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The weather outside is not frightful. The mood here is quite delightful. The water's getting colder, the air is crisper, and we've got a bunch of fishy stuff we're giving away. The FishExplorer Winter Giveaway
has begun, and you have now through the end of the year to choose prize packages you'd like a chance to win.
Why do we do it? Just to give back a little. Not everyone can win, but it's a small way for us to say thanks... for being members, for submitting reports, for discussing important (and not so important) things in the forum, for spreading the word, for sharing your photographs, for the fishing event calendar contributions, and on and on.
About this time last year I wasn't feeling great, woke up with vertigo, and that led to a weeks-long diagnosis, a surgery, and a year of recovery. Was that really a year ago? It doesn't seem like it to me. But yes it was, and we were just beginning the Winter Giveaway which Tom
thankfully completed for me as I was down for the count.
In just that one year, while I eased my way back into fishing and doing all the menial tasks of life, you have been so supportive and consistent with keeping things rolling here on the site. Thank you so much for that. We've had over 10,000 reports come through this year (so far), including water temperatures, lake levels, status, and conditions reports. With signs of a bit of skim ice forming in some northern Colorado waters recently, things are changing, and this is one of the most important times of year to update conditions
for bodies of water around us. I'll be extra diligent with updates this season - it gives me an excuse to, at the very least, grab some fresh air and go for a walk.
So thank you for contributing to this fishing project. Thank you for your ongoing support. Thank you for fishing, sharing your fishing adventures, and being an ambassador of the sport.
Goosehunter82, CO 11/20/2017 10:35:39 AM
Thanks again for putting on the winter giveaway and keeping this great website available to all. I always look forward to the friendly competition that we all get in over thoes prizes!
Matt Snider (Matt), CO 11/20/2017 2:27:37 PM
Added a few more prizes since this morning's launch!
bron, CO 11/20/2017 6:21:28 PM
Thank you Matt, Tom, and FXR! We enjoy the giveaway and look forward to it every year!
IceFishingFool, CO 11/20/2017 7:56:47 PM
adding the fishing trips for winners later Matt ?
IceFishingFool, CO 11/20/2017 11:21:43 PM
Oh guess they are up.