When you want to surround yourself in nature during the winter, you might have very few options. But while you can easily spend 15 minutes acclimating your new aquarium coral to a reef during the colder months, spring and summer will provide you with an opportunity to see fish in the wild, rather than in a tank. If you’re determined to fit in some fishing trips this season, you certainly aren’t alone. In fact, more than 3 out of 4 domestic trips taken are for leisure purposes (78%) with millions of people choosing to go fishing each year. But if you really want to take your trip to the next level, you may want to turn to an unlikely source: technology. That’s because there are actually a number of phone apps that can help you identify new places to go and even which fish you might encounter.
Although 95% of Americans live within an hour’s drive of a navigable body of water, you might not always know which spots are best for bites. Fishbrain, a social networking app with 7 million global members geared towards fishing and angling enthusiasts, allows you to connect with others who share your same interests and learn about millions of fishing locations. By sharing personal experiences with the community, others will learn about which fish are active, what kinds of bait will work, and how much they can expect to catch. You can even find out the best times to fish for over 130 different species. If you really want to delve into the activities of fish in your area, an app called Fishing and Hunting Solunar Time might also be of interest; the app uses solunar theory to predict when fish and other animals will move and feed, making for more productive trips. Fishidy is another helpful app that can provide detailed maps and information about fish activity, allowing users of all experience levels to take part in the fun. The Fishing Points app can also provide information about fishing locations in your area, if you’re looking for a place to start. And if you’re new to the game, the Useful Fishing Knots app can ensure that your bait stays secure.
Of course, apps can come in handy for the experienced professional as well as the novice. The ProAngler app is a great choice for those who love saltwater fishing, as this platform provides information for over 1,000 different services that you might want to use during your trip. It also compiles data from over 15,000 fishing spots across the country, offers real time weather forecasts and tide tables, and even has fishing techniques and recipes for you to try. The FishTrack app is for saltwater anglers, as well, as it offers sea surface temperature charts, weather forecasts, and satellite imagery, among other in-depth data. Orvis offers a fly fishing app with instructional videos and illustrations, glossaries, podcasts, and fishing reports to help you stay on top of all pertinent information. There’s even an app for competitions: the iAngler Tournament app can help you log your catch data, compare your stats to your competitors, and monitor the leaderboard for you, which will take a lot of the legwork out of the tournament and will allow you to focus on the actual fishing. The Fish Rules app, which is meant for those who fish in saltwater, will help you keep track of rules and regulations for different species, areas, and times of the year. You can easily access info pertaining to what’s in season and how many fish you can keep, as well as helpful guides and photos from other users.
Whether you’re merely taking a casual fishing trip with your family or you’re serious about breaking some records, these tech apps can help you make the most of what nature has to offer and get an inside look at all of the variables that might impact what you catch.