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?