BIGFISH: Fishing apps every angler should use

Keeping an eye on fishing conditions is easy if you have the right app for your phone. Captain CT Williams shares some of the ones he uses every day.

If you are a speckled trout specialist, you likely know that right know the bite on the east side of the Mississippi River is slow to nonexistent.

If you fish in the marsh, you should be aware that water levels are relatively low and get lower with each passing front. If you are one who just likes fishing, tide direction and strength is always important.

No matter what kind of angler you are, wind speed and direction along with temperatures and rain forecast are critical.

And of course, there are apps for all of that. So, I thought I would share a few that I use.

First and foremost is the WAFB First Alert Weather App, I check the forecast and the radar, both give me a quick snapshot of the day.

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Then its straight to one called NOAA Buoy and Tide Data, oddly enough not affiliated with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association but this app does take the information put out by NOAA and package it into an extremely useful tool.

You choose a buoy or wind station close to where you fish and it will give you a great deal information about the area. The buoy tells you the wind speed and direction as well as air and water temperatures.

Scroll down and you get current tide data and a little farther down and the National Weather Service marine forecast for that area is available. It is by far the most useful marine app

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I will also check a tide related app with the original title of Hi Tide, this is also an app that takes NOAA data and packages it in an easy to read and useful app.

Here you get moon and sun information along with tide information. The app will show you when hi and low tide will take place as well as where you are along the tide schedule. Over 1,300 tide stations are available and can be found visually by map or in a word search

One last app I like is a game called iFishing Saltwater Edition, it's perfect for when the weather isn't perfect.

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