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ANGLR Experts Are Sharing Fishing Intelligence In a Brand New Way [NEW FEATURE]

So, your new fishing app has finally finished downloading. Your expectations soar as you open it up on your trusty smartphone.

Will this be the app that actually helps you catch more fish?

After exploring the features on your newest fishing app that promised you the world, you get the message…

You know the one.

It’s the discovery that the app is selling its users’ fishing locations for one sinfully low price. As soon as you start saving catches, your spots will also be added into its premium offering.

It’s your confirmation this app that was too good to be true really is too good to be true.

It’s a tragedy because mobile technology is an incredibly powerful tool that has the potential to grow and protect our sport instead of trying to prey on unsuspecting anglers.

It’s a tragedy because a corporation is lining their pockets because of your hard work and not giving you any piece of it.

It’s a tragedy because it puts prime fishing locations on precious and fragile fisheries in the crosshairs of app users who are just looking for instant gratification and are willing to pay for it with no limits or control mechanisms in place.

This story is all too common. As anglers, we believe it’s time to change it.

ANGLR Experts Are Writing a New Story

It’s time to rebuild trust in fishing apps as a tool you can securely use and rely on. It’s time for anglers to be fairly compensated for their valuable fishing intelligence.

We set out to build a fishing app that would act as a positive force in this fight and progress the sport. More specifically, we wanted to build a groundbreaking feature that would help anglers protect and offer intelligence that goes well beyond the simple notion of “spots” while maintaining complete control over their content, spots, data… their intelligence that they are trusting us to secure on our platform.

Relying on the direct guidance of our experts, we were able to build a feature that we hope can help turn the page.

We asked our community what we should call the feature and you helped us name it “Intelligence Packs.

Now, with Intelligence Packs as part of their toolset, our ANGLR Experts are re-writing this story on their terms.

Introducing ANGLR Intelligence Packs [NEW FEATURE]

ANGLR Intelligence Packs are complete breakdowns on specific waterbodies that Experts are offering to anglers through our platform. They are blueprints for finding success. Intelligence Packs contain GPS locations, detailed notes, tips, and other educational intel to help other anglers be successful. And, they’re doing it on their terms; their spots, their limits, their content, their price.

Today, the first chapters have been inked by James Elam (Four-time Bassmaster Classic qualifier, two-time Bassmaster Open tournament champion, 2018 Bassmaster Elite Series Angler of the Year Championships champion, and 2019 MLF Bass Pro Tour Competitor) and Gene Jensen (Aka. Flukemaster, creator and manager of one of the most popular fishing channels on YouTube focused on teaching the world to fish).

The first Intelligence Packs to ever be released into the wild:

Enough from us. Let’s hear from these pioneers…

“I can’t physically go fish with every single one of my subscribers on any given lake, but this is as close to having me with them on their boat that they can get.”

– Gene Jensen

“I am constantly approached by anglers who wonder how a professional breaks down a body of water and establishes a plan for game day. ANGLR Intelligence Packs finally provide a way for people like me in the sport who fish for a living to share exactly how this looks while maintaining control over the content and truly help other anglers catch more fish.”

– James Elam

“Information is power, and when it comes to detailed fishing information, nothing comes close to intelligence packs.”

– Dave Lefebre

Why does this matter?

Why? Because there’s nothing better than seeing other people catch a fish. This is why ANGLR Experts do what they do. This is what they live for. This is what it’s all about.

Intelligence Packs are a whole new way to make these magical moments happen more often and scale it in a way that improves and grows the sport instead of damaging it.

With Intelligence Packs, these Experts are transcending the physical limits of mentorship in this great sport. This is a key connection in this industry that has been missing for generations.

Above all, we exist to help anglers constantly improve. We feel this is a meaningful new manifestation of this mission that will truly help our fellow anglers enjoy their sport and share it at a new level. Let us know in the comments what you think!


Important Questions and Honest Answers [Q&A]

At this point, we hope you have some questions. Here’s a few that we’ve already received and answered. We’ll be updating this section as we continue to usher in this new era with the fishing community.

What are ANGLR Intelligence Packs?

Intelligence Packs are exactly what they sound like, a package of intelligence. This intelligence consists of various types of waypoints that are created and organized by trusted and verified Experts within the ANGLR platform. Experts add photos, notes, patterns, baits, tips, tricks, techniques, and other instructions to append to these waypoints. When purchased these “packs” live right inside your ANGLR account where you can toggle them on as you need them for guidance and learning.

Think of packs as virtually guided trips. This is an entirely new way for expert anglers to help others learn tips and tricks that further the enjoyment of being on the water with confidence. They will act like a digital guide next to you the whole time you’re on the water.

How do Intelligence Packs work?

Experts use ANGLR to track their days on the water. They set the prices. They control the volume of packs sold and the duration it is available on ANGLR. We’re giving our Experts a platform to share fishing intelligence with other anglers who want to improve and learn on their home bodies of water or a brand new body of water! You just select the pack you’d like to purchase, log-in or register, and enter payment details.

To locate your purchased pack, you simply log-in to https://my.anglr.tech and click on purchased packs. From there, you can toggle on any packs you have purchased and see them in Map View! You can select any waypoint or catch to open the details and insights related to it.

Isn’t this just a new way to burn spots?

Intelligence Packs are to spot burning what iTunes was to music piracy. The goal is to decrease the abuse of spots and the erosion of their value by providing a marketplace that helps sustain their value. And, it’s not about spots. They contain various types of waypoints that are designed in a way to help anglers approach a body of water and fish a certain pattern. These packs are a controlled product by our Experts on our platform. We work with the Experts and allow them to set quantity limits and their own pricing in a way that responsibly shares this information with a limited audience. This makes sure these spots are preserved and shared on a controlled level. Contrast this with the current scenario where a fishing app takes everyone’s spots and shares them with everybody.

Do I have to use Intelligence Packs to use ANGLR?

Nope.

ANGLR is completely free to:

Plan

Record     

Improve

How else is ANGLR different from other Fishing Apps?

We track your fishing trips from start to finish. 

We automate your logbook. No more manual data entry!

All of your data is private by default.

We help anglers plan, record, and improve with each and every fishing trip. This includes full reports and insights along with an entirely free web application.

Connected devices make recording your trips practically hands-free!

We are anglers helping anglers improve.

Can you guarantee that if I purchase an Intelligence pack I will catch fish?

Even if the Expert was on your boat staring down into the water at a giant largemouth waiting to eat a bait that you drop in the water, then they hand you the perfect rod and reel combo, the perfect bait, and show you the perfect technique to get that fish to bite, there’s still no guarantee that you’d get bit.

That’s why we love this sport so much.

Our Experts hope you understand that all these packs can do is provide you expert advice, data, and insights that they’ve worked hard to learn and package for you to give you the best chance possible.

Introducing ANGLR Premium Maps [Get FREE Early Access Now]

We just released eight new Premium maps in addition to our free Satellite and Topographic maps. These include maps like Live Weather Radar, NOAA Nautical Charts, and Great Lakes Contour.

How to Get Early Access to Premium Maps

  1. Download the latest version of the ANGLR app
  2. Create account or login and Go to FishMode
  3. In FishMode, tap Map Layers icon
  4. Tap premium and select the premium map package you’d like to trial.

OR Sign up from our pricing page here!

Subscribe Today and Get 14 Days to Try it Completely Free

The All-New Premium Map Overlays

Get all these brand new premium maps in the ELITE PACK which includes:

Weather Radar: Current global doppler radar

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Coastal Contours: Coastal Bathymetric contours show depths that range from 10m to 600m below the surface.

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METAR Wind Map: Hourly global wind speed, gust, and direction.

USGS Map: Combination of contours, shaded relief, woodland, and marshes.

NOAA Nautical Charts: Collection of approximately 2,100 nautical charts and inset maps.

Great Lakes Bathymetry: Floor contour and topography of the Great Lakes in meters.

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Ocean with Labels:  Ocean bathymetry, subsurface feature names, and derived depths.

Ocean Contour: X-ray ocean floor map.

Don’t Need Both Freshwater & Saltwater Maps?  No Problem.

If you don’t need everything Elite has to offer, there are separate packs specific to both freshwater and saltwater applications.  

Even More Maps In Development

We’re already adding additional maps to Premium and expanding access from mobile to MapView on your web profiles.  Upcoming additions include:

You don’t want to miss this!  Be one of the first subscribers to one of the Premium Map Pack options and get 30 days to try it free of charge.  Click here to start your trial or if you’re already an app user:

  1. Download the latest version of the ANGLR app
  2. Create account or login and Go to FishMode
  3. In FishMode, tap Map Layers icon
  4. Tap premium and select the premium map package you’d like to trial.

How to Use a Fishing App to Track and Improve Your Fishing

Whether you’ve ever gotten around to starting one or not, a fishing logbook can be a hugely beneficial tool in your tackle box. You can do all the reading and research and listening you want… But at the end of the day, some of the most importantly helpful knowledge you can glean is from yourself.

Hopefully You’ve Been Keeping a Fisherman’s Log Book

You learn something every single time you’re out on the water, whether it be a new lesson, the discovery of a great fishery, or an aha moment about your favorite species habits. Sometimes it may take a little while to piece the patterns together, and other times they bite you in the nose. Having things logged in some form or another makes them easy to recall and study later on.

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Even if you could remember every single fish you caught and on what spot for the last 12 years, what about the rest of the conditions that led you to that catch? How about the wind direction, water temperature, and what bait is and isn’t working? How about where and how the fish were positioned? Can you remember all of that?! Chances are, if you’re anything like the rest of us, you can’t, so journaling all this pertinent information for later review is incredibly useful.

But at the end of the day, when it’s all said and done, who really has time for all that? Fishermen like to pride themselves on their memories, but we’re no different than anyone else. When we get home from a trip out on the water, the gear needs to be cleaned and reset, the dog needs tending to, our partner wants attention, and bills have to be paid. By the time we remember to come back around to picking up our journal to log our trip, we remember the fish we caught (and lost), but not the circumstances surrounding all the catches.

Wouldn’t it be nice if there was some sort of gadget or gizmo that did that hard part for you?

Leave That Part to Us… Introducing the Fishing App!

There’s good news and then there’s more good news. ANGLR has created cutting edge fishing technology designed to make the task of logging your fishing journeys easier. With an app available through your Apple or Android, you can easily log all your trip information through your phone. Just download and go.


FREE ANGLR FISHING APP


It gives you the ability to navigate through map features, review the conditions of your trip, and add to it by marking waypoints, catches, tackle you used, and photos. You can look back on that trip any time you want.

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How to Use the ANGLR Fishing App

It really couldn’t be any easier than this. Even my dad, who is not tech savvy was able to figure the ANGLR app out in a matter of five minutes after reviewing the quick tutorial available the first time you download the app. Creating your profile is a breeze: Simply choose your screen name and password and upload a profile picture if you desire.

Just in case, you’ll soon receive an email with some helpful tips to help you get started.

Open your tackle box in the app and add what’s in your repertoire. You’ll be able to choose from your inventory when you set out on a trip. It’ll be automatically logged along with the rest of your trip data. The power is in the details.

For instance, in the case of lures, you’ll be able to choose the category – “spoon,” the type – “jigging,” brand – “Bomber Lures,” and colors – “purple and speckled black,” as well as the size. It also gives you space to write additional notes about that particular lure if you choose.

You’ll have the ability to also set up your “Baits,” “Flies,” and “Rods.” The more information that you put into the app, the more you’ll get out of it later.

Once you put it into “Fish Mode,” you’ll see a map of your area. You can toggle back and forth between various mapping features. Once you hit the start button, the ANGLR app will automatically record the weather, your gps path, and water conditions for you. With a simple “click”, you can take a picture through the course of a trip. When you make a catch, click on the “Catch” button to log it. You’ll be able to input the species, specs, and any notes. The tackle you used will automatically be logged for you, based on what you put in at the beginning of your trip. So will the weather and water conditions right at the time of your catch. By dropping a pin, add custom waypoints, and the same information will also be logged for that location.


IMPROVE WITH OUR FISHING APP!


The trip log becomes a permanent part of your free profile, accessible anytime you want to look back at it. In fact, you can choose to play your trip back, following yourself across the map, seeing pictures of your catches, and watching fluctuations in weather and water. Use it to spot patterns in your habits, catches, and near misses.

You can keep your information as private as you like, or choose to share your trips and catches with your friends or publicly. Tap into your fishing community on your terms to collaborate, compare, share, and compete with your friends and followers with as much detail as you want.

Logging into your computer at home, you’re able to pull up a view of your trip and see detailed reports sprawled out in front of you. With the analytics, it allows you to uncover your patterns and high level trends, helping you to make better future decisions so you can catch more fish using your own data.

As ANGLR Expert Dave Lefebre remarked, “It’s easy, automatic, and all in one place.”

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But Wait! Our Fishing App Gets Even Easier!

How is that even possible?

In case a do-all app isn’t quite enough for you, you can pair it with the optional Tracker or Bullseye devices, making it easier than ever to log your entire trip without ever touching your phone while on the water.

The Tracker is the world’s only rod-mounted fishing tracker sensor. It pairs via bluetooth with the ANGLR App so you don’t miss a beat. It records casts, hooksets, and more automatically. Using the touch of a button, it gives you the ability to drop smart waypoints and record catches.

The Bullseye is a fishing tracker that clips to anything, allowing you to log information when you want by just pressing the button. One click records a catch, while two clicks logs a smart waypoint.

Anything that can make your life easier shouldn’t be an option, it’s a necessity. An app like ANGLR can really save you a ton of time, leaving more time for you to be out on the water!

 

The History of the Fishing Logbook & Fisherman’s Journal

Using some type of logging system can really help you improve your odds as a fisherman. It may not be the be-all-end-all trick to crowning you king of the water, but it can sure help!

What is a Fishing Logbook?

A fishing logbook is just what it sounds like: a journal for you to record important information about your outings. While most fishermen claim that they can remember what fish they caught, when, and on what lake (do you really?!!), the whole truth of the matter is that there’s no way you can remember every single detail about every single catch. Sure, you’re able to recount how big it was, and remember bragging to your fishing buddies on Facebook, but the finite details slip by the wayside.

But what about the barometric pressure at the point in time you leaned into your five pounder?

Moon phase?

GPS coordinates?

What about the depth you were casting to?

What bait were you using?

Presentation?

No? Can’t remember? Yup. That’s what we thought.

That’s what makes using a log book so advantageous. It allows you to record all of the truly important information so that weeks, months, or years later you can go back to the same spot, replicate those exact same circumstances (to the best of your ability), and have just as much success. Hopefully, it will let you notice patterns in fish movements and behavior related to conditions, time of day and year, feeding patterns, and more. It’s sort of akin to a football coach’s playbook.

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A fishing logbook allows you to write down the stories that go with your catches and misses, so you won’t forget about anything when you try to recount them to improve on your fishing.

Using a fishing logbook can just make you a better fisherman. You can use just a lined notebook, or there are a variety of commercially available angler’s logs you can easily get your hands on through many bookstores and online retailers. There are also a wide variety of ever-evolving apps that make excellent journaling entries for you.

How much information you want to log into your journal is up to you, but the more you include, the more it will help you in the future. Typical information includes:

  • Date
  • Site
  • GPS coordinates
  • Weather (wind direction and speed)
  • Temperature
  • Barometric pressure
  • Moon data
  • Water temperature
  • Water clarity
  • Tide
  • Lake level
  • What depth you fished (and caught)
  • Lure description (size, type, color, presentation)
  • How you fished
  • Description of catches (number and size)
  • Anything else that might be helpful to you down the road

Where Did the Fishing Logbook Come From?

While it seems that the story of how the fishing journal got its start, it’s clear that fishermen have been logging their data for centuries leaving behind glimpses into the stories that shaped the open waters. Marine historians are unearthing logbooks and journals from as far back as the 1600’s detailing how pairs of boats began dragging nets between them, creating the real revolution of deep sea fishing.

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Modern fisheries have only been keeping serious track of many marine populations for the past 30 to 40 years, so modern day researchers are using these old fishing journals to piece together what’s been happening to marine life. One account written in Sicily in 1153 described North Atlantic marine life as being so big that islanders built their homes and tools out of their bones.

Historically, ship skippers kept fishing logbooks for their own information. No one else read it, so they had no reason to alter the facts of their day’s catch. Fishing logbooks are now used in the commercial fishing industry to record catch data as a part of the fisheries regulations. The information is then submitted to the fishing authorities of the vessel’s flag state. That means a lot of modern commercial records have been falsified or skewed.

No one is sure when recreational anglers started keeping their own records, but it stands to reason that it is an age-old tradition, born of the desire to be able to repeat tales of conquest, as well as pattern fish for future reference.

Can it Get Any Easier to Keep a Fishing Logbook?

It sure can! Remember we mentioned fishing apps? Yup.

Apps like ANGLR give you the ability to log all of that data seamlessly with the touch of a button. You can plan your trips ahead of time by dropping waypoints, and the app to tracks your GPS path, weather and water data, and more automatically while you fish. Paired with the optional Bullseye, a click of a button can mark your waypoints and your catches, allowing you to notate your presentation right then and there, or to come back later and edit it. You’re even able to attach pictures to each location, catch, or both!

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Once you’re home, all you have to do is log in on your computer to look up reports so you can notice predictable patterns as they begin to emerge, allowing you to coordinate your fishing efforts in the future in the right locations with the right approach.

Ancient logbooks are being studied to find patterns in local populations, such as cod off the coast of New England. While you stand to gain the most from reviewing your adventures, who knows how it could help anglers in the future?

 

Bass Fishing Tips For Winter: Expert Interview With Eric Faucett

Winter doesn’t have to mean it’s the end of bass season for you. In fact, winter time can be an absolutely fantastic time to go. We sat down with Eric Faucett, tournament angler and ANGLR Expert. He claims he’s been fishing 32 out of his 31 years of life, most of that for bass. He caught his first largemouth bass at the age of six, and has been hooked ever since.

“Wintertime is my favorite time to fish,” he shared. “It can be the most difficult, but I feel like it’s the easiest time to catch a big fish, and more than one big fish. Your day may be longer grinding it out and it may not be easy to get to them, but once you figure them out, it’s easier to predict how to catch a bigger fish.” Faucett jokes,

“The fish with bigger feathers flock together.” The wintertime greatly increases your chance that when you find one, you’re going to find another one with it.

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Don’t Be Afraid to Get Out There

The biggest thing about figuring out how to go after these fish is to just get out there. That’s one thing Faucett wishes someone would have told him when he first started to fish. “I wish someone would have told me to get in the boat with as many people as possible so I could learn faster. Reinventing the wheel is ridiculous, but if you learn from people you can get a jumpstart on your knowledge base.”

His start was a little unconventional. He bought himself a boat, got started in a fishing club, and found himself in a tournament just six short months later. “The way to learn quickly and grow your confidence is to spend lots of time on the water. There’s no substitute for that.”

Winter time is a great time to go out because there are less people on the water. You’ve got to get a little brave. “The worst weather I fished in was eight degrees. We probably caught 120 fish. It was the best trip ever!”


Your Seasonal Guide To Better Bass Fishing


Why Does a Fisherman Go to Taco Bell After a Day on the Water?

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In order to even hook onto your favorite fish, you’ve got to figure out where they are in relationship to the main body of water. You’re not necessarily going to find them in the same places that you do during the springtime. Faucett recommends understanding the philosophy of where they are and why. “They’re not in the water because it’s wet. They go to a specific spot because of food and comfort. You have to try to get into the head of the fish.”

“These guys like to head to deeper water in the winter time,” according to Faucett. “The fish follow the bait.” Sounds pretty simple, right? That’s because it is.” Even if it’s just by a few degrees, the fish move to where it’s relatively stable, making it more comfortable for the fish to congregate.

Just like the hungry fisherman that needs to hit up the Taco Bell for Tacos and Quesadillas on his way home from the lake, bass follow the bait fish to wherever they’re going because the bass are hungry. Know where your baitfish go, and you’ll know where your bass have gone. The old adage “find the bait, find the fish” applies here.

“You’ll find large schools of gizzard shad have moved to channel swings and ledges in the winter,” remarks Faucett. Bass are after gizzard shad, threadfin shad, bluegill, crawfish, etc, but even more focused on the shad. “In the wintertime their metabolism slows down and they’re not wanting to run around looking for food, chasing bait. They’ll just sit outside along a big school of shad and eat whenever they’re hungry.”

Bass Fishing Tips For Winter – Locating The Bass

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Most fisherman make the mistake of remaining on the bank and fishing shallows in the wintertime. They’ll find some fish in the shallows, but not as many, so they won’t be as productive. Get yourself out there and work the water.

Faucett starts at the mouth of a feeder creek and looks for channel swings on points. He works his way in from the main mouth of the creek all the way to the rear of the creek, figuring out where the fish are congregating.

“Bass are always on the defensive. In my opinion, they’re the smartest fish on the lake.” The lateral line on their body can be used to detect bait or danger. Their senses are very strong, and they’re always trying to find something that they can rely on for safety. So they’ll be hanging out where they feel protected. “Specifically, I’m looking for brush piles, rocks, dock pilings, and anything that’s irregular in the water I’m fishing in. Even a barrel or tree that’s underwater.”

During the winter months, you’ll be looking toward the deeper than average depths, somewhere between 20 and 60 feet. “I start my search using down scan and structure scan on my Humminbird to locate schools of bait.”

This is where the free ANGLR app paired with a Bullseye can really come in handy, allowing you to register information about your catch locations, waypoints, and much more with just the press of a button.

Faucett makes regular use of it. “I like to go back to the house or the hotel if I’m on the road and review the locations and data I get from the ANGLR app!” I often find that ANGLR helps me home in on a pattern at the lake level, or in other words, something that’s happening on the map. The app helps me see patterns in the locations where I had the bites during the day.”

Bass Fishing Tips For Winter – Baits and Lures

Faucett uses an Alabama rig as much as he can with 1/8th to 1/4 ounce ball head jigs to get in deep. With the five lines and baits, it can successfully emulate a school of shad swimming around. Specifically, he uses a Yumbrella Flash Mob Jr rig because he’s had great success with it. He rigs it with 20# fluorocarbon instead of heavier braid because in clearer water, the fish aren’t able to see it as well. He typically uses eighth ounce ball head jigs paired 3” to 3 ½”  swimbaits.

A lot of people may be intimidated by the large bulky Alabama rig at first. “The biggest tip in the world is to just throw it, and throw it, and throw it. Don’t put it down. “When I first started throwing it, I used it for three months and never caught a fish with it. Everyone else was cracking fish all over, and I thought I was dumb,” Faucett laughs.

He tries as hard as he can to get it stuck on the bottom, catching every piece of trash he can down there. You’ll go through a brush pile or a pile of rocks on the bottom, and there’ll be a fish hugging really closely. “Sometimes if you snag something and pop it loose, the fish will react to that and eat it.”

“I don’t think it’s more difficult to catch fish in the winter time. I think it’s harder in our head because those conditions are hard on us: we’re cold, we’re miserable, we don’t like it.” The fish are a little more lethargic, so it’s not as easy to get them to bite, but once you figure out where they are and what they want, the Alabama rig makes it easier to get them to bite.

If you use light wire hooks, they make extricating yourself from a snag easy. “If they get stuck on a rock or stump I could just easily pull hard until they bend, and I can get my rig back.” There’s no need to use a heavy hook set. Faucett recommends just leaning into it a bit.

He makes use of a 7”6’ heavy-action football jig rod, liking the way it handles the bait and action.

Once you find them, you’ll understand why they wound up where they did. For instance, you may find the fish were relating to a specific piece of cover because maybe a cold front was coming in and the cover and wind was causing the bait to position in a certain way, making it easy for the bass to ambush the bait as the wind comes over the point. Faucett sums it up. “Every day the conditions change somehow or another, so just having the mindset that you need to go out and calculate your casts is important.”

To watch Eric in his bass fishing element, check out Episode 12 of the ANGLR Tour below!

 

Braving A Small Craft Advisory In Hopes Of A World Record Striped Bass

A Fisherman’s Tale Of Enduring The Elements – 18 Hours On The Water

Some who call themselves fishermen, in reality, spend in short, a handful of sunny warm weather days on the water. For others, the pursuit of large fish often puts them in life-threatening situations. While the average fisherman recognizes a bad idea right away; there are those who struggle with fishing addiction, who will say there is never a bad time to fish.

In fact, my mother always told me “there is no bad weather – just dressing badly for the weather”. I would attest to my mother’s’ words of wisdom, and pride myself in fishing the harshest conditions possible. Why? This isn’t an easy answer, but in short, because this is how I am able to measure my own character as a fisherman.

Biting Off More Than We Could Chew

My boat, the “Scurvy Sea Slug”, was named in remembrance of my deceased fishing mentor, who used these words to describe toughened fishermen. Having run the boat numerous times in severe weather, I can honestly say that my little bass boat holds up to the name. In September of 2017, two friends and I launched my 14-foot bass boat on the Atlantic Ocean, from one of the estuaries on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, in the wake of tropical storm Jose.

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“My boat, the “Scurvy Sea Slug”, was named in remembrance of my deceased fishing mentor, who used these words to describe toughened fishermen.”

We were perfectly fine until the winds abruptly changed and became directly exposed to winds from the west. By this time, it was about 1:30 am. My boat took two good sized waves to the stern, and before I knew it, I was swimming into shore with a bowline. My friends and I managed to strip the boat, carry the hull down a narrow path, and get it back on the trailer. With the boat and equipment loaded, we parted ways with a final note from my friend and his words of wisdom, “We better not tell the girls about this”.

As a side note, my wife quickly developed the skill of tuning out most fishing related dialog.

By 4:30 am, I found myself at the town wharf, using fresh water on my Mercury engine to remove the salt. Coincidentally, I ran into another friend, who happens to be a great mechanic, working the night shift at the yacht club. He was able to empty the saltwater from the cylinders, and re-prime the engine.  Not only does it run, but the chug which I had grown accustomed to, was gone! I will forever be a faithful customer of Mercury.

Foul Weather Doesn’t Determine My Fishing Schedule…

My lesson learned was not to avoid foul weather. The writer, Hunter S. Thompson, once wrote, “When you enter the ocean, you enter the food chain, and not always at the top”. In reflection, I learned that fishing is who I am, I’m not going stop, and I would die a happy man; should my fate occur in pursuit of fish… though I hope to have many years left topside! The weather seemed to have won this battle, but the war wasn’t over.

About three weeks later, my friend Corrigan, a seasoned boat captain, and I were in pursuit of a hefty Striped Bass for the 2017 Martha’s Vineyard Bass and Bluefish Derby. We had been chasing that one elusive fish – the kind that comes with a breathtaking life experience to always be remembered. The memorable fish aren’t always the biggest. Sometimes they can even be the smallest.

Memorable fish, by my standards, are often proportionate to how hard you are willing to work for them.

I can honestly say that my fishing friends have incredibly fine-tuned skills and tend to share the “cast or die trying” mindset. More so than not, we find ourselves fishing in the surf, rather than from the boat. Striped Bass are a night time hunt, and often the odds are better casting from the boulders.

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Setting Sail For The Elizabeth Islands In Pursuit Of Striped Bass

However, on this occasion, Corrigan and I agreed that the boat would be most suitable to reach the Elizabeth Island Chain (our neighboring islands) a few miles to the west. With about a dozen islands totaling 34 square miles, each island is quite small, and hosts shorelines of unforgiving boulders. The Elizabeth Islands are owned by the Forbes family (widely known for their wealth).

While making landfall is forbidden, the surrounding waters have produced several fishing world records, and the majority of state records as well. Each island is separated by navigable channels that can flow at speeds upward of twelve miles an hour. Historically, this area of the Atlantic Ocean is also a watery grave to many of the most significant shipwrecks in New England. On the bright side, these waters are also within derby limits; and that was the plan.

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As you can see, our trip across the Vineyard Sound left us out in the open for a while with the nasty weather!

As it was, Hurricane Maria had just been reduced to a tropical storm, creating a small-craft advisory – we didn’t mind. Storms tend to drive Striped Bass into a feeding frenzy. Disoriented bait fish, high oxygenation, low visibility, and thermal breaks often make fish hyperactive, hungry, and if you’re lucky, they’ll even attack topwater lures.

The Fishing Begins… The Harsh Weather Is Nowhere To Be Seen

Corrigan and I picked up our friend Peter, and the three of us departed the harbor toward the Elizabeth Islands in a twenty-foot center console. The weather was overcast, humid, but the water didn’t seem abnormally rough. By the time we reached the Elizabeth Islands, nothing seemed out of the ordinary other than the lack of other boats. Unfortunately, we had made the mistake of listening to the radio, and Billy Joel, who we considered to be bad luck to listen to (on fishing days) came on; this wasn’t good.

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As Corrigan and I pulled up to the islands, we began fishing at an area called Tarpaulin Cove.

I rigged a live eel (commonly used for striped bass fishing), which was unusually large; stating, “big bait, big fish”. I casted toward a rock pile not far from the shoreline. As soon as it hit the water, it felt as if several fish were fighting over it. I reeled up to find it had been eaten down to only two or three inches in length. This is always a definitive sign of bluefish. We continued to cast with no other signs of life, until the sun had fallen below the horizon.

Darker Weather Leads To Darker Waters

With darkness surrounding the boat, the weather became more turbulent. We decided to troll south, within 150 yards of the eastern shoreline. The three of us huddled behind the center console to form a strategy sure to gain us just one good fish. The area had yielded many world record fish, and we reminded each other of this – convinced that we too could catch an elusive giant. This type of determination is a trait shared amongst New England Fishermen.

Hold strong, keep casting, and put in the hours.

Regionally we have all convinced ourselves that long hours and salty tears guarantee an unprecedented fish. You almost have to convince yourself of this; otherwise you’d be a fool to spend so much time in unforgiving seas, amongst larger predators than yourself, in weather that often seems apocalyptic. This occasion was no different, and just warming up.

A thick fog had moved in, making visibility less than fifteen or twenty feet. Combined with the chop and howling wind, it was a little disorienting. Corrigan said, “Guys, I’m going to bring us through Robinson’s Hole. The weather is going to make it a little sketchy, so I’m going to need you guys on the bow to spot boulders.” This statement from Corrigan, a captain capable of transoceanic voyage, made me a little alarmed. I took position on the bow, which (as many of you may know) is the roughest place to ride. My headlamp only provided a few feet of visibility past the bow as we turned starboard into the channel separating the islands of Naushon and Pasque.

Corrigan steadily raised the throttle until the boat was running hard against the current, using instrumentation rather than eyes for navigation. Looking down, the waters were racing beneath the boat as if we had achieved full plane. We managed to navigate the channel.

As the boat slowed into calmer waters, Corrigan said, “I’m going to drop anchor to get the blood back in my hands”. His calm demeanor and a thick layer of fog hid the beads of sweat running down his face.

Now on the western side of the Elizabeth Islands, the Buzzard’s Bay side, we ran the boat north; periodically casting into the fog toward the island. We continued fishing the Elizabeth Islands for several hours without a sign of life. By early morning, we were ready to accept defeat, and returned to the harbor. Peter was falling asleep, and we dropped him off at the dock behind his house.

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Daylight Breaks and The Striped Bass Fishing Rages On

Daylight was upon us, and the thick fog now looked like clouds floating on the water. At eye level and above, the clouds were bright white as the sun came up. The water looked like glass. Some of my favorite days on the water start this way. About that time, the radio began to play the song, Baby I Was Born To Run, by Bruce Springsteen. While I wouldn’t call myself a fan, it seemed like a suitable song, as I’d like to think that fish are also born to run.

As we made our way back to call it quits, we spotted a disturbance on the water’s surface. We quickly cut the boat into idle and took simultaneous casts, both pulling up smaller striped bass. This was a significant moment for us, if for no other reason, because we made the association that listening to Bruce Springsteen, reversed the Billy Joel curse. After learning this, the word disseminated amongst our fishing circle and is now a ridiculous superstitious practice, which we consider absolutely necessary.

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After catching a handful of smaller sized stripers, I was content to go back empty handed.

Corrigan on the other hand, insisted that there were bigger fish feeding below the smaller ones. I put my feet up, and controlled the drift of the boat while Corrigan continued casting away. The fog began to lift, and the day was shaping up nicely, but still deemed unsuccessful. We had almost reached the channel markers to return to the docks when Corrigan sent out the infamous “one last cast”. Zing!

The Infamous Last Cast

A few seconds into the cast, his line began ripping, and he insisted the fish felt big. While it may seem frustrating to the fisherman working the line, I always find it important to talk your fishing buddies through landing a good fish. Reminders like “take your time”, “let it run”, and “don’t change the drag” are important. When total silence suddenly turns into an adrenaline filled fight, it is easy to over work your tackle. This is usually how fishermen lose the biggest fish they’ve ever hooked into. Corrigan was receptive to my coaching, and I was eagerly awaiting his approval to assist with the net.

The “net man” may seem pretty insignificant, but get in the way sometime, lose a friend’s fish, and see how long that story lasts. I digress.

Corrigan cautiously reeled, allowing the fish to run periodically. As the fish neared the boat, the line came dangerously close to the prop a few times. At the risk of having the line break on the prop, I wasn’t about to assist until I got the nod. I have heard stories of friend’s getting in the way while landing good fish. Usually the intention is good, but a bad outcome has been known to end friendships. This may seem ridiculous, but imagine watching a potential record lost!

At Corrigan’s ready, I was able to net the fish with one clean swoop. Lifting the net over the outboard engine, we could both see that this was the fish we had been looking for. Eighteen hours in the boat, enduring a small craft advisory. A night spent cold, hungry, wet, and tired, all made worthwhile in a few short minutes. While this particular fish wasn’t by any means a world record, we knew that it was worth weighing in.

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It was the only boat fish weighed in, because we had been the only boat enduring the advisory, until it cleared that morning.

I want to disclaim that this wasn’t my fish. I hadn’t done anything to catch it. None the less, it didn’t matter which one of us caught it, and Corrigan would agree. Fishing buddies keep each other on the water, endure some nasty elements, and occasionally even life or death situations. It’s fishing; you never know what is going to happen. It’s the gambling element that keeps us coming back, and on this occasion, we defied the odds, leaving the water feeling like winners.

Here’s the clip of Corrigan and I landing that fish as a team. WARNING: Graphic Language

Logbooks, Waypoints, And Patterns Using ANGLR With Dave Lefebre

Professional bass angler Dave Lefebre has been with ANGLR since the beginning. He has helped shape the idea into what it is today. Having the ability to measure, record, and improve with each and every fishing trip has changed the game for so many anglers. Here’s what Dave had to say about the progress thus far!

Dave Lefebre Using Logbooks To Find Patterns

Dave grew up tracking all of his fishing in a logbook with the ol’ pen and paper method. He attests that keeping an old fashioned log book just isn’t productive anymore. With so many years of fishing data, it can be nearly impossible to find a specific trip or snippet of data. But, he knows how valuable a logbook can be!

“Keeping a logbook is something everybody should do, it makes you better.”

With ANGLR, your logbook is tracked digitally in real time. Being able to mark waypoints and collect all of the data simultaneously is the way of the future! Dave admits that he was kind of a geek with his old fashioned logbooks. He tried to track everything so he could figure out why the fish bit. When he began to notice some days were better than others, he knew keeping track of everything was going to improve his fishing. Now, He uses the free ANGLR app as a logbook to track every piece of data he needs to constantly improve!

“I don’t need the notebooks anymore, it’s all digital. I can do all this stuff a lot quicker, I can research it quicker. It’s easy, automatic, and all in one place.”

For Dave, using ANGLR saves him an incredible amount of time, but he’s able to still learn just as much if not more through reviewing his data. With ANGLR, Dave can see all of his data in real time, right at his fingertips! There used to be a lot of things that went into figuring out why the fish were or weren’t biting, now it’s easy! It’s literally the click of one button!

Fishing Intelligence Podcast Ep. 8 | Tidal Fishing With Steve Moore

We are now eight episodes into the Fishing Intelligence Podcast and we are back to covering some saltwater fishing! On this week’s episode, Steve Moore joins me as we talk about kayak fishing for Redfish in his hometown of Wilmington, North Carolina. During my time on the ANGLR tour, I was lucky enough to go out and fish with Steve from my Bonafide kayak while he was fishing out of his Jackson Coosa HD pedal drive.

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Needless to say, the pedals kick the paddles butts!

Tidal Fishing and Saltwater Fishing

We started off by talking about how influential the tide is on saltwater fishing. If you go into a tidal area and haven’t taken the time to check out what the tides are doing, chances are you are going to get blanked. The best ways we found to learn the tides were to hire the services of a guide and let him teach you, or to go out and experiment by yourself while taking notes on locations and tide levels when you catch fish.

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Chances are if you catch them in a certain spot at a certain tide, you’ll be able to use this to home in on where the fish are residing at certain times.  Photo Credits: Almanac.com

Fly Fishing vs. Spinning Gear

Steve and I also discussed the differences between targeting fish on the fly and with spinning gear. While we both agree that fly fishing is a more exciting way to target fish, it is much more challenging than spin gear and is easier to utilize when the fish are making themselves visible through tailing or popping on bait.

How To Get Into Kayak Fishing

We finished up the episode by discussing how you can get into kayak fishing. You don’t need to spend all of the money in the world to have an effective rig. A used kayak with DIY builds on it will store all of your gear and hold your rods for a much cheaper price than if you buy a new kayak and all of the storage and rod holders from the shop. One of the best tips that Steve gave in this episode was to use what works.

We also went over some key baits at the end of the episode! Here’s a little secret, for me, my favorite saltwater lure is the Saltwater Assassin Sea Shad paddle tail in Electric Chicken with a ¼ jig head. 

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You will catch all saltwater fish with this rig. Photo Credits: Bassassassin.com

 

For more tips from Steve, check out his YouTube channel Kayak Hacks Fishing and tell him the podcast brought you there!

Want to learn more about kayak fishing? Learn more than you thought possible with over 100 kayak tips from the professionals

 

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Using Fishing Technology To Solve A Century Old Problem

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For centuries, collecting fishing data has been a real pain in the waders.

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Now, you have the ability to build fishing intelligence without interrupting the fishing experience. One click marks a catch. Two clicks marks a waypoint.

You don’t even have to touch your phone or fish finder.

Don’t leave it to luck. Plan, record and improve. Turn your data into insights using the ANGLR fishing intelligence platform.

This is a lot more than a feed of selfies and fishbra pics like those other apps.

You’ll have complete trip summaries from start to finish with GPS routes, waypoints, catches, conditions and more waiting for you in your profile. And remember, your spots are your spots. You decide when and who to share them with.

This is fishing intelligence for the future. This is your chance to become a better fisherman. Hassle not included.

We hope you enjoy the video, we had a ton of fun creating it with the entire team. Huge shoutout goes to Dave Lefebre, Orange Astronaut, and Danny Jones!