Sharing one’s fishing tales just got easier, thanks to a recently released iPhone application.
Good Fish, aimed at creating a global online fishing community, allows anglers to post photos of their catches as well as share fishing tips and information on hot spots.
Good Fish combines the iPhone app and a website, giving recreational anglers, fishing guides and tournament competitors a place to create a personal profile and post their catches to a database that can be referenced by others.
Two avid fisherman from Silicon Valley, Frank Ramirez and Mike O’Shea, created the application as an interactive site where anglers can exchange useful information, including photos, GPS locations of catches, and the type of lure or bait used.
“We set out to create a simple way to access basic knowledge from fellow anglers who have been landing fish,” Ramirez said.
The app allows users to instantly add catches to their profile, and includes a “bite map” that pinpoints the GPS coordinates of each individual catch. When searching the database, anglers can filter their query to target specific interests, or refine further to specify by location, species and fishing style.
It also offers an element of competition — awards are added to profiles regularly to recognize outstanding anglers, professionals and catches, including some promotional prizes to encourage users to “out-post” other anglers.
“We are confident that as anglers and professionals share their successes, the site will grow into a great resource. We plan to make that process fun and rewarding for our users” O’Shea said.
The Good Fish app can be downloaded for free until Sunday; after that, it will cost $2.99.
– Kelly Burgess
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