Fishing has always been both a popular pastime and profession. However, when such an activity depends so much upon chance, you truly have to do your best to interpret the current conditions and strike while the fish are (most likely) biting. FishNotes (by Jimmy Houston) by FishNotes, LLC promises users an application that helps track their progress and successes, weather conditions, and when and where the fish are biting, all in one place.
To start, users must create a new account (or login if they have previously made an account). Enter basic information, such as your name and email address, creating a user account with password for login purposes. This account will then allow you to access all the perks FishNotes has to offer, as well as connect with other users. Once you’ve gained access, you can begin recording a plethora of data that will hopefully help improve your fishing success, saving you money in the process.
Then, dive into FishNotes as you write your own fishing reports and share them with other local fishermen, upload your own photos and videos to share via YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, and monitor the forecast so you know the best days for heading out on the water. With complete solunar tables, users will be able to predict which days are best for fishing, while monitoring the five-day fish feeding forecast and moon phases, designed to work with even the worst cell signal. Track your FishNotes by those recently caught, where you’ve caught them, and even by the type of bait used. And best of all, users can backup all of their notes online, which can be restored at any time if your data is somehow lost.
FishNotes claims to provide users with an all-in-one application that would otherwise cost users over $60 in other applications if they were to attempt to recreate the same benefits that FishNotes offers. And, after browsing through other fishing-related applications listed in the App Store, they do certainly appear to off the most comprehensive application of its kind at the moment. Of course, for those who simply fish casually, FishNotes’ price tag may be a tad steep for you. In fact, you will have to be well versed in fishing lingo and other such information in order for the application to make some sense. However, for those who fish with intent – perhaps as their livelihood, or competitively – FishNotes could very well become a great companion that helps you enhance your skills.
FishNotes [iTunes Link] requires iPhone OS 4.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.