And the latest group of people to get its social network and a dedicated mobile app are… (drums please)… fishermen. Field & Stream is behind the project called Catchbook, which at the moment is limited to iPhone users, only (though an Android version is most likely in development, or so we think).
Available as a free download, the application allows users to pin fishing reports (along with a photo of the catch) to a map, then share that information with friends and fishing buddies. Nice touch are fancy reports created for every success of yours, with the application automatically including other relevant information like weather and other conditions present when each photo was taken.
Moreover, you can filter through results to sort catches on a map by time of year, time of day, water temperature, and other variables that influence where fish bite most often. Then there’s the so called “Best Baits” feature, suggesting which flies, lures, and baits have caught the most fish under specific conditions and at particular fishing locations.
Finally, thanks to the Facebook-integrated social system you can search for fishing buddies, and let’s not forget leader boards that show which users have caught the most of each major game fish in the U.S…
Catchbook: Photo Fishing Reports (FREE) [iTunes link]