Fish Bites (3 of 4) by James Merritt
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Series: Deep Soul Fishing
Even though I am not a fisherman, because we have been talking about fishing the last several weeks, the more I study fishing, the more it fascinates me. When I was a boy growing up, fishing was mainly a hobby. Now it is both an art, a science, and big business.
When I read about how fish are being caught today, I start feeling sorry for the fish. Fishing used to be a sport where the fish had pretty much an even chance with the fisherman. Today it is no contest. All of us are familiar with what is known as GPS (Global Positioning System.) It is a navigation system made up of a network of 24 satellites placed into orbit by the United States government. GPS works in all weather conditions all over the world, twenty-four hours a day.
How it works really is rocket science. GPS satellites circle the earth twice a day in a very precise orbit and transmits signal information to earth. Using triangulation, these signals can be used to calculate the user's exact location.
What does all of this have to do with fishing? Before I can answer that question, I've got to talk to you about sonar. Sonar is the ability to send sound waves electronically through water to detect obstacles. It was developed for use in submarines in World War II. Are you ready for this? Fishing boats now have units that combine sonar with GPS in order to precisely locate fish in any water. With the push of a button you can not only learn the depth of the water, and the temperature of the water, even the hardness of the bottom, you can see 3-D images of any fish that are under your boat. The poor fish don't have a chance.
The reason why all this technology is put to use is because good fishermen want to go where fish are, but that is only half the battle. Good fisherman also know when fish bite. Every night if you watch the weather forecast, you will also see a chart giving you the best times to go ...
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