Why Do You Not Want to Give Fishing Reports?
Some have mentioned the board is not what it used to be. Many that used to give reports don't anymore (but are still fishing). Many new members don't give reports. To me, reports are what make this board great. I still see crowds of boats out fishing but few actual reports. Skunk and slow catching reports all provide good information too. I know some don't want to give up their spot or even general location...to me that is OK. Just the fact there are fish to be caught is all the motivation I need sometime. I know some stopped reporting because of the 0.0001% of the haters that make a negative comment but what about the other 99.9999% that are not negative and appreciate the report. I know there are some that are very sensitive to that sort of thing but I can't believe the vast majority are this sensitive. I know folks still flock to TF to read what is happening as posts still get many views but seems most only view and don't participate by giving reports.
So to those that have been on the board a long time and those new folks to the board, why do you not want to give fishing reports?
Ok I'll bite.
The flounder bite has been wide slam jam open at the CBBT for three weeks now.....go gettum!
Enjoy your time at the bridge now Mike...LOL
There were only 300 hundred boats at the 2nd trying to catch 200 flounder last week.
Tidal Fish used to be a small network that was useful, now it is detrimental to our resources...I am sorry you don't get it.
PS I do not feel this is the case on the offshore board just inshore cause every Tom, Dick and Harry with a row boat reads this forum.
Last edited by ccx2; 08-01-2012 at 08:46 PM.
I don't mind the haters as most are just jerks. I'm bothered that the board is so full of lurkers and takers. So many people are fishing the bay but so few are posting or even taking the time to respond to posts. Most just come to TF to get fishing information and give back nothing in return. Not even a thank you.
I appreciate the reports and fishing advice from the few who do post.
I rarely post because I don't like the few that look to slam anything that is put out on the board. I also don't take picture's which most all want to see. I have not been fishing on my own boat hardly at all this year. I plan on trying to correct that over the next couple of months, I have a ton of leave that needs to be used!
We fished in the Norfolk Marine Company Owner's Tournament last Saturday.
We did pretty well with Spadefish at the CBBT, drifting one side of one of the islands, on one of the tidal flows, catching on both shallow bobbers and deeper rigs. We had a dozen spades and one 32" Red Drum, on a spade rig at 10-ft depth. Clams for bait. Red hooks, size 1/0. No music playing on the boat...
P.S. Mike, you are correct.
Originally Posted by Ware Fisher
Wow-did I just read that...someone actually said "not even a thank you"??? You could not have hit that any harder, it just happened to me. A guy Pms me about the monster Black tip I caught last year. 10' 6" seriously!!..he wanted some info on how where what when. I gave this guy precise instructions on How, Where, What, he already knew the when. The where was a general but anywhere in that area holds big sharks. I type very slow so it took a while to write. this guy wanted gear to rigging info. He never even gave a quick thanks. It has happened before too but this last one took the cake.
Mike like you I find the skunk reports good intel as well, I have put those up too in the past. You get hits but again no thank you's, you spend time and money in that skunk trip then take the time to admit it on an open forum and you get squat.
When you do give a report and you give specific info such as, slayed the spades on a slack tide with clams at wolf trap, the next time you go the bait shop is sold out of clams and when you do get bait and get there you find 50 boats. Sometimes it ruins the spot untill next year.
I also totally agree with a report such as, Cobia are in the lowewr bay in good numbers, or went out today and caught my limit of sheep in an hr. BUT what you get back is a bunch of smart arse comments because you wil not give an exact location. I have a very very few friends that I will share info with anymore because of the above mentioned, it also doesn't help I am so far away either. And even with the off the board reports you still have to be carefull, someone will try to move ahead on the high archy of an internet site and spill the beans of a great bite, wher when and what, then your spot is gone. It happened a couple of times on the NN board a while back, did that get touchy, still not sure if those two didn't end up squaring off somewhere.
I do understand about giving up locations. But why not give a report and either not give a location or be very general. If you said CBBT that covers 17 miles so doubt anyone will take your specific spot (well maybe George Proveroma will).
I doubt that if you stop posting it will reduce the number of boats on the bay. I also don't think posting techniques increases the catch by a huge amount. I put a lot of time in reading about fishing on this forum, other forums and books. I post most of my trips that are successful and a few that aren't but it is mostly influenced by time on my part. I learn some things but it is really time spent on the bay that counts and teaches me the post.
I really enjoy reading the posts by guys that catch fish and try new (at least to me) techniques. I would hope that they continue to post the results despite the few that want to criticize everyone. I will try to show my appreciation for the posts more often though. One other forum I monitor has a single button to click to say thanks. Also tracks the number of thanks a person gets. Brandon may want to consider this.
Steve, Stafford, VA
Fish out of Solomons Island and Lower Potomac
2005 Parker 2120 Pilot House with 150 Yamaha
2010 Carolina Skiff DLX 1655 with 50 HP Nissan
Why not just ignore those people?
Originally Posted by timber