Fishidy App Review
by Ben Team
Humans have been catching fish for at least 40,000 years, but while the general premise of the activity has remained the same throughout history, technological improvements have made it easier for anglers to achieve success. This includes advancements in rod and reel design, the development of increasingly effective sonar units and the incorporation of space-age materials into lures.
But in the last few years or so, an entirely new type of tool has become available to anglers. Thanks to the advancements in cell phones and other wireless devices, anglers can now access a wealth of data in the palms of their hands – data designed to help them catch more fish. Anglers need only acquire one of the leading fishing apps to do so.
One of the leading products in this category – the Fishidy Fishing App – does exactly this, and has become an indispensable tool in the arsenal of modern anglers. We’ll examine this application below, and explain why it is one of the better fishing apps on the market and earns an A grade from Fishing Tech.
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Fishidy App Features
Fishidy provides a number of impressive features and capabilities to help take your angling to the next level. There are two different versions of the app – a free version with limited capabilities and a premium version with a number of additional tools.
Some of the most impressive features provided by the free version of the app include:
Fishidy allows you to connect with other anglers easily, whether you are on the water or sitting behind your computer at home. You can follow your favorite anglers, share stories with friends or brag about your latest catch and upload photos for all to see.
You can find a wealth of data about popular waterways with Fishidy. This includes special features of the water, species data, fishing tips, fishing reports and current weather conditions, among other things. In total, the app currently provides information about more than 20,000 freshwater lakes and ponds, 180 saltwater locations and 1750 streams.
Fishidy provides maps for thousands of different water bodies, enabling you to navigate these waters effectively and confidently. The exact information provided varies from one waterbody to the next, but most of the interactive maps include depth contour lines, boat ramps and general navigation features.
Most anglers who try Fishidy are quite pleased with the product and begin using it regularly. Some of the features and capabilities that elicited the most praise from other anglers include those detailed below.
The interactive maps included with Fishidy are quite helpful and flexible. You can turn many of the labels on or off, including access points, general navigational features and contour lines. The premium version of the app also displays data about fishing hot spots, submerged structure and vegetation.
Vegetation and Bottom Composition Information
The premium version of Fishidy provides an incredible amount of information about the vegetation beneath the surface and the bottom composition of more than 50,000 different areas. This can be especially helpful for anglers trying to locate fish.
The Fishidy Fishing App is available in both Android and iOS versions, and you can use it on your computer, tablet or smartphone. This is especially helpful for those who upgrade their devices frequently, and those who want to access the app from their home.
Mark Your Catch
You can mark individual catches on the included Fishidy maps and share photos via the app’s social functions. This will not only give you a good way to brag about your catch, but it will also allow you to document the particulars of the occasion, which may prove helpful in the future.
Mark Productive Fishing Spots
Many anglers who tried out Fishidy liked being able to mark productive fishing spots on the lakes and rivers they fish. This not only allows you to return to such spots at a later date and catch even more, but you can also share this information with your friends so that they can enjoy a little of your luck.
Sometimes you want to brag about your latest catch or tell others about a productive fishing spot, and at other times, you want to keep this kind of information to yourself. Fishidy allows you to do either, and sharing information is always optional with the app.
Fishing is a solitary hobby for many anglers, but others prefer to enjoy the companionship of friends when chasing fish around the local pond. However, your buddies won’t always be able to come along on every trip. Fortunately, Fishidy still gives you a great way to show off your catches and share photos and stories with your friends.
Fishidy Pros and Cons
Like any other fishing tool, fishing apps have various strengths and weaknesses. It is important to consider these characteristics when deciding on the best fishing app for you.
- Limited-feature version can be tried for free
- Provides data on a very large number of lakes, rivers and saltwater locations
- Plenty of social features allow you to interact with friends and fishing buddies
- You have the ability to share your catches and locations or keep them private
- Online help center can help you address common problems
- Fishing statistic log can track your catches by month, species or several other parameters
- Does not work with other social media platforms, such as Facebook
- Some anglers complained that it does not provide data on many medium or small waterways
Fishing App Comparison
One of the best ways to assess the quality of a fishing app is by comparing it to similar products. This includes other versions produced by the same company as well as those offered by other organizations.
Free vs. Premium Version
The free version of Fishidy is pretty impressive when compared to the free versions of some other fishing apps. It still provides (limited) map functionality, as well as the social features and statistics log. This means that you’ll likely have access to enough data to improve your fishing success without spending a dime.
However, the premium version of the app is clearly superior to the free version. The primary differences relate to the mapping features. With the premium version, you get access to marked fishing hot spots, and you’ll also enjoy information about the bottom composition of over 50,000 areas and vegetation information about 260,000 different places.
It is probably a good idea to download the free version of the app first before paying for the premium version. This way, you can make sure you like the interface and compare it to any other apps you may have used in the past.
The fishing apps that are most directly comparable to Fishidy include Fishbrain and Navionics.
Fishbrain provides some of the same mapping functions as Fishidy, but they are not as helpful as those included with Fishidy. Fishbrain does provide more bait suggestions and has superior social media functionality; Fishidy doesn’t provide much in the bait suggestion category, but it does have some rudimentary social media features.
See our Fishbrain Review.
Navionics, on the other hand, is primarily a map-based application, so it provides a better apples-to-apples comparison than Fishbrain does. Most anglers would agree that Navionics maps are better than those provided by Fishidy, but Navionics lacks most of the other bells and whistles provided by Fishidy, such as the social media features and fishing hot spots.
In fact, Navionics is actually marketed as a boating app, rather than a fishing app, so these things are not surprising. But advanced anglers, who primarily want geographic data from their app may prefer it to Fishidy.
The Bottom Line
Fishidy is one of the best fishing apps available, and it will help most anglers improve their success rate. While you have to purchase the premium version to access the most detailed versions of the app’s maps, even the maps included with the free version will provide you with a wealth of useful information.
We were slightly disappointed in the app’s inability to work with other social media platforms, as it limits your ability to show off catches or converse with those who are not part of the Fishidy community, but this is a relatively minor problem.
Based on its impressive maps, privacy options and ability to mark the locations in which you caught fish, Fishing Tech rates Fishidy as an A product and recommends anglers give it a try. While most anglers will start with the free version of the product, you’ll need to sign up for the premium version to access all of the features available.