“IGFA Mobile” – Here’s a recently introduced app that will let you discover in an instant if that world-record catch you just made really is a world record. The International Game Fish Association designed it so that anglers could check on the record status of any species of gamefish caught in the world, and it automatically updates new record catches every time your cell phone is turned on, so the info is never out of date. The app includes a listing of IGFA certified weigh stations so you can figure out the closest scales to check in your catch, and there’s also a trip-planning list and a complete listing of the IGFA rules. Price: $8.99; www.igfa.org
“iNAVX” – This relatively advanced nav-app takes advantage of NOAA raster chartography, but can also expand your charting options with the X-Traverse service ($10/year, http://www.x-traverse.com), which allows you to wirelessly transfer charting data from your PC or Mac to your phone, and vice-versa. It’s compatible with Navionics Gold, HotMaps, and Fish’N’Chip charts, plus topography maps for the US and Canada. X-Traverse also brings social networking to boaters, as it enables you to upload or share data points and locations with Facebook updates. iNavX is for the icrowd only, at least for now, working on iPhones, iPod Touches, and iPads. It essentially turns your smart phone into a smart chartplotter, and supports a multitude of real-time chartplotting functions (including speed, course, and bearing data, anchor alarm, track logging, etc.), gives you the ability to import and export waypoints and routes with Google Earth, and includes tides and currents data and GRIB weather forecasting. Price: $49.99; www.inavx.com.
“Marine Day Tides” – If you have an iPhone or iPad and don’t want to pay for one of the more comprehensive applications that include tidal data, this application is for you. It includes tidal data for over 5,000 locations world-wide, sunrise/sunset/moon phase information, and tidal graphs. Price: Free; www.tucabo.com