Fishing & Boating News

Plan Your Fishing With Maps on Your Computer!

by: Mike Michalak,

(Friday, August 27,1999 - Rhinelander, WI) High-tech fishing takes its highest leap yet at ICAST, the American Sportfishing Association show in Chicago. Fishing Hot Spots, Inc., (FHS) the nation's largest fishing map publisher introduced its new Digital Map Series at the event July 9th. The CD-ROM based lake maps boast the premier fishing waters on a state-by-state basis and feature an auto-GPS engine allowing the user to pinpoint locations instantly. You can plot, label and log GPS waypoints with an easy-to-use navigation system that has continuously running lat/long coordinates. Other features include; detailed contours, structure, species information, fishing tips and techniques, access points and much more.

"We've been working digitally for some time," according to FHS general manager Mike Michalak, "and anglers say they’re ready for this kind of detail. There's not another product available that offers this kind of information for your computer." Michalak said this is a true fishing system, "and all you need to do is take the information you find on the computer and transfer it to your Fishing Hot Spots map to use in the boat. We’re even working on making that process easier."

The state of Missouri is the first CD available, with several other states slated for release later this summer including Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee and Texas.

Users will navigate through the program using simple mouse clicks and be able to log information like waypoints, patterns, presentations and weather, plus discover fishing areas well in advance of launching the boat. A locator window lets you know where you are on the water at all times.

Fishing Hot Spots has over 500 maps in more than 30 states and Canada. The new Digital Map Series, Lake Maps on CD will be available this summer with a suggested retail price of $34.95. Missouri is available now by calling toll-free 1-800-338-5957.