For every story of a friend hauling in a monster fish, there are dozens more without a bite on the line. Relaxing as time out on the water is, for most guys, it’s a goal-oriented sport, and finding the fish is the key to that success. “These apps, when I’m in a slump, allow me to go check out another area that’s maybe 50 to 200 miles away from me where someone else had success,” says David Osborne, a Virginia-based fishing guide.“Anglers, especially us pros who think we know everything about it, get stuck in patterns. Fishing — it’s not like that, it’s seasonal.” Some apps cover the basics — identifying fish and what a keeper is, according to state laws — while others help spread the news about the ever-changing location of the honey holes. Here are five of our favorites.
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