The concept of Fish Explorer started a few years ago when I got my first boat and couldn't find a list of lakes showing where I could launch it.
I wanted to fly fish for wipers and tiger muskie, but couldn't find a map showing which lakes had them. And if I was going to travel hours to get to
a lake, I had very few options if any to determine whether the lake was full enough to launch, or warm enough to find active fish.
After gathering data through many phone calls, emails, and meetings, I had the idea to put all this information in one place for everyone. This
core concept of mapping lakes, cross-referencing fish species, and maintaining current conditions culminated in what is now FishExplorer.com.
Over the years, with the help of many many people, the website has grown to be a feature-rich, hyper-local recource that is an indispensable tool when
exploring the numerous fisheries available to us, enlisting local experts and giving previously unheard voices a chance to share their love of fishing.
I hope you enjoy FishExplorer.com as much as I've enjoyed building it and watching it grow. Remember that our resources are shared among all, and that we all share the responsibility to
take care of them.
I fell in love with the Fish Explorer concept the first time I visited it in 2006, weeks after the website launched. I quickly became a regular, posting conditions reports and answering questions on the forum. I couldn't stand for a question to go unanswered (still can’t), so I would often go off and do research to answer questions both for the original poster and myself.
Matt invited me to lunch and asked if I'd be interested in becoming a field editor. Seeing Fish Explorer as a means to further my writing ambitions I accepted. As they say it was all downhill from there. With each passing year I've become more deeply involved with the site, playing various roles in its expansion.
What impresses me most about Fish Explorer isn't the richness of resources we offer in terms of lakes and rivers, event listings, news items, fish species, and blogs. Rather, it's that we provide a platform for members to help each other. Our resources pale in comparison to the depth of knowledge held by tens of thousands anglers that make up our membership.
I am thankful to be part of FishExplorer.com and look forward to seeing it reach its fullest potential in the years to come. I hope you'll join us in this endeavor, as Fish Explorer is truly where anglers help their fellow anglers.
Mike has been fishing for the last 50 years. He started fishing as a young boy with his dad and brother in a small town located in western Massachusetts. Fishing consisted of digging up the worms in the back yard, packing up the Zebco, dawning a pair of hip boots and walking down to the local stream or sometimes riding his bicycle with boots and rod in tow. Back then the fish caught were brought home for dinner that night, fresh trout was always a treat. After moving to Florida in 1977 Mike learned saltwater fishing, again wading for Redfish and Seatrout, this time with chest waders. He then graduated to a jon boat and then moving even further on to his first real fishing boat (16 foot scout), the first “ocean going vessel”. Hooking up with some co-workers he started fishing tournaments in the Atlantic finishing with a first place tuna one year followed by a sixth place sailfish the next. Continuing his saltwater escapades for the next several years fishing for redfish, snook, tarpon, seatrout and some offshore adventures for Cobia, Kings and bottom dwellers. Mike is now 40 when he meets his future brother in law Jim. Jim is an avid Bass angler. This starts a brand new way of fishing, freshwater and the elusive “largemouth bass”. About eight years ago Mike decided to retire after 29 years of working for one of our largest defense contractors. He had enough decided to take the “I’d rather be fishing” concept to heart, which is now his favorite motto. Now he’s hooked on Bass fishing and it takes up 80% of his fishing time.