How do you give your next fishing trip a bit of a competitive edge or increase your chances of getting the next biggest catch? Many modern anglers are turning to technology to help turn their trip into more of a success. Fishing watches can come in handy for several other sports and activities, especially ones often paired with fishing like camping, hiking, kayaking, or swimming.
1. Casio Men’s Pro Trek PRW-3500T-7CR
As one of Casio’s Triple Sensor models, this Pro Trek Sport Watch offers unrivaled accuracy for some vital measurements like altitude, barometric pressure, and compass readings. In addition to this detailed data, which can give you an insight into any oncoming storms that could disrupt your fishing trip, the Pro Trek also includes an alarm function to alert you of sudden changes in these readings.
Several other features make this a reliable fishing partner, like the solar-powered battery; you’re likely to charge your phone while you fish throughout the day, catching the bonus rays reflecting off the water’s surface. Or the rugged body of Casio’s Pro Trek with its titanium band, water-resistance up to 200m, and fold-over safety clasp.
2. Rip Curl Men’s Rifles Digital Tide Surf Watch
As a sturdy and straightforward option for fishermen and women, the Rip Curl Tide Surf watch is also an economical choice for many budgets. At just over $100, this sport-watch from Rip Curl is packed with several handy features like tide-tracking in around five hundred beach areas, a large and easy-to-read display, and reliable quartz movement.
This watch has an excellent fit, making it comfortable while you cast off. The band has a simple buckle clasp made of polyurethane which can nicely conform to the shape of your wrist. The Tide Surf watch does run on battery, so you’ll want to ensure you’re not running low before you head out on the water.
3. Garmin quatix 6 Marine Smartwatch
As one of the latest from Garmin’s multisport watches, the Quatix 6 is a simply stellar guide for any fishing trip, long or short. Before getting into this Garmin’s long list of features, some quick design elements also make this a helpful fishing assistant. First, you have the option of getting either a titanium band or polyurethane, depending on your own style and budget (the titanium band is about double the regular price). Second, you have the option of solar or battery powered.
As far as technical features go, this watch offers connectivity to fishing devices and apps, several different types of sports maps, a Fusion Link audio system, compatibility with Garmin chart plotters (and the ability to stream their data), and Garmin SailAssist capabilities. This is a serious smartwatch for the serious angler, especially when considering the investment- but worth every dollar.
4. Suunto Core Alpha Outdoor Sports Watch
If you want the reliable and well-known Suunto brand name for a slightly lower price than some of their other sports watches, then their Core Alpha is a great introductory watch. Especially for fishing enthusiasts. This military-inspired design boasts a compass to help you keep your bearings, a barometer to help you track weather or storms, and an altimeter. In addition to the weather functions, you can also set up alarms based on different sunset and sunrise times (as this is often when the best fishing occurs!).
These weather functions are the largest selling feature on the Core Alpha and can help make any fishing trip a bit smoother. These include sea level pressure indicator and graph, a weather trend indicator, temperature display, a storm alarm, and weather predictions for up to seven days. The water resistance on the Core Alpha is around 30m which is plenty of underwater space for any angler, swimmer, or anyone wanting to take a dip in the water.
5. Suunto Traverse Alpha Stealth
If you still want to go the Suunto route for a high-quality watch to accompany you on fishing trips, The Traverse Alpha Stealth is your high investment yet long-lasting choice. This watch is a high-grade boating companion with Bluetooth and USB connectivity, GPS and bread-crumb style tracking, sunrise, moonrise, sunset, moonset times, water-resistance up to 100m, and brightly backlit so you can view all of this at all times of the day. The connectivity on the Suunto is quite reliable and does not lag with its connected apps like some of its competitors’ might.
The battery life is estimated at one hundred hours, but the GPS is known to drain your battery life a little faster. One other common complaint about the watch is that it is a bit complex- but with an $800 price tag, this is expected. And once you figure out all the Traverse Alpha’s features, it is an excellent watch.
So, that concludes our pick of the best fishing watches on the market right now. No matter which you choose, we are confident you will be happy with it. If we were choosing one for ourselves, we would probably go with the Garmin as it’s a great all-around multisport watch.
Do you have a dedicated watch for your hobby? Let us know in the comments
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Bernadette has a bachelor’s degree in Communications from MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (where she lives). She has a passion for writing and we like her contribution and style to our blog. Bernadette loves the outdoors and things like hiking, camping, and biking. Wishing she could travel more.
Bernadette is an editor, writer and proofreader for Superwatches. Currently lives in Alberta Canada.