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Why post fish pictures?

Post By: eholm      Posted: 10/3/2022 1:38:59 PM     Points: 12587    
On my recent thread about exchanging knowledge ( [log in for link] ) someone brought up the question -

"I dont understand why folks post any pictures of fish. Unless there is really something unusual about it, why do it?"

It appears there are some strong opinions about fish pictures, so I'm starting a new thread.

I'll start it with my own opinions.

I've been involved in online business for well over 20 years, and we have a saying in this business: content is king.

Over the past decade+, pictures became the medium of choice (instagram), and then videos (youtube, tiktok).

You've heard the phrase- a picture is worth a thousand words. There's a lot of truth to it. The proliferation of the instagram culture has caused a generation to become even more visually oriented. Pictures are instant info without having to read anything.

I can confidently say that the membership of this forum skews male, and science tells us that men are more visually oriented than women.

So... I would say pictures are important to a forum like this, and I believe most members will want to see pictures.

For me personally, part of it is entertainment. I'm more likely to click on a thread that has a picture on it. Some might call it fish p*rn.

If I'm bored or looking for a brain-break, I love seeing fish pictures, and I would argue that its a lot better than the other kind of p*rn, which science has shown to be pretty destructive.

As far as I'm concerned, the more pictures on here, the better. They can be both educational and entertaining at the same time. Some pictures inspire me to get out and go fishing.

Now I know there are some strong opinions about not posting location backgrounds, dead fish, and stuff like that, and I hope some of you will share your opinions so we understand what everyone wants to see or not see.

And... here are 3 trout I caught in 3 different high alpine lakes in one outing a few days ago.
 Reply by: FXA0      Posted: 10/3/2022 1:49:22 PM     Points: 220
Cuz... What else we gonna do on fishing website? Aside from debating about whether to post pictures or not? :)
 Reply by: Wreckstar      Posted: 10/3/2022 2:41:24 PM     Points: 4921
How about a picture a my new hat?
 Reply by: Barnacles      Posted: 10/3/2022 3:17:34 PM     Points: 4105
My friends get mad when I post fish pictures while they're working. That just makes it more fun.
 Reply by: JKaboom      Posted: 10/3/2022 5:40:54 PM     Points: 703
@eholm - good threads you have started. I am shocked that they have not become complete train wrecks LOL

On your main thread I put this about pics:
I like to see pics of:
Beautiful fish (no background stuff that can give away the location)
Bizarre fish (like 3 headed fish, fish with wounds, or fish with conditions)
Large fish (no background stuff that can give away the location)
Fish ID questions

No stringers of fish (got eaten alive about 10 years ago on that one...)
 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: 10/4/2022 7:09:17 AM     Points: 308
No rocket scientist is required to prove fish porn is addictive, causes me to act -out and hurts my ego. Just ask my wife.

Seriously though. I could do without the straight-arm pics through convex lenses.. No sense in hiding the background either. I know every rock and tree by heart.
 Reply by: Psyko      Posted: 10/4/2022 2:31:24 PM     Points: 722
I don't know why anyone would complain about people posting pics of fish. They are one of God's most beautiful creations. I like to see fish that I catch, that you catch, or anyone catches. I own two custom coffee mugs with dozens of fish pics over the past 15 years. It gives me pleasure to use.
As for folks who hold the fish up toward the camera...now that's just plain fun! When you see the angler's fingers the size of sausages, that's the giveaway!
 Reply by: Troutbisquits      Posted: 10/5/2022 8:37:02 AM     Points: 2252
I like big FISH and I cannot lie!
 Reply by: Lash      Posted: 10/5/2022 11:30:56 AM     Points: 144
@wreckstar Nice Hat mister.I like that!
 Reply by: Anteroman      Posted: 10/5/2022 1:52:58 PM     Points: 6992
I like unusual photos and they always bring back great memories.
Certain events in an anglers life get burned into our brains and we can relive the occurrence each time we see the photo.

Some double headers which always get my juices flowing.

Bill
 Reply by: ColoradoShooter      Posted: 10/6/2022 10:53:00 AM     Points: 1
Being new to inland fishing, I find pictures of fish educational so I can properly I.D. certain species of fish. I would never have thought a person would get triggered over a picture of a fish, but here we are.
 Reply by: Eyefishing      Posted: 10/6/2022 5:26:34 PM     Points: 5214
how about a couple pics of my custom built rod I just finished a few days ago.
 Reply by: Trailerman      Posted: 10/6/2022 7:52:33 PM     Points: 305
I dont think Id ever actually take it fishing. Looks way too cool for me.

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