Different types of fishing permits to help you out on the water
Your boat is ready and so is your equipment. Now it’s time to go fishing so pull out your fishing license and study the water. Sea maps, pond maps and salt water maps show places for fishing. How to fish them is part of the fun.
Nautical charts for saltwater fishing are my favorite fishing card. Nautical charts are a great way to learn about a new area, explore a favorite route, see channels and markers, ports, departures, homes, structures, and areas that are going badly. The only downside to a printed fishing card is that it doesn’t show any changes that have occurred over the winter. No power required, just keep it dry and combine it with a compass.
Freshwater topographic maps are great too. Pond and nautical maps show similar details of litter, structures and areas that are badly performing, and they also show inflows and outflows. Some topo maps are geared towards fishing and include public ramps, commonly caught fish, popular local baits, and hot fishing spots. Some even include fishing techniques. All you need is fishing tackle and a fishing license.
Electronic chart plotter make for a perfect day on the water. Mount one on your console or use your phone. Diagrams can easily be updated. As you travel to a new area add new charts and scroll. It is ideal to couple the chart plotter with a depth gauge so that you have a complete overview of the fishing subject.
Google earth This is a great fishing permit and is great for entry and exit points to get you as close as possible to your fishing spot. Google Earth is great for finding secluded ponds or creeks off the tourist trail. These ponds and creeks could be a total bust. Or they offer some of the best fishing of the year.
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Tom Keer is an award-winning writer living on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He is a columnist for the Upland Almanac, a contributing writer for Covey Rise magazine, a contributing editor for Fly Rod and Reel and Fly Fish America, and a blogger for the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation’s Take Me Fishing program. Keer is a regular contributor to over a dozen outdoor magazines on topics including fishing, hunting, boating, and other outdoor activities. When not fishing, Keer and his family hunt highland birds over their three English setters. His first book, A New England Coast Fly Fisherman’s Guide, was published in January 2011. Visit him at www.tomkeer.com or www.thekeergroup.com.