Summer fishing season is getting into full swing locally and around the country. Whether you're angling for blues, porgies and fluke from Long Island waters or something bigger and meaner from other parts of the country, these apps can help you reel in the catch of the day.
At its best, fishing can be a peaceful, relaxing experience. But there's no reason you can't shout out your feelings of solitude to everyone on the Internet. MyCatch is kind of a social network for anglers, allowing you to share information about your day on the water and your catches. Think your fish is the biggest? A MyCatch Leaderboard compares your day's catch with anglers around the world. And, of course, you can upload selfies of you and your finny friends directly to Facebook.
Fishing Knots Lite
The early bird catches the worm, but then what do you with it? Getting it on the hook is only half the job. Getting the hook properly attached to your line can make a big difference. This app has lessons on how to tie scores of different knots depending on what you are fishing for and the equipment you are using. iOS users can check out Knot Guide ($1.99).
NY Fishing, Hunting & Wildlife
(iOS, Android; free)
This official app from the state Department of Environmental Conservation has information and maps to help you find fishing spots on Long Island and throughout New York. The app's "nearest me" function uses your device's GPS to find nearby lakes and ponds. There are also sections that cover state fishing regulations and license and permit information. The maps can be downloaded to your device so you don't need an Internet connection to access them.
Fishing Spots: Angling Map & Trip Weather
If you're straying to unfamiliar waters this summer, this app can help you plan your trip and tell you where the fish are biting at thousands of spots around the country. The app also has weather information at your destination. An in-app purchase of $2.99 gives you access to several "pro" features, including best fishing times and tide charts.
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