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Posted on Feb 2, 2010 in Next Cast
Peculiar Passion

I remember in 1987 when my father became the first on his block to buy a MacIntosh II personal computer. At the time, I was enjoying my early career as a newspaperwoman, but I was quite impressed that Dad was embracing the new technology of my generation.

Leap forward 23 years and now I'm the "impressive" middle-aged tech geek. And I thought such characteristics didn't run in families.

My point is: I'm 50-something and I get giddy over the incredible gadgets we now install on our boats and the handheld toys the marine-electronics industry creates. The "i" fever that has swept the country plagues me as well.

Because I carry the geek gene, I ponder why others my age are not equally affected - especially fellow anglers. What marine electronics can do today simply revolutionizes fishing. That's why I started writing about electronics for Sport Fishing more than a year ago, and why I urge any of you who normally turn a blind eye toward the LCD screen to allow just a little of this obsession for the newfangled into your lives.

You can take that first step by checking out the electronics feature, "Hot Stuff," in the upcoming March issue of SF. No worries: I promise the resulting "condition" won't be fatal.