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Old 09-20-2011, 06:23 PM
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We are making the final tweaks to the Virginia, New Jersey, New York (long island) and other areas along the NE coast. We thought we would ask what naming convention you all use for your personal gps spots?

We have the options of course to use a local spot names like "lego point" or Cara cove etc.
Most gps brands have waypoint name limits of 8, 12,or sometimes 16 characters.

OR do you guys like to use Fish species abbreviations like Gr for Grouper, Bf for Blue fish, etc. ?

In the past, most of our Hot Spots Fishing Chips use the fish species abbreviations, followed by a number to make the name unique.

What say ye ??
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Old 09-21-2011, 03:16 PM
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I use both... Place names for locations, and Species names where I have caught fish and/or have a "hotspot" for a particular speicies in the middle of know where.

Do I get a free chip for being first?
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How many WP's are on the LI chip, and does it include wrecks?
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Old 09-21-2011, 03:20 PM
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Originally Posted by SportAngler View Post
We are making the final tweaks to the Virginia, New Jersey, New York (long island) and other areas along the NE coast. We thought we would ask what naming convention you all use for your personal gps spots?

We have the options of course to use a local spot names like "lego point" or Cara cove etc.
Most gps brands have waypoint name limits of 8, 12,or sometimes 16 characters.

OR do you guys like to use Fish species abbreviations like Gr for Grouper, Bf for Blue fish, etc. ?

In the past, most of our Hot Spots Fishing Chips use the fish species abbreviations, followed by a number to make the name unique.

What say ye ??
Just remember that the same fish in a different area may have a different name.
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Old 09-22-2011, 09:42 AM
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Originally Posted by rwidman View Post
Just remember that the same fish in a different area may have a different name.
Now that is just REDICULOUS!!!!

Your saying if a fish named "Bob" swims from Block Island to Fire Island, he can change his name to "Mike"???
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Old 09-22-2011, 10:04 AM
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I personally name my spots by the local name. But I like the species naming idea too.
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Old 09-22-2011, 12:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Birdman View Post
Your saying if a fish named "Bob" swims from Block Island to Fire Island, he can change his name to "Mike"???
He might have to change it to "Sue".

I don't know much about fishing, but I do know that "rockfish" in the Chesapeake Bay are "striped bass" in other areas. I have to assume that this carries over to other species as well.
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Thanks for the great responses. As we anticipated, some like the local names of the spots and some like the species abbreviations. I can see how either would work.

Some use as an example Gp or Gr for Grouper, where others would rather name the spot by the local known area.

Another example is wrecks:
We get a lot of anglers asking about why we don't name the wrecks by their name instead of WRK followed by a number to make it unique. The answer to that goes back to the
limit imposed on the length of the waypoint name by the brand or model of the gps. Some of the brands will allow 10-12 character names and others up to 16. Some of the older ones will limit it to 6 characters.

We are kind of leaning on naming the spots by the fish abbreviations for these reasons:
An angler new to the northeast (or any area for that matter) may have heard of Caro point or Lego cove, but unless they talk to locals that fish the spot, they will likely not know what they would need to be prepared to fish that spot and what they may catch there.
But if the spot is abbreviated like SbBf, and they understand the naming convention, then when they see a spot on the screen called SbBf, they will know that the spot normally produces Stripped Bass and Blue Fish depending upon the time of the year.

Since this product was designed to simplify getting productive fishing spots into your marine gps chartplotter of choice, and saving anglers the laborious task of manual entry of each one into the gps, maybe we should go with the fish species.

If we follow that pattern, no matter where you fish, you will easily be able to determine what species to be fishing for. Our products ship with a sheet called the legend, which shows all the abbreviations we use for the spots, so there is little room for guessing.

That seems to be the logical choice, but we are still interested in hearing any opinions you all may have.
Thanks ! !
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Like I said, a particular species may go by a different name in a different part of the country. Many different names even.

How about a code for the species and then a chart listing all the common names for that species?
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rwidman, your idea sounds good. I think we can make that happen.
Thanks for your suggestions
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