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  • Loading the app

    When prompted that the app wants to use your current location, choose “Allow.” The app will not function properly without this. In order to use the visual recognition feature, you must change your iPhone settings. Settings > Privacy > Photos > IGFACatchLog > ON.

  • Logging in

    If you previously registered online at www.IGFACatchLog.org, enter your email and password, and choose “Log In.” If you did not previously register on the website, click “Register.” The app will ask you to provide some basic information like your name and email address. This information will be stored in the app and you will not need to enter it each time you log in.

  • Start fishing
    Start Fishing

    In order to obtain an accurate measure of “trip time”, it is important that you start the app at the time that you leave the dock. You can do this by clicking the first row of the home screen titled, “Start Fishing”. If you forget to click “Start Fishing” when you leave the dock, please do this as soon as you remember.

    Trip Started Popup

    The app will ask you to check the green box if you will be fishing in Test Mode. You should fish in Test Mode every time you want to practice using the app, but do not want to submit real data. If you want to submit real data that will sync with the www.IGFACatchLog.org and be reported to managers/scientists, you should not check this box. Enter the Number of Anglers who are fishing with you (including yourself) during this trip. Do not count people who are on the boat but are not fishing. Click “Go” and “Continue Fishing.” A prompt will appear that says, “What are you targeting?” You can answer “Anything” or “Let me Choose.” Please choose the top three species you will be targeting that day by tapping and highlighting the name of each target species. Once you have selected up to three target species, click “Done” and verify your list by clicking “Yes.”

  • Logging a catch (Visual ID and Fish Clicker)
    • Logging a Catch
      You should only log fish that you bring to the boat.
      Do not count fish that broke the line, threw the hook, or otherwise did not make it to the boat. There are two ways to log your catch. The first is through Visual ID and the second is through the Fish Clicker.
      • Visual ID to Record Your Catch
        Visual ID

        Select “Take Picture” “Use”. As accurately as possible, place a green dot on the nose of the fish and a red dot on the tail of the fish. Once you click “submit”, your photo will be sent to IGFA servers for identification. This can take up to ten seconds. A list of likely species will be returned to you, and you can select the species that matches your catch. Once you select the species, you must respond to the Status prompt (Live Release, Dead Release, or Kept) and the Catch Method prompt (Bait, Lure, or Fly), and click “Done”. If your catch is not listed, tap “none of these”. You will be brought to the Fish Clicker where you can manually “add” your catch (see Fish Clicker below on further instructions to add your catch). NOTE: Visual ID will only be available if you have cell phone coverage at the time.

        Tips for Taking Pictures for Visual Identification:

        The Visual Identification feature of the IGFACatchLog app works by matching select, physical characteristics of each fish to known images. When a picture that you take is submitted, a computer program analyzes the image looking for certain features (for example, distance between fins, etc.) and returns the “most likely” matches based on this analysis. It is very important to frame the entire fish in the image that you submit. The “green dot” and “red dot” that you put on the head and tail defines the ends of a box telling the computer program where in the picture it should analyze. Placement of these points should be as precise as possible. The orientation of the fish (vertical or horizontal) should not matter as long as there is a clear image of the fish. However, if you are going to release the fish, be sure to practice sound handling and release techniques to improve survival. Try to avoid blocking any part of the fish’s body from the camera. Hero shots” (holding a fish horizontally) where your fingers appear where you are holding the fish should be ok.

      • Fish Clicker to Record Your Catch
        Fish Clicker

        Choose Fish Clicker to count your fish with or without taking a photo. In your Fish Clicker, you will see a list of species that defaulted in from your target list when you started your trip. Next to each species, you will see a number bubble and an arrow. The number bubble indicates the total number of each species recorded thus far.

        Fish Clicker Popup

        To record each fish, you need to click the arrow next to the species you caught, and enter the Status (Live Release, Dead Release, or Kept) and the Catch Method (Bait, Lure, or Fly) of your catch. You also have the ability to photograph your catch by choosing “Add Photo”. This feature does not provide the ability to identify your fish through its picture, but simply adds a photo of your fish. When you are finished, click “Done” and you should see the number bubble increase by one. If you caught a fish that was not in your target list, simply click “Add” in the upper right hand corner of the screen to search for the desired species. You can scroll down or type within the search box at the top of the screen to find a species (e.g., searching for “black” narrows the list to black drum and blacktip shark). Once the desired species is found, merely touch the name to highlight it, and press “Done”. You will then need to follow the same steps listed above to “count your fish”. If your fish is not listed or you do not know what the fish was, choose “Unidentified” from the Fish Clicker screen.

  • Live well
    Live Well

    All of your catches recorded with Visual ID or the Fish Clicker during your active trip will be listed here. This is where you will have the ability to make any edits to your catches by tapping each catch or delete any errors before you submit data and end your fishing trip. You will also have the ability to upload selected catches to your Facebook account from this screen.

  • End trip
    Fish Clicker Popup

    Choose “End Trip” when you return to the dock. Confirm that you want to end your trip and this will stop the trip timer. Estimate the number of hours (to the nearest half hour) that your lines were actually in the water. This will provide a rough approximation of “fishing time.” If you did not have cell phone coverage when you were fishing, you will only need to start the app once you reach an area where you have coverage in order to end your trip which will submit your catches and add them to your personal catch log.

  • Home screen
    Home Screen
    • Continue fishing

      Brings you to the Start Fishing screen and allows you to continue to record catches, edit catches, and end your trip (Visual ID, Fish Clicker, Live Well, End Trip).

    • My trips

      Shows your trip history in chronological order (submitted trips and trips in-progress) and includes date, time, and hours fished. You have the ability to name each trip, and this information with sync with your personal online catch log on www.IGFACatchLog.org. By clicking on the arrow next to each trip, you will see My Catches which are all of your recorded catches during each trip. You have the ability to add information such as length, weight, height, and tides to each catch and this information will sync with your personal online catch log at www.IGFACatchLog.org. You will also see a “Submit All” button in the upper right hand corner. If a trip or a catch failed to submit when you end a trip because of poor signal, this would be your way of submitting it. The “Submit All” is only enabled if you have data that has not yet been submitted.

  • My hot spots
    My Hot Spots

    Lists your favorite fishing locations that you have saved. You have the ability to name your special and confidential spots, and the app will capture your exact latitude and longitude to help you remember where your fishing is Hot.

  • Account Info/Preferences
    Account Information

    Shows your personal, account information and the ability to Log-Out of the app. Within Account Information, you have the ability to select default units of measurement and units of weight. You should only find the need to Log-Out of if you share your phone with another, registered angler who will also be using the app to record catches.

  • Information
    Information

    Shows a link to the IGFACatchLog privacy policy and copyright notice. Your unique, Angler ID number is located at the top of this page. If asked by surveyors at the dock, please provide them with this number.

  • Help
    Help

    Opens to a help document that is resident on the app, so you are able to access assistance with the app while you are in locations without cell phone coverage.

  • Footer Icons
    Footer Icons
    • My trips
      My Trips

      This area is a shortcut to My Trips where you can name and view your trip history and My Catches where you can add details to each catch.

    • Camera icon
      Camera Icon

      This area is a shortcut to the Visual ID screen. If you are on the water and want to snap a quick pic to submit for Visual ID, this icon provides a faster approach.

    • Hot spot icon
      Hot Spot Icon

      This area is a shortcut to enter a Hot Spot on the fly. Remember, only you will have access to your confidential fishing locations.

  • After Your Trip:

    You can review your trips and catches and analyze aspects that may affect your fishing success by visiting www.IGFACatchLog.org. Sign into the website (top right of the screen) using the same log-in information that you provided for the app and explore the various ways to view, analyze, and share your catches!

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