Brooks Fishing Club


Fish Rules app

This is a free iphone application pointed out to me by Timo Dean (and to him by Tom Heaton) that really looks helpful for identifying species and keeping up with size and bag limits:

Fish Rules App for Iphone

The Fish Rules App for your iphone provides up-to-date saltwater regulations from North Carolina to Florida to Texas.

The Fish Rules App provides instant access to state and federal saltwater fishing regulations from your iphone.

And it updates new regulations almost instantly. Whenever new updates from the FWC, SAFMC or Gulf Council go into effect, your phone app updates almost immediately.”

With constant changes in Florida’s fisheries, this app saves anglers the hassle of looking up regulations at home. When fishing on the water, look up if a fish is in-season, find out the bag limit, and check the slot limit. Color photographs also help identify species that are unfamiliar.

One specific feature that’s important for offshore fishermen or backcountry anglers is that the app is GPS-controlled. Fish Rules uses your phone’s GPS and calendar to show only the regulations you need. For example, let’s say an angler is bottom fishing off Jacksonville and catches a red snapper. This app should be able to tell the angler if they’re in state or federal waters, and if the fish is legal to keep–all based on the location of the boat and iphone. Out on the water without a signal? Anglers can still manually select their fishing location to get fish rules for that area.

As reviewed in Florida Sportsman in June 2012.