Here’s one for the memory banks. No, this isn’t another boat ad post – although in theory it is. What I noticed right off the bat in this ad wasn’t the boat, or the house’s circular driveway or the woman. What I noticed was the tow vehicle. Some sort of mid-size Chevy sedan.
Today’s angler wouldn’t be caught dead towing their bass rig with anything less than a 3/4-ton pickup – diesel preferred. But back in the day, anglers towed their rigs with whatever they had to tow with. Be that a Chevy Monte Carlo, 1967 Ford Falcon (my second tow vehicle) or a 1971 Datsun 510 station wagon (my first tow vehicle).
Yes the boats back then were smaller and weighed less than a lot of today’s boats but the fact is, no one made fun of you at the ramp, no matter what you drove up in – well maybe they would if you arrived towing your rig with a Yugo.
Back then it was all about the fish. The fish didn’t care what you towed with. What mattered was your weight at the end of the day.
Today, though, it’s all about image it seems. Big wrapped truck, big wrapped boat, dye-sublimated jersey with 38 company logos on it. Who cares if you don’t bring in a fish to weigh, you look cool.
There are still boats out there that don’t have to be towed by a $70,000, 43-liter supercharged diesel truck with 8 doors. Every company still makes scaled-down versions of the boats the pros use. If it’s fishing you want to do and you can’t afford the luxury liner, then by all means get something you can afford and tow it with your Toyota Camry. People may laugh at you at first but when you bring a heavy sack to the scales, they won’t notice your tow vehicle anymore. I guarantee that.