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How to Create a Fishing Trip

Overview

To create a trip, follow the steps below. This article uses a fishing trip as an example, but you can follow the same steps for any kind of trip – over land or on the water. Likewise, it demonstrates how to this with the Android app but the iPhone app is very similar.

First, open the SIKU app to the post tab by clicking on the icon.

Start Trip

Before you go, start recording your tracks by tapping Start, next to the trip icon. The SIKU app will use your phone’s GPS in the background to draw your route on the map as you travel.

You must give SIKU permission to record your location in the background even when the app is closed. This can be changed in your devices’ “settings” app and is called “Always” or “Allow all the time” depending on your device.

View Ongoing Tracks

While you’re on your trip, it’s a good idea to check your Map tab to see if your GPS track is recording correctly. The track will display as a red line on the map.

If you’re using SIKU on an iPhone, you will need to go to the Saved tab, and tap “Active Trip” to see the tracks on the map.

Adding a Post to your Trip

Documenting your catch and linking it to your trip is simple. While the trip is still recording (indicated by the red dot in the Trip bar), go to the Post tab, and tap the green Wildlife button. Choose the harvested fish from the list of species. 

If you caught multiple species on your trip, make a separate post for each kind.

When prompted, choose whether you harvested a single fish or a group of fish. The information you can add to the post will be different depending on what you choose.

If you’re posting about a fish harvest, select the box that says “Hunting Story.” Note that this causes several new panels to appear. If you saw the animal but didn’t harvest it, you can leave the hunting option unchecked to create an observation post.

You can add any type of post to your trip: Wildlife, Ice, Tools, or Social.

Set Location and Time

As soon as you create a post, your device will automatically begin getting a GPS fix on your location.

Photos & Description

Information entered into the Photos & Description panel will be displayed prominently in the SIKU feed and when shared to social media. 

Make your post unique by giving it a Featured Title.

You can attach up to 3 featured photos from your gallery or capture them with your phone’s camera.

Describe the Animals You Hunted

Describe how you caught the fish in the “Capture Method” field.

It is important to record the number of fish harvested in order to keep track of your fishing success, so record that in the “Total # of animals hunted” field.

Include a close-up photo of the fish using the “Hunt Photo” button.

Describe the Surrounding Habitat

Next, include information about where you caught the fish and take a photo to document what the ice conditions were like where you caught the fish.

Unusual

If you noticed anything unusual about your catch, for example, if some of them seemed sick, and document that in the Unusual tab at the top of the screen.

Default Settings

Set your post tags and make changes to stewardship or privacy settings in the default settings tab. All of these options can be set ahead of time in the settings screen. Make sure your community, and if applicable, associated projects are tagged. Learn more about default settings.

Saved Posts

When you’ve finished with your post, tap the yellow Save button to save the post to your device. This fishing post is now saved offline on your phone and is linked to your trip, which is still recording. 

Travel back to your community before ending your trip and connect to the internet to upload everything to SIKU. 

Ending your Trip

Once you’re back home, tap “ Finish” next to the trip icon to end your trip. 

While finishing your trip, consider giving your trip a featured name.

A screenshot of your trip track will be automatically generated by SIKU, but you can also add a photo from your trip that will show on the feed. 

Tap the yellow Save button to save the trip to your device.

To view your saved trip and linked fishing post, tap on the Saved tab at the bottom of the screen. The trip will be listed with its linked posts indented directly below.

Edit

If you made a mistake or want to add more details, you can make changes to either of your posts by editing them. Tap the three dots () next to the post and select “Edit” from the sheet that appears. When you’re done editing, press the Save button to close the post and save your changes.

Upload

Because SIKU works offline when you’re out hunting, saving a post doesn’t post it to SIKU and you have to upload your saved posts when you have an internet connection.  

When you have an internet connection, go to the Saved tab and press the upload icon next to the trip and each linked post. The amount of time it takes to upload will depend on the speed of your internet and how many photos you have taken. When the trip and its linked posts finish uploading, they will move from the Pending tab to the Uploaded tab.

Feed

Verify that your post is online by going to your profile. Tap the Feed tab and then tap on the yellow bar at the top of the screen to open the shortcuts menu. Select your name from the list to view your profile. Pull down on the top of the screen to refresh the feed and see your latest posts. Your trip and its linked posts should be at the top of the feed.

Tap the More button on the trip to open the post details up on the map. The tracks on the map show where you went on your fishing trip. To see all the details about your fishing trip, tap the up arrow in the yellow drawer at the bottom of the screen. You can now scroll through your post to see all of its details. 

To view the details of my linked fishing post, navigate back to your feed and tap on the More button next to the fishing post. The fish icon should be on the map where you caught the fish. Tap the arrow in the yellow drawer at the bottom to see the details of your harvesting post. 

You can also press the Share button to upload your post to Facebook or Twitter.

Updated on June 11, 2021

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