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Technology for Street Fishing!

 

The Navionics app is known as the go-to product for boat anglers. It has also proven to be incredibly useful for street fishing, giving you an edge over your peers. This is a guide how to use the Navionics app to get the most out of your urban sessions.

One challenge we encounter every time we arrive at a new spot is to work out what is the situation underwater. Often the water is murky, and if clear, visibility is only short and often blocked by surface reflection and movements.  After the first cast, it is often possible to tell if the water is shallow or deep based on the time it takes for your jig to hit the water bed. It is, however, very difficult to tell exactly how deep the water is and how the bed is changing in depth throughout the full length of your cast. Very rarely is a water bed completely flat, on clean canals maybe, but even as they are faced with years of neglect the bed changes in structure.

This is where the Navionics app comes into its own. Using a map system, you can see the depth recorded in that location, similar to reading a terrain map. Navionics works by collecting up to date sonar data from its users in order to keep a record of depths to the nearest 50cm.

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The Interface

There are 3 main interfaces that are interesting for street anglers. SonarChart Shading, Depth Charts and Weather & Tides.

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Sonar Chart Shading

Using SonarChart Shading you can scout out nearby water and browse through the waterways considering that darker blue means deeper and lighter blue shallower. This is a nice way to instantly see if something dramatic is happening on the water bed, a hole or a gravel bank for example.

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Depth Chart

Once you have a spot selected you can use the depth chart to accurately scan the water bed for changes in depth for spots that could potentially hold fish. The depth finder is in the form of a crosshair. The center of the crosshair marks the point where the current depth is labelled.

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Weather & Tides

By clicking on the weather symbol on the crosshair you can check the current weather and tide information for that area. The interface also lets you know the wind speed, wind direction, the air pressure. On this interface, you can also see the times for sunset and sunrise, great for planning your session!

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What to look out for:

The main thing to look out for is areas where the water bed is quite uneven. Shallow and deeper parts of the water are interesting features that can be easily missed from the bank. Deeper holes can be treated much like shadows formed by bridges or buildings. Anything that you think could be an ambush point for a predator would be a good place to cast.

Once you have a spot in mind, remember to always cast over your spot so you can work your lure through the feature to maximise the time your lure is present.

Sonar Chart Shading

Using SonarChart Shading you can scout out nearby water and browse through the waterways considering that darker blue means deeper and lighter blue shallower. This is a nice way to instantly see if something dramatic is happening on the water bed, a hole or a gravel bank for example.

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Depth Chart

Once you have a spot selected you can use the depth chart to accurately scan the water bed for changes in depth for spots that could potentially hold fish. The depth finder is in the form of a crosshair. The center of the crosshair marks the point where the current depth is labelled.

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Weather & Tides

By clicking on the weather symbol on the crosshair you can check the current weather and tide information for that area. The interface also lets you know the wind speed, wind direction, the air pressure. On this interface, you can also see the times for sunset and sunrise, great for planning your session!

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What to look out for:

The main thing to look out for is areas where the water bed is quite uneven. Shallow and deeper parts of the water are interesting features that can be easily missed from the bank. Deeper holes can be treated much like shadows formed by bridges or buildings. Anything that you think could be an ambush point for a predator would be a good place to cast.

Once you have a spot in mind, remember to always cast over your spot so you can work your lure through the feature to maximise the time your lure is present.

Get Navionics!

The Navionics Boating App is available for download on iPhone or Android devices. Various maps packaged are separated into areas. Click on the logo below for more information!