Hydrowave Electronic Feeding Stimulator

Published On April 11, 2011 »» By Dan Rice » Bass, Fishing
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Hydrowave Installation

VanDam's Installation

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?

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Dan Rice is an outdoor writer from Spokane, Washington. He writes for his website, FHC Outdoors, and is a contributing writer to Western Bass Magazine. Be sure to visit his YouTube channel for action on film!

17 Responses to Hydrowave Electronic Feeding Stimulator

  1. Tyler Brinks says:

    I am divided on the issue. For one side, I think any added advantage you can get to get more bites is good. One the other hand, I am skeptical that it actually works. I’m not as concerned about whether or not it’s ethical(I don’t think it’s unethical) but more about whether or not it helps.

  2. Tom Inmon says:

    I’m with Tyler on this one. I for one would like to believe that it works, but I have a hard time believing it. Ethical? I don’t think that attracting fish with sound is any different than using rattles in baits to mimic bait sounds. You should let me demo one, if it indeed does work, I will be your biggest promoter!

  3. Jody says:

    I think it crosses a blurry line. So, I’m against them for ethical reasons. I don’t doubt that they work, it just seems to me that the fisherman should be doing the catching and not his electronics.

  4. Billy Bass says:

    I’m sure Kreit driving to Venice everday of the classic didn’t help his chances… having only 1.5hrs of fishing a day. there were a few guys who fished in the North TX Open that said they saw it in action, and it worked. I just can’t wait till they can start shipping. I hear it’ll be later this month.

    • Daniel says:

      Great responses so far. It appears that we have two sides still; ethics and product performance. I don’t believe either side is wrong, but I think it comes down to your goals as angler.

  5. Tom Inmon says:

    My goals are…. to catch every fish in the lake!!! 🙂 Hopefully you will start shipping soon. I may need to try one out.
    Yall, need some local smaller level Pro Staff to promote them. (hint, hint)

  6. Jody says:

    Don’t want to be to annoying. Ethically, there is always a right answer. So no matter your goals, you might need to be willing to be morally wrong. However, Though I personally don’t like them, I can’t think of a reason they are unethical if everyone had them so the playing field was level.

  7. Daniel says:

    It’s been awhile since we asked, but I wanted to clear one thing up.

    A couple of readers have asked whether or not it was fair to include Jeff Kreit’s final standing, and the response is yes.

    No matter his run time, that decision was a huge aspect of Jeff’s finish. I was merely comparing Jeff’s finish to those who fished the Venice area.

    Brent Chapman (to my recollection) was the highest Venice angler, who also was “Hydrowave-less”.

    That was my point. Jeff Kreit is a talented angler, and someone who comes across as a very unique and funny individual.

    His finish was still something to be proud of.

  8. Phil Pardue says:

    It seems to be along the same lines as a duck call or deer rattling horns. I can still get ducks in with my decoy but the calling just increases the amount. I’m totally for it and will get one and also keep my duck, turkey and dear calls. Now all we need is a bass decoy.

  9. Drop Shot Joe says:

    I actually opened up a discussion thread on this very topic on my favorite bass fishing forum. As is the case here, the opinion seems to be divided. I was on the fence about this, but the more I’ve read and thought about it, the more opposed I become to the use of this technology.

    One forum member compared it to chumming around your boat. I can see that. I also posed the question, where do you draw the line? What’s next, a device that emits holograms of bait fish swimming under your boat?

    The larger question, as it relates to competitive bass fishing is, what happens when it becomes a technology race more so than a skilled angling tournament. And, how is there not an unfair advantage on those anglers who have a great financial means to use this technology?

    Sure, imaging technology has given anglers eyes under the water like never before, but finding isolated structure where bass might be holding vs. using sound waves to trigger feeding frenzies is apples to oranges. No comparison whatsoever.

  10. Phil Pardue says:

    Every year there is something new. Swim baits look so real the fish cant tell the difference. I have one and will continue to use it without remorse. I can afford a Hydrowave much easier than a side imaging graph. It really seems to make a difference but when you fish like me, any bite is an improvement. If I can afford them Im gonna buy the apples and the oranges. Ha Ha.

  11. Will says:

    My feeling is that there is a difference between using a crank bait which makes noise and a machine that makes noise. The crank bait only works if you use the correct technique as with all other lure types. The machine does all the work for you if you are capable of pushing the power button.

    Why not install a machine on your boat which sends an electrical current through the water to cause a float to the top frenzy?

    What I am trying to say is the skill is to be able to find and catch the fish. This machine (if it truly works) eliminates half that equation. Isn’t the half it eliminates what makes a great fisherman great.

    Maybe I’m being stupid but thats my opinion.

  12. James says:

    I used a Biosonix for a while and seemed to notice an improvement- confidence booster? Maybe!! I know a few times we put fish in the boat shortly after remembering to turn it on! Ethical or not? I’ll follow the regulators: if it’s legal, it’s ethical I guess. I’m purely catch & release, and refuse to knowingly bed fish so I try to keep “what’s ethical” on my mind while I’m in my boat. The skill is to pick the right water, the right cover, the right colors & presentations. Just being able to turn negative to neutral, neutral to maybeeee slightly active won’t be a guarantee to put fish in the boat. I tend to take what pros say with a big grain of salt…they’re getting paid to hawk product. KVD is part owner of HydroWave: Will he be using it? He HAS to. Biosonix quality stunk with the actual device and it became too expensive to keep getting fixed…This seems to work in a similar fashion & might be worth the $$. I don’t know yet- but I did put fish in the boat when I wasn’t before turning on the BSX.

    Happy Fishing, be safe.

  13. frank says:

    are these units legal in every state I live in MN and their laws are some of worse. hate to think of buying somethng and not being able to use it as far as right wrong its a half dozen of one and a half dozen of the other you still have to put a hook into them and get them to boat.

  14. Larry Dee says:

    Drop a waterproof about 15 feet down and connect it to a DVD player and play rap music. Been doing it for five years. I don’t like rap but I can’t hear it under the water. But it works just as good.

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