothing's biting that day? Solve that problem with the Fish Activator, which uses digitally mastered sounds to attract fish. (Fish have ears?) It simulates the sound of several fish-tempting events, such as "distressed bait." Silly fish.
The material used in fishing line is kind of a hassle to see in the heat of battle, so Berkley Fishing developed a fluorocarbon fishing line that turns bright yellow in the sunlight. This only happens above water, so only you and yours will see the line and not those wily fish.
No fishing trip is complete without a fancy lure, and this might just be the fanciest. Once submerged, the SolarisFatshad's 14 LEDs start flashing light crazy, not unlike certain episodes of Pokémon back in the day. An electromagnetic buzzer also sends out pulses that mimic the kind made by an injured fish. That's right, Flounder, just a little bit closer...
Here, Fishy, Fishy, Fishy [Wired]