4 Google search hacks to find new fishing spots

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4 Google search hacks to find new fishing spots

In this blog we’re going to have a look at a real world example of how we can find new fishing spots using some simple Google tricks to discover where (and how) to target specific fish in the local area.

This year I want to focus on catching mulloway on my local waterway which is Sydney Harbour. It’s a massive waterway. But where are the productive spots? What lures work? What time of year is best?

Using some simple Google tricks we can filter through the billions of pages of information on the internet to get some very specific information from local experts and guides who are regularly catching awesome fish.

This knowledge is freely available to you by applying some smarts and investing a little bit of time.

Step 1: Advanced Google Search

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Retrieving relevant information based on specific search criteria is what Google does best.

Here we have searched “Sydney Harbour” & Mulloway. Putting Sydney Harbour in quotes returns results with this exact phrase while using an ampersand ensures that results must also contain the word Mulloway.

This search has returned some helpful articles written by local guides that gives us some fairly commonly known mulloway locations in Sydney to try out.

However, these guys aren’t going to give away their best spots to just anyone. Let’s dig a bit deeper.

Step 2: Google Forums

The eighth result in our previous search was a local Sydney fishing form called Fishraider. I’m a member of Fishraider so I can use their search tools but I think Google does just as good a job at searching forum posts. Let’s see what we can find here.

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Our next Google search is going to be site:fishraider.com.au & Mulloway. Notice I have left out Sydney Harbour as I know Fishraider is largely Sydney based anyway. We could just as easily add it back in again. By using the search criteria “site:” we limit results to just from that website.

So now we have a list of fishing reports we can trawl through to try and find some fishing locations. We can also work out a heap of other information like what lures or baits to use, what gear we need, seasons and tides etc.

Maybe still people will be a bit wary of giving away their favourite spot. Let’s try something else.

Step3: Google Images

Googling images requires a bit more investigative technique but the results can be much more accurate than what people are willing to contribute to a fishing forum.

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Let’s go back to our search for “Sydney Harbour” & Mulloway but this time click on the images tab.

First thing is to skim for landmarks. What we are looking for are bridges, apartment or office buildings, navigation markers, headlands, identifiable moored boats.

One landmark is OK but if you can identify two landmarks in a photo then it is possible to use Google maps to triangulate where the photo was taken.

Several of these results have the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the North Sydney skyline in the background. We can’t see the Opera House – it looks to be obscured by an island which is on the left side of some of these photos. We can also see a headland on the right covered in trees. From these details we can work out roughly where this photo was taken.googlefishingspots4-2

Step 4: Google Images 2

Mulloway anglers are known for their secrecy and we can see heaps of the images are taken with a really tight shot and so that the fish obscures the horizon. Next weakness is the file name.

Sometimes we just forget that naming our image Massive-Mulloway-Shark-Island.jpg and then uploading it to the internet is probably going to give the game away.

We can also forget to turn the GPS tagging off on our phones and this can easily uncover where the photo was taken by using online metadata tools. If the image looks like it was uploaded directly from a phone camera then there is a chance a GPS tag is attached to the photo.

Ethics

All of this may seem a little unethical but remember all this information was put out there voluntarily by the public. It just remains hidden in the vast amount of noise on the internet. All we are doing here is using Google as a tool filter out all the stuff we aren’t interested in.

It’s a message we hear over and over again – If you want your information to remain private don’t post it on the internet.

Summary

With Google there are so many variables. Be prepared to play around with search terms to refine your results. We could also try the term “jewfish” instead of mulloway.

We could also start getting more specific with the location and maybe try “Parramatta River” instead of Sydney Harbour. With a little bit of practice, you will be discovering new fishing spots in no time.

Give these 4 simple Google tricks a try and find a new fishing hotspot in your area for this weekend.

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