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ANGLR Premium Maps: How 72-Hour Wind Forecasts Help You Catch More Fish

For years and years, anglers have been caught off guard by windy conditions while out on the water. Whether it’s simply a 5 mph increase over what you expected, windy conditions will change the way bass and other species eat and stage on any given body of water. 

We will get into how wind affects where fish will stage a little later, but when it comes to planning your trip, knowing how strong the wind is going to be and the direction it will be coming out of is key. Many weather forecasts do their best to provide an accurate depiction, but it isn’t always easy to read or find for that matter. With ANGLR’s 72-hour wind forecast overlay, it’s easier than ever to check the forecasted winds for your body of water.

How Anglers Use 72-Hour Wind Forecasts to Catch More Fish

With the ability to view an accurate 72-hour wind forecast overlaid on a map (similar to how you’d view live weather radar) anglers are able to plan their trips more effectively and decide when their body of water may be too rough due to the windy conditions forecasted.

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Use Wind Direction to Know Where the Fish Will Congregate

For those of you reading this that have fished in windy conditions, you know how frustrating it can be to get blown off of your honey hole when 4 to 5-foot waves come out to play in some nasty windy conditions. If you’re out on the water and run into this issue, don’t worry, there are other places to check where you can use the wind to your advantage! 

Heavy wind on any body of water presents two conditions, waves and current. Both waves and current will congregate baitfish and actually put them in various vulnerable positions where a hungry bass will be lying in wait. When the wind picks up and stays steady in one direction, it will push the baitfish with it. So, this means if the wind is coming from the south, you can fish a point from the northern side and catch bass and other species lying in wait for the baitfish to use said point as a current break. Not only will you be sheltered from the wind, but you’ll also be fishing in a high percentage area! 

This same phenomenon can also occur on the bank. If the wind is coming from the south, the northernmost bank will be fielding the larger waves, but with those waves comes a stronger current which will push balls of baitfish up along that bank. Depending on the size of the waves, fishing that windblown bank can pay dividends in exchange for braving some rougher than normal conditions! If the waves and wind get too rough, the bait and other species will actually stage at the next closest current break where the water isn’t similar to that of a washing machine, so keep that in mind as well. 

Plan Your Trip Effectively

Deciding where the fish will be staging isn’t all you can use a 72-hour wind forecast for! Are you trying to decide whether you should go fishing on Saturday and mow the lawn on Sunday or vice versa? 

It wouldn’t make much sense to go out on Saturday if you’ll be fishing in gale force winds with 4-foot waves rolling down the lake when it is forecasted to be calm all day Sunday while you’re riding your John Deere… so don’t make that mistake! 

Simply check the 72-hour wind forecast and decide which day will present you with the wind conditions that fit your style of fishing! Take the guesswork out of your decision!

Know When Your Body of Water Might not be Safe to Fish!

To go off of the previous section, those of us who fish larger bodies of water consistently know how quickly a fun day on the water can turn into a less than ideal situation when you have to run 5-miles in 4-foot waves. With the great lakes and lakes like Kentucky Lake and some of the TVA bodies of water, the wind can build waves for miles upon miles before they get to you. This can lead to “getting caught” in a bad situation. 

Don’t get caught in a bad situation! 

Simply check the 72-hour wind forecast in your ANGLR app and have a better idea of when the heavy wind is supposed to pick up! If you check and see constant 25 MPH winds the next day, maybe you’ll make the decision to stay at home, or fish a different body of water. Either way, you won’t be that guy who shows up at the boat ramp to be disappointed they drove so far to not be able to launch their boat safely due to the waves and strong winds! 

In short, 72-hour wind forecasts simply make you a more proficient and safe angler. These maps give you insights to your body of water that our ancestors only dreamed of. 

The best part? You’re one step closer to deleting that fishing app folder!

Now you can have 72-hour wind forecasts at your fingertips! With the release of the brand new Premium Map, 72-hour wind forecasts, the ANGLR app now offers you the ability to check wind forecasts on the fly from your phone! Whether you’re on the bank, in a kayak, or on a boat, these maps will help you plan your trips efficiently and stay safe on the water!

 

Learn more and start your free trial today here!

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ANGLR Premium Maps: How USGS Paper Contours Help You Catch More Fish

Long before the days of down imaging sonar and mapping chips, anglers relied on a variety of tools to find depth change and contour lines. Whether it was using visual topographical cues or simply counting down a weight to the bottom, these old school tricks and tactics could only get them so far.

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When the technology finally advanced far enough for anglers to map out bodies of water, a whole new breed of fishing emerged. Underwater humps, ledges, and channels that were once hidden under the surface now came to life in the form of paper maps. USGS paper contour maps are one of the most commonly used maps by anglers as they allow you to map out depth changes and locate high-percentage areas to fish.

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How Anglers Use Paper Contour Maps

With the ability to find a specific depth range, channels, and points by simply looking at a map of the body of water, you’ll be able to hone in on where fish should be staging for a certain time of year.

See Under the Water’s Surface

For example, in the springtime, bass tend to congregate around main lake points. With the use of contour maps, you can easily find those long underwater points and target those areas heavily. Before contour maps, it was much more of a guessing game as to which points actually extended under the water column.

Quickly Identify Areas to Target.

During the late spring, finding flats where bass and brim congregate to spawn is the key to having a successful day on the water. With contour maps, you can see exactly where those key areas are and target those areas exclusively during your day on the water.

Fish More Efficiently

In short, contour maps simply make you a more proficient angler. These maps give you insight to a body of water that our ancestors only dreamed of.

The best part? You’re one step closer to deleting that fishing app folder!

Now you can have contour maps at your fingertips! With the release of the brand new Premium Map, USGS Paper Contours, the ANGLR app now offers you the ability to check contour on the fly from your phone! Whether you’re on the bank, in a kayak, or on a boat, these maps will help you find those key areas so you can catch more fish!

Learn more and start your free trial today here!

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The Value of the ANGLR Electronic Fishing Journal to Kayak Anglers

It wasn’t that long ago that I had no idea what ANGLR was about, or even that it was an electronic fishing journal. I saw buttons on people’s hats or lanyards with the name, but felt it was either anglers with a secret the rest of us were not a part of, or some branded gear I had never seen.

Maybe some secret fishing society?  

If you watched them on the water, they would reach up and touch the button; was it just for good luck or some sort of secret handshake? I had absolutely no idea, then my friend Scott Beutjier cleared this up for me during a phone conversation.

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The Electronic Fishing Journal for the Future

ANGLR is a fishing app that allows you to record your fishing trips with an incredible amount of detail, with all of your data stored privately. The best part? This technology is available to everyone. The button is the Bullseye. After pushing the button on the bullseye, a Bluetooth signal marks your location; allowing an angler to capture what was caught. As the day progresses, changes in water and weather conditions and location are recorded. Combined, the two can help create an incredibly detailed fishing journal of the day, but the app can also be used without the button.  

I was hesitant to accept it.

How would the data be used by the folks running the company?  Who was buying the data? I typically do not journal trips, I just blog about some… what was the value to me as an avid kayak tournament angler?  

After expressing my concerns, Derek Horner at ANGLR informed me that the data is mine. I choose to share it with who I want, or not at all. It is not sold unless I decide to create “Intelligence Packs” (I see these as guide trips for others) and offer them to the public. We even had a great discussion about why I should journal; and I hate to admit it, but he convinced me of the value by explaining the amount of data and how it has improved his fishing efficiency.  When he later informed me that the data will soon be exportable so it can be reviewed, the data guy in me got a little excited.

How Can Kayak Anglers Use This Fishing Journal

For us in the kayak community, choosing the correct location can be critical. Launching in the kayak is making a commitment to a location. You cannot decide to run ten-miles across the lake after you have paddled or pedaled for four, so the homework before the tournament can make or break the day. Scouring maps, searching Google Earth for launch sites, prepping lures to match the time of year, and weather conditions is critical; sometimes you still get it wrong. I have skunked in tournaments (while a ramp just across the bay was productive) by simply selecting the wrong ramp on a body of water.

So, what if we had one more tool?

If I had data on every body of water I had fished, could compare conditions and time of year along with success… I would have an invaluable guide map to help me. Say last year a KBF event on the Mississippi River had landed me a solid finish, and this year I was geographically close to location and time, could I draw some conclusions about the opportunities? Had I collected data at Toledo Bend or Kentucky Lake over the last two years, I feel certain (being a true data geek engineer kinda guy) I could easily draw correlations to help me be more competitive at the next event.  

All of us go watch YouTube videos of tournaments as part of our research; this data could also be committed to the app.  I mean, who hasn’t watched MLF to get general locations to where the guys were crushing them? If I took that a step further and documented (we all do in our heads anyway) where I knew others had fished our events on those same days – those guys who keep winning – I might even increase those chances more.

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Scott and Derek have convinced me to join what I thought was a secret society.

I now see ANGLR as an opportunity to raise my game and increase my knowledge of fishing. Added to the research I already lose sleep over trying to make sure I don’t launch on the wrong end of the lake, well, I think I will be better prepared to compete in KBF, Hobie, and all of the local events… might even win a few more!

Download the app today and try it out for yourself!

ANGLR’s Huge Spring Update Features New Digital Gear Tracking & Six New Map Layers

The ANGLR Spring update is one of the biggest releases we’ve ever introduced.

This update is focused on three main areas:

  1. A 100% redesigned Gear area and features
  2. Six new Premium Map layers
  3. Two new Bullseye functions

We’re going deep on this one. Let’s dive in!

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Introducing ANGLR Gear

Have you been told you’re obsessive about your tackle? Do you want to log every imaginable detail about the gear you’re using? We get it. We have the same issues… and the new Gear area is built for the nerdiest tackle trackers on the water! Just in time for your spring cleaning and tackle organization!

Tackle is one of the biggest variables of success during your fishing trips. To become a better angler you need to constantly improve your instincts around when to throw what. Gear will help you uncover powerful insights around this critical skill to help you learn and improve in this area.

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ANGLR Gear is the most in-depth, comprehensive, and detailed gear tracking system on the planet. If it’s found between your hands and that next bite, you can track it in Gear. Line, reels, rods, lures, baits, and flies; we’ve got you covered.

Other new highlights:

  • New reports in the insights area of the web app
  • New details in catch screens and trip profiles
  • Change and build tackle during a trip (even without service!)
  • Attach pictures to any piece of gear for even more detailed organization
  • Drop the new “GearChange” waypoint during your trips to indicate Gear swaps

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Building and managing your gear is better than ever, so we had to make it easier than ever to indicate a gear change while recording a trip with the new “GearChange” waypoint.

You can drop this waypoint while recording a trip by tapping the waypoint icon just like our other 15 waypoints in the ANGLR app. Have a Bullseye? Just press and hold the Bullseye button for 1-2 seconds to Automatically log a GearChange during your trip. No need to touch your phone! These waypoints will behave like the other ANGLR waypoints on your trip replay and the trip timeline to help you uncover patterns and trends even more quickly and easily.

New Partnerships Massively Improve Our Tackle Database

This release incorporates new partnerships with three of the biggest online tackle retailers in the fishing industry. These partnerships will make it even easier to build tackle inside the Gear area.

Here’s a little more about how each of these partners will be improving their customers’ experience through this partnership!

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“When you combine innovative technology and our strong e-commerce selling platform at FishUSA.com, big things happen. Our partnership is centered around the customer experience. FishUSA and ANGLR partnered with prolific names within the fishing industry to gain additional insight for what customers want.” – Doug Straub, Senior Director of Merchandising at FishUSA

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“This partnership will assist our customers by providing them unique insights and data on the effectiveness of products and how they are being used. Instead of simply providing the standard product attributes, we can add a layer of catch data to certain items, which in-turn will assist our customers in being more productive on the water.” – Patrick Gill, CEO at TackleDirect

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Our customers will now be able to log their baits from Catch Co. brands in the ANGLR app – and hopefully other ANGLR users will discover Catch Co. brands for the first time, too! Our customers can now track their success on each of our baits with the ANGLR app giving them better insight into the performance of our baits in their tackle box.” – Natalie Robinson, Strategic Manager at CatchCo

Let’s Take a Quick Tour of Gear…

We’ll start at the top, and by that we mean the top gear being used on ANGLR that greets you when you jump into the new Gear section.

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The “Popular Gear” feature is a stream of the most used and tracked Gear that the ANGLR community is using in the app. You’ll be able to quickly click “add to my gear” to add to your gear section. You can also select “shop now” to learn more or buy this bait from one of our retail partners.

At the top of your screen, you’ll find the main “My Gear” menu. Tap this to pull up the two main Gear sub-categories; Tackle and Rod Combos. These two tabs are where all of your meticulously digitally organized tackle and rod combos will live after you add them to your Gear in the app.

To build new tackle or add new rod and reel combos, just click the plus button in the top right corner. This will reveal a menu where you can tap to begin building:

  • Lures
  • Baits
  • Flies
  • Rod/Reel Combos

Start building a lure and you’ll be able to add a photo, select a category; bladebait, buzzbait, crankbait, jerkbait, jig, rip bait, soft bait, spinnerbait, spoon, spybait, swimbait, tailspin, topwater bait, umbrella rig, or underspin. Then, select a type which is tailored to the category you selected. Enter or select a brand. You can add model, brand color, primary color, secondary color, size, and notes.

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Build a bait and you’ll be able to add a photo, select a category; artificial, natural or saltwater. Then select a type that is tailored to the category you selected. You can also add length and other notes.

Build and track the flies you’re fishing with by adding a photo, enter a custom name, select a category; dry, egg, emerger, nymph, streamer, terrestrial, or wet. Add a hook size. Add any notes you’d like as well.

To begin building rod combos tap the plus sign again and select rod combos. You’ll be able to add a photo at the top. Then, enter a name for this combo. From there you’ll select the rod by category, brand, model, action/power, length, and notes. Then you’ll select a reel by type, brand, model, model #, gear ratio, and other notes. And finally, you’ll select a line for the combo by type, brand, model, color, and line test (lb). You can also add any notes you’ll like about the combo.

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All the tackle and rod combos you add to your Gear in the app can be quickly selected when you start a trip or when you drop a “GearChange” waypoint in the app or using the ANGLR Bullseye fishing tracker.

Make sure you have the whole picture of why you caught a fish and how to do it better next time by tracking your Gear!

Six New Premium Maps and Layers

The Spring release introduces six more layers of fishing intelligence in premium maps. This means there are now 14 total layers available!

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Premium maps are additional maps and overlays that you can toggle on and off while in FishMode. These additional layers of intelligence can be used while you’re planning a trip, while recording a trip, or after a trip has been recorded to review your bodies of water and waypoints to add more depth and meaning.

Finally, one fishing app that lets you do it all.

Have you ever wished for an app that could help you consolidate all of your fishing apps and websites you use to review contour, weather, wind, tide, streamflow, and other maps into one?

The new ANGLR Premium Maps finally makes this possible. It’s time to delete that packed fishing apps folder on your device and replace it with the all-in-one ANGLR app featuring Premium Maps. All of this data like; Doppler, METAR, wind, depth, contour, tide, streamflow, satellite, nautical charts, and more have never been centralized into one app before. Add this to the ANGLR logbook features and you have everything you need to plan, record, and improve your fishing in one place.

Three ways to leverage Premium Maps to help you reach your fishing goals.

  1. Planning with Premium Maps

Toggle on and off these premium map layers to bring a whole new level of depth and meaning to your waypoints. Use the contour layer to uncover a shelf pattern around your recent trip and where all your catch locations were. See how depth impact your success and much more. Premium Map layers help you plan your trips more effectively by giving your critical real-time and forecasted data around the conditions and variables that matter to you when planning a trip.

  1. On the Water with Premium Maps

While you’re on the water these additional layers of intelligence will prove to be a valuable tool set at your disposal. See some clouds moving in? Toggle on that live Doppler weather layer to checkout the system. Wind picking up? See what the wind forecast layer says to see if you need to worry. Toggle on contour while your recording a trip to see if your catch locations are showing a pattern related to depth, shelving, or other subsurface patterns.

  1. Reviewing Waypoints with Premium Maps

Toggle on waypoints and catch locations from previous trips while in FishMode view and try layering some of the premium maps and layers of these. You’ll have a whole new perspective of these spots with every layer you try. These maps and layers provide a whole new way to provide context and meaning to these waypoints and catch locations.

Here’s a quick look at the new map layers introduce in this release. The  best way to learn more about all the layers is by starting a free trial here.   

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  1. USGS Paper Contours  

     

     

    1. Digitized images of United States Geological Survey (USGS) paper topographic & contour maps.
  2. In-Shore 3D Depths
    1. 3D In-Shore Estuarine Digital Mapping from the National Ocean Service
  3. 7-Day Streamflow
    1. Hydrologic model that predicts the flow in every river over the continental United States from the National Weather Service
  4. USGS Gages
    1. Live Stream Gauges contain real-time measurements and forecasted water depth from multiple reporting agencies recording at sensors across the Continental United States
  5. 72 Hour Wind Forecast
    1. 72 Hour Forecast plays on repeat over your map.  
    2. This map displays the forecasted wind speeds over the next 72 hours across the Continental United States.
  6. NOAA Tide Stations
    1. The NOAA Tide Predictions layer provides distinct categories of wave and tide predictions from stations across the east coast.

Brand New Bullseye Functions

Bullseye is ANGLR’s optional tracking accessory that pairs with the ANGLR logbook app. While paired with ANGLR, pressing the button once will mark a catch and twice will drop an editable Bullseye waypoint.

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Two New Bullseye Functions:

  • When you press once to mark your catches the Bullseye will also automatically pull up your camera so it’s even easier to snap that #LipItLogIt photo for every catch. Less tapping on phones, more catching.  
  • Press and hold the button for three seconds and this will drop the new “GearChange” waypoint. This will help you track when you swapped gear. You can edit this immediately during the trip or after your trip when you get home.

Get the update today and try out these new features for yourself!

 

How to Locate Hot Spots With Ice Fishing Electronics

Finding fish is a little like playing Clue, being a biologist, tarot card reading, and playing Craps. All of those things, plus skill. Ice fishing electronics can help. Knowing how to locate the fish when, where, and why takes a mixture of knowledge and skill.

Anglers rely on a number of ways to locate their honey hole; often a combination of old-school search methods and technology. While technology has made great advancements in a number of areas, ice fishing hasn’t really had that many advancements. Much of the tech that is available is monetarily preventative, so many still rely on the old fashioned ways.

Gus Glasgow, ANGLR Expert, tells us a little about how to use your brains and brawn, as well as technology to locate those panfish under the ice.

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Ice Fishing Electronics: Searching Through The Ice Evolves

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“Back when I first started ice fishing we pretty much ran tip-ups. That’s pretty much all we had to go with,” Glasgow began. “Jigging existed, but the jigging rod hadn’t advanced yet.” There was no drag, no systems, no mechanics. The jigging rod basically looked like a fiberglass pole with a plastic spool on the top of it, unlike the traditional jigging rods of today, where it’s mounted on the bottom.

“It was literally a plastic spool.” A fisherman could adjust the bolt on the top to add tension to it. The 24” rods are extremely stiff with one eye on the very end. You can still pick one of these basic rods up for around five dollars.

Many use these rods now for dead-sticking.

As ice fishing evolved, fishermen began to see manufacturers shrinking their rods into what looked like a 24”-36” trout rod with several eyes. The technology slowly started to get better. “Now, we’re using 32”-34” noodle rods, which are typically fiberglass. They’re extremely flexible, ultralight, and ultra sensitive. Rod-wise, we’ve advanced ten-fold.

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Without technology, there’s no clear-cut way of “locating” fish under the ice, aside from knowing their cycle and where the baitfish are hanging out. Set your tip-ups out in an area that you are pretty sure there are going to be fish. Base your decision on what you logged into your ANGLR App last season, by talking to local fishermen, asking at your bait shop, or seeing where other angers have drilled holes.

If you don’t have advanced GPS, you can drop a lead weight into the water clipped onto the end of your hook to see how deep the bottom is.

You can drill 10-20 holes out in a straight line in the center of the lake, checking thickness as you go. If you have a buddy with you, they can follow behind looking for changes with the depth checker, marking changes in depth, creek channels, and evidence of weeds coming up.

Use that information to set the depth on your tip ups. Raise the line off the bottom a foot or so, wherever you want to target, and mark the line with a small split shot so you know what depth to set your bait.

“Running tip-ups is actually sort of exciting,” shares Glasgow. “It’s pretty fun, watching one of those flags pop, and you take off running because you’ve got a bite.”

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Ice Fishing Electronics: Becoming Progressive

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The flasher has become the most common tool that you’ll see on the ice with MarCum and Vexilar being the industry leaders. While they’ve added some sensitivity and LED screens, the technology has been relatively unchanged for decades. Unfortunately, flashers don’t usually come equipped with GPS technology, with the exception of Marcum’s RT-9 package, valued at $1,700.

“In recent years, people have started using small, open water fish finders meant to be mounted on a boat, and they’re adapting them to ice fishing,” says Glasgow. “So, there are two routes you can go: you can either carry a flasher and a handheld GPS with map cards, which can be quite expensive, or you could carry a fish finder with a GPS built in.”

Many people don’t really care to use the fish finder, claiming that the flasher is more accurate, giving more instantaneous feedback. “I, myself, actually carry a Lowrance, made for a boat, that was not meant for ice fishing.”

Lugging all of that a mile or more across the ice, pushing through snow can be a drag.

“We’re always looking for something that’s going to be lightweight, easy access, and easy to store,” he says. The industry really needs a way to be able to market towards the majority of the population that can’t afford to invest in big tech. GPS technology that can look at contours, creek channels, points, humps in the lake, rock bottoms; all of those things can be shown on maps, and we use those things to find our fish throughout the seasons.

Glasgow predicts that fishing apps will begin including more and more of this, often difficult to access, information as time goes on.

A Basic Ice Fishing Setup: What to Take for Your Day on the Ice

If you’re new to the sport of ice fishing and wondering what a basic ice fishing setup looks like, you’re going to want to pay attention!

If it’s been a while since you’ve stepped foot on the ice, you’re going to want to take a peek!

ANGLR got together with Ryan Fox, one of our ANGLR Experts who has plenty of ice time under his belt, and put together the list to end all lists: exactly what you need to gather for a successful day on the ice. We’ve taken the guesswork out of your trip so you can focus on catching your share of perch and crappie.

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Basic Ice Fishing Setup: Comfort is Important

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You’re going to want to keep yourself comfortable, so some sort of popup ice shelter or tent can really come in handy. You can put a small heater inside and head in for a quick warm-up when the wind starts to blow and it gets really cold. You can even drill holes inside the tent and fish inside when the weather outside is less than ideal.

You’ll definitely need to dress warmly, and in layers.

Waterproof, insulated boots and waterproof pants or bibs are essential. Many times, you wind up kneeling on the ice, so you don’t want your knees getting wet. As for the rest of your attire, warm clothes and hand warmers are important. Often times, ice fishing turns into a friendly get together with other anglers, so you’ll want to be sure you’re comfortable when you’re not running around drilling holes. When you’re cold, there’s no possible way to have any fun.

Coffee or a warm beverage of your choice is always helpful to keep you going and warm you up from the inside. It takes a lot to set up for ice fishing, so you’ll want to plan to be there for at least a few hours, if not the whole day. I like to bring cans of soup. When I turn the heater on in the tent, I’ll place the cans on top (with the labels peeled off) so they’re nice and hot when I’m ready for them. Bring anything else you like to snack on: sandwiches, chips, or sodas.

Sunglasses are important, too. When that sun comes out and beats down on that white expanse, it can really hurt your eyes. Make sure you’re protecting them.

Basic Ice Fishing Setup: A Good Sled

You’ll need a sled to haul all your good stuff out on the ice, and lucky for you, they make them specifically for ice fishing. They can be pretty big, but on average, they’re usually about five feet long by three and ½ feet wide with high sides to carry all of your gear. Many of them have built in rod holders, but if they’re not included, you can pack your rods in a five gallon bucket to keep them upright.

Basic Ice Fishing Setup: Ice Auger

You’ll need something to drill your holes with, and you have options. There are many choices from doing the work manually with a hand auger to gas or electric power drills. Check out our top choices for Ice Augers!

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Along the same lines, you’ll need an ice scooper to scoop out the slush that starts to build back up in your hole.

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Basic Ice Fishing Setup: Jigging Rod and Baits

There are two ways to ice fish: using a jigging rod or tip-ups. Most ice anglers find that they use a combination of the two when out on the ice. A jigging rod is essentially a fishing rod downsized to something between two and three feet long.

On my jigging rod, I like to use teardrop jigs. They’re just a small teardrop weight with a hook that comes out. They’re great for your panfish: perch, sunfish, bluegill, and crappie. There are other lures you can use, including a jigging rap.

That’s an ice fishing lure that, when you jig it, it jigs straight up through the water column.

There are fins on the side, so it glides on it’s way back down, looking like a minnow swimming around. They’re typically used for bigger game fish like bass, pike, and pickerel. I also like to use waxworms, mealworms, or spikes (another type of maggot). Small plastics can work, too.

Basic Ice Fishing Setup: Tip-Ups

A tip-up is a device you place over your hole with a live minnow on the end. When the fish bites the minnow and pulls the line, a flag goes up, signaling the bite. That means you can be farther away doing something else, but when you see the flag go up, you can run over to catch the fish.

You’ll be using split shot sinkers and a live bait rig with minnows on your tip-ups.

In Pennsylvania, the limit for one person is five fishing devices while you’re out. So, I’ll drill at least five holes and put up four tip-ups, and jig in the other hole. Usually, I’ll drill an extra five to six holes in different depth zones and use those holes to find the fish. Once I find what depth they’re holding in, I’ll move my tip-ups to that depth zone. I’ll set my tip-ups, then I like to jump around to other holes with my jig until either a tip-up goes off or I start catching fish with the jigs.

Basic Ice Fishing Setup: Map of the Water

You’ll typically want to have a map of the water with you showing you how deep the lake is. I like to look for sharp drops in the contours of the lake. Many times in the winter, you’ll see the fish set up on steep banks or sharp drops like a shoal that comes up in the lake.

Basic Ice Fishing Setup: Electronics

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While not necessary for beginners, many seasoned anglers will use ice fishing electronics like a fishfinder. That’s a portable sonar device with a transducer that hangs down into the hole, sending a signal down to the bottom. It reads that signal and can tell whether or not there are fish in that hole.

Once you find the fish, you can drop your bait down with the jigging rod, and see it go all the way down. You can then watch the fish come up and eat your bait. That’s how you can tell when you’ve got one, if the bites aren’t very tough and the fish aren’t acting very aggressively. At that point, it may be easier to go by sight, rather than feel, taking a lot of the guesswork out of ice fishing and often making it more enjoyable.

The ANGLR App is perfect for logging your trips and it’s easy to use.

I’ll mark my catches using my Bullseye and then go back at the end of the day and see where I’ve been on the map and where I caught fish. While you don’t cover as much water when ice fishing, if you go multiple times and in different spots, you can use the log book to see what you’ve caught in different locations and create a better game plan for your next trip.

Basic Ice Fishing Setup: Safety Gear

Always carry a length of rope that’s around 50 feet with something attached to the end of it that floats. If your partner falls through the ice, you can always throw that rope to them to help pull them out.

There are ice picks you can wear around your neck like a necklace. When you fall through, you can get to the edge of the ice and stab it to pull yourself out.

If you’re not sure whether or not the ice is safe, wear an inflatable life jacket.

Ice cleats are available to strap onto the bottom of your shoes. If there’s no snow cover on top, it makes it easier to get traction to pull the sled. You can also more easily run to your tip-ups when the flag goes up. It makes moving around on the ice easier and safer.

It doesn’t really take much to get yourself set up for a day on the ice, but by being prepared ahead of time, it’ll make your trip run smoothly and hopefully end with a full cooler!

Ice Fishing Technology: The Evolution of Ice Fishing Electronics

The world of open water fishing technology is constantly changing, yet ice fishing technology has remained relatively unchanged until recent years. ANGLR has created a device that is going to change the game for ice fishing electronics.

Ice Fishing Technology: Old School Tactics

When I was first introduced to ice fishing almost 30 years ago, we used a small 1 to 2-ounce lead weight attached to an alligator grip that we called a “depth checker” to check water depth… how about that for a technical name?  

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My uncle, Paul Glasgow, would often make his own clips out of spent 30-06 shell casings filled with lead and an alligator clip melted into the lead. We would attach the clip to a lure or hook and then drop the weight into the lake to determine the depth by measuring the length of line between the weight and the ice. I can’t tell you how many holes I drilled in the ice, going from hole to hole looking for some sort of change in depth – a rock pile, creek channel, or any random depth change – because as we all know, that’s where the fish are.  

Once we found fish, or a sudden change, we would mark our spot with stick, by piling up snow.

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The only other option was to mark the spot by identifying a shoreline feature we could use to find our location again. For several years, this little “bullet depth checker” was the most advanced piece of technology on the ice, not just for me, but for others, as well.

Ice Fishing Technology: The Evolution to Flashers

As I got a little older and more serious about ice fishing, I was introduced to “flashers”.  One of the most popular flashers ever invented was the Vexilar FL-8. The FL-8 was first introduced in the late 1980’s and completely revolutionized the world of ice fishing.

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For the first time, ice anglers could check the depth of the water and see fish in real time.

Shortly after, others followed suit producing variations of both flashers and fish finders. The flasher has remained relatively unchanged for the last twenty years and is still one of the most commonly used electronic devices on the ice.

Ice Fishing Technology: Marking Spots

Before GPS technology, serious ice anglers who were interested in marking their fishing spots would identify markers on shore such as a tree or a telephone pole. If you were lucky, you carried a secondary GPS, often times a handheld device, or if you were crazy enough, figured out how to rig a lawnmower or snowmobile battery to your boat’s fish finder and hauled that out onto the ice.

For a short period of time, I used a handheld GPS along with a Vexilar Fl-8, until I dropped my GPS down a hole.

Within the last few years, only a few fishing electronic companies have added GPS and mapping technology to ice fish finders, but these “extras” cost anywhere from $400 to well over $1,000+ for those features. This cost doesn’t even include the cost of (multiple) map cards.

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Also, the technology is often big and bulky due to the size of battery and isn’t ideal when you’re carrying all of your ice fishing supplies. The entry of ANGLR into the ice fishing market has changed the way we look at GPS and fish mapping technology in a huge way.

Ice Fishing Technology: Changing the Game

ANGLR has invented a device called the Bullseye which is about the size of a quarter and can easily attach to your baseball cap or onto a lanyard worn around your neck. At only $29, the device has a built in battery with a two year life span that doesn’t require charging. The Bullseye pairs to your smartphone via Bluetooth technology and free ANGLR app, and is available for both iPhone and Android, free.

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To set it up, simply launch the app from your phone and hit record, then pair the Bullseye in the app and begin tracking your every move. You can then access your tracking records from an in-app map, but the Bullseye doesn’t stop there. With one simple push of the button on top of the Bullseye, you can mark a fish catch which is instantly logged to the app. Press the button two times and your GPS location is recorded to the map as an editable waypoint. At the end of the day, you review your logs and save your trip for future reference – and this is just part of what ANGLR Bullesye can do.

If you don’t want to carry a second GPS along with your fish finder, or don’t want to spend 100’s of dollars on overpriced fishing technology, ANGLR is for you. ANGLR has taken the bulkiness, the cost, and complication out of fish mapping technology. In fact, we believe in this product so much that you’ll find every single one of our WPA Hardwater staff at our 2019 tournaments using it. We’ll also be teaching our ice anglers how to utilize their ANGLR Bullseye.

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Using Fishing Data to Figure Out Patterns and Trends

At some point in the history of bass fishing, someone had to figure out when bass were going to spawn. They’d see the bass in their beds and before they knew it, they were gone. If they were Northeastern bass, anglers had to wait another year to see the spawn again. So year after year, anglers would have to gather some fishing data.

Where would they keep this fishing data?

In their fishing logbook! They factored in the month, season, water temperature, barometric pressure and even moon phases! If they were using water temperature to determine the spawn, they probably took several readings from ice off until the water reached the low 60’s. With this info they could pinpoint when the bass were going to come out of the deep water and into the shallows to do their mating dance. This trend would help anglers catch big bass every spring.

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We Still Use the Same Fishing Data Today!

It’s 2019 and we still use that same fishing data to figure out when to hit the spawning beds. We also gather all kinds of other fishing data with our technology and eyes to determine how to catch more fish.  

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Things like fish finders, thermometers, video cameras, the ANGLR App and Bullseye to help us gather fishing data to view trends in water systems.  

Every pro angler has a practice period where they can learn whatever new lake they are fishing on. They use this time to find brush piles, rocks, transitions and lay downs. After they scan the lake and place waypoints and other marks, they have a pretty picture of where they need to target fish. If a lake has clear water and lots of rocks, you can bet you’ll find smallmouth hanging around those rock piles. If there are reeds and hydrilla, you’ll probably find largemouth bass waiting to ambush.  

How Do You Use Your Fishing Data?

Once you find the fish, what do you catch them? One of the biggest trends in fishing is homing in on what the fish are biting on any particular day. On one day they might be onto crawfish.  This means that you’ll need to fish the bottom and use soft-plastic colors and jigs that resemble the crawfish that the bass are targeting.

The hot color could be red with black or black and blue. It might even be something even more natural with a greenish color like green pumpkin and black flake. By tracking your catches and fishing data, you will be able to scientifically break down exactly what bait and color the fish were after!

Fishing the different colors will help you determine that particular trend. If they are biting more on black and blue, that’s the trend of the day. What if they aren’t going after craws at all and are feasting on spawning shad? That might mean a topwater or mid-water column bite. That also means you need something flashy that can cover distance. You’ve heard of matching the hatch right?

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Find a crankbait, jerkbait, topwater bait, or swimbait that matches the bait that the bass are keying on.

Bass feed at different times of the day and they tend to target bait in different ways depending on what the bait is. So when the trends change throughout the day, you have to change with them. You might have a heavy topwater bite in the morning, but by late afternoon when it’s sunny, you might be better off with a jig or a punching rig. Again, by tracking your fishing data, you don’t have to guess if this is the case, you can just analyze the data and know for a fact!

So head to your favorite lake or pond and fish it for an entire week. Try different baits, locations and times of the day. Track all of your fishing data in the ANGLR app and then look at the big picture. You’ll find that you’ll become an expert on your own lake and start to catch more fish by analyzing your data!

How the Bullseye Allows For Hands Free Fishing Trip Tracking

Fishermen love to figure out patterns. Well, maybe it’s not so much about the puzzle solving as it is about finding tricks that help you land more fish. 

Figuring out the puzzle requires collecting the pieces – the data – throughout your trips. But that’s not so easy with conventional methods. What if we told you that fishing trip tracking is easier than you’d ever imagine!

What if we told you the ANGLR Bullseye can allow for hands-free tracking of your trips, making putting the pieces together more fun – and prolific?!

Why Other Methods of Fishing Trip Tracking Fail

How many of you have started a journal at home? You know what we’re talking about. That one you planned to return to the moment you returned home from your trips. That logbook you had big plans for. The one you were going to journal every minute little detail about every single trip out on the water so that you could return to it later and discover patterns to your favorite haunts, figuring out the mastery to catching more fish, and bigger fish!

Yeah. That notebook that is still sitting on the shelf collecting dust with a few scribbles from one or two trips.

Not useful.

OK, so now how many of you anglers have tried to use a fishing app on your phone to track your trips? Much better than the old-fashioned method, right? You can click a few buttons, enter in some information manually on your phone. Touch a button on your screen when you make a cast, another time when you land a catch.

It’s way more efficient than trying to remember to write everything down when you get home. Many apps give you the ability to compare trips and data. But it’s still a bit of a PIA to snatch your phone every time you need to mark something. It can interrupt your experience on the water. Not to mention the nasty fishy film of slime left all over your investment.

So where do you go from there?

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Fishing Trip Tracking: As Hands-Free As You Can Get

Imagine if your favorite fishing app had a hands-free version. An exclusive option to pair a unique bluetooth device that allows you to easily and accurately log a mouthful of information with just a simple click of a button.

No mess. No hassle. The most powerful and effortless fishing intelligence in the world.

One weatherproof button that can easily attach anywhere, paired with your phone via bluetooth, is all you need to log waypoints that are editable, so if you want to go back later and add more details, you can! One easy-to-use button that allows you to instantly record anything you could possibly want to review later about your catch.

Aside from taking along an AI robot, it’s as hands-free as you can get!

How the Bullseye Works

The lightweight weatherproof button has a removable sticky backing to stick to anything, or clip it to your hat, your shirt, or an optional lanyard with the included apparel clip. You can attach it anywhere!

Connect it directly to your phone through the free ANGLR App and start a trip through the app.

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Click the Bullseye twice to drop a waypoint that you can later go back and edit. You can instantly record the time, date, and coordinates.

Click the Bullseye once to record your catch. That sounds simple, right? But it doesn’t just record a catch. It instantly diaries everything about that catch that you’ll want to recall later . . . . any time you want to!

Each click of the button records details about the weather:

  • Air temperature
  • Cloud coverage
  • Barometric pressure
  • Wind speed and direction
  • Moon phase

Each click of the button records details about the water right from leading national water data provider partners:

  • Water temperature
  • Gage height and flow

Not to mention the exact GPS location.

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It’s literally that easy! You can go back later and edit through your phone when you have a spare minute, adding photos, information about the tackle you used, and notes about species, weight, and length.

The Bullseye works with the ANGLR App, even when you’ve ventured out far enough to lose cell service. The app will automatically update to your online profile when you return to service. Everything remains automatically private by default, unless you choose to share your trip information with your friends.

The Bullseye’s battery is built to last for two years, so there’s absolutely no charging required! You’ll always be ready to go.

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Once You’re Home

Jump on your ANGLR profile on the website and view everything laid out neatly in front of you. You can replay the trip through the day based on time and activity, and make additional edits or add details. You have the ability to keep things private, or choose to share a link with a trusted buddy, or make it public if you desire.

Go back months or years later to discover patterns to your catches so you’ll be more successful your next trip back!

Nothing on the water is as easy as ANGLR Bullseye!

5 Things To Do In the Fishing Offseason

For some, there is no fishing offseason! Those lucky enough to live down south find themselves on the water through all times of the year. We know many avid anglers that find ways to chase their favorite catches through the ice. Some elect to pick a new species to go after in the winter months because they just can’t bring themselves to put the rod down.

But for many, the onset of winter means a forced lull in the action; a time when it’s just not possible to get out on the water and chase ‘em down.

So just what do fishermen do in the offseason?

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Learn as Much as Possible in the Fishing Offseason

If you’re going to be holed up somewhere, snowed in and iced over, you may as well make the best of it. Cozy up to the fireplace if you have one, (pretend, if you don’t) and dig into some good learning opportunities.

While we all pride ourselves on our vast knowledge, we’re humble enough to know that we just don’t know it all. There is always something that you can learn from everyone and every situation, even if it’s learning how not to do something. Keeping an open mind is how we grow, both as humans, and as anglers.

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With literally thousands of opportunities to explore videos, blogs, articles, books, magazines, podcasts, web forums, and more, there’s no excuse for not having enough to occupy your time and increase your knowledge base.

Not sure where to start? We’ve already compiled some of the best forums, videos, and experts to follow. That’s not even mentioning our entire giant library of Fishing Intelligence Podcasts and Fishing Intelligence Articles! All of that, in addition to our exclusive Bass Fishing Resource Center, and you’ve got all you need to keep that knowledge base growing through the stark winter season.

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Fishing Offseason: Organize and Maintainence

You have a break. No stress of having to get to tournaments. The urge to get out on the water is lessening as the feel of the blistering cold moves in. Take this time to slow down and give some TLC to your gear and equipment.

Winterizing your boat is a must to ensure it makes it through the season without any additional problems cropping up come springtime. You’ll want to completely clean and wax it, drain all water from the engine and lower unit. Winterize your engine by topping off the fuel tank, changing the lower unit oil, and adding marine fuel stabilizer. Make sure you run it for a few minutes to let the stabilizer get through the whole system. Hook your batteries up to a battery maintainer. If they’re likely to freeze, store them in a warm, dry place inside.

This is the perfect time to organize all of your tackle. You’ll thank yourself come tournament time!

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Start by getting rid of things that you don’t use. That may be a painful prospect, but you can do it! If you’ve been hoarding something for a “just in case” situation, but haven’t thrown it in years, get rid of it! Gift it. Sell it. Throw it away. Whatever it takes. Have a funeral if it makes you feel better.

Everything should have a place, and you should know right where to find things at a moment’s notice on your boat. Make-up for all those times you tossed a bait into a box, couldn’t find it later so you bought a new one, and added to an already overcrowded, unorganized tackle box. Find a system that will work for you. Storage bins, boxes, or bags with labels can work wonders for your efficiency come push or shove out on the water.

Once you’ve got things under control, take inventory with your ANGLR App’s Tackle section.

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Plan Your Next Trip During the Fishing Offseason

Now that you have some time to sit down and think, go through the next season’s calendar now instead of waiting until the week of the first derby. Take some notes on fishing reports and tournament results. Grab your phone and start plugging your proposed waypoints into the ANGLR App.

Decide where you’ll head out to start practicing once the weather opens up a bit. Come up with your game plan now, so you’ll be more than ready to strike when the season opens.

Practice Makes Perfect

Even if you think you were pretty spot-on last year, there’s always room for improvement. Stop and think about how many of your pitches and casts hit the target – and how many didn’t. Getting in some target practice during the offseason is easier than you think. You can set up a practice area in your basement or garage by setting out cups and bowls around the area- beside, under, and close to objects. Come spring, you’ll be happy you did.

Here’s a fun challenge for you:

Teach yourself to pitch left-handed. You’ve got plenty of time. Think how much more efficient you’ll be if you don’t have to switch hands when your jig hits the water. You’ll be able to feel that many more strikes, which equals more fish being caught.

Use the Fishing Offseason Free Time to Exercise!

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Doing even just a little bit of physical exercise can make all the difference in the world during your first few derbies. Think back to last year and how tired you were halfway through the day. You still had hours to go before weigh-in, and all you wanted to do was crawl back into bed.

We all tend to just simply melt into the couch when the winds are blustering outside and the temperatures are ridiculously cold, but don’t give in to the temptation. Get yourself up and go for a walk. Do a few simple exercises and stretches on your living room floor. Go to the gym like you’ve been thinking about. You’ll thank yourself during the season next year!