If you’re a frequent fisher, you probably know how quiet and boring it can get when you haven’t had a bite in hours. What do you do to pass the time? Before there was CD players and stereos, people used to listen to the sounds of the wilderness, chat with their buddies, or whistle a tune. However, since technology has taken us so far now, we almost feel the need to have auditory stimulation even in the middle of a lake. At least there’s more than just the radio to listen to nowadays. There are so many new portable and wireless speakers that hook up to your mobile devices, you won’t have to worry about taking a huge stereo, wires and CD’s with you!
Take some time before you head out for your fishing trip to put together a playlist or two of some great music. There’s so much out there now that you can make full playlists for different times of day, different moods, or just for a change of sound. Relaxing instrumental music is fantastic if you’re heading out in the early morning. You can sit in your boat with your coffee and your tunes watching the world awaken as you wake up yourself. Of course, it’s all personal preference.
Have a favorite podcast you just can’t get enough of? Take it with you! With so many podcasts coming out daily, you can keep up to date and discover new ones every trip you make. Unlike music, podcasts are very much TV shows, keeping you entertained and listening close to every episode. Of course music can too, but it seems to be more of background thing to whatever your main task is at the time.
Audiobooks are an incredible invention. Now, of course, they don’t only exist on “side 1″ and “side 2″ of a tape. You can continuously stream chapter after chapter of an exhilarating story. There are tons that you can download from iTunes or buy from different websites these days (some for very cheap!). Don’t be afraid to try a new book because even if you don’t seem to like it, it’s not like you wasted the physical space of bringing a paper book. Different stories and authors sometimes have their books recorded differently. For example, The Wizard of Oz is recorded both by a single reader, and by a group of people voicing different characters. Other books may only have the option of one or the other. Generally speaking, audio books are a great way to pass time on the lake.
Use your smart phone for other purposes
There is something out on the market now called the Vexilar T-Pod (essentially a sonar phone). It is a little green and white pod you put in the water that hooks up to your smart phone or tablet through a wireless transmitter. On your device, you will see what is basically a map of the lake/ocean floor blow you (maxing out at 120 feet deep) and all the “disturbances” between (fish, mainly). It runs for 4 hours on one charge, so you can actually use it for a solid amount of time and get your money’s worth in fish caught. There’s some cool perks to it as well, including a fish alarm, shallow water alarm, battery indicator, vast water temperature resistance, and so much more. It’s pretty cool how far technology has come for our entertainment and use.