By Steve Graf
Today we’ll take a serious look at what bass fishing might look like 100 years from now. How will anglers of tomorrow look at anglers of today? Will they question our ethics? Will they question our techniques? Are we the pioneers of the bass fishing world of tomorrow? Will bass fishing even exist 100 years from now? These are just a few of the questions that I’ll try to answer from my perspective as one of today’s avid anglers.
As people, it’s human nature that all of us want to be liked or admired in some shape or form. All of us want to leave a legacy, whether it’s for our family or maybe a particular interest we had growing up. For some it might be a civic organization, job, or maybe a hobby that was near and dear to our heart. I hope anglers of tomorrow sit around a fire pit one day and talk about how innovative and creative our generation was in breaking down some of the barriers of bass fishing…how skilled and dedicated we were with techniques, baits, and tackle…how we spent hours and days on the water preparing for tournaments. They’ll laugh at how much fuel we ran through our trucks and boats just to find and catch largemouth bass…how we fished for 8 to 10 hours on a tournament day and competed not just against each other, but the elements of Mother Nature. Fishing in rain, sleet and even snow, nothing stopped us from chasing those big green fish known as bass.
Tomorrow’s anglers will either question or admire the creativity we had when it comes to tackle and lures. They will admire the color schemes and all the options we had in terms of soft plastic baits or worms. But they’ll wonder what the purpose was of all the many different colors, when 100 years from now, a handful of colors is all you’ll need. They will figure out that 75% of the baits and color options created were actually designed to catch anglers, not necessarily bass. They’ll be amazed at the technology we had that allowed us to actually see fish swimming on a small screen the size of a notebook. Our bass boats will be legendary in terms of the power we had with 250 horsepower engines that would push a bass boat in excess of 75 MPH. They’ll wonder how in the hell did those anglers ride in those fiberglass boats in three- and four-foot waves compared to the boats they’ll be driving, that will be like hovercrafts.
Today we have GPS for navigation and locating brush tops and underwater structures. But in the future, they will have boats that will be programmed to drive themselves. Their trolling motors will be built into the hull and will automatically deploy once the main engine has been turned off. Anglers will wear glasses that control the trolling motor by site, so that wherever they look, the trolling motor will head in that direction. Also with these special glasses, anglers will be able to cast a lure and place it in a one-inch square at 30 yards, allowing for precision casting like never seen before. One hundred years from now, boats will have touch screens to move from one section of the lake to another. The anglers simply touch the map screen, and the boat will automatically drive itself to that location, avoiding all the underwater stumps due to their Debris Avoidance System or DAS technology. This technology will allow future anglers to never worry about destroying a lower unit ever again!!!
Today, we are the true pioneers of the sport of bass fishing, and one day generations from now, anglers will look back with admiration and amazement at how dedicated and committed we were as bass fishermen. The Bass Fishing Hall of Fame will be full of guys from this generation that built an industry not just here in America, but worldwide. But as with anything in the future, there is the possibility that bass fishing may not even exist. With today’s political circles and the far-left, anti-outdoorsmen, there’s reason to believe that the pleasures we so cherish and value in the great outdoors might be a thing of the past, a past that future angler’s will only be able to dream about. The rights of all outdoorsmen may be taken away whether it’s fishing or hunting.
These anti-hunting and fishing groups are gaining momentum and support from government activists who can’t wait to save Bambi from the big bad hunter. I hope future anglers and hunters understand the importance of taking game and fish as a form of conservation management. Otherwise, these populations will explode and create an unbalanced ecosystem. But in reality, who knows what the future may hold?. So, till next week, good luck, good fishing, and don’t forget your sunscreen. Melanoma doesn’t discriminate; it can create life-threatening issues if precautions are not taken.
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