You’re standing on the shore, your thoughts far away in the middle of blissful nowhere—not a care in the world on your mind. The endless cycle of casting, waiting, and reeling-in soothes your soul. But, a few hours later, you realize you’ve completely lost track of time, and your family is wondering where you are!
What if your watch could help you stay out of trouble? Moreover, what if your watch could help you see the moon phases to help you determine tides? Smart outdoor watches are just the thing – waterproof and full of handy features. We have created a list to help you find the best watch for fishing and make the buying process a walk in the park. Here’s a list of watches, perfect for outdoor fans like you.
Casio Men’s PAG240T Pathfinder Triple-Sensor Stainless Steel Watch
This stunning and incredibly tough timepiece is titanium-colored and equipped with three sensors – an altimeter, barometer, and thermometer, as well as compass information.
Read the time in any light, thanks to the backlight with afterglow to help you out when you need it. See the time all over the world – it features 31 time zones with a city code display and daylight savings (on or off).
Set yourself up to five daily alarms. You can also use the hourly time signal for more frequent alarms. If you trip and fall into the river or ocean while fishing, the watch is water-resistant up to 100m (330 ft), so your watch should survive just fine.
The strap is durable and comfortable thanks to a cloth band and a double-locking fold-over clasp for easy securing.
Summary of special features
- Backlight with afterglow
- Three sensors – altimeter, barometer, thermometer
- Compass info
- Displays sunset and sunrise time
- Tough solar-powered batteries
- G-Shock strength – the watch can resist centrifugal and impact forces, as well as high water pressure. This means it’s one of the toughest, most durable watches you can buy
Casio Men’s Pro Trek PRW2500T, Tough Solar Digital Sport Watch
Another high-performance watch with a triple sensor (altimeter, barometer, thermometer, plus compass). This one has a duplex LCD layout giving you info at a glance (except for telling you where the fish are biting).
It also has smart numerical and trend graph data with arrow icons to show barometric pressure patterns. When looking for the best watch for fishing, you want something stylish and water-resistant. This watch is water-resistant at a depth of up to 200 meters, it’s tough enough to endure river trekking and rafting. As a bonus, it also shows you tide and moon graphs, helpful for sea kayaking and sea fishing trips.
- Triple sensor (altimeter, barometer, thermometer)
- Compass info
- Indicates barometric pressure patterns
- Provides moon and tide data
- Calibrated automatically up to 6 times a day to keep accurate time (multi-band atomic timekeeping)
- Solar-powered batteries
- Titanium band
- G-Shock toughness
Casio Men’s G Shock Stainless Steel Quartz Watch with Resin Strap (Model: GST-S100G-1BCR)
A beautiful, sexy black watch that’s tough as nails; this Casio stainless steel quartz watch won’t disappoint. Casio is obsessed with making incredible watches that do almost everything except make your coffee and catch your fish for you.
Built-in solar-powered batteries mean you’ll never replace them. Atomic timekeeping will always keep you on time. This black G-shock watch (able to resist centrifugal and impact force as well as high water pressure) has a unique “Layer Guard Structure” where the solid case is combined with a resin strap.
The black look contrasts with smart white hour and minute hands. A nifty button allows you to briefly move the hour and minute hands out of the way so you can easily read the digital display. Double-LED face illumination lets you read the time, any time.
Summary of special features
- Solar-powered batteries
- Triple sensor
- Water-resistant up to 200m
- World time zone (31 time zones)
- Double LED light
- Second stopwatch
- Countdown timer
- 5 daily alarms
- Full auto-calendar
- Button operation tone on/off
- Quartz Movement
- Suitable for professional marine activity and serious water sports, except for diving
Casio G Shock Mudman Digital Dial Men’s Watch – G9300-1
A slightly cheaper model than the other two above, but no less reliable. The Mudman Digital Dial has many of the same features, like the solar-charged batteries, compass, thermometer, moon data, etc.
If you like outdoor night activities like hunting or night hiking, the moon data is useful for indicating the phases of the moon. When considering the best watch for fishing, you need to take features that can help you while you fish into account. The compass works best if you take it off first and lay it on a flat surface. So, depending on how often you need to use it, you may prefer to take an extra compass along. When using the thermometer on any Casio watch, remember to take it off your wrist, or your body temperature will affect the reading.
This watch is just as indestructible as the other G-Shock Casio watches. Do your yard work, mud-wrestle, and even replace sprinkler drains without worrying about damaging it.
Summary of features
- Solar-charged batteries
- Moon data
- Durable, water-resistant and tough
Garmin Instinct, Rugged Outdoor Watch with GPS
A different make from the Casio watches mentioned above, Garmin is every bit as awesome, in a class of its own. It’s as tough as the military, equipped with smart technology, and is every bit as cool as it looks.
Track in tough environments with three global navigation satellite systems. If you know how to use this watch, you should be able to find your way out of just about anywhere. You can even take the exact route back to your starting point using the handy TracBack feature. Planning ahead? Plot your routes in advance using the Garmin Explore website.
The Garmin Instinct Watch is super durable with a casing made of fiber-reinforced polymer and a chemically strengthened, scratch-resistant display. The contrast is high enough to enable easy reading even in bright light. It’s comfortable, won’t come off easily, and won’t get caught on anything (thanks to the vented silicone bands with two removable keeper loops for a secure fit).
Do you like to keep an eye on your fitness while you’re out and about on your fishing trips? The built-in monitor tracks your heart rate, activity, and stress throughout the day, providing you with useful data on how hard your body is working. This data is used to create preloaded activity profiles for running, biking, swimming, and more when you want to implement a specific training program.
Summary of special features
- Can withstand thermal, shock, and water resistance by military standards
- Heart rate, activity and stress monitor, training assistant (use preloaded activity profiles)
- 3-axis compass
- TracBack feature and multiple global navigation satellite systems – GPS, GLONASS and Galileo
- Stay connected with a compatible smartphone, upload data automatically to the online Garmin fitness community.
- Long-lasting battery life: up to 14 days in smartwatch mode, up to 16 hours in GPS mode, up to 40 hours in UltraTrac battery saver mode
Garmin Fēnix 5 Plus, Premium Multisport GPS Smartwatch
Here’s another brilliantly multi-talented outdoor friend, with a ton of technology squeezed into a compact watch. You need an outdoors-friendly watch if you are looking for the best watch for fishing. The Garmin Fenix 5 Plus comes with plenty of features to help you get the most out of all your outdoor activities.
You can even play music, thanks to the ability to store up to 500 songs, and you can connect to your phone via Bluetooth headphones. Make phone-free payments with your watch using Garmin Pay at any participating stores with a payment scanner.
The color TOPO maps help you plan using the most popular routes, and with multiple navigation systems (GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo), you’re good to go no matter where you are. The wrist-based heart rate monitor helps you keep track of calories burned, and the watch tracks all your activity, compiling it into useful training information. Choose from the various preloaded activity profiles and training programs for swimming, running, biking, hiking, skiing, rowing, paddle boarding, and more.
Stay in touch with the office while you’re out – simply pair the watch with your phone and get all your important messages and email alerts on your watch.
Summary of special features:
- Features Color Topo Maps
- Heart Rate Monitoring
- Play music (store up to 500 songs)
- Durable, rugged design with stainless steel or diamond-like carbon (DLC), titanium bezel, buttons, and rear case
- Garmin Pay
- Navigation sensors include 3 axis compass, gyroscope, and barometric altimeter as well as multiple satellite systems (GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo)
- Battery performance: up to 10 days in smartwatch mode and 8 hours in GPS mode with music
- Set of ABC (altimeter, barometer, and compass) sensors
- Full-color Garmin chroma display with LED backlighting
- Customizable with free downloads, various QuickFit bands in leather, metal or silicone available
Just think of the adventures you could plan. Map out your hiking route, use the compass for fun, check out the temperatures as you go, and, of course, make sure you get home on time!
Remember, when it comes down to finding the best watch for fishing, the verdict is up to you. Make sure to choose a watch that fits your needs and has the features you require to make your day of fishing more enjoyable.