The Value of FishExplorer
by: Lloyd Tackitt 7/1/2013
Sometimes it's good to remember the value of something that I use a lot, but don't think too much about. There are a lot of things like that. Just for one example, take knives. I use them a lot, have a whole bunch of different kinds of them for different jobs. When I sharpen one just before using, and it slices so nicely, I give a small amount of thought to how valuable it is, but only in a background sort of way. I could write a 20,000 word essay on knives at the drop of a hat - but I don't really think much about them unless I focus down as I have here.
FishExplorer is kind of like that, it has a multitude of valuable traits, things I don't think much about even when using them.
Sharing of knowledge is way up at the top. This is a "place" where fishermen of all kinds and from different regions get together and talk about what works and what doesn't work. I read the articles and blog posts every day, and every day I learn at least one small new thing. Sometimes I learn a lot of big things, but even those small new things quickly accumulate into large chunks of new knowledge. I put that to work when I go fishing (sometimes without even thinking about it), and my success rate has gone up dramatically. My enjoyment of the sport has been greatly enhanced.
Sharing of local conditions. Okay, this would be way at the top if I fished different places. In my case that doesn't happen - I have world class fishing at my doorstep, lots of variety and instant access - so I don't fish other places very often anymore. Who would? But I also recognize that this is unusual. Before I moved here I did fish a lot of different places and the knowledge that is on this site about the actual conditions of different places would have been awesome to have. It kind of reminds me of amazon.com's product reviews, where actual buyers review the product you're looking at - that information is extremely valuable to prospective purchasers. Just so with the condition updates.
Maps. The maps on here are fabulous. If you're thinking of fishing a lake you've not been to before you can click on the lake and a map pops up showing boat ramps and camp grounds. You can zoom in on those and get some pretty specific information. It can save hours of research or hours of driving around looking. Pretty darned handy.
Lake temperatures, water levels, local regulations, species in the lake and on and on. Tremendous amount of information available for your destination. It would be just about impossible to find much of this information, but to find it all and in one place is outstanding.
Forums. Got a question? Want to know something specific about a lake? Looking at new boats and want to know about boat features? Thinking of fishing for catfish and don't know where to go? Curious about typical wind conditions on a river? Any question you can think of you can ask, and get answers from those that actually know. Want to just talk about something, say like the difficulty of getting away from crowded places? You can strike up a conversation with like minded people.
Articles. For in-depth knowledge you can't beat the articles here. Detailed descriptions, step by step instructions, great advice...it's all here in these superb articles written not by commercial writers with a product to plug, but by fishermen like us - everyday Joe's that happen to know a lot about a subject. There's about two hundred years of experience in these articles, knowledge just waiting for you to uncover and then go out and use.
I can't give this site enough Kudos for being set up to help me learn about, and increase my enjoyment of this sport. Maybe think about taking a fresh look, hit all the tabs and just poke around like you've never been here before - break out of your typical viewing pattern, you're very likely to find a gem you've not noticed before.
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skiman, CO 7/1/2013 1:23:59 PM
Right on Lloyd! You nailed it!
IceFishingFool, CO 7/1/2013 3:39:38 PM
Simply Great Lloyd. What I have found is, if adding up the knowledge of just the fishermen I have meet face to face, Seems to me, more like a 1,000 years of what, when, where, that works.
JKaboom, CO 7/1/2013 7:05:06 PM
Well stated :)
Coyute, CO 7/2/2013 12:23:27 PM
'Love' is too strong a word in this case. :)
Lloyd Tackitt (Lloyd Tackitt), TX 7/2/2013 6:27:07 PM
Ah Coyute, you're just cantankerous. I wish we lived next door to each other - wouldn't that be a hoot? There wouldn't be a dull day ever
Coyute, CO 7/3/2013 9:09:58 AM
Aye, that would be a hoot. I would sneak over, 'borrow' your beer and hooch and tie bass plugs on all your fly rods. I have never had a quality and dependable mentor in the art of cantankerousness. I bet you could teach me a thing or two. :)
Lloyd Tackitt (Lloyd Tackitt), TX 7/3/2013 2:49:19 PM
I do seem to be getting more cantankerous as I get older - it's a skill that takes years to develop properly. One worth nurturing whenever found in it's youthful stages. I'd take you under my wing and teach you all I know. My oldest brother had honed it to a razor's edge, he was the champ. Once when he was being drug through "yet another" (as he put it) evaluation by his boss he was told "You are productive, punctual and an asset to the organization, but you do have a slight attitude problem" My brother responded "F**k you" and walked out. I still aspire to those heights myself.
Coyute, CO 7/8/2013 10:37:30 AM
Pimpin Trout, CO 7/8/2013 10:44:52 AM
The way we can keep this site accurate and a reputable resource is when you fish a lake or river, make a conditions report so it's up to date. This is not the Skippers sole job, everyone has a voice on this site and I personally love when people update my favorite fishing spots so I can have a plan of action when I head out for a day of fishing! Great article!
Bassnfly, CA 7/20/2013 6:06:33 PM
Nice take on FE. Thanks. Added to CA site.