Smartphone Used While Fishing

MORE GREAT FISHING COMPANION APPS

Fishing as a hobby has been around for many centuries but that doesn’t mean you need to stick to conventional methods to enjoy it. New mobile applications can make a fishos life a lot easier. Here are five helpful fishing companion apps you can download for your next trip that I actually find useful.

FISH TRACK

Intended to be used by saltwater anglers, Fish Track is an app that provides a rich variety of data related to fishing. You can access a sea map overlaid with weather forecast data and a real-time sea surface temperature chart. Using Fish Track, you can also find out the chlorophyll levels, bathymetry and currents in a particular location. It also provides navigation data, lunar and solunar tables. That’s not all — Fish Track also lets you plot and save the routes you create.

Because Fish Track is highly comprehensive, many fishos regard it as one of the best fishing companions out on the market. Developed by Surfline/Wavetrak, Inc., Fish Track is available for Android and iOS devices.

FISHWEATHER

Trusted by many fishos, Fishweather is a mobile app that you can use to find out accurate forecasts anywhere in the world. It provides real-time wind reports coming from thousands of weather stations near fishing areas across the globe. Using this app, you can also access real-time, on-site weather reports made by other fishermen worldwide. It also provides standard nautical maps, sea surface temperature charts and tide maps.

Developed by WeatherFlow, Fishweather is available on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

NAVIONICS BOATING MARINE AND LAKES

Practically considered a holy grail boating and fishing app by now, Navionics is one of the many fishing companion apps you should download for your next trip. Using this app, you can access up-to-date nautical charts, sonar charts and other navigation tools while you’re out fishing. It also provides with different navigation modes, including an auto-routing option that’ll make finding your way around easier.

Developed by Navionics, this app is available to download for both Android and iOS devices.

IKI JIME TOOL

Unlike most of the apps on this list, Iki Jime Tool isn’t a fishing navigation app. Instead, it’s a detailed guide to Iki Jime, the Japanese method of killing fish by spiking its brain. This method of brain spiking is said to be a humane way to dispatch a fish because it’s quick and it causes minimal stress.

Many think using this technique is easy. It is important to know that a fish brain is usually tiny and hard to find. This app provides guides and diagrams that demonstrate Iki Jime in different species of fish.

DigiFish services develop Iki Jime Tool. It’s currently available for iOS and Android devices.

KNOT GUIDE

Knowing how to tie knots is an essential skill a fisho needs to know. However, it can be hard to remember all the different types and kinds of knots known to man. Knot Guide is a reference app that provides visual guides to more than a hundred knots. Using this app gives you access to descriptions and step-by-step guides to binding, climbing, sailing and even fishing knots.

Made by Winkpass Creations, Knot Guide is an excellent reference app to keep handy. It’s available on both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

Fishing is a relaxing hobby, but there are times when it doesn’t feel as such. From spending less time stressing over your navigation route to getting help with tying a particular not. These are just five more apps that are very useful, which can’t be said about the majority of what is available on the market.

 


 

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Robert M Davies
rob.m@dinga.com.au

Robert passed the "Obsessed With Fishing Test" with flying colours. Instead of talking, Robert has turned his hand to writing about his experience in fishing all around Australia.