One of the many wonders of technology is that it makes our life easier, the fishing field being no exception to that. Both amateur and professional anglers can take advantage of mobile fishing apps that will help them in their journey and will also aid in achieving higher rates of success, which needless to say is what distinguishes an exciting and uplifting fishing experience to a long and boring day sitting at a boat or at the edge of a pond or sea with a long face.
Listed below are the top fishing apps you can find for mobile devices:
The FirstMate fishing app won’t get you your first boyfriend or girlfriend, however, if you will be fishing in the sea this app is extremely helpful. While FirstMate isn’t intended for first-time fishers, it will allow those people that know the basics of fishing to analyze certain factors such as weather conditions, moon phases, and a local color weather radar. Other features are fishing news, tips, recipes, and the ability to post pictures of your catch on your social media page with just a few clicks
Boating US & Canada by Navionics
It is not by chance that this app makes it to our second spot. Navionics has a long record of making award-winning apps and it is the world’s leader on electronic charts. As you may have guessed already, this app will provide you with what is probably the best nautical and sonar charts you can get for that price. As a plus, charts will be updated accordingly for 1 year after the app is purchased. Also available is your tracking of catches as well as distance traveled along with speed. The user can first download a free version of the app to see if he likes it before purchasing it. Navionics also offers apps nautical charts for other countries and regions in the world including South America, UK, Ireland & Holland, China Sea, etc.
iFish is one of those apps that fit all types of anglers regardless of how much experience or lack of thereof they have. The app is very user friendly with a modern appearance and a catchy (no pun intended) look. The app will teach you how to fish from the very basics. It also has a comprehensive guide of most if not all the lakes and ponds where you can fish in your State or region. It will give you the directions to reach them, when are the best times to fishing at those spots, and the usual information about weather, depth of water, etc. There are iFish apps for every State in the US, so you can purchase the one or ones you will be needing according to your location.
Orvis Fly Fishing – The Ultimate Fly Fishing Guide
This app is indeed the ultimate fly fishing guide. Probably the most complete fly fishing app you can find, the Orvis Fly Fishing app has a complete series of video tutorials including animated guides that will teach you how to tie more than 20 knots with flies as a bait. Instructions also include how to cast the rod with the fly at its opposite end. You will also be able to become an expert on more than 100 types of flies that can be used for this sport with their names, sizes, seasons, etc.
Fishidy is without a shadow of doubt one of the best free fishing apps currently available. Whether you plan to fish in fresh water or salt water, this app will give you information about the many types of species you may encounter, tips that will help you improve your technique, places where you can fish, maps, weather, etc. You can also track your catches with it. The premium version allows you to access to information about places that have been proven to be fishing hotspots, and GPS coordination among other features.
IGFA stands for International Game Fish Association which is the utmost authority on world records in terms of fishing. Amazing for anglers with a competitive nature, the IGFA Mobile App will give you information about fishing records that will motivate the user to break them. It also has a “species” section in which many species of fish are detailed so the angler can identify the fishes he catches. Trip planning along with tracking of catches are also available in the app.
For people who wish to improve their probability of catching a fish, the Fishing Calendar gives accurate information on the best times for fishing in several locations. Other features include tracking of catches and it can be integrated in a map and catches can be stored and shared.
Another free fishing app, the Knot Guide App is a must for any angler. This app teaches the user how to type many different types of knots including climbing knots, decorative knots, lashings, etc. In total there are 103 knots the angler can learn to do which will serve him in fishing as well as in many other situation.
UFindFish is precisely what its name states. With the help of GPS or Google Maps, this app will locate fishing hot spots for you in the best locations. This app is free and it has a YouTube channel available as well as tips that will help the angler how to tie knots, hot to clean a fish, and many other things. The user can also post a question so fishing pros will be able to answer it.
Animated Fishing Knots
While not free, the Animated Fishing Knots is very affordable and useful for the average angler. This app has been rated the #1 Fishing Knot App available in iTunes since 2009 so the user is pretty sure that he will be buying the best of the best that there is in terms of knot fishing mobile apps. While it has 92 knots, less than the Knot Guide we discussed above, they are explained with animated illustrations as well as their purpose and a little bit of their history as well. There is also a part dedicated at teaching the user how to remove hooks.