Technology: Google Fishing

New technology is being used in the fishing world all the time. Perhaps one of the biggest ways that technology has changed how we look at fishing is through Google Maps/ Google Earth. I know not all fishermen use it but a lot do, and some parts of me doesn't want to use it because there's just something about finding a fishing hole the old fashion way- through exploring. 

However, Google Maps makes it a lot more efficient to find fish these days. Is this a good or a bad thing in the fishing world? I wanted to get real opinions from fishermen who spend a lot of time on the water so I asked a handful of fishermen the following question:

  • How has technology like Google Maps/ Google Earth affected fishing (for the better or for the worst)?
    Caleb Andrews (@thebamvols)
    • "It has certainly made things a lot easier for better or for worse. Ultimately, you still need to get out there and put in your time and fish will come."

      Harry Tomlinson (@hhtomlinson)

      • "Technology has increased the pressure on fish and it has made fish more accessible to the average person wanting to get in the sport, both for better and for worse."

        Jake Howard (@scflyguide)

        • "I think technology will make it easier for people to find places to fish and access those areas without having to burn a lot of gas to find them. This can be a negative thing if those people are new and don't know what they are doing. It can also create over crowding and over fishing of an area if more and more people begin showing up and everyone is fishing the same fish."

            Carey Furman (@redfishonthefly) 

            • "I feel like the advancement in technology enables us to locate fish that do not normally get fished and I believe it also puts a lot more pressure on fish because guys are looking for these areas and they're finding them which leads to more fish being caught."

            Ryan Rice (@flylinemedia):

            • "I can't completely say any maps have hurt fishing but I do think it gives people a false sense that they can get in an area with google earth and then they get into trouble. The more time you are on the water exploring the better. You should pick a spot and spend time in there; it will pay off and save you headaches ."

            Originally, the purpose of this post was to tell new fishermen how to use google earth so that they can catch fish themselves. However, after talking to lots of fishermen on the subject- I have to agree that it would add a lot of pressure to fisheries by giving away freebies.

            But let's get this straight... fishing isn't all about catching fish. I think it is definitely about the journey of learning how to catch them and being in the beautiful outdoors. Of course catching fish gets you more motivated to keep trying. However, I know people who spent over 1 year working hard to catch a certain species of fish before they caught their first one. And I'll tell ya, those people are way more proud of the fish they catch. 

            I'm not saying that by using Google Earth to locate spots is a bad thing, sometimes its essential. I'm just trying to motivate people to get out to explore first, and to not rely so heavily on technology to begin with. Have fun with it and learn all you can. 

            I'd love to hear what you have to say on the subject so comment here or on the post on my instagram.


            -Written by Jay Talbot (@jayboart).


            Comment on this post (2 comments)

            • Luke says...

              I personally am a fan of fishing technology. I moved to the coast with little to no experience salt water fishing. I always thought salt water fishing meant bottom rigging frozen shrimp, and I couldn’t catch the slot reds I had always wanted to catch, and a lot of fishermen I talked to didn’t want to give out their tips. So through hours of online research and months out on the water using trial and error I have finally been able to pretty consistently catch the inshore species I am targeting. I think that the constant stream of new technology will bring with it a newer breed of “smarter” fishermen, but at the end of the day it’s called fishing not catching for a reason, and if you don’t put your time on it will show.

              June 17, 2015

            • Bam says...

              Our pastime of angling needs new blood to sustain the support and funding levels that make it doable for all of us. So accessible areas to fish that are productive are a necessary evil. I agree the web mapping programs make that very easy. I, of course, would prefer to not walk or row into those “special” spots and find other folks training my trout, if you will.

              But to counter that point some positives;
              I don’t have to pay for all myself.
              I belive that accountability in the form of presences equals more sportsmanship and more ethical fishing practices.
              To the new angler I become a steward, an expert and a champion for our sport .

              Therefore, our sport is better, my experience is to a degree heightened and my contribution is required and that feels good. The down side is less or maybe smarter fish. I have to work harder, a challenge or quest at times, to find a solitary fishery.

              So…I like maps…paper ones but I/we need the smartphone fisherman to fill a parking lot or two.

              June 16, 2015

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