Don't you fellas have enough toys to play with as it is?
I feel this device would be useful. However, on a pier with a bunch of other anglers would probably not be ideal. Just as a single lantern beaming it's light onto the water's surface at night draws every angler within jigging range, so would this novelty. Don't see how you could successfully hook a fish without the possibility of it taking you around the line attached to this thing-of-a-ma-jig. Also it could be difficult to fish more than 1 rod "stress free." Sure there's always the possibility of hooking up with both rods at a time without radar/sonar intervention. But to know for sure that there are a lot of fish near two or more of your lines would definitely rank up there with strong regular brew coffee. Would give me the jitters for sure. Now for anyone who's a thrill seeker, this is right up their alley. For pier applications............ it's definitely not for the over 40+ crowd. At least that's my opinion. Would make a terrific gift for one's child or grandchild though. And of course, the purchaser would have the tedious job of helping em figure out how it works. ;-)
Now putting it to use while in a boat, that's a whole separate matter. A single angler would definitely benefit from such device.
Still I think it would take most of the relaxing aspect out of fishing.
I picked one up last week from BPS and was going to write a review myself.
Besides the distance factor, another flaw I would like to point out is that you often lose signal in fast current and choppy water. Battery life on the watch is something like 40 hours, so an auto shut off would be nice. Yes, the casting unit can be worked like a topwater and get surface strikes.
It has it's applications in the salt, but I believe this unit is ideal for your typical freshwater situations.
FL FISHERMAN: Most smaller items are sent along gratis. Bigger items, like kayaks, are not. Generally manufacturers arrange for demos. In some cases I purchase out of pocket.
I like to take them and fish the items for awhile. You can't review a product without taking it on the water and letting several anglers play with it.
The things I've been given as review items will probably be given away in contests yet to be determined (angler of the year?) I don't like the idea of hanging onto things that were sent for review--it starts to look like I'm giving reviews for free products, which I don't want anyone to think. There's something to be said for impartiality.
Cool! Too bad the Kayak doesn't come "gratis" So with you doing this is it giving Pier and Surf PR or is this something you are doing on the side? The way you are going you should be able to get some sponsors within the next couple years.
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