Personally, I’m doing “inshore saltwater fishing” in situations where mostly the ‘finder is telling me about the nature of the bottom and helping me find the most likely *places* to fish. The best way to catch fish is to fish where the fish are and a ‘finder helps you to do that.
From your comments I guess that side-view technology has improved greatly since I last looked into it. It used to be that you had to be in about 10’ of water or more for side-view to work. And for inshore, when I’m rarely fishing more than 3’ deep it didn’t work at all.
Aldi - I thoroughly enjoy the quiet relaxation of fishing - but it’s still a very active experience. The slow-paddling of my kayak through marshes, enjoying the birds (and occasional alligators), the gentle lap of the waves, the jumping of mullet - all that is punctuated by my nearly constant lure-chunking in hope of landing a desirable fish. But I don’t really care if I don’t catch a fish.
And it’s certainly not sexist to presume that fishermen will be, well, men. In my experience the ratio is about 10 male to 1 female, including wives fishing with their husbands. But there are plenty of women out there.