The topic of electronically attracting bass for tournament competition seems to be a divided subject. No matter which position you take, devices such as the Hydrowave Electronic Feeding Stimulator are sure to spark more than just a bite.
Kevin VanDam, 4-time Bassmaster Classic Champion said, “HydroWave is about providing that stimulus for that first response to get things going.”
VanDam is merely suggesting that instead of manually firing up a school of fish or location, an angler can use the Hydrowave E.F.S. to create the ideal atmosphere for around $400.
The Hydrowave unit comes with:
• Control Unit – Display, Keypad, Internal Speaker
• Waterproof Speaker with 14′ Cord
• Two Control Unit with Velcro Mounting Strips
• Two Stainless Steel Speaker Mounting Clamps
• Six 3″ Tie Wraps
• User Guide & Warranty Card
Technological advances have certainly played a role in how anglers approach and defend their hot spots. Advances such as GPS, Down Imaging and Side Imaging all have enabled anglers to meticulously dissect a body of water while increasing efficiency. But when do we draw the line?
From receiving feedback on our social media channels and by reading discussions on other fishing websites, many young anglers view these devices as “cheating” and “gimmicks”. To be quite honest, positive comments and opinions are scarce.
There are many tactics from the past such as slapping a paddle on the water, using electronic lures, and other sound emitting practices such as using beads and rattles, but this advance will need to prove itself quickly because if they truly are successful devices, a Hydrowave representative better check out Jeff Kriet’s device.
Jeff Kreit and Kevin VanDam both had Hydrowave E.F.S. installed on their boats during the 2011 Bassmaster Classic at the Louisiana Delta. VanDam finished in 1st place while Kriet ended up at 21st.
Which side are you on?