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The "fishing brush piles" thread and all of the replies got me thinking.....

What if there were a tournament where there were NO electronics of any kind allowed. No fish finders, GPS, anything. Maybe lake maps and a compass, that's it. Just anglers, their gear and a boat. Not that it would ever happen, but I think it would be interesting to see how the pro's would react.

Who do you think would excel ? Who would fall on their face ?

Would you even watch ? I think it would be pretty cool myself.

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Local guys if any would have a huge advantage..I don't have a clue who'd win ect..But I too would Love to see a tourny w/o any gadgets.. :)

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Maybe they'd do like the old days, use a heavy sinker on some line as their "depthfinder."

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Maybe they'd do like the old days, use a heavy sinker on some line as their "depthfinder."

Man, that would take forever! Makes me think of how much i take my electronics for granted!

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I would put my money on Larry Nixon ;)  

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Some guys would not make it back to the ramp as they would have no idea where the ramp was.

Others would get stuck on flats or hit submerged objects.

Others would do just great as they know the waters.

And most would fish the shoreline and any cover they could see or structure they may find using their polarized sunglasses.

As for the pros, they would do great.  Much better than weekend fishermen.

I have fished many bodies of water without sonar as I know the waters and where I want to fish.  :)

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My buddy's always laugh at me, because most of the time, I don't even turn my electronics on. After fishing a lake for over fifty years, you get to know her pretty good.

Falcon

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I'd bet on Harry and Charlie fishing out of Old Stump Jumper from Bassmaster mag. Anyone else miss them? Why was their column dropped? Maybe for another thread.

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On the Pro side of BASS and its 100 anglers.    Just how many would be locals on any given lake.

   I mean, not many locals on Falcon or Amistad.     Few years back, we had them on Lewisvill for E50 and thats not your typical BASS lake.

For the northern guys and the great smallie lakes that are on oceans,  with out gps, hows a local gonna go offshore 3 miles and find that one magical rock pile?

        The guys that would excell are the guys who understands the foodchain on any give body of water.        

      Find the bait, find the bass,        

     By the way, guys who make it the top level didn't get there by  watching what piles guys fish.    I'm sure they found their own spots.  lol    

   

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This is a great question....

I believe that natural talent, like in any sport is first. I have heard of local guys who have "a touch" in setting the hook, feeling a bite, etc. No Lowrance unit can give you this. Bass fishing in general is a huge mathematical equation: weather, cover, water temp, water clarity, local forage, an on and on. The person who is best at figuring out the equation will be the best fisherman, professional or not. Intuition and being observant along with experience, adaptability, and being proficient in all areas of fishing techniques is also a key. How many guys do you know who are great at say, jig fishing, or cold water fishing, that strike out at finesse situations. Being good at many techniques can be better than be great at two. All this being said, time on the water is the most important factor in becoming the best you can be. All this in my very humble opinion!! ;)

Alan (bassnajr)

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This is a great question....

I believe that natural talent, like in any sport is first. I have heard of local guys who have "a touch" in setting the hook, feeling a bite, etc. No Lowrance unit can give you this. Bass fishing in general is a huge mathematical equation: weather, cover, water temp, water clarity, local forage, an on and on. The person who is best at figuring out the equation will be the best fisherman, professional or not. Intuition and being observant along with experience, adaptability, and being proficient in all areas of fishing techniques is also a key. How many guys do you know who are great at say, jig fishing, or cold water fishing, that strike out at finesse situations. Being good at many techniques can be better than be great at two. All this being said, time on the water is the most important factor in becoming the best you can be. All this in my very humble opinion!! ;)

Alan (bassnajr)

Nicely put.

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Well considering i fish mainly from the shore... I do fine without a GPS or depth finder.  Only thing I use is a old pool thermometer to check the water temps.

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Some guys would not make it back to the ramp as they would have no idea where the ramp was.

Others would get stuck on flats or hit submerged objects.

Others would do just great as they know the waters.

And most would fish the shoreline and any cover they could see or structure they may find using their polarized sunglasses.

As for the pros, they would do great. Much better than weekend fishermen.

I have fished many bodies of water without sonar as I know the waters and where I want to fish. :)

I don't think the pros care about this. Did you see the Classic? They take stumps like speed bumps!

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i would love to see that...my depthfinders have been broke for a yr and just havent got around to getting neew ones. but i do pretty good for a 36000 acre lake and catching bass.

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Well, I 've been fishing for bass for 29 years now, I was shorebound for 24 years and did pretty good fishing from shore, couldn 't catch more fish not cuz I didn 't know where they were, I had to walk sometimes for an hour or more to get to the next spot, the boat has offered me more time to fish, more surface I can cover and therefore more fish caught per trip, I do have the finder but I swear, I don 't "need" it.

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This is a great question....

I believe that natural talent, like in any sport is first. I have heard of local guys who have "a touch" in setting the hook, feeling a bite, etc. No Lowrance unit can give you this. Bass fishing in general is a huge mathematical equation: weather, cover, water temp, water clarity, local forage, an on and on. The person who is best at figuring out the equation will be the best fisherman, professional or not. Intuition and being observant along with experience, adaptability, and being proficient in all areas of fishing techniques is also a key. How many guys do you know who are great at say, jig fishing, or cold water fishing, that strike out at finesse situations. Being good at many techniques can be better than be great at two. All this being said, time on the water is the most important factor in becoming the best you can be. All this in my very humble opinion!! ;)

Alan (bassnajr)

I concur! with all that Alan said, I'd put my money on Rick Clunn. He got the greatest ever title by doing more than looking at eletronics.

Hookset ;)

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