January 8, 2018

This Tool Finds More Fish Than Bing Maps


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!

Download Google Earth

No, show me how you use Google Earth to find fish!

Captain Devin

About the Author

Devin is a former fishing guide and lifelong inshore angler. He founded Louisiana Fishing Blog in 2012 to share his ideas as a charter captain and still writes in it today. Since then he's created a fishing university — LAFB Elite — where he teaches inshore anglers how to safely navigate Louisiana's coast and catch more fish.

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    I really appreciate Devin's teaching & how he is "to the point" and down to earth, yet professional and gives a great presentation of what I need to know in order to catch speckled trout and redfish.

    Before taking Inshore Fishing 101 I have not had very many successful trips to Louisiana, but with these great learning experiences, since completing 101, I have had more success. Finding the best conditions, using the right tackle, Google Earth Desktop & technical stuff on my Lowrance, etc., the list is too long for this, so THANKS from a rookie inshore fisherman!!!

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    Ira BurgeCollege Teacher

    I moved here from Wisconsin and have friends that fish inshore very well.

    After completing Inshore Fishing 101 I have seen a lot of things that you laid out to try and do that gives them success, but also there were things in here that could even help them.

    The insight alone from MODIS and how to use Google Earth Desktop and the NOAA stations changed the game of how I approach my fishing trips.

    I found that the way Captain Devin plans his fishing trips to be much more useful or at least much less time consuming than just running around until I got lucky.

    Zachary CripeNew To Inshore Fishing