We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
That's an interesting question. Back when, the analog flasher/sonar some thought that was "cheating" as you could find and locate schools of fish faster. The advent of the analog paper graph fish finders had a similar reaction from purists - it was cheatin' if you could see the fish on paper. Then came Tom Mann and the Humminbird rotating diode digital displays which were blocky, but you could see structure. These quickly evolved into LCD or CRT displays and eventually the TFT-LCD which allowed for VGA level displays and near video like quality imagery. Every step of the way, purists considered it "cheatin".
I understand how it could be seen as "cheatin'", but the simple truth is it's not. The fact that you can see fish and structure in high definition does not mean that (1) you are going to catch them or (2) they are willingly going to take what you are offering on any given day. What they are is a tool like any other tool. And what used to be guess work is still guess work - the fish ain't gonna magically jump into the boat.
For recreational fishermen, all these fancy electronics just means that you spend less time fishing, and more time working at the office (or honey-do's at home), for the same amount of fish in the boat. Lessee, dash about the lake, find the fish, drop various baits and lures until one hits. Haul in your limit, drive out to the middle of the lake, cut the motor and fire up the work connections. Yee-ha!
And think about this - $60K for a bass boat with a decent motor, another $45K for a truck to tow it, $2,500 in various types of fishing gear, another $2,000 for basic electronics (finder/gps), $500 for all weather gear, $1,500 a season for gas/oil (at $46/gal for my Evinrude ETEC - then again I use less than a gallon per 250 gallons of gas) - in a season it works out to about $250 a fish - maybe more if you aren't the best fisherman.
So yeah, I can see why somebody would want to work nowadays after catching a few - that's quite a nut to make just for "fun". :>)
My favorite model is one they don't show in their commercials, at least on the public TV channels.
You get the great HD look-down view of bottom and structure and fish - big fish! - with a highlighted reticule across the center, and what looks like a video game console with a joystick with a big red button.