With the advent of the cell phone, tournament organizations have had restrictions on the use of the devices in order to curb cheating in events. Cell phones are only allowed to be used in emergency situations and anglers can be DQd if they’re caught using one for something other than that.
This isn’t a new rule, though.
For those who fished competitively during the 70s and early 80s citizen band radio craze, you were hard pressed to see a boat that didn’t have a CB radio in it and even a ‘whip’ antennae.
Eventually CB radios were outlawed in tournaments for the same reasons cell phones have restrictions today. It was too easy for an angler not fishing an event to call over the radio to his tournament-fishing buddy, “breaker-breaker Bubba Hawg, I found you a mess-a fish.”
Anyway I thought you might find it interesting to see these old-school ads from Newport Marine and Bass Pro Shops selling CBs to the bass fishing populace.
Did you have a CB radio in your boat?