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By Louie Stout

A popular Michiana tournament circuit may not permit the use of forward facing sonar (FFS) electronics this season.

Scott Crocker, tournament director for the Southwest Michigan Anglers Club (SMAC), said he has received a lot of feedback from anglers who are requesting FFS not be allowed during SMAC competitive events this summer.

“I’m giving it serious consideration,” said Crocker. “Some of our regulars said they’re tired of getting their butts beat by guys with expensive electronics. I understand that. I fish with Terry Smith and his graphs are 20 years old and don’t even have GPS!”

Crocker noted that some national tournament groups are considering a similar move.

Bassmaster formed a committee to study the impact of FFS during its Elite events this year before deciding upon whether some restrictions are required for 2025. A few larger regional events have banned them.

“The circuits with co-anglers are having trouble getting non-boaters to fish with guys using FFS because the co-anglers are stuck in the back of the boat and have very little chance of catching fish,” he said. “I don’t want to lose our anglers because of it.”

Crocker advised anyone who wants to call him to complain should make sure he’s got all the facts, because - you’ve been played!

Happy April fool’s Day from Michiana Outdoors News and SMAC!