So B.A.S.S. forms a committee regarding fishermen who use forward-facing sonar, to give their opinion of FFS. Okay. One thing that neither B.A.S.S. nor their fishermen want to consider is this ... the fans who watch their events. I've been een fishing tournaments on the Louisiana Delta since 1970 – that's 53 years. I've been a life member of B.A.S. since 1972. I am phasing out of competitive fishing, it's just not the same for me. All the guys I started out with and looked forward to seeing each season are all gone, either passed or in homes. The new breed are just different.
If I was young, I would probably fit in. I bought a Garmin LiveScope setup about a year ago. I love to chase big bass and wanted to use it and learn it before forming an opinion on it. It can be deadly, and I predict it will have an adverse effect on some fisheries, especially crappie lakes. I also find it rather boring to watch televised tourneys with the field using FFS. I no longer watch the events.
In talking to other bass fishermen, it looks like there will be a reduction in the number of viewers watching. How many? Who knows, but it will mainly break down by age. The younger guys will like it, many of the guys my age will not. One thing the sponsors and advertisers look at is the breakdown of viewers in groups. Older fishermen have more disposable income, and younger fishermen generally do not. It will, get interesting, committee or no committee.