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Fishing with your iPhone

May 28th, 2010 · 4 Comments

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I’m almost ashamed to admit I have an iPhone. Yeah, its a cool device and all, but I really just wanted a phone I didn’t think would fall apart. Sadly it was the only thing that seemed decently built when I was at the store.

But, as I’ve played with the iPhone (which replaced another phone lost in the Willamette River), I discovered a wealth of apps and podcasts that anglers can greatly appreciate. Here’s a few of my favorites, and more!


navionics mapFirst and foremost, I think anyone spending time on the water should have Navionics maps. If you’re not familiar, Navionics gives you detailed depth charting, waterway navigation, and more. It operates similarly to the GPS that might be on your fish finder, and Navionics is featured on a lot of high-end sonar units! When I first loaded iTunes on my computer, this app was expensive. Now it’s just $10. Navionics breaks their tables up based on area, so I have two different apps – One to cover the Saltwater, and the other to cover Freshwater. The software can also pull up local tide predictions as well. More at their iTunes store: http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewArtistSeeAll?ids=294013906&softwareType=iPhone&dkId=11

I often fish alone, so its nice to have music from time to time. Then there’s times when you just want to talk fishing. At times like that it’s great to have some podcasts loaded up one your iPhone or mp3 player (ok, truth be told, I use my Microsoft Zune for mp3s and podcasts. I just like it more!)

Fish Bait Radio and TV is actually a live broadcast found on BlogTalkRadio. James Smith hosts the near-weekly show which is streamed live over the internet. If you’re unable to listen in, Fish Bait Radio archives can be found on iTunes (or Zune) within minutes of the show ending! Bass fishing, kayak fishing, red fishing, bait, tackle, the works, this show is great. I try as much as possible to listen to the broadcasts when they’re live, and join the chatroom that is open will broadcasting. There’s a lot to learn and some great news and entertainment as well. You can also join the Fish Bait Radio website where James Smith also runs a fishing forum, blog, special sales deals, and more! Check out Fish Bait Radio at http://fishbaittv.webs.com. From there you can find links to the live shows, archives, forums, etc.

There is little question that conservation is on of the hottest topics in fishing, and has been for many years. Fishing conservation is just one topic covered nearly weekly by the guys over at The Fish Schtick Podcast. This podcast is hosted by Teeg Stouffer of Recycled Fish non-profit and Brian Bennet of the Moldy Chum fly fishing website. Teeg and Brian, along with their producer, photographer Michael Mauro, talk fishing, news, conservation, and enjoy chats with a different guest each show. The Fish Schtick is one of my favorite podcasts, fishing or otherwise. http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/id317397756

The TideApp is but one of MANY tide prediction apps on iTunes. While Navionics also offers tide predictions, TideApp is free. Its also one of the only related apps I’ve used that can give me information about tide-influenced rivers, such as the Willamette River in Portland. Like I mentioned, its free, and it really does work great! http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tideapp/id288399415?mt=8

There are a number of other fishing apps out there for the knot heads featuring animated and other how-to knot diagrams. Oddly enough these are all pay apps, staring at $.99. I have the knots I feel I need in my head, and since I have an iPhone, I could go to animatedknots.com and get whatever else I might need.

You can also find a number of apps that help you keep logs and journals of your fishing trips. These are more pay-apps, but a couple have “Lite” or free versions that I’ve tried. In all honesty, I haven’t been impressed. If you wanted to log the catch of one fish, it takes more time to log that single catch then it likely did to catch it! Logs and journals are best kept to the “old fashioned” pen and paper anyways.

There are a number of other podcasts out there. If you’re into bass fishing, or live in Florida, I’d say there’s a TON of podcasts, both video and audio. Some of the ones I listen to include Wired2Fish (bass), Awesome Fishing Radio (Florida), FLW Outdoors (mostly bass), Chumlordfishing (east coast), and more.

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Teeg Stouffer // Jun 1, 2010 at 5:44 am

    Isaac – I use the Otter Box as well, keeps the iPhone safer near the water and has done a nice job of protecting it for me.

    Thanks for the props!

    Teeg

  • 2 Darky // Jun 1, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    Cheers for the info mate – Now my iPhone doesn’t seem so dodgy 😉

  • 3 Frank // Jun 2, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    Thanks for the recommendations. I’ve been looking for some good fishing podcasts.

    Also, I hope you have a positive review for the Good Fish app. I’ll check back to see what you have to say. Fish on!

  • 4 The Nothing // Jun 2, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    Frank, I’m playing with it now. Interesting to say the least, and very different. I’ll have something to post here and iTunes when I get enough of it :)

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