How many anglers think that the more tackle they have, the more rods they have and the most electronics will enable them to catch for fish? A long time ago a friend told me this saying, “It’s not the arrows, its the Indian.” Let me explain this saying. You can have the best arrows, but if you don’t have the wisdom/experience to use them properly they will be little help to you.
This is also true for anglers. When we did our Secret Strategies seminar series in the 90’s we explained that 90% of anglers struggle to catch fish while 10% of anglers can successfully target and catch the target species of fish they are looking for. What’s the difference with these two groups of anglers? The 90% group in all likely hood is relying on others for locations/techniques to catch fish while the 10% has put in the time to figure out locations/fish habits/techniques that work mostly from experience.
I see lots of what I call “super-rigged” boats on social media. Triple or quadruple fish finders and all the latest electronic gadgets you can purchase. Fish finder screens that are so big they can obstruct visibility at the bow of the boat and that do a better job of blocking waves and rain on the consul and do a much better job then small “cosmetic” windshields. Don’t get me wrong, we have state-of-the-art electronics that do indeed help us catch fish, but where do you draw the line?
Personally, from over 50 yrs of fishing experience and seeing the development of fishing gear, electronics, devices such as downriggers, electric trolling motors, electric and hydraulic transom anchors, etc., have come to realize that it boils down to fishing knowledge/experience and many fish-less days where we learn lessons of where fish are not.
If you have a multi-species versatile boat, an electric trolling motor with GPS anchor capability, 1 or 2 reliable fish finders (one at the bow when using the electric and one on the consul when running to locations or trolling), a downrigger for deep-water species and if you fish shallow-water species a mechanical anchor on the transom, you have all the “artillery” you need to assist you in finding/catching fish.
The fish finders don’t need to be big with lots of “bells and whistles”, most of all they need to be accurate showing you the bottom structure and any thing that is between bottom to top. If you’re still having trouble finding/catching fish, it may not be your gear or electronics.