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A Year in Review: Shaye Baker’s One-Year Recap Using ANGLR

I’ve been providing content for ANGLR and using the ANGLR app with their digital logbook for a little over a year now. I thought it would be prudent to sit down and reflect on that time. 

For anyone reading this who is unfamiliar with ANGLR, their core product is a free digital logbook that simplifies the otherwise tedious process of data collection on the water. No more wasting time with pen and paper. Now, with the push of a button, you can create a private pattern point in the app to associate a fish catch to its location, barometric pressure, wind speed, wind direction, time of day, current in some situations and so much more. 

So, let’s talk a little about what I’ve noticed working closely over the last year with ANGLR.

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Dedication to Getting Better

The first thing I’ll mention is the first thing you see when you open the app, the company’s mission statement, Never Stop Improving. I have to commend ANGLR on that, not just being a slogan, but a mantra they operate by. In the time I’ve worked with the company, they’ve added feature after feature and issued dozens of updates. 

Sure, there have been some bumps in the road. But when you’re blazing a trail, bumps are to be expected. 

Now that most of the groundwork has been done, the updates are smoothing out more and more bumps every day and the app is operating strongly with more functionality than ever.

The Most Impressive Thing They’ve Done

Back in February of 2019, ANGLR hosted a summit of sorts where they brought together various anglers and fishing industry members with very diverse backgrounds, ages, and views on fishing as a whole. To me, that was the most impressive thing I’ve seen them do. 

Sure, the tech is awesome but that’s way above my head. And companies who do tech, do it every day, so I’d say I take that for granted a bit. But what most companies don’t do is listen. When I arrived in Pittsburgh for the ANGLR summit, I walked into a collaborative set of very well coordinated thought experiments aimed at digging down to the root of what each of us would like to see from a digital logbook. 

Some great ideas were the result of those meetings, which have since been implemented by the leadership and design teams, who did in fact listen. 

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One such idea was the ANGLR Backtrack feature.

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My Favorite Feature Release Over the Last Year

The Backtrack feature, with the user’s permission, is able to go through your photos, recognize fish, take the date and geolocation information that was saved when you took the photo and create past waypoints and trips from that data. 

Which is simply put, amazing.

So now, if you caught a 6-pounder and took a photo 8-months before you even downloaded the app, the app will access that photo and create a waypoint for you where the photo was taken. That to me is just crazy and seamlessly takes advantage of the social media world we live in where we photograph everything. Now all those fish catches that you hurried to snap and post to Instagram can quickly be converted into tangible, usable data: in effect, transposing ANGLR’s mantra onto you, the angler, by helping you to Never Stop Improving

Most Useful New Feature

Perhaps the most useful new feature is the ability to transfer pattern points from your ANGLR app to the electronics on your boat and vice versa. This allows you to do all sorts of things. For instance, I’ll still mark brush and other pieces of cover on my graph, but can track my fish catches just by clicking the ANGLR Bullseye I wear on my hat and then upload all those fish catches to my graph if I want later. Or if I’m catching a lot of small fish and don’t want all that data jumbling up my graph screen, I can choose not to import them. Or import only the best 5 at the end of the day. 

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The options are vast. 

It’s also an awesome feature for tournament prep. I used to fish a lot of bigger tournaments where I couldn’t logistically go to South Carolina for example and practice on Santee Cooper until right before the actual tournament. So to prepare, I’d sit on my phone or computer in Alabama and scour Google Earth for anything that looked interesting. The trouble came when I’d try to take a couple of dozen things I marked and figure out how to identify them on my boat’s graph so I could find them when I actually set out on the water.

Now with the ANGLR app, I can sit on my couch and look at historical satellite images when the water was low on a lake, mark 100 brush piles if I want and then transfer all those waypoints over to my graph with a couple of clicks. That’s an awesome and extremely useful feature. 

Looking Forward

There’s a lot more to ANGLR’s company, app, logbook, and other products. And certainly, even more great things to come from ANGLR in the future. I try to align myself with companies and products I believe in, and with ANGLR, that’s easy. If you haven’t yet tried them out, give the app a try. The free version has loads of features and functionality. If you like what you see and want even more, be sure to check out their Premium

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We can always be better. That to me is one of the most appealing things about fishing. 

The challenge and how even the greatest anglers of all time have not, cannot and will not perfect their game completely. 

There will always be room for improvement. There will always be one fish that outsmarts or outmaneuvers us. One set of conditions that puzzles us and stumps us. One decision we rethink and desperately want to re-do. It would be really nice to have a tool to help us track, learn, and grow from all those mistakes and past fishing trips. And now we do.


This article was contributed by an ANGLR Expert

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Shaye Baker

ABOUT Shaye

Shaye Baker started fishing with his dad in Alabama as soon as they could find a life jacket small enough to fit him. Competing with his father in local tournaments, Shaye quickly found a hunger for competitive bass fishing. He furthered his fishing career at Auburn University helping to establish the Auburn University Bass Fishing Club. While at Auburn, Shaye served as the President of the club and qualified to fish on the traveling team amassing six Top 5 finishes including two 3rd place finishes in consecutive FLW College Fishing National Championships. While beginning to dabble in the world of outdoor journalism, Shaye continued to fish semi-pro events finishing in the Top 5 in the Bassmaster Opens, FLW Costa Series and BFLs. Finding himself at a crossroads, Shaye chose to put down the rod and pick up the pen and camera to focus on his career in outdoor journalism. Shaye has had work featured in Bassmaster Magazine, FLW Outdoors Magazine, B.A.S.S.Times and the Japanese bass fishing magazine Basser. Shaye has also had work featured on ESPN and Wired2Fish.com, FLWfishing.com and Bassmaster.com. While working with B.A.S.S., Shaye initiated and spearheaded their GoPro division which brought more video coverage to the fans than had ever been done before in competitive fishing. After his tenure with some of the best companies in the business, Shaye identified a need for competitive fishing where participation didn’t cost a fortune. By founding UPLOADED, the Online Fishing Series, Shaye established a free tournament series where anglers could film their fish catches and upload their videos to compete against other anglers for prizes.

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