The Float Tube Fishing Forum Volume: 6 Issue: 1 - Page 21

Sometimes the physical layout will mean that you need to be in a certain place when the tide changes and the Route feature lets me set up a route and set time markers on that route so I can gauge my progress. I usually set markers based on time it should be when I get there. That way I can simply look at my watch and my position on the chart and see how much time I have to get to the next waypoint. Even if my timing all goes to heck, I can still see where I am in relation to the tides and decide where to go next.

Whatever the

reason, if you

want to follow

a certain preset

path on the water,

the Route feature

will make it easy

to do that.

Personally, the

feature that I use

the most is the

“Markers” feature.

This lets me simply tap the screen and set a marker at my current location. I use this to mark and log every time I catch a fish. All I have to do is tap anywhere on the screen and it will pop open window offering to set a Marker so I name the Marker with the species and time info. Marker H1-1-12-7a would be the first halibut of the day on January 12th at 7:00 am. There is a place to record as many notes as you like, but I find this simple shorthand to be easy and quick. I Save the Marker to my current GPS location and there it is - a complete fishing log showing what, where, and when I caught fish.

There is also a feature where you can sync your data to your account on the Navionics servers, so whenever I get home and my iPad automatically connects to my home internet connection, the Navionics app automatically uploads all my new data and they store it for me as a backup. If I get a new phone or tablet, I can simply sync the new install with my saved data and it’s all there again.

Sweet!

The Navionics app comes with a free, fully functional, 2 week trial, so give it a whirl and see if it’s for you.

Chances are you have your smartphone with you when you’re on the water, why not put it to work to help you catch more fish!

By; Ornery Bob