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Improve your catch rate with these 5 apps

We like the old-fashioned way as much as the next salty sailor. But, a little bit of tech never went astray either, especially if you’re angling to boost your catch rate.

Here are our favourite fishing apps for just that.

  1. Fish Brain

Fish Brain says its mission is to connect anglers to make fishing dreams come true, today and tomorrow.

The app allows anglers to share catches with other people, and be part of the world’s largest angling network.

For $7.99 USD per month (that’s around $11 AUD), you get access to data on the best spots to fish, as well as info on where a particular species is likely to be.

You’ll also get insights into:

  • The best baits for specific fish.
  • Where certain fish are biting.
  • Fishing forecasts for easier planning.
  • Your own fishing data.

Fish Brain is available on iTunes and Google Play.

  1. Fishing Knots

Fishing Knots quite simply provides step-by-step instructions for tying nearly every kind of marine knot you can imagine.

It’s rated 4.5 out of 5 on the App Store (out of over 400 ratings), which means it’s a solid app to have in your fishing arsenal.

We like it because the instructions are really clear, and it provides video demonstrations, which are invaluable when trying to work out how to conquer a Surgeon’s Loop.

It also explains which knot is most suited to a specific kind of line. For example, which knots suit thin lines? And, which work with multifilament lines?

Head here to find out more about Fishing Knots.

  1. Recfishwest

If you’re in Western Australia it’s about time you downloaded Recfishwest to your smart phone. This app is dedicated to WA waters, and offers local anglers some great features, like:

  • Info on bag and size limits, as well as fishing rules for WA.
  • Easy fish ID function to help you identify your catch.
  • Up to date info on fish species and the areas they inhabit.

The app developer also happens to be a peak body, which represents 740,000 recreational fishers in WA.

“We are a not-for-profit community based organisation that strives to ensure high quality recreational fishing experiences are maintained and enjoyed, as an integral part of the WA lifestyle,” they say on their website.

Discover more about their mission here.

  1. Fishing Points

Save your favourite fishing spots, including trolling paths and trot lines, then pull the GPS location up later on your phone using this nifty app.

You can also get predictions as to when certain fish will be most active (and at what time of the day), and the best times to head out, based on the tide, weather forecast and solunar charts.

The app works in Australia and New Zealand, with features that unlock depending on your subscription level.

It’s rated 4.5 out of 5 on the Apple Store, and developers are very responsive to user feedback, which means it’s often updated with new fixes and features.

Get more info here.

  1. Fisho

Fisho may come in at number 5, but it’s actually a really cool app with heaps of features designed especially for Aussie anglers.

There are detailed weather reports, as well as species and location guides to help you pinpoint your next spot.

You’ll also discover how-to videos to boost your knowledge, with more than 300 tips from other Australian anglers who know their stuff.

You can put your skills to the test, by checking out what’s biting in your area. The app is available on iPhone and Android.

Catch it here.

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