Sure, it's a freely available source, but so is this other one. And it's way better.
Bing Maps Misses the Hidden Hot Spots
When it comes to fishing, you shouldn't see things as being "better" or "worse".
Each thing, whether it be a rod, reel or lure, is simply a tool in my toolbox -- or in your case, a tacklebox.
But some things are definitely a better fit than others.
You must understand that when it comes to finding safe routes and discovering fishing spots, Google Earth is waayyyyy better than Bing Maps (or even Google Maps).
This video from Inshore Fishing 101 breaks it down pretty good.
In the video I describe what to do if you don't have a computer in "the next lecture".
Since this video is taken from Inshore Fishing 101, it is taken out of context.
I describe what to do if you keep reading.
The difference between Bing Maps and Google Earth
Bing Maps (or Google Maps) does not have the capabilities of Google Earth.
With Google Earth you can set waypoints, create custom routes and upload them to your GPS.
But that's not it. There's more you can do:
- avoid underwater obstructions
- discover new fishing spots no one else knows about
- identify shallow water areas
- know where to launch your boat in new areas
- set your fishing trip up for success long before you launch the boat
- and more
This -- and more -- is what's taught inside Inshore Fishing 101.
In fact, there are 37 videos detailing how you can use Google Earth to safely navigate the marsh and catch more fish.
This knowledge is proven and has stood the test of time.
I've used it for years to navigate everywhere from Slidell to Venice, to Big Lake and have used it as a fishing guide to catch thousands of speckled trout and land in the money competing in redfish tournaments.
Can I use Google Earth on my phone or tablet?
Yes, but it lacks the functionality of the program available for desktop/laptop computers.
If you don't have access to a computer, then use the ones at the local library.
Do your initial browsing on Google or Bing Maps, then do the heavy lifting with Google Earth.
Using Bing Maps is like bringing a knife to a gun fight.
It's good, but it's not great, and its limited functionality will put you behind the power curve.
Google Earth is free, and though its a little more technical, packs the punch you want to kick ass on your inshore fishing trips.
I can show you how I do it!