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About Us

Matt Snider

Executive Editor
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

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 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.

See you on the water!
- Matt

Dave Coulson

Chief Editor
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 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.

- Dave

Texas State Editor

Lloyd Tackitt

Lloyd Tackitt

Biography – Lloyd Tackitt

My Grandmother was the world’s greatest fisherman. She knew the secret. Fish talked to her. She caught fish after fish while everyone around her skunked. When I was six she was into her seventies. She was a patient woman to put up with me at that age – I bounced from spot to spot, thought to thought, never staying in one place or on one thought for more than a few seconds. I loved fishing with her, I would roam the area catching insects, inspecting cow patties, fighting Indians and sometimes fishing for a whole minute.

Grandma loved to fish, she went fishing every chance she could. Living way out in the boonies on a ranch - within walking distance of several fishing holes - she had a lot of chances too. Fishing was primarily a relaxation for her, an opportunity to not weed the garden or work over a hot stove canning hard won food from her orchard and garden. It was mostly a late afternoon experience, lasting until dark. Fish went on a stringer and then into the frying pan that night. The idea of catch and release would have tickled her. She would have laughed all the way home and still been grinning while cleaning her fish.

I live on the edge of the Brazos River. I walk out my front door and into the river and - boom I am fishing just like that. The river is fascinating. The mile long stretch I fish is a microcosm of the river, I have it all in that one mile. Trying to figure out where the fish are, what they are doing, why they are doing it, what they are biting, if they are biting - this is what keeps me in the river.

I fly fish almost exclusively. It isn’t that I am a fly fishing snob, it’s that fly fishing works – it’s effective. It has added benefits. I carry all my tackle in a vest, no tackle box needs to be dragged along. The casting itself is fun, even when I don’t catch fish I’ve enjoyed the experience of casting. Fly rods enhance the experience of bringing fish in. Fish fight better and feel better on a fly rod. Fly fishing suits me better than other methods. I will, however, put almost anything on the end of the fly line if I think it will get a bite. I am not a purist by any stretch of the imagination.

I asked Grandma a thousand times what was her secret, what did she know that she could catch more fish than anyone. She always answered the same way. “Pay attention. There’s a hundred things to pay attention to.” Unfortunately those two words – pay attention – were said to me so often by so many that I immediately tuned out whenever I heard them. At six years of age I was highly skilled at tuning out adults. She watched nature, the whole of it, every day. She was almost always outside, in the weather, working at something. She was an untrained but highly skilled naturalist.

She said that you could tell when the fish were biting - by watching. If cows were up and feeding, if squirrels were busy burying nuts, if the wind was out of the west, if the sky was cloudy, if… if you paid attention to a hundred things you would know.

She went blind at the age of 82 and kept fishing. When she was 86 she fell out of the boat, sank to the bottom of the lake, and walked out of the water, laughing. She passed on at 88.

I know she’s found a great fishing hole up there and is catching fish while everyone is getting skunked. I can hear her laughing. When my final day eventually arrives and I shuffle off this old mortal coil – I’ll be smiling all the way because I’m going fishing with Grandma again.

This time I bet I can get her to tell me the secret, the real secret, not that “pay attention” thing.

For humorouse short stories, many about fishing, check out - it's all free, nothing for sale. I hope they make you smile.

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