The FishFinder App was developed for anglers to use while out in the field (or water). The apps basic framework relies on your units built in GPS and Google earth. The app also comes loaded with other tools that every angler relies on.
When first fired up, the app will locate your position on earth. As you move, the app will track your position. Any time you want to save the current location just hit the "mark spot" button. The app will save the Lat. Lon. As well as the date, time, barometric pressure, moon phase and current weather condition. Then the user has the option to take a picture, enter the depth, choose the icon color, choose who if anyone you would like to share the spot with and enter personal notes about the spot. All of this info is automatically saved in the Log.
The FishFinder app has a species data base loaded with hundreds of the most common game fish. If you don't find the fish you caught, you can input it yourself.
The share feature has four settings. Nobody, Individuals, All my friends and Everybody. Selecting "Nobody" will keep that spot or fish you tagged exclusive to your device only. Choosing "Individuals" let's you pick people from your friends list to share that spot or fish with. Choosing "All my friends" sends that information to all the people on your friends list (this is vary useful for charter captains and Guides that are friendly with each other because they can send info about fish locations discreetly) Finally selecting "Everybody" shares the spot or tagged fish with
everyone that owns this app! At any time you can change the share designation and the change will take placed in real time.
Selecting anonymity at start up does not
hide you from
people if you share
your spots, It just hides your user name
The time filter feature was designed to keep track of the movements of fish during a specific period of time. The angler can look back two days, a week, a month or leave the setting on "All" to see every thing that you or anyone else has saved since you have owned the app. This feature is very usefull for following the movements of pelagic fish or the seasonal movement of bottom fish.
When a quality fish has been caught hit the "Tag Fish" button. Use the camera to take a picture of the fish then choose the species, input the depth and any other information you would like to save about the catch then choose the colur that you want the icon to be. Ideally, choose a colur for all fish of the same species, that way you know at a glance where you have cought certain species. Finally choose who you would like to share your catch with. All this information will be saved in the log along with the location, moon phase, barometric pressure, wind speed and direction, time and date.
When you have located a spot that holds fish (a wreck, reef, point, etc.) hit the "Mark spot" button and that spot will be saved. Take a picture choose the color and enter the depth if you desire. All the information will be saved in the Log and an Icon will appear on the map. The mark spot and tag fish buttons are very similar but the "tag fish" will leave afish icon wile the "mark spot" button will leave a spot icon.
The log feature is extremely important. The log automatically saves all the information about spots and fish forever! Making it easy to look back over the years to see where and when you caught fish, and under witch conditions. It also allows you to enter your own custom information and saves any pictures of fish you took.
The idea behind this app, people sharing information about fishing spots with each other, was hard to imagine at first. Being a life long fisherman I know how hard it is to get legitimate information out of other fisherman (I was a master of disception for most of my life). So I know some people will be hesitant about sharing, and that's fine, they can still take advantage of all the other peoples spots wile keeping all their spots to themselfes. But the more you share the stronger this app will become. There is a lot of public domain that has already been imputed into this app with more accumulating every day.