NEW Google Map Features To Find Inshore Fishing Spots
You’ve got to see these two new Google Maps features that will help you find new fishing spots faster than ever before!
Google Maps has always been helpful for finding spots…
You can see above-water structure, proximity to inlets and passes, and, if the water is clear enough, you can even see underwater structure like grass and depth changes.
But these two new features we recently discovered have taken things to a whole new level!
They’re a gift to all fishermen who don’t have time to spend every day on the water scouting out spots and in this new podcast, Luke is going to walk you through each of these new features and how to use them to find new honey holes.
These tips will help you catch fish no matter where you live or what type of vessel you fish from (and they’re especially helpful for land-based anglers!).
You can watch the video version of this podcast below (which I definitely recommend since Luke shares his computer screen and demonstrates using these new features), listen to the audio version by clicking the play button underneath it, or listen to it on iTunes, Stitcher, or Spotify.
New Google Map Features To Find Fishing Spots [VIDEO]
New Google Map Features To Find Fishing Spots [PODCAST]
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You can visit Google Maps at https://www.google.com/maps/.
Now let’s dive into how to use it to find fishing spots.
Using Street View on Google Maps
Street View isn’t just for streets anymore.
Now you can use it on:
- Nature trails
- And more
To use Street View, just click and drag the little man the arrow is pointing to in the picture above and place him wherever you see a blue line or dot.
You can use this to:
- Find kayak launches
- Find water access for wading
- And even read street signs to see things like if fishing is allowed on certain bridges
Using Waterway View on Google Maps
Not only can you use Street View to see the view from land, but you can also use Waterway View to see the view from the water.
How crazy is that?!
To use Waterway View, just drag the little man to the blue lines you see in the water.
You can use this feature to:
- Check seawalls for barnacles if you’re sheepshead fishing
- Check out shorelines for mangroves or rocks
- Read signs on the water to check for no wake zones or other areas
Finding Popular Fishing Spots With Google Maps
Let’s say you’re going to a body of water you’ve never been to before.
You also don’t know anyone in that area so you can’t ask about where the good areas are.
One way to get a feel for what areas are good is to look for boats.
In the picture above, you can see that this boat is fishing the shoreline, so that might be an area worth checking out.
You can also do the same thing with Street View to see where anglers are fishing along a pier.
The Best Way To Use Information From Google Maps
All of this intel you can get for free from your home is great, but it’s only a piece of the puzzle.
You still need to know the trends to really dial in where the fish will be.
And in fact, it’s best if you consider the current trends, and then use this Google Maps information.
Here’s how Luke used this data recently to catch a snook on the first cast in a new spot:
He knew that the trends were that feeding fish are going to be close to the inlets and passes and feeding during the twilight hours around points.
He used Google Maps to locate a pass in the area he was fishing in, then he located a few points.
Once he knew where he wanted to go, he used Street View to find the kayak launch closest to his spots.
Every Friday, Luke puts out a Weekend Gameplan video for our Insiders where he talks about the current trends so you can go and catch lots of fish over the weekend.
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I can’t believe how far technology has come to help fishermen!
You used to have to know someone in an area or spend a lot of time out on the water yourself to get this information, but now you can get it all quickly just from using your computer.
Have any questions about using Google Maps to find fishing spots?
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