Probably before your time, they had binoculars and telephones and guides for hire. These were the hated instruments of guys who were looking to get information on a body of water–before the next tournament.

If you were an active competitor close to a certain body of water, chances are, you got a call or two–or several. And for just about as many details as you would release, you would get grilled on conditions, areas and baits. Kind of like, “Where were you on the night of the 15th?”

On the water, of course, the intensity increased. Pro anglers of both reputation and means would often hire local guides to get a read on the lake, insights on how the lake fishes, and anything that might give them an edge over guys who had to find it all on their own.

It raised such a concern, grievances on the matter led to a ban on hiring guides.

In the West (but maybe everywhere) binoculars were a no-no. Spying on your competitors to see their whereabouts, and sometimes what they had tied on was such a transgression, it still carries a stigma today.

(However, I confess, I carry them. Anymore, I can’t always tell if those are breaking fish, diving birds or some little Zephyr touching down half a mile away. Sorry.)

But today, if you want the info, just go online.  I can’t tell you how many guys are willing to show catches or lures in pictures or video on Instagram or Facebook. And then, how many more are willing to unveil what they know by commenting and hash-tagging lure colors, depths, time of day, or other pieces of the puzzle.

So now I get it all–without picking up the phone, tipping guides or burning tankfuls of gas.




3 Responses to “The death of telephone pre-fishing”

George, I still have you on speed dial for Lake Elsinore and Skinner. 🙂

You’re killing me, George! LOL 🙂

by George Kramer

And don’t delete it, Brian.