HOW CAN I BE ELECTRONICALLY UNNOTICEABLE WHEN FISHING?
Communicate and navigate like a spy. For example, voice scramblers are optional with some models of VHF radios, including handheld portables. These can be installed and used when talking on the air with fishing buddies.
With practical ranges of 1 to 6 miles, FRS (Family Radio Service) and GMRS (General Mobile Radio Service) are inexpensive (less than $50 to $120). These can be used to communicate in semiprivacy, and some sets have voice-scrambling ability.
Garmin’s InReach portable radios ($400 to $450 plus subscription) let you send and receive text messages in privacy with other InReach devices and mobile phones. Mobile phones can also prove useful when fishing within cell coverage.
Also, don’t advertise your location. Did you know that you can turn off your AIS broadcasts that show your position yet at the same time still receive AIS data from other vessels? Ask your dealer or installer how to install a switch to silence your AIS’s transmitter.