These days there seems to be no way to escape technology. It's in our homes, our cars, our pockets even our boats. Let's face it technology is here to stay! Let's look at some ways anglers can learn to use technology to enhance their fishing experiences!
This is the most common use of technology today. There are many wonderful ways for anglers to use the internet. There are lots of great free websites devoted to fishing. There are forums such as Ohio Game Fishing that will give you tons of tips and introduce you to lots of possible fishing buddies in your area. One thing to remember about forums. Don't try to ask too many specific questions, especially about somebody's new honey hole! If you spend some time and actually get to know some of the other anglers on a forum, they may share some of their special spots or tricks eventually.
You can find lots of information about fishing in Ohio on the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) site. This site is great for keeping up on the latest changes in the regulations and stocking programs. They should be posting the projected trout stockings for March any time now.
Other sites may be useful for advice on specific methods of fishing like Spey Clave, a forum devoted to the art of spey casting. There are even sites that have a broader appeal such as Fishington/TakeMe Fishing. This site is open to anglers from all over the United States and allows anglers to post information they know about specific bodies of water. Yes! You read that right! Some anglers actually do share information about places they have fished and done well! Check with this site if you have to go visit Aunt Dorothy in Oklahoma! You just may be able to find some decent fishing while your wife helps Aunt Dorothy can tomatoes.
Of course we all know about the sites where you can order everything from hooks to a new bass boat. Online shopping is taking off in a big way. However there are other sites that can be even more help to your daily angling pursuits and not nearly as hard on your wallet. They can tell you how to tie good fishing knots, tie flies, throw a decent rollcast or estimate the weight of that fish you just caught.
Here are some really useful sites:
You can even sit in the warmth of your home during the winter and watch people catching fish or showing certain fishing techniques on YouTube. There are some really interesting videos out there. Some really good ones are:
Anyway you slice it, there is plenty of interest on the internet for anglers!