I got familiar with global positioning systems about four years ago. Through a recent business decision I've realized what a love/hate device the system is.
I love GPS because it's handy. I hate GPS because it's dramatically changing the sport of fishing. People are selling GPS coordinates. A couple of months ago I was asked to get in on the business but elected not to.
Grandma Bren always said, "There's a reason for everything," and I believe that's true. My wife helped me decide against selling GPS coordinates when she said, "Wouldn't that eventually cut your throat?"
Her reasoning is that if vacationers came up here with GPS coordinates for Gull, Whitefish or Pelican that they bought from Walleyedan then why would they need to hire me or any other guide?
I won't say that I'll never sell a GPS coordinate, but if I do it will be on my own Web site and it will be costly. You might ask, "Who would give up his hot spots?" I won't, and I wouldn't feel right about re-working the bearings just to make a buck.
You might be saying, "Who cares? Fish aren't always on the same spot." But what if they're on a spot and Billy Bob, who bought the coordinates to that spot from me and beat me there, is catching fish while my clients and I are watching? Billy Bob would say, "Thanks Walleyedan!" while my clients would say, "Walleyedan, is Billy Bob for hire?"
Okay, I might be going a bit overboard here, but you get my point. GPS has made a crazy fishing world even crazier. You can punch that in.
"Walleyedan" Eigen can be reached at (218) 839-5598, email@example.com or www.walleyedan.com
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