Mike Carey wrote:thanks. I did forget to mention one other point. As Sam K mentioned, a lot of people don't do anything other than log on. No reports, no forum posts. To me, that is OK and I wouldn't pressure people to participate, BUT, the more you participate, the more you become a "regular" that people recognise. And with that "regular" status people begin to trust you and that's when friendship begins (assuming your posts and reports are reasonable and useful). So participation leads to friendship which leads to learning about neat "secret spots" that are maybe overlooked and/or under-reported. Plus the more important benefit of new fishing buddies (if that's something you want).
Mike, I have been surfing and participating on this site for a little while now. I have enjoyed it more than I can describe. I have had the opportunity to interact with alot of people and have made quite a few on-line friends that I look forward to fishing with in the future. I believe that was your vision here when y'all created this site and in my eyes that's what has been fulfilled.
I look forward to hearing what my friends report from their experiences, what they post on the forums, and even the personal dialogues from friends via the PM. Thanks.
Now, about secret lakes or secret spots. As a general rule, I don't share many of my honey holes with others until I have gotten to know them. I work hard at developing secret locations so that I can consistently catch fish. I research books, maps, on-line, and on the water. A lot of trial and error and alot of dead water as I develop these spots at various lakes. I don't just give them away.
However, I do share them with friends. I don't share them with people who will harvest my bass, but only C&R anglers. And I don't share all my spots for fear of increasing fishing pressure on MY spots. And yes, they are mine, I did all the leg work.
On this website, I do share some of the more known spots and how to fish them, so others can have the opportunity at success because fishing is a fantastic sport that should be shared. And most people I meet here I do consider friends.
So don't take it personal, if the anglers on this site don't draw you a map with a big red "X" on it saying drown your worm here. It's just what fishermen do.