I’m no computer nerd, but I’m quickly becoming one, if for one reason only– Google Maps. I used to use the Google Maps application to let a satellite hundreds of miles above the earth spy secret surfing breaks for Endless Summer type road trips, but now I’ve applied the tool to find sometimes undiscovered, but always promising, shorebound casting spots for redfish, speckled trout and flounder here in Florida. The detailed, photographic overhead satellite image allows you to zoom in and out to pinpoint hidden quays, points, sandbars, holes and channels, all while sitting at your desk. It’s the new way of exploring while being indoors.
Last weekend, I zoomed in on some pretty redfishy-looking spots at Cape Canaveral’s Mosquito Lagoon. With unbridled enthusiasm, I loaded the Jeep with fishing gear, pushed the pedal to the metal to the general area of interest and proceeded to get completely lost on a dead end, rutted out, overgrown sand road.
But wait! No worries!
All I did to get un-lost was tap my Iphone, use the GPS function and there I was - a little, blinking blue dot in the middle of thick palmetto tree wildnerness; two turns away from the right sand road I should be on. I followed the GPS road map and within 10 minutes I found my researched honey hole. The rods and baits were quickly set out and in an hour’s time I landed four redfish between 22 and 32 inches.
Back in the days, exploration to find a secret fishing spot meant hoofing it to a spot a mile from home, cutting a hole in a chain link fence, and sneaking in at night time when security guards weren’t watching over their bucketmouth bass. Now, my tactics are more refined. I let technology do the dirty work, at least so I don’t needlessly get arrested or run off from a security guard, with the end results being the same – fish caught and sense of adventure fulfilled. I’m diggin’ this new era of technological exploration.