Will the FishCam catch you a delicious bass?

Or is it cheating?

BornRich

Remember that bird-watching gizmo that interprets bird calls for you? I could've sworn it would be considered anathema to the whole raison d'etre of the pastime. But then one of our editors, Harry Fuller, who happens to be really serious about bird-watching, said that it was actually a cool device. So maybe I'm wrong when I think that certain classic professions are being corrupted by geeky gadgets.

Nevertheless, I think this one is a little much. Called the FishCam, this device is a $362 souped-up fishing rod with a camera attached to the line so that you can see what's going on in the vicinity of your lure. And, yes, it's all projected on a little hand-held TV for you. It could be kind of cool to see catfish and bluegill swarming around your hook, and I'm sure it'd be helpful to have a camera telling you when you might as well give up on a particularly depopulated zone of water, but it still seems like cheating to me.

So, fishing enthusiasts: does this get a thumbs-up or thumbs-down?

(Via BornRich.)

About the author

Caroline McCarthy, a CNET News staff writer, is a downtown Manhattanite happily addicted to social-media tools and restaurant blogs. Her pre-CNET resume includes interning at an IT security firm and brewing cappuccinos.

 

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