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What happens when 1 angler has really crazy (and some downright dumb) shirt ideas AND has the graphical skillz (HAHA, NOT!) to make totally awesome stuff? The Fishing In Pa Store! Right now, it's limited to clothes (and only 2 designs) but I am uploading designs like a mad man! Keep watching the store for more products and designs. If you have any ideas, let us know and maybe we will get them made.
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No, I don't mean tie a line to your phone and throw it into the water. Many people don't realize the amount of apps out there to help make your angling adventures easier. Here are some FREE apps that I use on my days out on the water.
Catch Notes - Available on Android and Iphone
Catch Notes has really made my trip logging a lot faster and much less of a hassle. I created a template note that I can quickly enter my trip information, then any fish stats that are worthy of their own note. What also makes this app great is the fact that I can attach photos to any note. Most phones today attach GPS data to all photos taken, so I also snap photos of great spots I find on lakes and map them out when I get home (you may need to turn this feature on, check your phones manual on how enable this feature).
Twitter users will be familiar with Catch's Tags system. Any note can be tagged with a simple # followed by any word to make searching and organizing notes a breeze. I usually tag my notes with fish species, lake names, lure used and any other information that could lead me to more fish in the future.
Your notes are also backed up by Catch Notes 'cloud' system and can be accessed anywhere you have an internet connection. This is great for the times you want to look up a specific trip, but cannot get to your phone. It also makes it easier to share your information with others... Unless you're a snob and don't want to share!
My Tracks - Available on Android
My Tracks is a very simple program that keeps track of trips through your phones GPS. I mainly use it when I am shore or fly fishing and have to get through some nasty areas. It's especially useful when you fish a new area, so you can find your way back... The area around Penn's Creek is pretty uncivilized and it's easy to get lost... Don't ask!
Where I use My Tracks when I'm on the water is placing markers at various points around the body of water I am on. It's a great tool to keep track of underwater cover and structure or things you should avoid while ripping across the water at 5 mph... Yes, I roll with a trolling motor people!
Time2Fish - Available on Android
Time2Fish comes in 2 forms - Pay and Free. The Free app only goes out 7 days and has ads. Time2Fish uses lunar tables to predict the best times to go fishing. I personally don't use this for that reason. What I use it for is to keep track of the sunrise and sunset times.
I have tried almost all of the fishing app's available for Android, but I find these three to be the easiest and fastest to use. One app I wish I could have used was CreelCard, but I just couldn't like it. First off, you have to manually edit the fish and lure categories - which is fine, but it just takes too long to do on the phone. What would make it shine is if you could edit these values in bulk on a PC. It also seems a bit confusing at first and it takes too many steps to simply mark a point.
Many anglers don't see the reason to switch from lead to tungsten. Tungsten holds many advantages over lead, but most cannot be seen (or felt) until you actually try a tungsten weight. You'll be very surprised at how much more you can feel with a tungsten weight. Here is a rundown of the advantages:
Weight vs. Size
Tungsten weights are smaller than their lead counterparts. Tungsten is nearly 40% smaller in size making it's profile nearly half that of lead. This gives the angler many advantages. The smaller sizes means it is less visible to fish and it also means it won't get in the way of hooksets.
Tungsten is a lot more dense than lead, this makes it transmit bumps and strikes better. Lead is a softer metal and it absorbs impacts giving you less feeling. You'll be amazed by how much more you feel when switching to a tungsten weight. You will have a much easier time at feeling the bottom and feeling those subtle strikes that you may have missed with lead. There is no more guessing with tungsten - you KNOW the difference between a strike and bumping a rock or brush pile.
Tungsten isn't harmful to you or the environment like lead. Tungsten is also recyclable so we can keep using this metal over and over again without much impact on the environment.
If you're going to make the switch to tungsten (you must make the switch to feel the difference), go with a Tru-Tungsten worm or flipping weight. There small profile and tapered shape (on BOTH ends) make them slip in and out of cover without worry. It's VERY hard to lose these weights or get your rig stuck while using them. You can also match your favorite lure color with one of their colored weights, making the weight even harder for the fish to detect.
Stop making excuses - go out and get yourself some tungsten weights. You'll feel more and you'll stop losing your rigs. Yes, their more expensive than lead, but they will actually save you money in the long run. You'll stop losing hooks and lures and start catching more fish!