Whether you’re a tournament angler who’s hoping for a leg up on the competition or a weekend warrior who likes to throw a line in with family and friends, the latest advancements in fishing technology can help you up your angling game. Check out the following five gadgets, which will help you better prepare for your fishing trips, find the fish easily and document your adventures on the water.
Magellan eXplorist 510 PRO Angler Edition GPS
This hand-held GPS unit is useful for shore anglers who don’t have the benefit of gathering waterway information from a mounted GPS unit on a boat. You can view data on the physical and biological makeup of over 4,000 waterways, including detailed shorelines and depth contours, to find the best fishing spots. The eXplorist 510 PRO contains a 3.5 megapixel camera for snapping photos of your catches and comes with an integrated microphone feature for recording vocal fishing logs after each trip. Purchase it directly from Magellan.
Deeper Smart Fishfinder
The Deeper Fishfinder will help anglers of all experience levels find fish by using Bluetooth technology to relay sonar images to a smartphone from up to 150 feet away. This wireless device is only 2.6 inches in diameter and can be stored right inside your tackle box. Cast it out from a kayak, dock or shoreline to find the location of fish, depth, water temperature and bottom contour. The Deeper Fishfinder is compatible with iOS and Android devices.
Insight Genesis Custom Mapping Tool
Insight Genesis is a new mapping technology that will help ensure that you never miss a productive fishing opportunity due to an out-dated chart. With Insight Genesis you can create your own depth charts to locate structure, vegetation and bottom contour transitions. Just upload your sonar logs to the Insight Genesis cloud, which automatically creates a custom map of your data. As long as you have a supported Lowrance, SIMRAD or B&G device, you can sign up online for the free-version or upgrade to the premium version for $99. The premium version offers unlimited map loading and the ability to keep your custom maps private.
Minn Kota Ulterra Freshwater Trolling Motor
Say goodbye to the leaning and lifting that is involved with the manual deployment of trolling motors. The Ulterra state-of-the-art automatic stow and deploy technology sets this freshwater trolling motor apart from the competition. All models come pre-installed with your choice of either the i-Pilot or i-Pilot Link remote control and can be purchased from your local Minn Kota dealer.
You can capture every important moment of your fish-fighting experience from a bird’s eye view in high-definition with the Lily Camera. Lily takes both photo and video footage from the air while following your movements through GPS and a tracking device that is strapped onto your wrist. There is no remote control needed. At just 3 inches high and 10 inches across, Lily is easy to stow inside a backpack, so you’ll always have it ready when the bite turns on. Lily is available for pre-order online.