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Palm Coast Thursday, Mar. 24, 2011 8 years ago

Web, iPhone, YouTube can help you net fish

by: Capt. Rob Ottlein

If you don’t think of the World Wide Web as a useful tool when it comes to fishing, you might want to think again. I have found the Web to be a valuable tool for information on all aspects of fishing.

You can find information on everything from offshore, inshore, fly fishing, fishing knots, tackle and places to fish. Just go to Google and type in what you’re looking for, and it’s there. The other day when I needed to find a variation of a fishing knot I tie, I found it with a Google search.

If you are like me and learn best from visual demonstrations, then YouTube is the website for you.

You can learn to tie knots, fly fish, tie flies, throw a cast net or rig baits. It’s all there for your viewing pleasure.

Having an iPhone will allow you access to that information right in the palm of your hand. The iPhone also allows you to get updated weather reports, radar and barometric pressure. The newer model even has a digital compass.

I’ve watched technology evolve over the years and it never ceases to amaze me. I may show my age here, but when I started working for the phone company back in 1970, I remember having to repair phones that were on a four-party line.

To you younger folks, that meant that four houses were working on the same line. Then car phones came along; the devices were so big, they had to be put in the trunk of the car. Look how far we’ve advanced over the past 41 years. It makes me wonder what the next 30 years will bring. In the meantime, I guess I’ll just have to be stuck with my iPhone and my fishing.

The fishing was excellent at the beginning of last week but slowed toward the weekend. I think most of that was because of the full moon.

Early in the week, I fished wih a couple from Pennsylvania. They caught more than 30 fish — reds, trout, flounder and ladyfish. All were on live shrimp.

On Friday, my buddy Mark Zander and I went up to the Tomoka River in search of snook and tarpon. We saw one tarpon roll but no takers. Mark had one 17-inch snook on a plug and also a red. I had one trout and one red — both on fly.

Look for it to pick up again as the moon wanes.

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