Fishing in 2020 is like going to the casino. You head out with the aim of landing the big one but more often than not strike unlucky. But catch or not, fishing is a great way to lose track of time.
If you’re in the market for new watch, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the number of luxury watches there are for this particular niche market. It’s actually really hard to find a watch for an angler that only tells the time as today’s watches are packed with technical features.
Here are our picks for the top five watches for fishing in 2020.
CakCity Men’s Digital Sports Watch
$10 / $9.99
You read that right. This watch is the ultimate fisherman’s friend as well as being totally budget-friendly.
Shock-resistant, with a backlit LED display that makes it bright enough to see it in low light. The face itself is large and easily readable and shows the date as well as the time in either 24 hour or 12/12 formats. There’s an alarm function, too.
Surprisingly for a watch at this price, its water-resistant to 50m. The screen is made of tempered resin so it’s really sturdy and will withstand the most extreme fishing conditions. The wristband is very soft and comfortable, too.
Casio Men’s G-Shock Rescue Digital Watch
$75 / $55
If you like a watch that looks tough, then a G-Shock will suit you. This one looks like it can take a real beating and keep coming back for more. It has a four-point design that promises protection as well as four raised buttons on the face to help protect from scrapes.
It has a digital display that is very clear to read. You can swap it between 12/12 or 24-hour format and it also shows the date, day, phase of the moon and the tides – ideal for sea anglers.
It has a 50mm resin coated case that’s big, but not too big. It doesn’t get in the way as you’re going about your business. The display also sports a mineral window on the dial that is anti-reflective.
The resin band is super-comfy even when worn for hours or even days on end. There’s a buckle clasp which means it’s really easy to take off and put back on.
It’s got an impressive water-resistance of up to 200m. Perfect for any boating and fishing enthusiasts.
Timex Expedition Shock (XL)
$76 / £53
This offering is purposely developed for outdoor types. It shows time, date and day with a vibrating alarm and a countdown timer.
This Timex is shock-proof to ISO standards. It’ll live through some pretty big knocks and keep working faultlessly. It boasts a resin wristband, is comfy, and can be worn all day, every day. It has a light that lets you see the face in low lit conditions.
This watch will survive 200m of water pressure so you can even take it diving. If you want a sturdy watch that you can bash about even underwater, then this timepiece is the perfect pal for you on your fishing trips.
Whether you’re a angler taking a rod out on open waters, or chilling out on the riverbank, you’ll need a decent fishing watch to act as your faithful companion.
A decent one has great water-resistance, a GPS function and will tell you about the moon phase and the tides. You may even want one that comes with a temperature gauge. Seasoned pros or weekend novices can all get the benefits a smartwatch can offer for fishing trips.
What other smartwatches could I try?
If the three mentioned here have whetted your appetite, but want to see some more examples, check out our review of these GPS watches.