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See what's biting with FishBrain, the social network for anglers

Posted by: Katie Humphrey Updated: August 18, 2014 - 1:19 PM

Not a fish tale: There is an app and social network for people who love to fish.

It's called FishBrain, and it originated in Sweden. Sounds perfect for Minnesota.

The idea is to crowdsource information to help anglers figure out where the fish are biting. Users log their catches -- kind of fish, size, bait used, a picture -- and FishBrain adds details about weather conditions. All that is plotted on a map so users can explore activity on nearby lakes.

Have a favorite spot you want to keep an eye on? Follow "fishing waters" that interest you to get updates. Or maybe you're curious what they're catching in Norway. Browsing FishBrain gives you a snapshot.

Local fishing enthuiasts have already caught on. Some metro areas lakes already have more than 1,000 followers. Many of the bigger lakes across the state have dozens of followers.

FishBrain CEO Johan Attby told Wired, "Say you want to fish for pike. Our system can predict what bait you should be using, and suggest where and when you should fish."

But even the digital world isn't immune to a little embellishment, it seems. One person who offered an otherwise positive review in the iOS app store noted, "The only thing about this app is that many people lie about the weight and length of fishes they catch which would be great if it were true."


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