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#11609495 - 05/17/16 11:06 PM Use of mobile phones in tournament question
Ty's Team Offline
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"Mobile communication devices are encouraged for safety reasons but their use is prohibited during tournament hours for the purposes of finding or locating fish." A rule I see a lot in tourneys. I have a question about this rule. I understand you're not allowed to call anyone during tourney to solicit advice but what if I wanted to use an app that would help me find a spot I'd like to fish like navionics or something like that? Would that be considered against the rules? Not sure how it's any different than using a fish finder.


Edited by Ty's Team (05/17/16 11:07 PM)

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#11609502 - 05/17/16 11:09 PM Re: Use of mobile phones in tournament question [Re: Ty's Team]
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Totally legal as far as I know. If not ive been doing illegal things for quite a while. Like you said it's basically like having another graph on while fishing/running. I love my Navionocs app on my phone. Even though I have the chip in my graph i tend to use my phone more because i can move it around faster.
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#11609516 - 05/17/16 11:20 PM Re: Use of mobile phones in tournament question [Re: Jaguar6]
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Yeah I figured it was ok but just looking for confirmation because I don't want to break any rules.

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#11609706 - 05/18/16 07:28 AM Re: Use of mobile phones in tournament question [Re: Ty's Team]
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I use Navionics in an iPad. Too. It's ok.
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#11609710 - 05/18/16 07:32 AM Re: Use of mobile phones in tournament question [Re: Ty's Team]
LoneStarHusker Offline
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Ask your tournament director. They said the use of the Navionics app was specifically ILLEGAL for non-boaters at a FLW event I fished last year.

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#11609719 - 05/18/16 07:36 AM Re: Use of mobile phones in tournament question [Re: Ty's Team]
EastTexasBassin Offline
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That's weird. I wonder why they wouldn't allow it.

When driving in the dark, I often have my partner help me navigate with his phone so I can keep my eyes on the water in front of me to watch for stumps or trees. Its a lot safer that way, especially on an unfamiliar lake.


Edited by EastTexasBassin (05/18/16 07:37 AM)
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#11609743 - 05/18/16 07:49 AM Re: Use of mobile phones in tournament question [Re: LoneStarHusker]
James P. Offline
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Originally Posted By: LoneStarHusker
Ask your tournament director. They said the use of the Navionics app was specifically ILLEGAL for non-boaters at a FLW event I fished last year.
I think there talking about the co angler, to keep them from marking the boaters spots.


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#11612068 - 05/19/16 08:36 AM Re: Use of mobile phones in tournament question [Re: Ty's Team]
BassSAT Offline
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Registered: 05/21/02
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Ask Luke Claussen..

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#11612124 - 05/19/16 09:01 AM Re: Use of mobile phones in tournament question [Re: James P.]
kellisag Offline
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Originally Posted By: James P.
Originally Posted By: LoneStarHusker
Ask your tournament director. They said the use of the Navionics app was specifically ILLEGAL for non-boaters at a FLW event I fished last year.
I think there talking about the co angler, to keep them from marking the boaters spots.


My assumption as well.

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#11612171 - 05/19/16 09:20 AM Re: Use of mobile phones in tournament question [Re: Ty's Team]
PowPowOl'Son Offline
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When I read the word "phone" in that rule I interpret that to be communication device. Using the other capabilities on there is okay.

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