Happy Birthday Fish Explorer!
by: Matt Snider , Colorado 5/17/2013
Happy Birthday Fish Explorer! I can’t believe you’re seven. Man how time flies! Next thing you know, I’ll blink and you’ll be getting married. I hope it’s not to snapchat. Regardless, no matter what, I love you and on we go.
Having started this gig seven plus years ago and spending time every single day of the week with it, fishing is obviously on my mind a lot. Earlier, it was “hey, I’m gonna go fish now…”, and then later that became “I’ll probably get out this week” and now it’s more like “yes, it’s a fishing site, and no, I have no idea what’s going on with the bass right now.” As we rolled through topsy-turvy financial times almost from the get-go, I dug-in and maintained what I considered to be a very valuable tool for fishermen.
We need a website like Fish Explorer because we need to fish, and knowledge goes a long way to enjoying the sport. I needed it, so I built it, and it has helped me immensely to find new places, new species, and new friends. I hope it has helped you as much.
We’ve persevered, and in so doing my annual fishing days have plummeted. Now here comes my 40th in a couple weeks. I need to get out and have my midlife crisis, and I think I'll do it out on the water.
The Fish Explorer project that’s consumed me for the last several months is going to open a new era. It will usher in a period in which I hope we gain solid contributing members and trim fat. This site is about sharing and I realize that most of us are kind enough to share with some but do not want to share everything with everyone, especially those that don't share our values. This new system addresses that.
It won’t look entirely different. The header gets a facelift. Links might move around a bit. We will be adding more stuff in the future. But when we switch over it’ll look mostly the same – it’ll just act different.
Membership will be different. You will be required to contribute to get what you’ve been getting on Fish Explorer. Whether you contribute with information (reports, etc.) to the site or you pay to support our ability to manage the site, it’s your choice. Submitting reports is easy, spending pocket change is easy. What comes out of it will be more features, more information, better management, and more fish for you (disclaimer: this means for some of you. We hope it’s most of you). And over the following several weeks, we will continue to add, remove, and modify features and information on the site to conform to and build upon the new system.
My next blog will introduce the new system in more detail, at which point the new era will be in motion. If you have gained points for your account, you’re likely all set. If you subscribe to FxR+ you are all set. To gain more points, submit conditions reports – it is the simplest way to beef up your points and contribute to the site. Conditions reports are what drive Fish Explorer. So go out and fish, and when you get back take five minutes to help keep fishing info current throughout the state.
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IceFishingFool, CO 5/17/2013 8:24:11 AM
Hear Hear Matt, FxR is and was at first sight, user friendly, unlike most other web sights, I,ve tried to make sence out of. I ran short of gas for the boat and motored into the Marina, a young lady, getting ready to go out, stopped and ask where was the best places to catch fish ?...and of course my smart a** reply was in the water. I then tried to point out they would need to try different areas such as drop offs/structure etc, that they would have to get out and give it a try. Looking forward to what ever comes next. Congrads.
HeavyC, CO 5/17/2013 8:52:39 AM
Can't wait Matt! Thanks for EVERYTHING! ...you are DA MAN!
opencage, CO 5/17/2013 8:54:55 AM
As a relatively new Coloradoan, finding this site was a game-changer. I couldn't believe anything like this existed. It's made fishing more fun. I've learned a ton from the forum, blogs, and articles. I've gotten so much from the site, I felt I had to give back. I'm excited for the new system and know that FxR will make fishing fun for many more anglers young and old, novice and expert. Happy Birthday FxR! and many more.
moosegoose, CO 5/17/2013 9:02:00 AM
Looking forward to seeing more Matt!!
JKaboom, CO 5/17/2013 9:58:42 AM
Happy B-Day indeed - I did not know the site was 7 years old. I am looking forward to some of the new features you eluded too. Nice BLOG and nice work !!!
pikeNcolorado, CO 5/17/2013 10:31:08 AM
Awesome News. Can't wait. Thanks to all the guys at Fish Explorer that work behind the scenes.
Coyute, CO 5/17/2013 11:14:24 AM
The changes have been a long time coming. I'm glad y'all listened. I've had some beefs with the site about how and what is presented to the lurkers and the keep-everything-I catch crowd and this is certainly a step in the right direction. I like to think my bitching and moaning helped a bit. Thanks Matt, good luck and Happy Birthday FxR. :)
Neyet Stalker, CO 5/17/2013 2:23:34 PM
Matt congrats your persistence has paid and the future looks hopeful. I have been here almost since Fishexplorer was born, and have witnessed its progression. Many, many anglers use the site, some give and many just take. Its just the "way of the world", and "the nature of the beast". Hopefully things will continue to develop on a positive note. If you ever find the time to fish, I would be obliged to take you on a guided night time walleye trip. No charge man my guided trips are free...lol. The catch is "I cannot guarantee you will catch anything"! haha
SnipeHuntin, CO 5/17/2013 9:50:08 PM
I'm glad I found this site 4 years ago. I spend more time on FxR then any other website. Keep up the good work Matt!
Catman1979, CO 5/18/2013 12:29:05 AM
Really happy to hear the news, and that some, are putting in work to make this all better even better. Thanks a lot for the work, and I can't wait!
brookieflyfisher, CO 5/18/2013 5:05:51 AM
I've been here too long. Good thing I'm not fat.
brookieflyfisher, CO 5/18/2013 5:06:12 AM
In all seriousness I'm looking forward to it!
Swigs, CO 5/18/2013 9:52:26 PM
Matt, it has always been a pleasure. I hope to help in the future.