Well put StickRig - and your name matches your tackle tactics! Some ice-rods don't even have a reel. As a kid we used to literally use a stick with line tied to the end. Green willow worked quite well actually.
Jacksonman - I don't think you were exactly "agree"ing with me, but no worries. I did refer to a 'second pole'.
Of note: these auto-hook-setters claim to improve on fish mortality rates, as they discourage the fish from swallowing a hook deep. (google "automatic fisherman" for another 'brand).
But - if you think having a hook set for you makes one an inept fisherman, you'll LOVE this concept - for the jigging impaired fisherman: Auto Jigger
One of the things I do enjoy about fishing is the variety of tackle options, and various gadgets one can try. I've been enjoying the creative aspect of making tackle or other accouterments. Just look at the wacky addons someone like Tubedude puts on his rigs. The master of PVC.
So who's gonna tell me a Vex, Ffinder, or Underwater camera aren't cheating - at least a bit?
I think StickRig has it right - just go have fun!