The Best Fishing Apps [REVIEWED]

1. FishBrain App

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  • APP NAME: FishBrain Fishing
  • REVIEWED VERSION: Android 5.11
  • DEVELOPER: Visit Website
  • PLATFORMS: iOS, Android.
  • PRICE: Freemium and Premium ($5.99 per month though in-app purchases).
About FishBrain Fishing App

It seems that every hobby these days has an over-saturation of apps for it. The same is true when it comes to fishing apps. Most of the time these apps don’t do much of anything that is really useful. Every once in a while though there is a fishing app that will surprise me with just how well it works and how much it can enhance your fishing experience. Such is the case with a newer fishing app called ‘FishBrain’. It is the latest must have smartphone or smart tablet app for those that like to fish.

⇒ How does FishBrain enhance your fishing experience? Let’s just say you will be amazed with all this simple to use fishing app can do for you. You can simply use it as a convenient way to record your catches or you can take that a big step further and become a part of the FishBrain online community. That is one of the great things about this app. It lets you become as big or as small a part of the FishBrain experience as you so desire.

Let’s take a closer look at how the FishBrain will help you greatly expand the fishing world that you currently live in.

2. Fishing Knots Lite App

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About Fishing Knots Lite App

You probably have a few winning knots that are part of your fishing tool kit. If I had to guess, you have something to tie a lure to your line. You may have a knot that also ties a leader to a line, as well. Distinct types of fishing call for several types of knots. When I am hauling in giant river catfish upwards of 40lbs, I use a snelled hook. When I am flinging lures for smallmouth, I use an improved clinch knot.

As fishermen, we always want to know more. It’s usually time or money that negatively affect that goal. For years, I contemplated learning new knots but there was just not enough time and I was using effective knots already. That is, until I downloaded fishing knots lite.

⇒ If you are truly looking to expand your knowledge and technique you should learn more about knots. There are knots like a dropper loop and alpine butterfly that will allow you to drop shot baits into just the right spot. We learn about gear and we learn about baits but fisherman so rarely take the time to try new knots.

3. Bass Pro Shops App

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About Bass Pro Shops App

Bass Pro Shops has set itself apart as the go to location for all tings fishing. With the recent acquisition of Cabela’s, Bass Pro Shops has become the hands down leader in supplying all the gear you could possibly need. As a fisherman and outdoors man, I love that I can go to one place and get what I need.

I was equally excited to learn that Bass Pro Shops had an app for my smartphone. If you are anything like me, you are always curious about what new gear is out there that you can add to your bag. I was hoping I would be able to use the app to find new toys when inspiration strikes.

Unfortunately, ♦ Bass Pro Shops is in the process of retooling their app and online store. After I installed the app, I was all set to start hunting for the gadgets my wife swears that I don’t need, but discovered that all shopping was routed to BassPro.com.

⇒ The app is still worth getting your hands on, though, especially if your credit card statement routinely lists triple digits sliding toward Bass Pro Shops. You may be wondering, “how?” Well my friend, the app’s current function is housing all of the information for your Outdoor Rewards.

4. Fish Rules App

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About Fish Rules App

I love being able to fish, but I am terrible at fish identification. Knowing the difference between a greater and lesser amberjack, or all the different types of tuna swimming around the vast blue ocean is extremely confusing.

Not to mention, the stiff penalties associated with making the tiniest mistake. I feel like I have to take a course at the local college just to be able to fish without fear of the game warden. Sure, you can buy a fish ID book, or get all the regulations from the local office and online, but then I spend my whole fishing day trying to identify if the fish I finally caught is a legal species. Then I have to account for how to measure each species, legal size minimums and maximums, and how to store the darn things.

I’m not a sport fisherman, I fish for fun and for food. Nothing quite like conquering your meal before you eat it, right? So, I don’t go out looking for a specific fish. If I did I probably wouldn’t have this problem. Fortunately, I came across an app that solved my problems and concerns. ♦ The Fish Rules app, while not perfect, has helped me relax more every time I put reel to water.

5. Fishing & Hunting Solunar Time App

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  • APP NAME: Fishing & Hunting Solunar Time
  • REVIEWED VERSION: Android x.x
  • DEVELOPER: Visit Website
  • PLATFORMS: iOS, Android.
  • PRICE: Freemium and offers in-app purchases
About Fishing & Hunting Solunar Time App

We are all looking to maximize our time on the water. This is no surprise to anyone reading. The app we are looking at today uses all of the available environmental tools to help you deduce the very best days and times for your next outing.

A basic forecasting tool Fishing and Hunting Solunar Time is an app with a lot of potential to help the average outdoorsman. This app has pulled lots of important data into one location to keep you from jumping around to find things like tides, temps and sunrise/sunset. This collection of data can be manipulated by location as well.

This data is all built into a very pleasing and easy to use interface. I find it to be a familiar app to use. The best word I can come up with is familiar because though ♦ it offers a unique set of data all in one place the use of the app feels and looks very familiar.

6. Pro Angler App

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  • APP NAME: Pro Angler
  • REVIEWED VERSION: Android 1.6.6
  • DEVELOPER: Visit Website
  • PLATFORMS: iOS, Android.
  • PRICE: Freemium and offers in-app purchases
About Pro Angler App

There are many words that can be said about the Pro Angler app. ♦ What I must say is WOW! If you are a fisherman who prefers the ‘salt life’ or spends a lot of time on the coasts and fishing those deep blue seas, you will be blown away by the capability of this app. I have never seen anything like this and I am wondering why it has taken so long for something like this to surface.

Pro Angler is so thick with information it’s incredible. I have a tough time understanding who could put this app together. Whether it’s the complete list of coastal cities and even Guatemala that this app offers information on or the fact that you can drill down into the app and learn more than you can imagine, the app is a one stop shop for all your saltwater fishing needs in America.

⇒ There are even more options within the app for those who decided to pay. The app comes to life with real time reports and charts if you pay $4.99 per month. The app is full of information but it becomes a bit more tailored to you and to the season in the paid version.

FishBrain App Review

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Who will benefit from this app?

Basically ⊗ every angler, no matter how much fishing experience they have will find this app useful ⊗. It will add a little something extra to your fishing experience that will help make it much more enjoyable. After all, any hobby like fishing is about enjoying your time while doing it and FishBrain will help take your love and enjoyment of fishing to a whole new level.

Main Features of FishBrain App

FishBrain is quickly becoming one of the largest and most popular community-based fishing Apps. It now has a following that includes thousands of active anglers sharing very helpful info about their catches and various other fish related findings on a daily basis. If you are a fisherman and enthusiastic angler, this unique new fishing app will allow you to:

⇒ Track Your Catches:

What’s better than being able to log your latest catch literally seconds after you have it on your boat. FishBrain gives you the ability to record and track your catches including the ability to note the fish’s weight, length, method used to catch it, catch picture and more. Once you log in your data, you can then use the app to display charts of your catches, check your progress and see when you are really killing it.

⇒ Connect with Other Anglers:

The world is one big online community these days and it’s no different when it comes to fishing. FishBrain allows you to be a big part of that without going through much effort at all. It enables you to easily get in touch with thousands of anglers that share your common fishing goals and interests.  FishBrain not only allows you to follow specific species of fish that you like to catch and play solo but it also allows you to connect with other anglers in your local area to share fishing information and to see who is the best. Literally, it’s the new Facebook for anglers! You can post your favorite fishing moments, join fishing discussions, and follow anglers or any specific fish species being caught or the methods used by FishBrain community members to catch them.

⇒ Get info on Fishing Hotspots:

Just like for any wireless hotspot, quality access points are a premium service on FishBrain that require a security key to connect to. In order to see such things as the closest fly fishing bass hotspot, you will need to load your electronic wallet and then pay a monthly subscription fee of 5.99 USD.

Mobile UX Review

Splash Screen, Tips & On-boarding
Our Rating 50%
Home screen & Navigation
Our Rating 80%
Sign-up, Sign-in & Permissions
Our Rating 60%
Content & Design
Our Rating 80%
Usability Hygiene
Our Rating 80%

Rating: 3/5

  • The app appears to load quickly but miss the load progress the first time.
  • The on-boarding sequence includes several steps and mixes different goals (premium account and creating first catch).
  • Splash screen is consistent with the brand.

Rating: 4/5

  • Home screen provides users (anglers) with the journey and functionality to complete their priority feature (adding catches), and provides content that meets their expectations.
  • Primary navigation and content (fishing news) is visible.
  • Off-line content is not supported.
  • Provides an infinitely scrolling on the home screen but in some cases dead-ends when selecting a single post.
  • User settings are not easily accessible.

Rating: 3/5

  • User sign-up for the app is quick but the benefit statements are not compelling.
  • User has multiple sign-up options.
  • Doesn’t provide non-signed-in journey.
  • Doesn’t perform email and phone verification.

Rating: 4/5

  • Content is used instead of a traditional home screen to engage users immediately.
  • User can discover new content via an Infinite stream (scrolling with no dead-ends in some cases).
  • Visual design engages and enhances the user experience.

Rating: 4/5

  • Content is not accessible when user has no internet connection.
  • Primary call-to-action buttons (add catch and moment) are persistently visible.
  • Do not ask users to rate app too soon after downloading it.

What I Liked The Most?

♣ People Discovery: 

The Discovery feature acts much like the search tool on a social media app such as Facebook. It will allow you to contact and stay in touch with fishermen that you know, follow some of the better anglers that use the app and join groups of FishBrain users who have common fishing interests with you. You can even pick and choose the settings of this feature that you want to use at the current time. An example of this is on those days you just want to be alone with your own thoughts, you can conveniently show yourself as being offline. So you get to pick how social you want to be on any day you are using the app while out fishing.

♣ News Feed: 

The news feed helps users to quickly get familiar with the application from the first time they use it. It also offers a quick access to the ‘Track Catches’ functionality which is one of the core features of the application. Also, I liked the small species pictures on the bottom-right side of the application which allow anglers to navigate easily to related posts within the same species category.

I believe that the news feed could be better organized by being split into several tabs or filtered based on relevant criteria (Newest, Most trendy, Relevant to You…) to promote navigability and offer a better user experience.

♣ Map Discovery:

The Map feature perfectly fulfills the core feature of the FishBrain App which is to provide anglers with a means to record their real life catches and then plot their exact location on map. It provides useful fishing information related to the area being displayed on the map such as news of the recent catches, the current weather forecast and the different fish species being caught in the area on the current day. To get access to the type of baits that people are having success with on a given day once again requires a premium subscription plan. FishBrain does a great job when it comes to promoting their paid services without annoying the user and taking away the joy of using the app.

What I Liked The Least?

Θ Log a Catch: 

The “Log Catch” functions a few too many steps to be completed. It operates by taking you through a wizard which requires you to perform up to 10 manual actions to complete the whole operation of logging only one single catch. This makes it a critical issue given that this is a core feature of the application. In addition to this fact, the visual display design is not one that is very appealing to the user in most cases. I understand that at this point FishBrain App is trying to get the most relevant data about the anglers’ catches to populate the application with more useful information and makes it engaging with rich content.

Θ Sign up and on-boarding:

The application walks the user through the regular registration methods (via Email or Social media accounts) which is totally understandable. However, I deem that it might be better if the application gives a user the ability to continue as a guest. That way they can sample the app and assess its value before committing to register for its use. Also, the application doesn’t require any email or phone verification which allows malicious users to introduce fake data.

The on-boarding sequence is well-designed from the user experience perspective. It allows users to skip the steps of registering for a premium account and get right to logging their first catch. Even though I feel that mixing 2 separate goals in the same on-boarding sequence is not a good practice. Moreover, it’s safe to say that it’s less likely that anglers would go for a premium account or log a catch before using the app and getting familiar with it.

Θ Application Header: 

I believe that there is a bit of confusion over this part of the app. The application header mixes up different types of functions with different levels of importance and usage. Showing these all at the same level is just not a good idea. Things such as the discover feature could easily be moved to the setting section since this feature is intended to only be lightly used by most app users.

Also, the fishing forecast functionality could be retired from the header and still be nicely accessible if kept only in the Mapbox section (in the bottom of the map). This would make this feature more dynamic by giving the weather forecast based only on the visible map section which is set by default to each user’s location.

One final thing to note, I think the FishBrain App could have taken better advantage of the menu tab (in place of the logo). This would help a user to better access only those features they were interested in and at the same time keep the header less cluttered as a user conducts their search.

My Final Take

I hope you can now understand why this app jumped out at me once I first discovered it. It’s truly different than any fishing app I have ever come across. People who fish are like a brotherhood and FishBrain allows you to share your fishing experiences with this brotherhood more than any other fishing app. The social side of it will truly give you a unique fishing experience when using it.

The beauty of FishBrain does not start and stop with the online community aspect of it either. It is a handy way to chart and ♦ keep track of an abundance of your fishing days and see how successful you were on each one. You can use it to do such things as see patterns on certain fishing days that led you to be wildly successful and then use that to your advantage the next time you go out on the water. The things you can do regarding fishing with this app are pretty much only limited by your own imagination.

I personally have chosen to make this app a part of every one of my fishing days. When I am on the water on the same day as my faraway friends this app makes me feel more like we are in the same boat together as we share our day’s fishing experiences. Without a doubt, ♦ I feel this is a must have app for any angler that wants to experience even more enjoyment when they are out for a fun and relaxing day of fishing.

Fishing Knots Lite App Review

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Who will benefit from this app?

Any fisherman who has been looking for a  resource to take out on the water, will find this app to be just that. They will be able to look at knot instruction and put that instruction to work all in one shot. Whether you are fishing the deep blue sea for Mako sharks or small streams for native trout Fishing Knots Lite will offer some benefits.

This could also be a great app to have on hand for the  ⊗ average camper, survivalist, prepper or outdoor enthusiast  . Though these knots are labeled as fishing knots they could have many other uses as well. As far as consumers are concerned, I think this app could find a great audience with preppers in their quest to prepare for disaster.

Main Features of Fishing Knots Lite App

Fishing Knots Lite is a very straight forward application. It is a small download that won’t take up much of your phone’s storage at all. After downloading, you are looking at a very simple interface that offers 13 different sections. These sections are based off the types of knots that are included in each section. 

♠ EXAMPLE: Knots exclusive to bringing two different lengths of line together, like a blood knot will be one section.
Each of the 13 sections can be drilled down by pressing on the desired section. Once inside each section you will see a collection of knots to meet your needs. A smaller interface features each knot. This interface also includes a video that will show the knots being made. Some videos are pulled directly from YouTube. Others will include a step by step video of pictures.

The interface also offers a picture of the knot that is in progress as well as a few symbols that offer information about its recommended use. There is a recommendation for monofilament and/or braid as well as something about the weight capacity.

 

Mobile UX Review

Splash Screen, Tips & On-boarding
Our Rating 50%
Home screen & Navigation
Our Rating 80%
Sign-up, Sign-in & Permissions
Not implemented
Content & Design
Our Rating 60%
Usability Hygiene
Our Rating 60%

Rating: 2.5/5

  • Splash screen missing, te App gets you directly to the homepage. We believe that in this case the splash screen is not an absolute necessity but it would be useful to communicate the essence of the App.
  • No roadblocks to usage and adoption through a not-necessary on-boarding sequence.
  • The app loads instantly.

Rating: 4/5

  • Home screen provides users with the journey and functionality to complete their priority feature.
  • Primary navigation and content are visible.
  • User settings are easily accessible.
  • Content is used instead of a traditional home screen to engage users immediately.

"Not implemented".

⇒ The fact that the sign-up feature is not implemented doesn't necessarily affect the rating in a bad or positive way. Here, we simply can't review this feature based on the fact that it's a missing feature since we can't know in advance its essence and goal from the user experience perspective. However, in some cases, the decision of not implementing a feature (such as an on-boarding sequence) could be considered as a good practice.

Rating: 3/5

  • User can't discover new content via an Infinite stream. Some knots categories have only 1 knot in the list which display the screen with big empty spaces.  
  • Visual design engages and enhances the user experience.

Rating: 4/5

  • Content is accessible when user has no internet connection.
  • Primary call-to-action buttons (add catch and moment) are persistently visible.
  • Do not ask users to rate app too soon after downloading it.

What I Liked The Most?

Fishing Knots Lite is all about convenience and navigation. As I mentioned earlier, it is not a very complicated app. There aren’t any options or upgrades you can make to the app outside of spending some money to get rid of small ads that are at the bottom of the page. Honestly, I hardly noticed the adds. They do pop up full page sometimes but that’s after you look at a few knots.

♣ Simplicity overall:

Where this app shines is in its simplicity. Whether you know what you are looking for or not, the simple pictures make it easy to find. Having experience with knots, I think I could tie most of the knots off the simple picture provided. The video is always a great option to have.

♣ Videos to tie knots 

Regarding video, I really liked the idea of how they present each knot. They first show how to tie the knot on a larger piece of orange rope and a large metal eye. This is not to be used for fishing, but the example offers a magnificent view of how the knot comes together. From here, they grab a larger 00 hooks and make the knot using a small length of line. They even go down one step smaller, after that. So, in total you get to see the knot tied three times on three materials. This really helps in learning just how to do it right.

♣ Simple picture research:

My other favorite feature of this app was the simple picture search. If you are a hardcore fisherman looking for a new knot that will add strength to your rig, you will easily navigate the many types of knots. Conversely, if you are new to fishing and are not sure what you need, there are simple pictures of hooks with knots on them or lures with knots on them. When these sections are opened, you find multiple ways to accomplish that goal.

Mobility:

Most importantly Fishing Knots Lite offers pictures for each knot so even if you are fishing the Rockies, you will be able to use this app. You do not need the videos to be successful. I also love the mobility, in that, you can work these knots on the water. The old way of learning knots required that you bring fishing line into your home and read out of a book.

⇒ It’s a must have for fisherman and outdoorsman alike. Like I said, preppers and survivalists would really be into this app as well.

What I Liked The Least?

There is certainly more good than bad when it comes to Fishing Knots Lite. There is room for improvement and little tweaks in this app. For the most part, you are dealing with a simple app that could use a little more explanation in certain areas.

Θ Interface is not explained:

My biggest qualm with the app is that the interface is not explained at all. Once you have selected a section of knots, each one included in that section has a set of five symbols. The symbols are similar to the legend on a map. Unfortunately, there is nothing to explain what these five symbols are. The video symbol is simple enough because you can click on it. There is one for mono-filament and one for braid if you look closely. The other two, one being a percentage and one being a weight in KG are completely unexplained.

Θ Info Redundancy:

You also see the same knots show up in several sections of the app. I am not saying this is entirely a dreadful thing but it has a weird feel to it. From the casual user’s point of view, it seems like they were fluffing up the app to appear as though it offers more than it really does.

⇒ I would also like to see Fishing Knots Lite offer a few simple additions to the app. Maybe some information about lines. For true beginners, they will struggle to understand the difference between braid or mono-filament. These are important concepts that a fisherman should understand.

My Final Take

Fishing Knots Light is a very useful app. The collection of knots and instructions for each knot make it something that could only be replicated by carrying a book around. This is just not practical. It also ♦ allows you to practice these knots and use them immediately without having to learn each and memorize the steps.

The app could stand to focus a little more on details. I would appreciate being able to understand all aspects of the application. It would also benefit on some basic explanation of fishing line types and uses. These little tweaks would make Fishing Knots Lite the best at what it does.

The app would offer any fisherman a great resource on the water and its size won’t bother storage space at all. You don’t have to sacrifice for this app and that is always important.

Bass Pro Shops App Review

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Who will benefit from this app?

If you are like me and you want to make sure every purchase ⊗ you make gives you something in return, ⊗ and you like that your favorite store says thank you for shopping with them. This app is for you. I don’t know if Bass Pro is the greatest place to buy in the world, but I like their selection and the fact that I can track what I buy from them through the rewards app.

Main Features of Bass Pro Shops App

Because the app is pretty bare bones right now, the functions are really simple. Me, I like simple. After signing in and connecting the app, you have one page in front of you that is easier to navigate than a town with only one street.

⇒ The face of the app includes my name, rewards ID, and a scanable barcode that makes collecting points in store a breeze. This also helps to make sure that I can always lose my points and not have to carry around another card. With all my trout trophy pictures, my wallet is fat enough as it is. If you do like the plastic card feel, you can easily order a card with two touches of the fingertip.

⇒ On the app, you can easily view your current points balance, and view your points’ history. Being an outdoor junkie can mean spending a lot of dough, and the rewards program is there to give some of the back. Having access to the history means that I can make sure I get all the credit coming to me.

⇒ Speaking of credit, I don’t do this often, but once in a while I forget my card, or a family member buys me something from Bass Pro without using my rewards card. Thanks to the app, ♣ I can take any receipt and input the purchase information. Boom, instant credit. ♣ I never miss a purchase, and never miss a reward. Which is good, and bad, because it gives me incentive to buy more.

 

Mobile UX Review

Splash Screen, Tips & On-boarding
Our Rating 60%
Home screen & Navigation
Our Rating 50%
Sign-up, Sign-in & Permissions
Our Rating 50%
Content & Design
Our Rating 50%
Usability Hygiene
Our Rating 40%

Rating: 3/5

  • The app appears to load quickly but miss the load progress the first time.
  • On-boarding sequence is not used which could be considered as a good practice since the App is about an online shop.
  • Splash screen is consistent with the brand and communicate its essence.

Rating: 2.5/5

  • The home screen doesn't provide the user with journey(s) and functionality to complete their priority tasks, and content that meets their needs and expectations.
  • After signing in, the home screen appears with a link to enroll for the rewards program which is totally unexpected at this stage.

Rating: 2.5/5

  • The App direct the user to the website to complete his sign up. This is considered as a bad mobile UX.
  • Registration requires multiple user date to be completed, this is a road-block to adoption. The App could capture the bulk of user data during their first checkout.
  • User can select to reveal or hide password as they type, during sign-up or sign-in.
  • Return-user is persistently signed-in to their App.

Rating: 2.5/5

  • Visual design engages and enhances the user experience.
  • Most of content is provided by the website and not by the App.

Rating: 2/5

  • The App takes users very often to the browser (BassPro.com website) to accomplish their journey.
  • The App is buggy sometimes. 

What I Liked The Most?

♣ Simplicity:

I really love how simple the whole app is. From signing in to tracking my rewards history, I never have to perform more than three actions to accomplish anything in the Bass Pro Shops app. The simplicity extends to a very fast experience while using the app. I don’t have a long wait time to record purchase receipts, or make sure I am getting all my rewards.

♣ Log-in:

Speaking of signing in, the app has a little feature that I found enormously helpful on the log-in screen that allows me to view my password as I type it. The problem with smart phones and touch screens is that it can be difficult to make sure I’m hitting the key I want to hit. Thanks to this handy feature I can view the password as I type it, and not get stuck in a loop of “incorrect password” errors, with no idea which letter I am inputting wrong.

♣ Rewards card:

I also love that I can use the phone as my rewards card. I can’t tell you how many times I have tried to use my bounty of rewards’ points only to be told I couldn’t because I didn’t have a blasted card. Using my phone as the rewards card is so easy and very convenient.

♣ The look:

I’m not much of a looks guy, and usually as long as something works I am good with it, unless it is drowning in pink, of course. I love the look of the Bass Pro Shops app. The screen background has almost everything I want. A small logo that doesn’t interrupt the view of a gorgeous wilderness scene makes me want to go outside and do something.

What I Liked The Least?

Θ Can't shop from the App:

The obvious hole in the current app platform is that you cannot shop directly from the app. I would love to be able to do everything in one place. After all we are in the age of ultimate convenience, right? The real problem is that I have to sign in twice to be able to use my Bass Pro Shops account. Or, not use the app altogether.

One of the primary reasons I wanted the app and to start shopping online with Bass Pro Shops is because I had to move for work. Where I live now is more than an hour from a Bass Pro Shops store, so I was hoping I could keep shopping with Bass Pro Shops without making the drive. It’s true that I can use the website, but what is the point of having the app if it doesn’t let me shop ?!

Θ System errors

The set up process was a little difficult at first as well. I usually shop in store, so I didn’t have an online account. I am not sure why, but I got several system errors. This may be due to the rebuild of the app and website, but it was nonetheless frustrating. Even without the errors, the skeleton nature of the app should be easier to access and set up.

I ended up calling the Bass Pro Shops rewards center, and they were superbly helpful.

After a brief conversation, I was able to get around the errors and have full access to my rewards account via the app. If their customer service is any indication of how the app will be in the future, I have high hopes for this development and functionality of the Bass Pro Shops App.

My Final Take

Even though the app is in a very limited state right now, what they have works very well. I am able to have direct and dedicated access to a single aspect of my Bass Pro Shops experience. ♦ The rewards program is something I really enjoy as part of being a customer, and this app takes a lot of questions and annoyance out of using a rewards program.

I recommend downloading and using the app, and exercising a little patience until they release a full version with shopping and ordering features.

Fish Rules App Review

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Who will benefit from this app?

Okay, I know I said I’m pretty amateur, and go out to get whatever I can, but ⊗ this app is great for anyone who fishes on the East or Gulf Coast. ⊗ For pros, the tracking feature lets you keep accurate data of the fish you have caught, and whether you harvested or released it.

The tracking feature is also great for those who are testing different types of bait. It doesn’t have a bait feature, but by tracking the type and size of catch you can figure out what bait to use to catch your favorite fish.

If you are a newer angler, like me, you will love this app. The photo layout is super simple to identify the fish you catch. Each fish has its own profile that includes which species are good for eating.

Main Features of Fish Rules App

⇒ I want to start with the greatest limitation of Fish Rules; the laws, regulations, and species are limited to just the Eastern US, Gulf Coast, and the Bahamas. That’s a huge area of coverage, so even though it doesn’t cover the west coast, the biggest limitation is quite minimal. If you are a fisherman on the line anywhere in the salt waters from Maine to Texas, this app will work for you.

⇒ The user interface of the app is quite simple to negotiate. After setting the location you will be fishing by region, GPS location feature on your phone, or manual input of latitude and longitude, the app will automatically compile all the fishing regulations for you. Each species in your selected area is shown via list or photo layout. I prefer the photo layout of the app, because I can quickly identify the fish I have on line.

⇒ Fish Rules also has a customized log in that allows me track what fish I catch, how many, and which are my favorites. This is especially helpful for limited species that require end of year reporting. I have been able to easily record my data for later access when it comes time for reporting.

Mobile UX Review

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Rating: 4/5

  • The app appears to load quickly.
  • Splash screen is consistent with brand.
  • App purpose and the priority user journeys
    are clear.

Rating: 3/5

  • Only primary content and functionality is on-screen by default.
  • Menu Drawer could be better than the popup menu to be accessible from all app levels.
  • Menu list terminology is obvious to the target but mixes different levels of functions.

Rating: 3/5

  • Provide non-signed-in journey.
  • Request sign-up “only” when it is dependent on providing value.
  • Email address is not verified.
  • User doesn't have multiple sign-up options.

Rating: 4/5

  • Visual design engages and enhances the user experience.
  • Content is used instead of a traditional home screen to engage users immediately.
  • Return user can quickly view favorite content.

Rating: 3/5

  • Content is accessible when user has no connection.
  • Modal views are used for self-contained tasks.
  • Text and content is not easy to read sometimes (Conservation, disclaimer pages...).

What I Liked The Most?

Species Associated Pictures

My first and favorite feature is the option to change the list from text to photo. Almost every species has some kind of associated picture that gives a clear visual of what the fish looks like. The list is scroll style, so I can quickly sort through the different species to find what I have caught.

♣ Regulations and Fish Markers 

Clicking on the picture then reveals the regulations and limits for every species. Not all the entries have photos, but the app developers have included drawn pictures like you would find in a text book or regulations manual. I love that each species has a section, accessed by swiping the photo to the left, that gives identifying markers for each species.

Easy identification of Species

Even the list view is extremely helpful. This view offers quick reference and easy access to all the species and regulations in your chosen area. My favorite part of this feature is the easy identification of which species are legal to harvest, and which are prohibited. Being an amateur, I don’t know all of the illegal to catch species, but Fish Rules clearly identifies the illegal species by listing them in bright red text.

Clicking on the name of the species gives you access to the pictures that I talked about previously, so you can still easily identify if you have a legal catch.

While I was playing around with the app, I looked at one of the prohibited species, and was pleased to see that some of the species include tips for safe release of a fish.

 Edibility Info

I also really like the section of the fish profile that tells you how edible each fish is. It doesn’t give any recipes, but you can tell if the fish you caught is worth taking home, cleaning, and trying to impress your friends and family with. The profile feature also shows how to keep the fish fresh as you travel between fishing and grilling.

What I Liked The Least?

Θ Limited to the Eastern US Coast 

 As I mentioned earlier, the largest downside to the app is that the regulations are limited to the Eastern US Coast. I have family that lives on the West Coast, and we love to get out and brave the cool Pacific waters to grab some fish. They live in California, which has some crazy strict regulations, so it would be nice to be able to have those regulations in the same app. Not a deal breaker, since I don’t fish out their often, but is a definite nice to have.

Θ Limited to Saltwater Fishing

The second shortcoming is that the app is limited to just saltwater fishing. In the app description is states, “Fish Rules simplifies salt water fishing regulations.” Living in the South, we have tons of fresh water fishing holes that have their own regulations, and it would be nice to have quick access to a fresh water option in this app. I understand the complexity involved in integrating both fresh and salt water fishing, but with a name like “Fish Rules”, you would think it would be more inclusive for more than just salt water species.

My only other area for improvement for Fish Rules is the log feature of the catch. I really like that I can log the fish that I caught, but the information that you can input is limited.

Θ Limited Log Catch Inputs

I think the app would greatly benefit from a notes option for each logged catch. Nothing fancy, but somewhere that I can record the bait I used, rod, line weight, and etcetera. I would also like to see the notes section so I could record the exact areas where I found different fish, and the best place to buy the most successful bait. I know this seems picky, but I want to have all my info organized in a single place.

 

My Final Take

If it isn’t already apparent, I really love the Fish Rules app. Even if it just had the pictures and names, I would still enjoy using the app. Something about being able to see an example of the catch without having to sort through pages and pages of low quality pictures really endears this app to me. I love that all the info is portable, and that I don’t have to carry around the book to begin with only adds to the appeal.

Since Fish Rules includes other features and easy to understand regulations that outweigh its short comings, ♦ I would highly recommend adding the app to your tackle box.

Fishing & Hunting Solunar Time App Review

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Who will benefit from this app?

While and app like will certainly find favor ⊗ amongst hunters and fisherman ⊗ there are many other groups that will find it useful as well.

⇒ For the outdoorsman you are getting the convenience of data in one spot and that is great.

⇒ I could also see people like day boaters finding great use in this app as it features tides and places.

⇒ The hiker and adventurer would also get great use out of this app because of its ability to forecast your hike or camping excursion as well as offer you some GPS functionality to help get around and mark some of your favorite features along the way. 

Main Features of Fishing & Hunting Solunar Time App

⇒ The highlighted feature of the Fishing and Hunting Solunar Time app is that it offers you a Day Rating. This Day Rating is based on all the various conditions of the day weather seems to play a very large part in all of this as well as the lunar cycle.

The day rating is not merely a moderate up and down model based on cycles. Instead, you will see stark declines in the quality of fishing and hunting on certain days. The app is always calculating.

⇒ The main interface of the app also features Major and Minor times. These offer you a break up of that day. The Major time highlights when peak activity will occur and the Minor time offers up a section of the day that will likely be the least productive.

There are two times for each distinction one in the am and one in the pm. This menu allows you to drill down into various features that make up the main interface. Here you will find options for:

Forecast - Calendar - Tides - Places - Weather - Settings

⇒ The calendar allows you to look at past days and future days, if you have pro. The location feature allows you to pinpoint spots on your phones google maps and saves them under whichever title you’d like. You can find that great spot over and over again. Tides, weather and forecast are pretty self-explanatory and work well.

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What I Liked The Most?

Convenience

Without a doubt this app is all about convenience. What I liked most about the Hunting and Fishing Solunar Time app was that it pulled all sorts of interesting data together in one place for me. Now, even if I didn’t necessarily agree with their forecast of the day I still had the weather, lunar pattern, tides and the best times of the day.

♣  Weather forecast

The weather forecast is a deep dive that offers much more than just temp. You get a 5-day forecast, humidity, wind speed and direction, precip chance and even barometric pressure. It is the inclusion of systems like this that make this app so convenient.

Locations Log

Add to that the ability to log several locations into the app and you have something that can dictate exactly what you want to do with your day. At the head of the article I mentioned how precious our time was. Nothing has changed. There has to be a degree of certainty when it comes to taking a day and devoting our time to it.

When you have the ability to over view the conditions of several locations in a matter of minutes it also allows you to consider multiple types of outdoor excursions. Are you looking to get after crappies on a pond or maybe because of the conditions you go trolling for big cats in the river? With this level of convenience, you can also establish what another location might be fishing like if you decide to change spots.

What would take several apps or websites to pull off I can do in just one look at the Hunting and Fishing Solunar Time app. It travels with me and I don’t have to worry about being tethered to the data of one fishing spot.

 

What I Liked The Least?

Unfortunately, this app is pushing its users to buy the pro edition of the app. I am always fascinated at what method application developers use to push users to buy the full app.

For this application the tactic is to allow you only to see one day into the future. If you get the free app and plan to look out a few days to plan a trip you will be, sadly, let down. To see this app, operate at full power you will need to spend some money.

I should mention that the cost of going pro is only $2.99, so you are not breaking the bank to do this. Still, I would like to see what the forecasts of the future look like. I am interested to see how they calculate less reliable forecasted weather that is maybe 5 days out.

For the weekender these are very important things. Again, its about dedication of time. If this app is utilizing weather forecast as part of their equation what do those far out dates look like and how reliable are they?

This question cannot be answered unless you pay the $2.99. Now for some that might be a reasonable risk but for others it will not be. It will cost the app some users or it will allow for the user to operate the app in a limited fashion.

That said, even in its limited capacity knowing everything you know about the day ahead is still pretty great. You are still getting that great collection of data and you are still getting it all in one place modified to your saved locations.

 

My Final Take

Overall the Hunting and Fishing Solunar Time app is a highly functional app that offers a beautiful and simple to operate interface. Anyone with an even basic knowledge of how to use apps will be able to take advantage of all this app offers.

Where this app really soars is in its ♦ ability to bring the outdoorsman all they need to know about the day that stands before them. There is no guessing about sunrise times and no wondering about tides.

I really like the Major and Minor times as well for day planning. It always helps to know exactly when you should be in the woods.  Any outdoorsman will enjoy having this app as part of his or her arsenal.

Pro Angler App Review

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Who will benefit from this app?

You will find this to be one of the ⊗ ultimate apps for the coastal fisherman. ⊗ There is nothing like it on the market. There is not even a book that can do what this app does. Not only will the avid salt water fisherman find this app highly effective but so too will the beachgoer. Just think about the delight the average vacationer could get from knowing exactly what fish are biting and the best way to catch them. This app gives you all that information and more.

Main Features of Pro Angler App

⇒ Imagine a fishing application that would allow you to search any coastal state in the nation and find out all about what is happening in the water there. This is exactly how Pro Angler app works. It’s much deeper than just that but that is how the app opens.

⇒ Upon searching a state, you are faced with several regions in that state for fishing. These can be areas for inshore, nearshore or offshore fishing. Some areas contain opportunities for each. If you drill down on a certain region you will find a full overview of conditions that are affecting the region. You can consider the future or just discover today’s weather, tides, winds, bait shops, boat launches and marinas. It even features the lunar cycle.

⇒ You can also search the region by fish. So, if you are after bluefish you will have the ability to search that region specifically for fish and it will give you all the information you could want on bluefish in the area. It’s filled with tips and hints as well as information on regulations that are unique to the state and region you have selected.

⇒ There is also an essentials section in the app that can be tailored to things like licenses, rigs and lures, and even how-to videos.

 

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What I Liked The Most?

♣  Search by Fish

Listen, there is a lot to like about the Pro Angler app. You will find a myriad of resources to make your next fishing trip a hit. To me the most impressive part of the app was not just searching regionally but the functionality that allows you to search by fish.

The menu features an option to search by a certain fish. This function also has a filter that allows you not only to search for snapper but you can also search by which fish are in season. This is an incredible option for people who are at the beach on day trips or vacations. To know what’s in season where you are and how to catch it is so important.

♣ Regulations, Bag limits and Rules

Not only that but this fish based search also offers you state regulations, bag limits and rules for fishing for that species. Again, as a committed saltwater angler you may know this info but when you head into a different area you will want this information hand and Pro Angler puts it all in your pocket.

You are simply not going to find an app that can do all of this and give you the ability to drill down on each fish. I am guessing the app pulls some of its information directly from fish and game sites across the nation. That is the only way they could stay up to date on things like bag limits per day.

The bag limit tells you how many fish you can bring home per day, depending on the type of fish you are searching. There are lofty fines for breaking these laws.

 

What I Liked The Least?

Θ Tailored to Saltwater Only 

I am a freshwater fisherman and what I would like to see is an addition to the app for those who fish freshwater as well. This app is called Pro Angler but it is exclusively tailored to the saltwater angler. The app is highly functional and aside from a short loading period when you choose a region it works flawlessly.

I would have preferred a few options for the angler who likes to get after largemouth bass or even trout in the mountains. I understand that this would be a huge inclusion to the app. It would take much more space to detail the many inland bodies of water and the freshwater species. The fact of the matter is if you make an app called Pro Angler it’s tough for you to understand why it only features salt water species. I would have preferred the name to be Pro Saltwater Angler.

Θ Info about Freshwater Species

I think the purchased features are relevant and the amount of information that you get in the free app is outrageous. Some apps tend to give you nothing in the free version only to tempt you will the purchase but Pro Angler doesn’t do that.

This app would be near perfection if it offered a small bit of information about freshwater species. I cannot help but get caught up on the name of the app and the fact that it leaves out mainland fishing altogether. In the future I think it would the creator good to produce a similar app for the freshwater fishing crowd or include some information and locations about freshwater fishing or even brackish water fishing local to the area.

 

My Final Take

♦ You are looking at an application that has been thought out by fisherman. There are apps that are put together quickly and easily to get them to market and start making money. Pro Angler has stunning photography and details within that app that make a truly great experience. There are offers to fisherman and graphics that fit in just the right places.

These details would be for nothing if it weren’t for the incredible amounts of information and knowledge that are tied into this app. The idea that you are one button press away from any salt water fishing region in the nation is incredible. By selecting a state and then a region you will be inundated with everything you need to know to fish that area, even where to drop your boat in!

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