I've always figured that good fishing reports benefited the people on the msg. boards & served two purposes. They might help improve someone elses chances & the responses might benefit me. Over the last two weeks I have been out fishing 4 times I think & tried to give an honest report each time. I included locations, baits used, conditions & anything people asked of me. I'll admit, I didn't keep a tally sheet to assure an accurate count (when I said we caught a dozen it may have been 13 or even 11), but I tried to be accurate.
I haven't posted pictures because I usually don't have my phone on when out on the water & quite frankly don't give a sh%^t about taking 'em.
Comments made recently seem to be questioning my integrity so I have decided to learn how to post pictures on here (wasn't that hard really) & from now on I will only post a fishing report if I happen to remember to take a camera & get a picture to go along with it. Hope I haven't offended anybody & I'm sorry to those of you who appreciated my fishing reports.
Yeah I did Brigette, & thanks. Thing is, I have been home for the last 6 months unable to work, my wife had surgery Thursday & is in the hosp. right now & I just don't have the patience to read comments that imply since I didn't post a picture my report must not have happened. Its easier to just comment on other anglers great day & not post about mine. Sad thing is, in the few trips I have made it out this year, we are really having a great season!
That is ok. Sorry to hear about your wife. Hope she gets well soon. Everything is ok. Keep on fishing. Have a good day.
Capt Steve keep toing what you want to do. Don't live your life by way of what others say or think. In my opinion for what its worth, people who question or ask for pics are jealous. I also believe that reports are very helpful to folks who are just getting started or don't spend much time on the water. If nothing else it gives them the confidence that they are on the right pattern or location. Good job on the reports and if you enjoy sharing by all means go for it.
Capt. Steve I am new to the msg boards and rarely post. I DO enjoy your reports and find them useful. I figured out early on, and you probably know as well, there are a few people on this site who just seem to be miserable for whatever reason. You could post all the photos you want and they would most likely say they're photos of someone else's fish, etc. Just ignore them. There are plenty of guys on this board, who, like me, prefer to read the reports and put the info to use without ever posting. So please, keep doing what you're doing and know you have our support.
Negativity will spread very easily. Dont let it get to you. Your probably worn out and a little negative yourself. I hope your wife gets better.
Back to the fishign reports. Im not a new Striper fisherman but I will say after seeing your post on your double 3 way riggs, I set up 4 rods out of 6 like your set up. 3 baits per pole times 4 poles that is 12 baits. WEll we started Friday with no great reports and kinda blind trolling, with YOUR set up. The snap swivels on every bait and location gave me CONFIDENCE that it wouldnt scare the fish away with all the metal, b/c if you do it then...why not. So 12 baits and 2 stretches on the outside and ling lines. Cut to the good stuff...with the ability to easily change baits we loaded the colors that produces the most and at times had 2-3 on at once. Not great in size but good fun so we did not change the presentation and kept having fun b/c there were NO over the slots. So thanks for the confidence and one extra bait per pole.
The negative guys, post a new one and tell them you had a weak moment and are BACK.
Oh, almost forgot. Dead between the 59A and 59 Friday.
Cap't Steve, I am a frequent fisherman, at least once a week, and I enjoy and treasure every fishing report. I usually report my results and don't give a rat's ass who may question them (I don't post pics-no skills). I know some people do and I encourage you to continue, with or without pics.
Capt. Steve, I also value all your posts, and everyone elses for that matter. I drive almost 200 miles to go fishng - it is always great to have the posts. In past years I was always envious of the Chesapeake board, because there were so many people posting, the anglers always had a good idea what was going on, and where the bite was happening.
This year, there have been many more posts (at least it seems so to me) on the NN board, and I know when I'm out fishing, I recognize the names of many tidalfish members out there fishing, and always enjoy the posts - picture or not.
Pictures are always great - but I'd much rather see a post with no pictures, than no post at all. Most of the pictures I post are of other anglers - mostly because they are new to this, and it is often a fish of a lifetime for them.
Don't let the non-believers get to you. They are certain to be the vocal minority - the majority just need to speak up more often.
Good luck out there, and hope your wife has a quick recovery!
Listen guys I don't want to make a debate out of this. If I ask if you have a picture all I ask of you is just answer yes or no. End of discussion for me. Have a good evening.