Thursday, February 26, 2015

2015 Bassmaster Classic Instant Coverage; a Good Thing for Fishing?

Has Social Media Altered Tournament Fishing?

By Luigi De Rose

We witnessed a revolution last weekend. Live coverage under the tutorage of expert commentators; what more could fans ever want? But, is all this instant coverage good for bass tournament anglers?

The recent 2015 Classic provided amazing coverage for devoted bass nuts. Live coverage allowed Internet gawking anglers right onto the deck of top anglers. We witnessed how Dean Rojas shook his finesse worm around the face of docks. Suddenly, BASS commenter Mark Zona jumped off the stage and tracks down finesse guru Don Iovino for his expert opinion. As both scrutinized Dean’s technique, Don corrected Mark explaining that West coast Rojas was actually doing a doodle slide trying to trigger magnum spots.

BASSTRAK and the BASS Blog might become too helpful to anglers as it
tries to please fans. (Photo: BASS) 
During the final press conference, the woulda coulda shoulda question was broached to the final six anglers. Each clearly declared that they honestly felt that they made the correct choices. Even though five of them didn’t win, they were pleased with themselves. But, what if competitors could adjust their game plan based on live footage happening instantly as it unfolds? Second-guessing decisions is the demise of any tournament angler but this could easily adverted with one peak to a cell phone or tablet.

Sure, it might be unethical but how many of us have had anglers drive up and start fishing just as bass are put into the livewell? “A $100 000 can make people do crazy stuff.” stated Mike Iaconelli in a Globe and Mail newspaper article. A quick peak online doesn’t seem that shameful when a whole life can change with one big win.

Banning cell phones closes one loophole but once off the water, poor performances can be adjusted seamlessly after watching a few videos or blog posts. After Day 1, Dean Rojas and Takahiro Omori were neck and neck. Considering the icy conditions, it puzzled almost everyone that these two were leading but we soon learned that neither has a squarebill crank or frog was in play,  just spinning rods and light line.

Has social media finally overtaken our beloved sport? Not really but is sure has made watching top-tier events more pleasurable and palatable. 

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