View Full Version : Question about GPS locations.

05-23-2010, 11:10 AM
Generally, when I see someone was fishing at a location of 20/35, I assume that is the minutes readings on the GPS. (Lat/Lon) The hours are kind of determined by where they are fishing from, and the seconds are kind of irrelevant minutia.

Is that correct? Just trying to learn the lingo.


05-23-2010, 02:16 PM
You are correct, for instance the general coordinates for part of the Soquel Hole area would be 36'51/121'53 with additional .xxx for the seconds if they were stated. Generally people only discuss/disclose the more general information of hours/minutes, and leave the seconds off.

05-27-2010, 12:17 PM
Just a clarification, actually the first number is degrees, not hours, and there are 60 minutes per degree.

Latitude (shown as a horizontal line) is the angular distance, in degrees, minutes, and seconds of a point north or south of the Equator. Lines of latitude are often referred to as parallels.
Longitude (shown as a vertical line) is the angular distance, in degrees, minutes, and seconds, of a point east or west of the Prime (Greenwich) Meridian. Lines of longitude are often referred to as meridians.


05-29-2010, 07:40 AM
You are absolutely correct, don't know how I overlooked the degrees being referenced as hours.....