How to Use GPS for Fishing

How to Use GPS for FishingBefore electronic navigation aids, finding offshore fishing locations was strictly a matter of trial and error, especially once an angler was out of view of the coast. With the advent of affordable GPS units for the consumer market, anglers can run to a particular spot in the ocean time after time. GPS is accurate to within a few feet of the entered coordinates.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • GPS unit
  • Marker buoy
Step 1
Obtain GPS numbers from a friend or from another source. GPS numbers can also be saved when using your sonar to "scratch" or map the bottom. Mark any locations that show reefs or otherwise look promising.
Step 2
Before leaving the dock, turn the GPS unit on and allow it to acquire the satellites. Enter the GPS numbers into the unit and press the "Go To" button.
Step 3
Follow the course displayed on the GPS unit. Distance and "time to arrival" are displayed, along with current speed.
Step 4
Use a marker buoy to mark the wreck or structure at the GPS coordinates. Using the GPS readouts, slow the boat speed down and throw the buoy overboard when you cross the coordinates. You can now anchor or drift over the fishing spot.

Article Written By Daniel Ray

Daniel Ray has been writing for over 15 years. He has been published in "Florida Sportsman" magazine. He holds an FAA airframe and powerplant license and FCC radiotelephone license, and is also a licensed private pilot. He attended the University of South Florida.

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